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A new report on Silicon Alley Insider confirms what rumors were saying a few months ago: the board of executives in charge of Twitter turned down a bid of $2 billion from Microsoft and an astonishing bid of $10 billion from Google.
Given that the popular micro-blogging service’s revenues are in the tens of millions, I’d say it’s time for them to get their heads checked.
In yet another shady app-related move, Gadget Lab reports that Google has suspended the app for popular music streaming service Grooveshark from the Android Marketplace with no warning or explanation given to the developer. All they know for sure at this point was that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was somehow involved.
This is getting bad fast. First, Google sided with Sony in removing a completely legal PS1 emulator from the marketplace and now they’ve sided with one of the crookedest copyright enforcement agencies in the world. What happened to “do no evil”?
Outgoing Google CEO Eric Schmidt has done some dumb shit over the years but trying to get his own company to remove information about his political donations from the search results is definitely at the top of the list.
According to a new book about Google by author Steven Levy, Schmidt was shot down by Google exec Sheryl Sandberg, who is now serving as the COO of Facebook.
In a strange and somewhat disturbing move, Google has removed a rather popular – and completely legal – PlayStation 1 emulator from the Android Market without so much as a warning or explanation to the developer.
Emulators for other systems were left completely untouched, which is enough to make you wonder whether Google is doing Sony a favor ahead of the launch of their new Xperia Play phone, for which gamers will be able to buy classic PS1 games.
Amazon dropped a big bomb on the Internet today, stealing Google’s thunder with the release of a cloud storage and streaming service for music called Cloud Player. It works on both PC and Android devices.
Existing customers get 5GB of storage for free. New customers get 20GB with the purchase of an album via Amazon MP3 – at least for the next few weeks. You’ll otherwise be able to upgrade to 20GB for $20 yearly.
And yes, it even supports DRM-free iTunes purchases!
There are rumors flying that mobile communications giant Motorola is working on a new web-based operating system to compete with Android and iOS. They recently picked up several former Apple and Adobe engineers, and insiders are saying that they’re following the same development process that led to the release of webOS.
Of course, Motorola refuses to confirm anything. When asked, they reiterated that they’re committed to their partnership with Google and the Android environment.
Silicon Alley Insider is reporting on a rumor that Twitter executives are in “low-level” talks with both Facebook and Google regarding a possible acquisition to the tune of up to $10 billion – chump change considering that they value themselves at up to $100 billion.
Anyone want to buy What The Christ? I think it’s worth at least $10 million.
Ars Technica is reporting today that Sony’s legal division is threatening to sue anyone who dares to publish the PS3 jailbreak code on the web. They’re also trying to convince a judge to force Google to turn over the IP addresses of anyone who has even watched one of the many YouTube videos explaining how to hack your console.
On the one hand, I’m somewhat impressed by their aggressiveness. On the other, it’s hard to wrap my brain around what they’re trying to accomplish.
Well, at least part of the rumors from yesterday were true.
During Google’s demo of Android 3.0 Honeycomb today, they also launched the new Android web-based app store. It features over-the-air install capabilities and, at least in my opinion, closely resembles the Xbox Live web marketplace.
In addition to the new storefront, Google also announced that in-app purchasing has been added to the Android SDK, meaning devs will soon have the ability to harass you for micro-payments through your favorite “free” apps.
No announcement regarding Google Music was made, unfortunately.