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What’s Twitch? Gamers Know, and Amazon Is Spending $1 Billion on It

The video in video games is suddenly a billion-dollar business. Video games have long been something people played. But in the last few years, thanks in part to fast Internet access and multiplayer games, the games have become something that people sit back and watch, too. On Monday, that new habit enticed the web giant … Continue reading

Steve Ballmer is out at Microsoft

In a public exchange of letters, the former Microsoft CEO announced that he is stepping down from the software company’s board, effective immediately. Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Ballmer for his service to the firm, and for his “support” during his early days as CEO. The Ballmer era is over. Ballmer’s letter is worth … Continue reading

Microsoft considering new name for Internet Explorer

In an “Ask Me Anything” chat on Reddit last week, engineers from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team fielded questions about the world’s most infamous Web browser. Answering a question about whether Microsoft ever considered “rebranding and changing the name of Internet Explorer,” the team conceded that it has — and is. “It’s been suggested internally,” the … Continue reading

Google Tests New Music Ads

Image of one of Google’s new “Listen Now” ads Google is testing “Listen Now” ads with Spotify, Rhapsody and Apple‘s AAPL +0.28% Beats Music, the latest in a string of new ad formats that can simplify purchases for consumers. Search for the name of a musical artist, from “The Beatles” to “Miley Cyrus” to “Camille Saint-Saens,” … Continue reading

Yahoo teams up with Google on encrypted webmail

At the hacker conference Black Hat, Yahoo’s new security honcho promises that Yahoo Mail will be encrypted end-to-end in 2015. Yahoo Mail will be encrypted end-to-end sometime next year, the company promises. Yahoo LAS VEGAS — Your webmail will be safer from prying eyes — at some point next year. That’s the promise that Yahoo … Continue reading

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