Happy Friday! In this week’s roundup we follow up with another video streaming acquisition, look forward Apples’s iPhone 6 announcement and announce one bright strategic partnership. Welcome to Twelfth Weekly Roundup – with several news in the world of IT from Oxagile.
- Amazon has agreed to buy the massively popular video game streaming website Twitch in an all-cash deal totaling approximately $970 million. The acquisition underscored Amazon’s growing appetite for controlling and delivering content to digital devices, especially the tablets and smartphones made by Amazon. Google was unable to close the deal, because it was concerned about potential antitrust issues that could have come with the acquisition. The Mountain View, Calif. company already owns YouTube, the world’s most-visited content streaming site, which competes with Twitch to broadcast and stream live or on-demand video game sessions.
- WhatsApp likes to keep things simple, ignoring extra features such as stickers and games favored by Viber and Tango services. It also hits 600 million active users, as its boss and founder Jan Koum tweeted last week.
- Despite being late to the mobile payments game, Apple has enabled iPhone 6 to be able to deliver NFC-based wireless payments. Apple’s iPhone 6 announcement on Tuesday should soar sales and income for iOS mobile developers too.
- Oxagile has joined an extensive and proven network of strategic technology partners developed by Conax – a leading Norwegian company focusing on television encryption, conditional access, and digital TV content security.