Amazon Buys Twitch, Facebook Hates Clickbait, Night Trap Returns, And More… [Tech News Digest]
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 .
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 Justin.tv, which shut its doors earlier this month . 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 are shown to users.
Clickbait is now used all across the Web after being popularized by sites such as Buzzfeed and Upworthy . 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 , gets a pass.
Huawei Boss Disses Tizen & Windows Phone
I am trying an HTC M8 for @WindowsPhone to see if I miss any of my Android apps. I’m a little ‘app’rehensive.
— saschasegan (@saschasegan) August 22, 2014
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 , 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
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 , 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 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.
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