If reports on Friday are to be believed, it won’t be long before Twitter finds itself in the clutches of a cash-rich corporate overlord. According to Recode, Google and Salesforce have expressed interest in buying the beleaguered social network to the tune of billions of dollars. And the deal’s moving fast — formal bids may be submitted in a matter of weeks.Twitter’s board of directors is spearheading the acquisition effort, Recode reports. It’s seeking at least $30 billion, although the exact number is reportedly in flux. Conversations are “picking up momentum,” the publication reported, and an announcement is expected “before year-end.”Rumors of a buyout drove the social network’s stock price to record highs — it was up as high as 20 percent in morning trading — on Friday.Twitter’s suitors reportedly see as much value in … [Read more...] about Google and Salesforce are reportedly interested in acquiring Twitter
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It was obvious during CES 2014 that manufacturers love smartwatches — there was an entire section of the show floor dedicated to them called the “Wrist revolution.” We’re not sure any of them have revolutionized our wrists yet, but if anyone can launch a truly groundbreaking smartwatch, it’s Apple. The impending arrival of the iWatch, as it has been dubbed, has been rumored for many months. Will it be the product to silence those who say Apple can no longer innovate? Here’s everything we’ve heard so far about the iWatch. Updated on 9-04-2014 by Malarie Gokey: Apple iWatch will come in two sizes, feature NFC for mobile payments, and debut at the September 9 event, but arrive in stores in 2015, according to the Wall Street Journal. Everything we know about the iWatch:Multiple versionsRelease date and costCurved sapphire displayWhen the rumors startedApple’s design teamWireless chargingApple stays silentMore than one version is … [Read more...] about iWatch Rumors: Wearable enters final stages of testing, but may not debut until 2015
Ubisoft had a good sales year, but its finances don’t show it. The French publisher posted a net loss of $74 million on sales of $1.4 billion for the last year–its second yearly loss in a row. However, out of the financial wreckage, CEO Yves Guillemot gave us a few hints at Ubisoft’s strategy going forward. The plan: yearly sequels to major franchises, more casual games, and a secret PC game. Guillemot is also very excited about Nintendo’s next console, which will be officially debuted at this year’s E3.Assassin’s Creed for allPublishers are always looking for reliable, easy, cheap hits. Assassin’s Creed has proven to be a cash machine for Ubisoft, continuing to sell strongly despite the fact that the company has released nine versions of it since 2007, with Assassin’s Creed: Revelations on the way later this year. Looking to replicate the massive success EA has with sports titles and Activision has had with Call of Duty, … [Read more...] about Ubisoft excited about Wii 2, plans to revive franchises with yearly sequels
This year’s Google I/O conference takes place between May 15 and May 17, and like previous years, will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. While its primary function is to bring developers working on Google apps and products together for workshops, technical sessions, and inspiration; the opening keynote has become as important to the tech industry as the famous keynote address at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference.Last year, it was a two-hour marathon which introduced everything from the Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, to the incredible Google Glass demonstration featuring sky divers, mountain bikers and a giddy-with-joy Sergey Brin. It was always going to be a tough act for Google to follow that this year, and despite several exciting prospects on the horizon, according to comments made by Android boss Sundar Pichai, it’s not even going to try. In an interview, Pichai said Google I/O this year would be different to others, as it would … [Read more...] about Google I/O rumor roundup: What to expect at Google’s biggest event of the year (Updated)
Fact #1: Facebook's iPhone app is one of that platform's all-time most popular applications. Fact #2: Apple's iPad has been on the market for well over year.Why, then, does Facebook still have no native app specifically built for the Apple tablet?Perhaps that's soon to change. Reports emerged Friday that Facebook is indeed working on an iPad app.That follows rumors Thursday that the company is working on an HTML 5-based platform code-named "Project Spartan" to distribute Web apps to iDevices.Facebook has been working on the iPad app for almost a year and will introduce it soon, The New York Times reported."I suspect this is a stepping stone for Facebook as they continue to perfect the HTML 5 version of the application," Yankee Group analyst Dmitriy Molchanov told TechNewsWorld."Historically, Facebook has always emphasized HTML 5," Molchanov elaborated.The company itself, though, had little to add."With regards to a Facebook application for iPad, we have nothing to announce at this time … [Read more...] about Will Facebook Finally Play the Tablet Game?