News Byte

Rdio Killed the Vdio Star

Not even a year old, and already Vdio is taking a dirt nap. Rdio said on Friday that it is scrapping the nascent video-streaming platform with which it had hoped to take on Netflix and Hulu. “Despite our efforts, we were not able to deliver the differentiated customer experience we had hoped for, and so Vdio is now closed,” the company said in a message to users of the service. Evidently, Rdio’s bottom line has taken precedence over its dreams of becoming a global entertainment streaming platform.

News Byte

Yahoo Acquires Another Video Startup

Yahoo has acquired QuikIO, a cross-platform streaming video startup, according to a report from technology site Pando. Three of QuikIO’s employees have joined Yahoo as part of the deal, and the startup’s flagship product will be shut down to current customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Yahoo did not immediately respond to AllThingsD’s request for comment.

Katie Couric Deal to Become Yahoo’s “Global News Anchor” Set to Be Announced Monday

It looks like the deal that AllThingsD wrote about in August is finally happening.
couricyahoo380

AllThingsD Week in Review: Snapchat’s Many Suitors, and Finding the Fastest 4G LTE Signal

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
SnapchatPic-feature

Yahoo’s Mayer Now Chit-Chatting With Ryan Seacrest About Content Ideas

Maybe a singing competition? Nope, he’s been there. Maybe a radio show? Yipes, he’s done that. Perhaps a New Year’s broadcast from New York’s Times Square. Does this guy get any sleep?
900x600-ryanseacrest-600x400

Machinima Looks Beyond YouTube for More Gamers, Partners With Twitch

A new destination for the YouTube giant. But will the gamer-specific audience make a difference?
ac4

Nvidia’s Solution for “Not Enough Games” on Shield: We’ll Do It Without the Developers

One of the advantages of controlling a device’s hardware: You can easily do stuff it wasn’t originally intended to do.
nvidia_shield

Apple’s Safari Made Up Most Mobile Browser Traffic in Q2

Safari wins, but not in all cases.
safari_apple

Spotify Is Not the Cloud-Based Music Service of the Future Thom Yorke Is Looking For

It’s like this mind trick going on, people are like ‘with technology, it’s all going to become one in the cloud and all creativity is going to become one thing and no one is going to get paid and it’s this big super intelligent thing.’ Bullshit.

— Musician Thom Yorke, in an interview with Mexican website Sopitas, (via the Guardian), attacking Spotify once again. For good measure, Yorke called the music streaming service “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.”

Cloud Video for You and Your Friends’ Many Devices

Walt reviews RealPlayer Cloud, which lets users of many different devices store their videos online and share them with others.
PJ-BQ731_PTECHJ_DV_20130924184515