Mobile Minutes: Amazon and Twitch, Facebook and click bait, Twitter Ads expands, wearables for Fido
August 27, 2014
Amazon pounces on Twitch after Google balks due to antitrust concerns
Amazon is buying Twitch
One technology giant’s loss is another’s gain. In May, Variety first reported that Google was in talks to acquire video game streaming company Twitch for more than $1 billion. Three months later that deal is dead and Amazon.com confirmed on Monday that it’s purchasing Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash.
In a move that will have repercussions for a wide array of media companies, Facebook is changing its all-important algorithms to discourage what it calls "click-baiting headlines."
Twitter has added twelve new countries to its advertising network, called Twitter Ads, with most markets in Central and Eastern Europe. The new countries include: Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Portugal.
As consumers continue to embrace the health trend of wearable body monitors like the FitBit, many on the leading edge of coolness are undoubtedly beginning to wonder: “When can my dog start wearing an activity tracker, too?” That day could be coming sooner rather than later.