Nightly Jun 25

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  2. Apple: Apple’s rumored 4.7-inch “iPhone 6” handset is not expected to come with optical image stabilization (OIS) components. Only the 5.5-inch model will come with OIS. Both iPhone 6 versions will use an 8-megapixel Sony sensor customized especially for Apple so we are still good 😀
  3. Apple: Apple TV got an update. It added four new channels – ABC, AOL On, PBS Kids and Willow TV. Yahoo’s Flickr app also got a redesign to make it more appealing for the big screen.
  4. Facebook: Facebook’s Snapchat rival Slingshot now available worldwide for both iOS and Android.
  5. Google: Bloomberg had an exclusive interview with Sundar Pichai, the head of Google’s Android and Chrome. My favorite part: When ask what did he think of when Tim Cook said Android is a “toxic hell stew of vulnerabilities.” He responded saying “History shows typically that malware is also targeted at the more popular operating system.” This interview is two pages long but it is very entertaining.
  6. Oculus: Oculus VR, Facebook’s virtual reality gaming headset company, has announced that it has acquired Carbon Design. Carbon Design is known for its exquisite consumer electronics designs and product engineering. It has designed numerous devices like the Xbox 360 controller, a racing wheel controller and the original Microsoft Kinect.
  7. Opera: Browser maker turn mobile ad company Opera is acquiring AdColony to bolster its mobile video ad capabilities. The deal will be $75 million in cash for AdColony, plus potential earn-out payments of up to $275 million.
  8. Skyscanner: Edinburgh-based travel booking firm Skyscanner announced it has acquired Youbibi, its China clone. Seldom do we see international internet companies buying up Chinese startups and this is one of the rare cases. However, I believe this is also the start.
  9. Snapchat: Snapchat has just poached away Facebook’s Global Director of the Preferred Marketing Developer program, Mike Randall. This means ads could be coming soon onto Snapchat?
  10. Viddsee: Viddsee an asian short films portal launched a 20-episode web series, titled ‘Get Social’. Its a comedy about four twenty-odd-year-olds working in a social media marketing agency. If you are in marketing or an ad agency, you will see lots of familiar situations.
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