Friday, 25 July 2014

Google to buy game streamer Twitch

Google’s YouTube division is reportedly in charge of the acquisition of Twitch, a live game streaming company, for a reported $1 billion
We don't know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that Twitch investors who participated in past rounds are pleased that they will be getting significant returns that are multiple times the amount they originally invested. The deal underscores the value of live Internet streaming and the rise of competitive gaming as a spectator sport — something that draws millions of viewers, can offer prize pools that surpass pro golf’s marquee events, and provides a multibillion dollar opportunity for advertisers.

Google and Spotisfy at $10 billion - not a marriage made in heaven

Google turns down investment opportunity in Spotisfy... and you can see why... If Google charged users $10 per month it would take 8 years to recover the initial investment... Google would be hoping for bigger growth. It also appears that Larry Page is not a big fan of subscription services.

Spotify was said to be asking about $10 billion from Google, which is a bit much considering their $4 billion valuation. That $10 billion represents about $1,000 for every paying Spotify user. There are roughly 30 million using Spotify’s free service.

New YouTube head Susan Wojcicki is said to have been wildly enthusiastic about snapping up Spotify. In December, Google notified the SEC they were looking to acquire a foreign company with a $4-5 billion valuation. That deal never manifested, but it lines up nicely with this report.

Also the Guardian covers the reasons for the deal may or may not work Spotify: seven reasons why Google might buy the streaming music service And a few why it might not, despite rumours that internet giant is in the frame for $10bn acquisition

Please. Stop Using Git...

A subverted approach to telling you just how good Git really is.

Please. Stop Using Git. - Matthew McCullough

A years worth of development and still no beta release... are you working on a [FR]Agile project?

A years worth of development and still no beta release... are you working on a [FR]Agile project?

You might recognise some of the traits.

What would happen if Adolf Hitler attended a Scrum sprint review? Well sit back and enjoy...

Hitler at a sprint review

I see the concept of "water scrum fall" all the time, but I wonder what Hitler would say of it if he was an Agile coach.

Watch and see....

Hitler the Agile Coach

The Downfall of Agile Hitler

UK government makes ODF its official documents format standard

UK makes ODF its official documents format standard

The UK Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude, said in prepared remarks the, "Government will begin using open formats that will ensure that citizens and people working in government can use the applications that best meet their needs when they are viewing or working on documents together."

Specifically the selected standards are:
PDF/A or HTML for viewing government documents
ODF for sharing or collaborating on government documents

The UK made this decision, Maude said, because: "Our long-term plan for a stronger economy is all about helping UK businesses grow. We have listened to those who told us that open standards will reduce their costs and make it easier to work with government. This is a major step forward for our digital-by-default agenda which is helping save citizens, businesses and taxpayers £1.2 billion ($2.05bn) over this Parliament."

Monday, 21 July 2014

Chrome: Project Athena, adds Android L-style design to Chrome OS

Project Athena to bring Android L-style design to Chrome OS

athena: Add a minimal executable for just the UI.

athena_ui_main is a small executable that creates an aura host window
and builds the athena UI on it. This should make it easier to play with
the UI (a la ash_shell etc.)