Weekly Technology News
Few Gleanings from my perusing the Internet.
Nintendo is Making Smartphone Games with Japanese Company DeNA – Nintendo has long resisted the call of mobile gaming, but today it entered the space in a big way. The company has announced that it will team up with DeNA, a major Japanese mobile gaming company, to make smartphone games featuring Nintendo characters. The two companies “intend to jointly operate new gaming applications featuring Nintendo IP, which they will develop specifically for smart devices,” according to a Nintendo statement.
AT&T-DirecTV Merger Escapes Heat as All Eyes on Comcast – AT&T’s proposed acquisition of DirecTV is getting a smoother ride from regulators and industry rivals, who instead are directing their firepower at a merger deal between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. FCC filings and interviews with several people familiar with the Justice Department show the AT&T-DirecTV deal is getting far less attention than Comcast’s agreement to buy Time Warner Cable. The FCC has received nearly 20 petitions to deny Comcast’s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, but only five such petitions for AT&T-DirecTV, a review of disclosures shows. Muted opposition does not necessarily guarantee a painless regulatory process for AT&T and DirecTV, but it does reduce pressure on regulators, whose bar is high for rejecting a merger, antitrust and FCC experts say.
Sling TV Launches on Xbox One – Sling TV released an app to make the service available via the Xbox One, the first gaming console to support the TV service. Current Xbox Live members who have an Xbox One can get one month of Sling TV free, after downloading the Sling TV app from the Xbox One Apps Store. Additionally, the first five thousand customers who purchase an Xbox One in a Microsoft retail store or at MicrosoftStore.com between March 17, 2015 and March 22, 2015 will receive three free months of Sling TV service. The over-the-top (OTT) service also said it will expand its core package by the end of March with A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime. The core package will remain at $20.
TechCrunch; The Verge . Reuters; Consumerist. Forbes, online; Engadget;
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