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Sprint - NFL + ESPN = Not too Bad

posted Thursday Apr 8, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Sprint - NFL + ESPN = Not too Bad

Sprint has had a long history with sports. Many years ago, ESPN launched their own mobile offering - ESPN Mobile - that was run on Sprint's mobile network using rebranded Sprint phones, most notably the Samsung A900. Later, Sprint gained an exclusive deal with the NFL to provide Sprint NFL Live, an app available on almost all of their handsets, that provided streaming of live content as well as news stories, special announcements and exclusive videos. Recently, however, Sprint NFL Live was shut down because Verizon Wireless offered almost double, a total of $720 million, to take the exclusivity away from Sprint.

YouTube Outage Stirs Up Rumors, China Not to Blame

posted Sunday Mar 28, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

YouTube Outage Stirs Up Rumors, China Not to Blame

Rumor alert, rumor alert! There was talk earlier this week that the YouTube outage was caused by outside tampering, but the rumor has been put to rest.

As we know, Google has pulled the plug on censorship in China earlier this week, leaving room for speculation surrounding the YouTube outage. Technical problems caused the site to be down for only about an hour on Thursday morning, and in no way is related to Google's recent move.

Twitter Still Trying To Figure Out That Business Model Thingy

posted Sunday Mar 28, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Twitter Still Trying To Figure Out That Business Model Thingy

Here at PLuGHiTz Live! Radio, we have been forcing ourselves to keep pace with the ever growing and quickly changing world of Twitter. It's been a while so feel free to catch up on what's happened so far with Twitter Gets Another Cool $100 Million....Seriously? and Twitter Is Worth One Billion? Why?. Otherwise this is what has been going on since we last reported Twitter's exploits, or lack there of. Biz Stone and Evan Williams finally presented a business model at the South by Southwest interactive festival in March as promised.

Wait. What's that? I'm sorry, this just came in that in fact that didn't happen.

Toys R Us Kids All Grown Up

posted Sunday Mar 28, 2010 by Josh Henry

Toys R Us Kids All Grown Up

The problem with the Easter weekend is that it's one of the many holidays celebrated the world over in which we don't get presents. Don't get me wrong, peeps are delicious and extremely satisfying but not as satisfying as getting a brand new game half off. Thanks to Toys R Us that has been made possibility.

On April 2nd and 3rd, stores nationwide, as well as the retailer's site, will offer the sale on its entire stock of video games, among other non-gaming goods. You could pick up two MW2's for you and a friend who just haven't had the money to afford shooting up terrorists. Or you could pick yourself up copies of Skate and Skate 2, so you can catch yourself up on the franchise in anticipation for Skate 3.

What games have you been waiting for a deal on to purchase and are you going to take advantage of this sale to buy it?

Warhammer for Free

posted Sunday Mar 28, 2010 by Josh Henry

Warhammer for Free

It seems our friends at EA Mythic are really trying to get themselves some more subscribers. Recently they have made their "Unlimited Trial" instantly upgradeable! Meaning what you may ask? This basically means that if you already have a trial version of Warhammer Online downloaded you now are no longer required to buy a retail version of the game to gain access to everything the game has to offer. Instead, you can just upgrade you account and all you have to do is pay a subscription fee of $15 per month. While it is nice that you don't have to shell out an additional $10, yes that's right - the game is only $10, it gives us a little glimpse into how well Warhammer Online is doing and just how big its current player base is.

Do you play Warhammer Online? Let us know why or why not in the comments section below.

Kindle App for iPad May Make Amazon the Prime E-Book Supplier

posted Sunday Mar 28, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Kindle App for iPad May Make Amazon the Prime E-Book Supplier

For over a year the Kindle app for the iPhone has been available in Apple's App Store, and just last week Amazon released a beta version of its Kindle app to the Mac platform, allowing users to purchase e-books on their various Apple electronics. We were wondering what those two moves meant for Amazon when we learned that Amazon also plans to launch a free Kindle app for the iPad and other tablet devices. Now things seem to be a little clearer to us.

The move is huge for Amazon, because this allows them to move into a whole sector of the market which would otherwise be locked into the iTunes Store to download e-books. With the ability to select from over 450,000 titles, this now puts Amazon at the top of the list when it comes to where consumers go to purchase e-books for their on-the-go needs.

The app will also include their Whispersync technology which is found in the PC and BlackBerry versions as well, that will remember and sync up your last page read. Basically this means you can go from device to device, picking up where you last left off on your reading, not to mention keeping all your bookmarks, highlights and notes as well.

Ian Freed, VP for Kindle at Amazon, had this to say to the New York Times:

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