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Amazon Buys Twitch, Facebook Hates Clickbait, Night Trap Returns, And More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 26-08-2014

Also, Huawei hates Tizen and Windows Phone, PlayStation Home is closing its doors in Asia, Night Trap is back, and a dad destroys his son’s game collection, possibly.


Amazon Acquires Twitch For $1 Billion

Amazon has acquired Twitch, confirming the months of rumors that Twitch was about to be sold. However, absolutely everybody wrongly predicted the identity of the buyer, with YouTube (and, by extension, Google) the only name to have been bandied about since May 2014 Apple & Google Call Truce, AT&T Buys DirecTV, 3D-Printed Braille Phone [Tech News Digest] Apple and Google call a truce, AT&T buys DirecTV, Apple gets sued, YouTube circles Twitch, the world's first Braille phone launches, and Heathrow's T5 is renamed Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5. Read More .

Amazon has paid $970 million for the video-game streaming service which boasts 55 million unique viewers every month. In a letter to users, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear revealed, “We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster.

Twitch was originally an insignificant offshoot from, which shut its doors earlier this month Hackers Steal 1 Billion Passwords, Apple Sets iPhone 6 Release Date, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Apple and Samsung call a truce over patents, UberPool matches ridesharing passengers, shuts down, the potato salad Kickstarter comes to an end, and how to make 8-bit art. Read More . Thus proving that if you get enough geeks on board you can conquer the world.

Facebook Cracks Down On Clickbait

Facebook is cracking down on clickbait headlines after discovering that users really don’t like being tricked into clicking a link that then fails to deliver on its promise. Facebook will therefore filter what it considers to be clickbait and reduce the number of times these kinds of headlines Buzzworthy: 5 Clickbait Headlines Guaranteed to Annoy [We Ask You Results] You may consider the headline of this article to be clickbait. But it isn't, honestly. Read More are shown to users.

Clickbait is now used all across the Web after being popularized by sites such as Buzzfeed and Upworthy Upworthy Isn't As Awful As You May Think [Opinion] Upworthy has got a lot of hate as a "clickbaity", sensationalist website that is out to steal content and promote itself. Is it pure evil in Internet form or does it deserve some credit? Read More . Those two are guaranteed of being hit by this crackdown, but other sites which employ similar methods to artificially increase traffic could also be punished. Let’s just hope ClickHole, which parodies the growth of clickbait Don't Tear Up On Clickbait -- Cull It With ClickHole From The Onion [Weird & Wonderful Web] You will have clicked on clickbait at some point, whether or not you're aware of having done so. The practice has recently evolved into something much more insidious and annoying. Enter ClickHole. Read More , gets a pass.


Huawei Boss Disses Tizen & Windows Phone

Huawei has indicated it’s Android all the way for the Chinese company. In a wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal, Richard Yu, the man in charge of Huawei’s consumer business group, strongly suggested that neither Tizen and Windows Phone have much of a future.

In regards to Windows Phone, he said, “We have tried using the Windows Phone OS. But it has been difficult to persuade consumers to buy a Windows phone. It wasn’t profitable for us. We were losing money for two years on those phones. So for now we’ve decided to put any releases of new Windows phones on hold. We have worries about Android being the only option, but we have no choice.

As for Tizen, Samsung’s fledgling mobile operating system Apple At WWDC 2014: iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite, John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality [Tech News Digest] Apple unveils iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014, Samsung unveils Tizen smartphone, MySpace remembers, Reset the Net gets set, Chromebooks go on the march, new IFTTT channels are exposed, and John Oliver... Read More , he said, “We have no plans to use Tizen. Some telecom carriers are pushing us to design Tizen phones but I say ‘no’ to them. In the past we had a team to do research on Tizen but I cancelled it. We feel Tizen has no chance to be successful.

It makes absolute sense for Huawei to focus on Android, but it’s a sorry state of affairs for consumers, as they are likely to be left with just Android and iOS to choose from. Can’t we all just go out and buy Windows Phone handsets and make this is a three-horse race?


Sony Kills PlayStation Home In Asia

Sony is killing PlayStation Home in Asia, including its home country of Japan. The virtual world/social gaming hub will shut its doors in March 2015, with purchases ceasing on September 24, 2014.

This is bad news for Asia, but PlayStation Home will continue on in North America and Europe, where it has proved more popular. We can’t quite believe that Japan, with its penchant for the bizarre 10 Of The Weirdest Japanese Pop Videos That'll Make You Say WTF I know I explained last time that real life in Japan isn't all that mad, but music videos is one area that they really excel (?) at. If you've ever seen a really weird music... Read More , didn’t lap Home up. Perhaps it just wasn’t weird enough.

Night Trap Is Coming Back

The cult classic Night Trap, a gruesome video game (in more ways than one) which used digital video to great effect, is coming back. That is if enough people are willing to fund an HD remake through Kickstarter.

The programming team behind the original Night Trap are seeking $330,000 for this remake, which is a lofty aim for a game which really hasn’t aged well. Still, nostalgia is a powerful tool.


Dad Destroys Son’s Xbox Games Collection

And finally, parenting is a tough job, but is it ever tough enough to warrant destroying a child’s personal possessions? This dad obviously thinks so, as he runs over his son’s Xbox games collection 10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming] At this time of year more than any other there will be a host of new console owners getting to grips with their system. And after they get bored of the games bought alongside their... Read More with in a ride-on lawnmower. This video is probably fake, but the small chance that it’s real means it’s well worth watching. And giggling at behind your hand.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are you pleased to see Amazon acquire Twitch? Do you think Facebook is right to crack down on clickbait headlines? Is the lawnmower video fake or legit?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Howard B
    August 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    "Can’t we all just go out and buy Windows Phone handsets and make this is a three-horse race?" Sure, if you don't mind the third horse having one leg.

    • Dave P
      September 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Ooh, that's harsh. There is nothing actually wrong with Windows Phone though, it's just that people are too ensconced into the Android and iOS ecosystems.

  2. Justin P
    August 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    There's no way that dad running over the games thing is real, the whole thing feels so staged. It's got to be a hoax.

    • Dave P
      September 1, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      It feels very fake, but you never know. I have certainly seen stranger stuff online that has turned out to be legit.