Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Updated: 4/30/2013 3:34 pm


The CEO of Softbank, which is trying to buy a majority ownership in Sprint, says a competing bid from Dish is based on "incomplete and illusory" numbers. Dish Network Corp. has characterized its $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel Corp. as superior to Softbank's. In a presentation Tuesday in Tokyo, Softbank Corp. CEO Masayoshi Son said the comparison is not "apples to apples" and omits crucial factors. Softbank agreed in October to buy 70 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion. That deal is set to close July 1. Dish launched its competing bid for all of Sprint two weeks ago. A committee of Sprint's board is examining it. Wall Street analysts view Dish's bid as superior. Son says Softbank's deal is worth 21 percent more than Dish's, all factors considered.

A Web series about a 4-inch-tall crime fighter created by "The Office" star Ed Helms is coming to Yahoo. The Sunnyvale, California-based website announced the series Monday night in a presentation to advertisers in New York. The show is called "Tiny Commando" and stars Helms, "Chuck" actor Zachary Levi and "Community" actress Gillian Jacobs. Following in Netflix's footsteps, Yahoo will release all episodes at once this fall. Yahoo also unveiled two other new series, one with former "Full House" star John Stamos and the other with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Cheryl Hines. Yahoo also announced it is partnering with the WWE to make the Web portal an online hub for professional wrestling videos. Yahoo will produce a 30-minute pre-show to the WWE's "Monday Night Raw" and distribute two weekly wresting series.

The Huffington Post is expanding its footprint in Europe. It's coming out with a German language edition. The online news portal is teaming up with a German company to launch a site that will be produced in Munich and will cater to readers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The Huffington Post already has international editions in Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Spain. A Japanese version is due out in May.

Looking to coax studio quality sound out of your computer without creating a studio? A big step in that direction is the microphone you use. And one of the makes of high quality microphones for computers is out with a new model. Blue's Spark Digital USB mic is designed to provide high-end recordings on your Apple iPad or any other device with a USB input. One feature that helps provide superior sound is the mic stand. It's set up so the mic "floats" like a studio model to virtually eliminate noises from movement. It works fine for both voice recordings and instruments -- and integrates with programs like Apple's Garage Band and other similar applications. It has a set of controls right on the mic body that let you make instant changes -- including muting the mic. And if you want to monitor what you're recording -- it has a headphone jack so you can do that in real time.


Intel CEO backs SoftBank's bid for Sprint over Dish's offer (Reuters) http://t.co/iJQbJwRjpn

DealBook: SoftBank Chief Is Defiant as Dish Challenges His Bid for Sprint #gratefulmed http://t.co/x5Wga7vTCo

Sprint receives waiver from SoftBank to start preliminary talks with DISH regarding its $25.5b bid http://t.co/FL8K4kqxpp

Yahoo plans to make like Netflix, will launch six internet TV shows http://t.co/dNcqeoBeMF

Yahoo announces six original shows, WWE streaming partnership - watch out Netflix http://t.co/eOoIxM2sC7

@HuffingtonPost to launch #German edition - http://t.co/Y96YYMS0GK

AOL , Inc ( NYSE : AOL ) ' s Huffington Post Focusing on Tomorrow - the German ... http://t.co/rn6FOAbv8P
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