July 1, 2011 Leave a comment
I hope you’re enjoying our grand opening day celebrations! It’s now time to take a look at the top stories dominating the tech world today:
Google in Talks to buy Hulu?
Various media are reporting today that Google is in preliminary talks with Hulu in an effort to add them to the unstoppable Internet empire’s already sterling portfolio of services. Hulu, the top online distributor of television shows on the Internet, has prepared itself for sale by working with creators of the content that is shown on it’s website. The media is also reporting that Yahoo is a potential buyer for the company. Who will win the war? Only time will tell!
Facebook to Launch Video Chat Service?
Facebook sent out an invitation to the media today inviting them to an announcement that they will be making next week. Popular tech site TechCrunch has reported that the social media giant will announce a video chatting service, similar to the Google+ Hangouts feature on Google+. Furthermore, TechCrunch is reporting that the video chat service will be created in a partnership with Skype. If not a video chat service that will be announced, another possibility is the long-awaited iPad app.
Twitter hits 200,000,000 tweets per day!
Lots of milestones hit this week. Twitter announced that their popular microblogging service has surpassed 200 million tweets per day. This is up from 65 million tweets per day around a year ago. It makes you wonder, though–how many of these tweets are considered spam? To put this into perspective: Digital Lust’s new Twitter account was just launched today and has already turned away a few prosti-twits from following it.
Windows Phone Marketplace hits 25,000 apps
Windows Phone 7 launched late last year, and already has hit 25,000 apps. Of course, this is nowhere near the amount of apps that are present on the Android Market or the Apple App Store. Windows Phone 7 is quickly gaining steam, however, and it will certainly be interesting to see how it is performing this time next year.
App Store hits 100,000 iPad apps
It seems that all of the major mobile corporations with the exception of RIM have great milestones to celebrate this week. The Apple App Store hit 100,000 iPad-optimized apps today, which is a number several times greater than other tablet app providers. Now if only Hanging with Friends HD would hurry up and come out…
Android hits 500,000 activations per day!
Finally in milestones, perhaps even the most impressive: Android has achieved over 500,000 activations per day worldwide. This is significant, folks. At this rate, Android is poised to take over all other mobile operating systems in a very short amount of time. It will certainly be interesting to see how long this growth continues before slowing down, and also what other developers will do to try and steal some of that growth away from Google.
Google+ Invites Invade eBay
Google+ launched this week for a very limited beta. Shortly after the beta began, Google opened up invites for it’s users to begin handing out to their friends. These invites were unlimited, and it became insanely popular very quickly–even to the point where they had to shut down invites to alleviate traffic issues that they began having on the new service. On eBay, various Google+ users are posting new auctions for invites, with prices ranging right around $75. Is it worth it? Probably not. But seriously, if someone wants to toss a Google+ invite my way, I’ll totally understand.
Playstation Network Welcome Back Package Ends This Sunday
After the Playstation Network relaunched late last month after being hacked and shut down for 4 weeks, Sony released a comprehensive Welcome Back package that included 2 free games (inFamous and Dead Nation, FTW!), a 30 day free subscription to Playstation Plus, movie rentals, and other free content. This Sunday, the plug will be pulled on the package, so if you haven’t already, make sure to go and get your free stuff!
And that about does it for today’s installment of Digital Lust Daily. Be sure to check back every weekday for a quick summation of all of the latest news in the digital world.