Apple has applied for Apple TV trademark protection for video game purposes in 60 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and North America. Also, the company applied in Jamaica in August; Jamaica does not have a searchable online trademark database.
The four major wireless carriers in the US sold about 975,000 Apple Watches in the fourth quarter, with Verizon selling the most, per data from Counterpoint Research. Overall, 2.9 million watches were sold in the quarter in the US, the data show.
More than 1.2 million people signed a petition urging Snapchat to abandon its recent redesign, and Snap acknowledged the discomfort associated with the change. However, the company indicated it's committed to keeping the design but also pointed to an upcoming feature to allow customization.
Spotify is seeking candidates to fill open positions on its hardware team, per job listings reported by MusicAlly. The listings don't give specific details as to the type of hardware the company is looking to release, though many have speculated that it could be a wearable device for streaming music.
New iPads may be on the way, as suggested by approvals by the Eurasian Economic Commission for two new Apple products. The clearances typically point to the introduction of new hardware within one or two weeks in the EEC region, which includes Russia.
March Madness is among the major sporting events coming to YouTube as part of recent content deals, giving the platform a big leg up in an increasingly competitive over-the-top field. However, Amazon Prime is gearing up as the leading rival, with new or expected deals for NFL football, tennis and soccer, writes Daniel Roberts.
Signal plans to build on its secure encrypted communications with the newly established Signal Foundation. It will be headed by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who's contributing $50 million to the foundation's mission of secure communications and potentially the development of new apps with a privacy focus.
Public companies are called upon to publicly reveal more about potential cybersecurity risks even if they haven't suffered a breach, according to new Securities and Exchange Commission guidelines. The guidance also bars corporate insiders from trading shares in their companies on the basis of non-public cybersecurity information.
Google followed through on promises to combine Android Pay and Google Wallet by releasing Google Pay in the Google Play store yesterday. Peer-to-peer payments are not available on this platform yet, but the company expects to offer this feature in the next few months.
Members of the global social network Mom.life have been awarding advice-sharing mothers with "Blooms," and now Mom.life is giving substance to those rewards in the form of cryptocurrency. Mom.life has more than 1 million users worldwide.
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