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New owners infect Mi Control Center and other apps with insane ads and subscription prices

New owners infect Mi Control Center and other apps with insane ads and subscription prices

A company snapping up a popular Android developer can be a precursor to shenanigans. And shenanigans aren't anything new for Treydev Inc, a Romanian developer which we've reported on before. The dev makes popular custom user interfaces that mimic the behavior of Android device maker skins. Earlier this year Treydev's most popular apps were switched over to the developer account for ZipoApps, a holding company with a few dozen apps on the Play Store of varying function and quality.

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YouTube bought another TikTok-type thing

YouTube bought another TikTok-type thing

A casual observer might believe that YouTube is a site all about cats, or video game highlights, or anti-vaccine rants, or possibly just a repository of late night talk show bits. But no: the true purpose, as with almost all of Google's products, is to sell you stuff. To that end, YouTube is acquiring a smaller, weaker video site that's all about selling you stuff, albeit in a more direct way.

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Telltale Games revived, will start re-publishing old games and working on new titles soon

Telltale Games revived, will start re-publishing old games and working on new titles soon

Telltale Games was a widely successful studio, but in the midst of bad management decisions, it had to close its doors in September last year, taking down many of its critically acclaimed games along the way. It looks like the dead don't die, though. Alongside a relaunch of Telltale Games' website, a holding company called LCG Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it purchased the shattered ruins of the studio. It intends to re-release select games and develop new titles, continuing some of the brand's franchises.

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Weekend poll: How did you buy your current phone?

Weekend poll: How did you buy your current phone?

Earlier this week it the FCC agreed to allow Verizon to start locking the phones it sells for 60 days following activation. As you should expect, this will only affect phones purchased from the carrier, those that bring their own phones won't be affected, and that got us to thinking: Where do our readers get their phones? In North America, carrier subsidized phones are still very much a thing, though some other markets we know of prefer outright/unlocked purchases. So how did you get your current phone?

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SiriusXM plans to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion

SiriusXM plans to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion

Pandora has largely been overshadowed by Spotify in the world of music streaming, but it's still alive and kicking. Back in August, Pandora Premium support was finally added to Google Assistant, and T-Mobile began giving customers a year of Pandora Plus. Now the company has been acquired in an all-stock transaction by SiriusXM, valued at approximately $3.5 billion.

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Qualcomm won't be buying NXP, set to pay $2 billion termination fee

Qualcomm won't be buying NXP, set to pay $2 billion termination fee

Starting all the way back in 2016, Qualcomm set its sights on purchasing NXP. Both being huge semiconductor companies operating in overlapping fields, there was some question of consumer benefit and market competition if the deal went through. EU regulators expressed some concern before relenting, and back in June Chinese regulators were said to be ready to grant their own blessings. Turns out, China's enthusiasm may have been overstated, as Qualcomm is set to terminate the NXP acquisition based on the continued absence of regulatory approval from the Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), presumably as a result of the ongoing trade tensions between it and the US.

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Amazon has purchased smart security company Ring for a reported $1 billion

Amazon has purchased smart security company Ring for a reported $1 billion

Amazon has just purchased Ring, a company most famous for its smart doorbells. The cost? A reported $1 billion according to Reuters, making this one of Amazon's largest acquisitions in history. Ring will likely be kept as an independent business, though its products will likely see integration with Amazon's own.

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Pokémon GO developer Niantic just bought an AR backend company called Escher Reality

Pokémon GO developer Niantic just bought an AR backend company called Escher Reality

Pokémon GO is the poster child for augmented reality. Niantic didn't make quite as big a splash with its first AR game, Ingress, but our collective millennial Pokémon-themed childhood ensured that the company's second effort had a very different reception. Now Niantic looks to be making an investment for the future, as it's just purchased Escher Reality, a startup specializing in backend (read: multiplayer) solutions for VR. 

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MX Player reportedly being purchased by Indian media company Times Internet for $200 million

MX Player reportedly being purchased by Indian media company Times Internet for $200 million

Most of us using Android are probably familiar with MX Player. It's one of the highest rated video playback apps on the Play Store, with a tremendous 100 million to 500 million downloads. According to a report published by The Ken, the app has just been acquired for $200 $145 million by the Times Internet, a large Indian media company. 

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T-Mobile completes purchase of Layer3 TV

T-Mobile completes purchase of Layer3 TV

Near the end of last year, T-Mobile announced that it was buying Layer3 TV, an online television provider. T-Mobile said that it wanted to "un-carrier" the TV industry by offering its own service, and purchasing Layer3 was the first step. T-Mobile's acquisition of Layer3 is now complete, according to a press release from today.

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