Get your thumbs ready! Players have been waiting since February and now a fan-favorite app is making a comeback. The creator of Flappy Bird says he’s bringing the game back to Android and IOS. He says the game will return in August, and players will be able to challenge each other on a new multi-player platform when Flappy Bird 2 arrives. He also says that the game will be less addictive, but doesn’t give specifics on how. He previously pulled the app, saying it was too addictive and ruined his life.
Facebook is reportedly working on an app to compete with Snapchat. The new app is called Slingshot, and could be released as early as this month, according to the Financial Times. Slingshot would reportedly allow users to send short video and picture messages similar to Snapchat. Facebook tried to buy Snapchat last year for 3 billion dollars, but got turned down. Facebook attempted a self-destructing video sharing app called Poke in 2012, which also failed. Poke was removed from the app store a few weeks ago to make room for Slingshot.
And, AT&T has agreed to buy satellite TV provider DirecTV for $48.5 billion dollars. The deal allows AT&T to offer video, mobile, and broadband on one bill, and to deliver content to multiple screens — the living room TV, the PC, the tablet, and the cell phone. AT&T DirecTV has 26 million subscribers, and still needs regulatory approval.
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