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Twitch.TV Reportedly to be acquired by YouTube in $1 Billion Deal (UPDATED)

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Twitch.TV Reportedly to be acquired by YouTube in $1 Billion Deal (UPDATED)

 

Earlier this evening, several sources, including Forbes and Variety, have reported that Google’s YouTube division will shortly be announcing a $1 Billion Dollar deal to acquire the gaming-centric streaming giant Twitch.TV.  The move, if confirmed, would come as something of a surprise to the public, as Google has to date displayed only the vaguest of interests in the mainstream gaming market – and even more so for Twitch.TV, having just landed the exclusive streaming rights to the ESA’s Electronic Entertainment Expo as well as the contract to stream the Interactive Entertainment events at the x-Games.

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Comic Issues #154 – Don’t Hate, Just Wait

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Comic Issues #154 – Don’t Hate, Just Wait

This week the crew gathers together to celebrate the return of the one true wall crawler, Peter Parker!  Now with Pete’s return Anthony breathes a sigh of relief and has put down his hatred for Superior Spider-man so that he can pick up the book and read what all the fuss it about.  Thus spurns the conversation about how the geek world exploded over paradigm changes only to be pleased with the results later.

Up front though Anthony, Elizabeth, and Andrew get into a hot button descussion about internet privacy and how Google is going to kill you with your thermostat… ask Drew.

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Google Announces Augmented Reality Project

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Google Announces Augmented Reality Project

Google announced Project Glass, its new augmented reality project, today on the Google+ social network.

Though details are scarce at this point, Google included a promotional video with the announcement demonstrating some of the potential uses for Project Glass. Like many other such projects, the goal of Project Glass is to integrate social media and sharing functions into everyday life with needing to pull out your smartphone, supported by a wide variety of scanning, media, bulletin and other application functions. The potential device in design photos is a nifty little headset reminiscent of nothing so much as Garrus’ visor eyepiece from the Mass Effect series.

Augmented reality is always an ambitious undertaking – so if you ever wanted to live like a video game character with your very own HUD, this would be your best shot. (No word yet on money counters or extra lives, though.)

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Google to Acquire Motorola

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Google to Acquire Motorola

Google and Motorola Mobility Holdings announced today that the internet giant will be acquiring Motorola Mobility for approximately $12.5 billion.

“This acquisition will not change our commitment to run Android as an open platform,” said Larry Page, CEO of Google. “Motorola will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. We will run Motorola as a separate business. Many hardware partners have contributed to Android’s success and we look forward to continuing to work with all of them to deliver outstanding user experiences.”

Page said that the acquisition would help to protect Android from recent “anti-competitive patent attacks” coming from competitors such as Apple and Microsoft.

The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors for both companies. It is expected to close by the end of 2011, or early 2012, and is subject to the usual conditions for such an acquisition such as regulatory approvals from the U.S, European Union, and others and the approval of stockholders.

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Pixelated Podcast Ep.052 – Reaching out to say Halo

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Pixelated Podcast Ep.052 – Reaching out to say Halo

This week we stay happy with some upcoming TV Show news. Raul Acapellas the News. We then reach out and say Hello to some Halo Reach. Get our Instant search on with some Google Instant. Roundtable it up about Old Ladies you think is hot. Make a touchdown with some Football talk. Then discuss some Shaqfu with a dash of Hogan. Wrapping things up with a reach out to North Carolina and Atlanta with some live coverage of the Halo Reach launch.

Topics

  • Happy B-day Mario
  • TV Funtime
  • Halo Reach
  • Raul Acapellas the News
  • Google Instant
  • Roundtable: Choose and Old Lady to get Busy with
  • Football
  • Shaq Fu with a Dash of Hogan
  • Live Coverage of Halo Reach launch from North Carolina and Atlanta

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Google Waves Wave Goodbye

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Google Waves Wave Goodbye

Google has announced, in their blog, that this is the beginning of the end for Google wave:

But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects.

I personally tried to adopt it into my life.  Our London technical writer, Sam, was the one who gave me an invite.  I tried to continually use it, but always went back to Gmail.  Wave, to me, never looked like it could fit in my life.  Maybe it was the fact that it wasn’t open to the general public and so that more of my colleagues could use it.  Maybe Wave was just like the Sega Dreamcast.  Too ahead of its time.  Nonetheless, I shall wave goodbye as well and hope to see traces of Wave technology come into our lives in other applications.

[Google]

First world issue: Hourglass syndrome

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First world issue: Hourglass syndrome

As the pace of technology has rocketed over the past 10 to 15 years, so have our expectations as end users. It’s amazing when you stop and think, just how far we’ve come. Your phone has more processing power now, than the computers that sent men into space. Your smartphone is a truly portable computer that fits into your pocket; not some enormous room filling machine that relied on holes punched into cards and printed out ticker tape. Your desktop, or even laptop, has more power than most ‘super’ computers only 7 to 10 years ago.

The raw power of the modern CPU has meant that everything can be done quicker, with more done at the same time meaning we’re potentially more productive. Of course, no one could have predicted that you needed those extra clock cycles for all those YouTube videos you watch whilst you’re ‘number crunching’ in Excel; but combined with plentiful and relatively cheap RAM, you can really put the multi into tasking.

All that power has created a typically first world problem: Hourglass Syndrome. With incredibly high expectations, comes frustration when things don’t appear to happen instantly. Hourglass Syndrome could be defined as the interminable rage created by having to wait for events to occur on a computer, seeing the hourglass icon, or pin-wheel. You click your mouse and if it doesn’t fire up your program of choice, or execute that command you need instantly, you’re annoyed. That instantaneous expectation is only enhanced by companies Intel, promising to pump more and more power into your computers, often with higher and higher prices. Read On

Still Waiting for Your Google Voice invite? Wait no more.

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Still Waiting for Your Google Voice invite?  Wait no more.

Those of you still waiting for Google‘s voicemail replacement can now head on over to voice.google.com and sign-up, no invitation required.

A little over a year ago, we released an early preview of Google Voice, our web-based platform for managing your communications. We introduced one number to ring all your phones, voicemail that works like email, free calls and text messages to the U.S. and Canada, low-priced international calls and more–the only catch was you had to request and receive an invite to try it out. Today, after lots of testing and tweaking, we’re excited to open up Google Voice to the public, no invitation required.

Its great to have if just for the voicemail transcription.  It has a lot of features that most phone companies don’t even offer yet.  Local Numbers aren’t always available, and some form of existing phone service is required.

[Google Voice Blog]

Google Celebrates Pac-Man's 30 Year Anniversary

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Google Celebrates Pac-Man's 30 Year Anniversary

May 22, 1980 marked the original Japanese release of the arcade game Pac-Man, a game that, like Pong, Donkey Kong, and Super Mario Bros., would become an iconic staple of the gaming world. And now, 30 years later, Google is celebrating Pac-Man’s 30th Anniversary with a fully playable version of the game embedded into its homepage. Though the game only has one screen, which spells out “Google”, the game includes an insert coin button, allowing two players to play at once, one as Pac-Man and the other as Ms. Pac-Man. Okay, so it isn’t anything groundbreaking or revolutionary. But you gotta admit…Pac-Man on the Google front page is freaking awesome.

[via Google]