Tech 2.0 for Monday, February 10, 2014

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 2/10 1:51 pm


A new Nielsen company study says consumers increasingly are watching TV programs on their own schedule. In the past year, U.S. viewers' monthly time-shifting of TV fare grew by almost two hours, according to a Nielsen report released Monday. Such viewing averages 13 hours each month. Television still remains central to media consumption, the study found, despite the increase in time-shifting viewing and streaming video through a computer or smartphone. On average, American consumers own four digital devices, the report found. The majority of U.S. households own high-definition TV sets, Internet-connected computers and smartphones, while nearly half also own digital video recorders and gaming consoles. An offbeat survey finding: 40 percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 24 use social media in the bathroom.

Google has ended a trial run of transporting workers to the company's Silicon Valley campus by water, and it's unclear whether the tech giant will continue the ferry service. The month-long pilot program, which took employees from San Francisco's Ferry Building to Redwood City and a five-day ferry servicing employees who live in the East Bay ended Friday. In recent months, Google has been at the center of a San Francisco controversy over private buses that several large tech companies use to transport workers to Silicon Valley. Some community members say the buses are congesting city bus stops, so the city recently voted to charge the companies for each stop the buses make.

The creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it had ruined his life. The game which was uploaded in 2013 but only surged to the top in downloads earlier this year was removed early Monday. Creator Nguyen Ha Dong, 29, from Hanoi, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the Internet sensation caused by the game "ruins my simple life" and he now hated it. Dong's move comes amid claims he was using tricks to artificially increase downloads. Vietnamese media reported that the game made $50,000 a day in advertising revenue. So some people who already have it loaded on their phones have those phones up for auction on ebay. They're looking for hundreds, even thousands of dollars, so you can get your wings flapping.

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