Tech News Today for November 21, 2016
Tech News for Monday November 21, 2016
Oracle just announced that it has acquired DNS provider Dyn for a reported some of over $600 million dollars, according to Fortune. Dyn is the internet traffic company that suffered the massive distributed denial of service attack in October that brought down a large part of the Internet and was apparently caused by our additction to internet of things devices. Dyn's 35-year-old CEO says that the company survived their startup phase by adding a "Donate" button to the website they created from their college dormroom. Read more at businessinsider.com
Sources close to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg are saying that Apple has given up on its wireless router business as it aims to refocus on its biggest revenue drivers. It’s AirPort series of routers saw regular upgrades in years past but hasn’t been updated since 2013, and the transition of the team has reportedly been taking place over the course of the past year. Read more at bloomberg.com.
Apple says they'll replace the faulty battery in your iPhone 6s, or at least some of them. Apple will replace models manufactured between September and October of last year that suddenly quit without warning when they should have enough battery to last several more hours. They'll replace them for no charge. Read more at computerworld.com.
Amazon is working hard to make its video offerings more appealing to Prime subscribers. The Wall Street Journal says that the company is pursuing deals to get major live sporting events on the service, with talks underway with the NBA, MLB and NFL. Part of the talks hints at an exclusive sports package which would be purhcased as an additional component to the Prime subscription in an effort to appeal to new users. Read more at cnbc.com.
Instagram is launching a few new features today in what the company's director of product calls, "a pivot." Talking to TechCrunch, the Instagram rep said the company wants to be part of all your moments, not just your highlights. To that end, you will now be able to stream live on your Instagram story and you'll be able to stream live videos to friends and groups through Instagram direct. Those videos will disappear faster than you can say Snapchat, too. The ephemeral quality of the videos is meant to create a sense of urgency in your Snapchat friends and followers. Read more at techcrunch.com.
Megan Morrone and Jason Howell are joined today by Eric Newcomber of Bloomberg Tech to talk about the big changes happening with food delivery service Munchery. Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. You can subscribe to the show and get it on-demand at twit.tv/tnt.