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Today in Tech News Digest, the creator of Flappy Bird breaks his silence, Twitter could soon look more like Facebook, Mozilla is bringing ads to Firefox, an Instagram bug is revealed, demand for the PlayStation 4 is still outstripping supply, Klout overhauls its UI, and Sony unveils the Bottled Walkman.
Dong Breaks Silence On Flappy Bird
— Hailey Renee (: (@OfficialHailey) February 12, 2014
Dong Nguyen, developer of mobile gaming phenomenon Flappy Bird, has explained his reasons for killing his creation. And he has killed it, dead, permanently, declaring that Flappy Bird is “gone forever.”
Nguyen told Forbes that the fact Flappy Bird became “an addictive product” was the key to its removal. He made it to be a game you “play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” but suggests it became “a problem.” He’s convinced the only solution was to take the game down.
Despite the game’s removal from iTunes and Google Play, Nguyen continues to make money from Flappy Bird through advertising revenues. And he looks set to release new games soon, suggesting he has the “freedom to do what I want to do.”
Those who missed out on the chance to download and play Flappy Bird need not worry, as there are plenty of clones available. None of which Nguyen is likely to take legal action against. There’s even a direct copy available to play online called Free Flappy Bird.
Twitter Eyeing Facebook-Esque Design
Not sure I like the new “Facebook with rounded corners” Twitter design…
— Adam Wight (@Zapafaz) February 12, 2014
Despite only recently giving its Web interface a visual overhaul, Twitter looks set to change it once again. Currently being pushed through its testing channel is a new-look Twitter that combines elements of Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.
Engadget has a screenshot of the new design, which comprises large header images, left-aligned profile pictures, and cards containing all of the content. The latter would be the biggest change, as Twitter has always employed a vertical timeline of tweets.
Mozilla To Sell Ads Within Firefox
Wait what? The reason I use Firefox is that it’s not made by an ad company! http://t.co/k6k4DYOVpM
— Parker Higgins (@xor) February 12, 2014
Mozilla, the company which has attacked the online advertising industry by disabling third-party cookies, is preparing to sell ads within the Firefox Web browser. And it chose the annual meeting of the Interactive Advertising Bureau to launch the effort.
Mozilla’s Directory Tiles‘ program. While the sponsored tiles will be “clearly labeled as such” this new initiative is sure to annoy many loyal Firefox users.comprise selling sponsored slots from “hand-picked partners” within the new ‘
Instagram Bug Revealed
say it with me now: nothing on the Internet is private. nothing. no matter what some social media site claims. http://t.co/RggGlJxxjx
— rogueclown (@rogueclown) February 11, 2014
An Instagram bug has only recently been fixed, despite the security researcher who found it having reported the problem to Facebook a full six months ago. The bug, which allowed hackers to change a user’s privacy settings from private to public, used “cross-site request forgery” and would have been launched using phishing attacks.
PS4 Demand Outstrips Supply
I want a ps4 so bad I will sacrifice cheese for it ok
— Lil’ Loca (@rnakotos) February 11, 2014
Sony has celebrated the early success of the PlayStation 4 in a back-slapping behind-closed-doors meeting. According to IGN, the PS4 is “generally sold out at all retailers although regular supply is refreshing the channel.”
Solid numbers were also revealed, with 4.2 million units sold worldwide, 90 percent of which are connected to the Internet. PS4 owners play for an average of 34 million hours every week, with 172 million hours played online since launch. Wither Xbox One.
Klout Gets Into Content Creation
— Klout (@klout) February 11, 2014
Klout has overhauled its user interface, rolling out a much simpler, modern, streamlined look and feel. The social networking tool has also added new content creation features that make it more of a standalone product than it was previously. All amid rumors of an acquisition by Lithium Technologies.
Sony Unveils ‘The Bottled Walkman’
And finally, how would you sell a waterproof MP3 player — yes, they still exist — to the masses? In New Zealand, Sony turned to ad agency DraftFCB to market its range of waterproof Walkmans.
Thus, the Bottled Walkman was born; literally an MP3 player stored inside a bottle of water and sold from vending machines. Which is, quite frankly, a stroke of genius.
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