• Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Is Too Big To Fail

    Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Is Too Big To Fail

    Amazon is going to acquire video game streaming site Twitch for $970 million in an all-cash deal. Today’s Amazon deal definitely doesn’t give off the same “this feels right” vibe as the Google rumor. While Amazon has Prime Instant Video, it doesn’t have offer any way for people to upload their own content — everything you can watch on the service has… Read More

  • Tribune Hires M-GO Boss John Batter To Run Gracenote, As Digital Head Shashi Seth Departs

    Tribune Hires M-GO Boss John Batter To Run Gracenote, As Digital Head Shashi Seth Departs

    Tribune has hired M-Go CEO John Batter to lead the Gracenote team as its new chief executive. There he’ll report to Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori and be tasked with setting the strategic direction and running day-to-day operations of the company’s video and audio metadata business. Read More

  • Nerds Love Twitch Because There, They Can Be Heroes

    Nerds Love Twitch Because There, They Can Be Heroes

    Why do so many people watch others play video games on Twitch? Because the fans don’t look much different from the celebrities. They all play the same games. In a world of muscle-clad athletes and beautiful pop stars, on Twitch all that matters are your skills and your wits. Be funny or fast on the trigger, and you can be famous, too. It’s aspirational. That lets viewers identify… Read More

  • Microsoft Cuts The Price Of The Surface 2 By $100

    Microsoft Cuts The Price Of The Surface 2 By $100

    Microsoft has cut the price of its Surface 2 tablet hybrid by $100, leaving the consumer-facing device with a price tag as low as $349. That price, however, doesn’t include a keyboard attachment that is generally viewed as mandatory to use any Surface tablet. Other Surface 2 models, including the LTE-powered, higher-storage SKU have also received price reductions. The timing, as some… Read More

  • With Money Tight, HubSpot Looks To Tap Public Markets

    With Money Tight, HubSpot Looks To Tap Public Markets

    With $7.3 million in cash on hand, and losses of $17.77 million in the first half of 2014, HubSpot has filed to go public. HubSpot’s slim cash load and expanding losses — the firm had a deficit attributable to common shareholders of $16.37 million in the first six months of 2013 — are contravened by its rising revenues: HubSpot had revenue of $51.27 million during the first… Read More

  • For The First Time, More People Will Watch MLB.tv Streams On Devices Than Desktops

    For The First Time, More People Will Watch MLB.tv Streams On Devices Than Desktops

    On August 26, 2002, Major League Baseball streamed its first live MLB.tv video of a game to the web — a tiny, grainy little player that looks laughable in comparison to today’s HD streams you hold in your palm. Read More

  • Corporate Accelerators Are An Oxymoron

    Corporate Accelerators Are An Oxymoron

    Building a corporate accelerator is certainly in vogue these days. Wells Fargo launched a new accelerator program last week targeting financial services startups and has already unveiled its first class of three participants. The program follows the general recipe these days for corporate accelerators, providing some cash, mentoring, and networking to young startups interested in the industry. Read More

  • Korean Bitcoin Exchange Korbit Raises $3M Series A

    Korean Bitcoin Exchange Korbit Raises $3M Series A

    Korean bitcoin exchange Korbit has raised $3 million in Series A funding led by SoftBank Ventures Korea and Pantera Capital, with participation from BAM Ventures, and returning investors Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., Tim Draper, Pietro Dova, and Strong Ventures. The startup told TechCrunch that it will use its Series A to improve the quality of its products and services and make additional hires. Read More

  • The Original Night Trap Programmers Want To Release A New Version Of The Campy Classic

    The Original Night Trap Programmers Want To Release A New Version Of The Campy Classic

    Night Trap was released in 1992 for the Sega CD and the horror survival title was one of the most divisive and notorious games ever made. Now the original creators want to re-release the title in beautiful HD, a move that should send gamers of a certain age into a tizzy. The game was one of the first to use digital video, and told the story of a group of co-eds trapped in a house of horrors. Read More

  • Mailbox Suffers Outage Due To ‘Unprecedented Demand’

    Mailbox Suffers Outage Due To ‘Unprecedented Demand’

    When you consider yourself a pro at something, but it’s mainly because you have a great tool to help you, what happens when that tool breaks? I got to find out this morning when Mailbox, my email client for both mobile and desktop, for some reason decided to stop working. And I suddenly was no longer a pro at handling email. Read More