Video streaming service Hulu is accepting initial acquisition bids starting on Wednesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Journal reported today that Google, Yahoo, Amazon.com, and DirecTV are among the companies interested in acquiring the video service. Although none of the companies has made an offer yet, the Journal's sources said the bids are expected to range from $500 million to $2 billion.
Talks of Hulu being acquired began in June when reports claimed Yahoo had approached the company to inquire about a possible buy. Soon after, Hulu's … Read more
Talk about a flashback to the early 2000s. Tower defense (TD) games are still kicking strong, and just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Symphonic Tower Defense rolls around.
Symphonic Tower Defense is a rhythmic tower defense game by FrozenFire and JonSandness and is currently featured on Newgrounds as one of the top most played games on the site. In true Plants vs. Zombies style, Symphonic takes a linear, multilane, music-driven approach to the tower defense genre.
Google's not-so-secret gaming ambitions for its new social network are no longer under wraps.
Google today announced a gaming element for Google+, the social network the company launched at the end of June. The new offering lets Google+ users play games from within the social network, including some that can be played with other Google+ users.
Some of the launch games include Rovio's Angry Birds, PopCap's Bejeweled Blitz, and Zynga's Poker. It's a tiny collection compared to what's offered on Facebook, which has made a booming business by offering social games that players can … Read more
I'm writing this article with a large rescue cat draped across my keyboard (yes, it's hard to type). Not every feline is as fortunate to have a home.
Animal shelters have tried out kitty Webcams to boost adoption rates. AprioriControl is raising the bar with iPet Companion, interactive online kitten playrooms that put viewers in control of feathery, flighty, and fluffy cat toys.
The kitty playrooms are currently up and running at shelters in Idaho, Iowa, and Oregon. I stopped off at the site for the Clinton Humane Society in Iowa where kittens named Dori, Nemo, Marlin, and Bruce rolled, tumbled, and attacked the remote-control toys.
Each shelter determines certain play hours. You may end up in a short queue when you drop by to play with the furry critters. The toys are attached to motors. Push the button on your browser to make them dance and whirl.
When it's your turn, you also control the direction of the Webcam. A live chat box lets you join in all the ooing and cooing from other users. You'll see gems like: "they r sooo cute lookit the kittys look it look it." It's easy to turn into a pile of text-speak mush when you're watching kittens play.… Read more
Hulu is going international for the first time with plans to expand its subscription service to Japan later this year.
The company didn't give too many specifics in yesterday's blog announcing the move. But it sounds like Japanese consumers will be getting their own version of Hulu Plus with access to films and TV shows across PCs, TVs, smartphones, and tablets, all for one monthly price.
Why Japan? The company cited a few reasons for expanding its service to Japanese customers.
Noting that Japanese audiences are "passionate" about video content, Hulu said it sees an "… Read more
Major Hollywood figures are working with Activision on Call of Duty Elite, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg revealed today during an address at the Pacific Crest Global Technology Leadership Forum in Colorado.
Call of Duty Elite is an online community for the franchise's players. The service, which is currently available by invite-only, allows users to find others to play Call of Duty with, as well as enter tournaments to compete for virtual and real-world prizes. The service also includes access to strategy videos, information on weapons, and better intel on multiplayer maps.
When the service launches publicly in November, … Read more
Words With Friends can now be played on Facebook, the game's publisher, Zynga, announced today.
Originally made available in 2009, Words With Friends has been a hit among iOS- and Android-device users. The game resembles Scrabble by requiring users to form words on a board complete with boxes for double and triple-score letters and words. The game adds some social flair by letting players take on friends from their respective devices. According to the Words With Friends listing in Apple's App Store, the game has more than 20 million players around the globe.
The video streaming and rental company reached the milestone last month, Netflix said yesterday. The one-millionth subscriber was Amanda Bell James of Flin Flon, Manitoba. To mark the event, Netflix gave James a free lifetime membership.
The critically acclaimed "Mad Men" is now available on Netflix's streaming service.
According to the company, all four seasons of the show are available for users to start streaming right now. Future seasons of the show will be added each year after they air on the AMC network.
In April, Netflix acquired the rights to stream "Mad Men." At the time, the Los Angeles Times reported that the company paid $900,000 per episode just to get its hands on the show. Netflix never confirmed that report.
Televisions that can connect to the Web and offer built-in applications are set to see strong sales growth in the coming years, a new study from research firm In-Stat has found.
According to the company, shipments of smart TVs will be up by an average of 36 percent over the next five years.
Built-in applications are becoming an increasingly common feature in HDTVs. A host of HDTV makers, including Samsung, Vizio, and Panasonic, among others, currently offer users the ability to access apps from their televisions. Several companies offer apps on televisions, including Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube.