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Dong Addict, Twitter Redesign, Firefox Ads, Instagram Bug [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 12-02-2014

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

Dong Nguyen, developer of mobile gaming phenomenon Flappy Bird, has explained his reasons for killing his creation Flappy Bird Disappears, Snowden Web Crawler, Dungeon Keeper Ratings [Tech News Digest] Flappy Bird is no more, Edward Snowden's methods revealed, the Moon may be mined, EA's dodgy Dungeon Keeper ratings system exposed, Pinterest updates mobile website, and Shingy the Digital Prophet is a hit. Read More . 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

Despite only recently giving its Web interface a visual overhaul Twitter Redesigns Website To Look More Like Mobile Apps Twitter just announced it has rolled out a new design for its website, which mimics the look and feel of its iOS and Android apps, making it easier to compose tweets and customize colours. Read More , 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

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 Firefox advertising plans comprise selling sponsored slots from “hand-picked partners” within the new ‘Directory Tiles Firefox For Windows 8 Touch Beta Ready For Testing Mozilla has released a Firefox browser for Windows 8 touch tablets, so you can now download the beta, Aurora or Nightly version, test it for bugs and send feedback back to Mozilla. Read More ‘ program. While the sponsored tiles will be “clearly labeled as such” this new initiative is sure to annoy many loyal Firefox users.

Instagram Bug Revealed

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 4 General Methods You Can Use To Detect Phishing Attacks A "phish" is a term for a scam website that tries to look like a site that you know might well and visit often. The act of all these sites trying to steal your account... Read More .


PS4 Demand Outstrips Supply

Sony has celebrated the early success of the PlayStation 4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders -- the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U -- revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the... Read More 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 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One This year's E3 felt almost like it was over before it began. Though the conference lasts for days, both Microsoft and Sony made their announcements before the doors opened, showing not just hardware but also... Read More .

Klout Gets Into Content Creation

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 Should You Still Buy an MP3 Player? Here are the pros and cons of using MP3 players and help you decide whether it's worth buying an MP3 player these days. Read More — 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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  1. Tom W
    February 12, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Reading Mozilla's blogpost about the sponsored tiles, I don't think it's a bad thing. Most users will only take a day or so to fill all of those tiles with their own browsing history, and Mozilla gets to make a little money to support future development.