E-Commerce Rivals Challenge Alibaba
Twitch Makes Gaming Spectator Sport
Google Buys Visual Effects Firm Zync
Mozilla Testing Ads on Firefox Nightly
Apple Denied Samsung Phone Ban
China's biggest property developer, Wanda Group, and Internet giants Baidu and Tencent unveiled a new e-commerce venture in a challenge to industry leader Alibaba ahead of its US IPO.
Since kids crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play Pac-Man, video games have been a spectator sport. But now there's Twitch, which draws millions of visitors watching people play games.
Tech giant Google has beefed up its cloud-computing platform by acquiring Zync, a Boston-based firm that specializes in visual effects rendering via the Internet with its Zync Render technology.
Sponsored ads now appear among suggested Web site boxes when Firefox Nightly users open new browser tabs. Firefox Nightly is the Mozilla browser version for very technical early adopters.
A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone, saying Apple hadn't proven the intellectual theft hurt sales.