- It will run on different types of PCs, not just Windows like the Games Arcade test
- The desktop platform provides a distraction-free gaming environment uncluttered by other Facebook features like the News Feed
- It will support the traditional casual Facebook games, mobile games ported from iOS and Android, and Unity says it will likely support more “immersive” hardcore games like you typically see on Steam or consoles, as there’s no plans for a limit on genres or specs right now
- It will offer discoverability so gamers can find titles to play
- Facebook will provide a revenue split for game publishers, though it’s unclear if it will deviate from the industry standard 30% it’s used in the past
To do that, Uber has quietly snapped up Otto, a promising startup that launched this year to bring self-driving technology to trucks. Otto’s technology can be fitted to existing trucks, and, according to Bloomberg, the technology will be adapted to create a lidar — laser detection — system to power autonomous Uber vehicles. The Otto acquisition is hugely notable, not only for the technology but the personnel involved. The company was founded by former Googlers Anthony Levandowski, Lior Ron, Don Burnette, and Claire Delaunay. Levandowski led Google’s self-driving car efforts, Ron was an executive on Google Maps and Motorola, while other staff have spent time with Apple, Tesla and other notable automotive firms. The deal is set to close as soon as this month, after which Levandowski will lead Uber’s driverless car efforts. In addition, two new R&D centers will open up to speed the technology’s development. “We were really excited about building something that could be launched early,” Levandowski told Bloomberg of why he left Google. His additional comments — which include calling Kalanick a “brother from another mother” — hint at frustrations with the slow speed of development from Google’s self-driving project. Uber, it seems, is more willing to move forward with self-driving at a faster pace. Time will tell how that plays out, but we’ll get our first glimpse soon enough. SOURCE: TECHCRUNCH
The New York Times reported yesterday that the Twitter app may be coming to Apple TV — and with it, Twitter’s live streaming content. If the two companies reach a deal by fall, Apple TV users could potentially watch Twitter’s live coverage of NFL games on their screens, since a deal between Twitter and the NFL to live stream the games has already been signed.
Football fans in the US can gain online access to live and on-demand preseason games by purchasing a NFL.com Game Pass. iPhone users can also download the NFL app and watch live game streams on their phones, but only if they are Verizon Wireless customers. With the Twitter app, fans could potentially get access to at least some games for free.
Announced at the beginning of April, the deal with the NFL allows Twitter to live stream 10 of the 16 Thursday Night Football games. The games will still air on CBS, NBC and the NFL Network, as well as their respective web sites.
Twitter’s live streaming efforts have been countless during the summer, and not limited to sports coverage. After its live coverage of Wimbledon, Twitter announced another deal to live stream three Bloomberg shows on tech, finance and politics, as well as the network’s markets coverage. At the end of July, the company significantly expanded its live sports plans by reaching an accord to live stream games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Last but not least, a couple of weeks ago Twitter signed a partnership with Eleague to live stream its first e-sports competition.