When the National Football League yesterday struck a trio of eye-popping deals with big TV networks, the focus was rightly on just how valuable live sports have become to broadcasters today.
But buried in the press releases heralding the agreements (which will bring the NFL $24bn over nine years) was some rather revolutionary news: the TV networks also secured the digital rights to the most popular sport on television. Read more
Whoever thought up Amazon’s latest idea for squeezing other retailers – offering money off to people who scanned prices in US stores with its smartphone app and then bought the goods on Amazon – deserves an award for bad timing.
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Tech news from around the web:
Apple has announced that it has hit the 18bn mark in downloads of the 500,000 apps it has on offer at its App Store, PaidContent reports. Last week Google revealed that it had achieved 10bn downloads from its app store. Read more
Tech news from around the web:
Amazon is to release an over-the-air software update to its latest tablet computer, the Kindle Fire, The New York Times reports. News of the uprgade comes as complaints about the tablet’s features and usability are on the rise. Among the complaints, the NYT reports, are:
- There is no external volume control.
- The off switch is easy to hit by accident.
- Web pages take a long time to load.
- There is no privacy on the device.
- The touch screen is frequently hesitant.
Video game publishers have had their best November on record in the US, according to the NPD research firm, with hard-core gamers loading up on two first-person shooters and a classic role-playing game.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 from Activision was the top-selling title, with Electronic Arts rival, Battlefield 3, at number three, and the highly-rated Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (pictured) from Bethesda Softworks splitting the two shooters. Read more
Apple had a bad week in its multi-front patent war, capped by the real possibility of an iPhone and iPad import ban in Germany. Read more
News apps that create magazine-style representations of your favourite feeds have been making daily news of their own this week.
Flipboard, a big hit on the iPad, launched its iPhone version on Wednesday, Google came out with its take on tablet-sized news with Currents on Thursday and now Zite has launched an iPhone app on Friday. Read more
Jawbone says it has stopped production of its latest product – a health wristband called UP- and will offer refunds, after numerous devices failed.
The San Francisco company made the unusual offer that customers could both have their money back and keep the product, even if they had no reason to request a refund. Read more
When a company nabs high-profile social networking names like Reid Hoffman of Greylock and Matt Cohler of Benchmark Capital as directors with its B funding round, it’s a pretty good sign that it’s on a viral tear.
Edmodo, which just raised $15m, has taken off in the last year and offers a tantalising opportunity: a way to break into school classrooms. Read more
If you were running Yahoo, what would you do to revive its core internet services?
That question, or something similar, is being asked all over Silicon Valley and the internet industry – not just by the Yahoo board, which is looking for a permanent replacement to Carol Bartz, the ousted chief executive; but also by private equity investors such as Silver Lake and TPG that hope to buy a big stake and bring new leadership to one of the best web brands.
OnLive has announced a major extension of its console-quality cloud gaming service with a launch on tablets and smartphones.
OnLive, available on PCs and TVs thus far, is releasing a free app for mobile platforms that will allow instant play of touch-enabled high-definition console games over its streaming service. Read more