Research in Motion announced that it will release the long-awaited next edition of its phone early next year. The new product has been said to be make or break for the company and its fledging reputation.
In an interview with Business Insider at SXSW, Chet Kanojia, CEO of the TV-over-the-Web company Aereo, dismisses the major networks’ threats to stop broadcasting for free if Aereo wins its upcoming Supreme Court case. ”They make the same threat every time,” Kanojia said. “Are they really going to be permitted to disenfranchise people who can’t afford cable?” [Source: Business Insider]
Being a Wikipedia editor may pay off after all. Harvard has posted a job listing for a “Wikipedian in Residence.” The job basically entails acting as a liaison between Harvard’s Houghton Library and the Wikipedia community. [Source: Verge]
A CitiGroup analyst believes that Pinterest will launch its ads API as early as the end of the year. That means advertisers will be able to plug in their ads directly to Pinterest, just like they do with Facebook. [Source: Business Insider]
The mother of 5-year-old was dismayed to learn that her child was able to purchase $65.95 playing the game Marvel Run Jump without it asking for a parental password. Because of this, she is joining a class action lawsuit suing Google over this issue. [Source: CNET]
Alibaba has announced its plans to purchase a 60 percent stake in ChinaVision Media Group. The company is going to shell out HKD $6.24 billion (around USD $804 million) for the buy. [Source: TechCrunch]
Omniata, a San Francisco-based company that analyzes various metrics for gaming and mobile companies, has raised a $5.2 million round of funding. The brings the company’s total capital raised thus far to $6.8 million. [Source: Venture Beat]
Sean Rad, the CEO of mobile hookup app Tinder, has revealed that the company will soon allow celebrity Tinder-ers to verify that they are, indeed, who they say they are. He says this is due to a recent increase of celebrities dabbling with app. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
“Twitter is no longer simply a place where people come to make jokes and drop quickie status updates. It’s practically infrastructure: a core component of the global communications system. Twitter is too big, too grown up, too vital to experience significant downtime anymore.”
The National Security Agency has expanded malware programs that allow it to monitor a computer’s activity, prevent their targets from visiting specific websites, or access a computer’s microphone and webcams, according to the Intercept.