Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for March 05, 2014:
- CNN has sold Zite to Flipboard. The nine-year-old news reading app was a competitor to the larger Flipboard. As part of the deal, CNN will launch custom Flipboard magazines headed by CNN anchors, including Fareed Zakaria, Jake Tapper, and John King. The deal is valued at $60 million. Read more at flipboard.com.
- Well, it’s finally happened. A company has been granted the rights to stream the equivalent of cable TV service over the Internet. In a ground-breaking deal between Dish Network and The Walt Disney Company, Dish will be allowed to stream Disney’s movies and channels to phones, tablets and other devices without the viewers needing a cable subscription. In exchange for those rights, Dish agree to delay its ad-skipping feature for three days after shows air. Read more at bloomberg.com.
- It seems that BlackBerry just can’t catch a break. First, BlackBerry users were hit yesterday by a six-hour service outage in Canada, where the company is based, and also the Asian-Pacific region. And in an unrelated report, some 94% of BlackBerry users traded in their BlackBerrys for a non-BlackBerry phone when given the chance by a T-Mobile promotion, according to an internal T-Mobile memo obtained by Cam Bunton at Tmo news. Read more at tmonews.com.
- Roku announced the Roku Streaming Stick yesterday. The TV dongle plugs into a TV’s HDMI port, but it’s about the size of a USB thumb drive, giving it most of the features of a full-size Roku box. Read more at businesswire.com.
- Yahoo will stop letting you log in to using Facebook or Google. A Yahoo ID will be required, even for sites like Flickr and the company’s various sports-related sites. Read more at reuters.com.
- PC sales are still dropping. A new report from IDC says PC sales dropped by nearly 9 percent last year, and will decline another 6.1 percent this year. Although that may not surprise anyone, IDC predicted something surprising: They expect the smartphone market in China is expected to slow down next year to about 10 percent growth. Read more at idc.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for March 05, 2014.