Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 5/29/2013 2:51 pm


The European Union's antitrust chief says Google will have to offer more changes to the way it displays search results to settle a pending case. The official says authorities will take another month to look over Google's paperwork -- but that it's "almost 100 percent" certain that Google will be asked to do more. Google's search engine, which is the world's most influential gateway to online information and commerce, enjoys a near-monopoly in Europe with a market share of above 90 percent. Since 2010, the EU has been investigating whether Google is abusing its dominant market position.

Roku, the streaming video device maker, has raised $60 million in its sixth round of funding. Media giant Hearst Corp. and an unnamed institutional investor joined News Corp. and its subsidiary British Sky Broadcasting in the round. Roku's service offers an alternative to broadcast, cable and satellite television and first supported Netflix viewing five years ago. The funding comes as the battle for the living room heats up and traditional pay TV subscriptions stagnate in the U.S. Apple CEO Tim Cook told a conference Tuesday the company has a "grand vision" for remaking TV. Microsoft Corp. last week unveiled a new gaming console, the Xbox One, in which users can flip through channels using voice commands. Roku says the funding will help it develop its streaming software and services business.

Amazon says it will start production on a pair of new comedy shows and three new kids shows to air later this year and early next year on its video streaming service. The shows were chosen from pilots previously aired on Amazon's Prime Instant Video service. They're intended to help Amazon better compete with Netflix, which already produces a handful of shows. The comedies include "Alpha House," created by Garry Trudeau and staring John Goodman. It's about four senators who rent a house together in Washington. Meanwhile, "Betas" follows four friends and their new mobile social networking app. The trio of kids shows includes "Annebots," which centers on a young scientist and her robot helpers, "Creative Galaxy" an animated series and "Tumbleaf," which is aimed at preschoolers.

It created a lot of buzz -- but turned out to be a bust on Wall Street. All the talk about the return of the TV series "Arrested Development" on Netflix's Internet was hailed by fans of the show -- but shrugged off by investors. Netflix's stock fell by more than 6 percent yesterday. Over the weekend, Netflix ran the first new "Arrested Development" episodes since Fox canceled the TV series seven years ago. One analyst says what happened yesterday on the markets was an overreaction, noting it's too early to know whether Netflix's latest foray into original programming will prove to be a hit or a flop.

App Store Official Charts for the week ending May 27, 2013:

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. WhatsApp Messenger (WhatsApp Inc.)
2. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.)
3. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)
4. A Beautiful Mess (Red Velvet Art LLC)
5. Downhill Supreme (Reinholds Berzins)
6. Survivalcraft (Igor Kalicinski)
7. AfterLight (Simon Filip)
8. Sleep Cycle alarm clock (Maciek Drejak Labs)
9. Plague Inc. (Ndemic Creations)
10. Kick the Buddy: No Mercy (Crustalli)

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. Candy Crush Saga (King.com Limited)
2. Tetris Blitz (Electronic Arts)
3. Fast & Furious 6: The Game (Kabam)
4. Vine (Vine Labs, Inc.)
5. Guncrafter (Naquatic LLC)
6. Little Dentist - Kids Games (George CL)
7. Angry Birds Space (Rovio Entertainment Ltd.)
8. Running with Friends (Zynga Inc.)
9. Snapchat (Snapchat, Inc.)
10. YouTube (Google, Inc.)

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition (Mojang)
2. Survivalcraft (Igor Kalicinski)
3. Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up! (Disney)
4. Plants vs. Zombies HD (PopCap)
5. FIFA SOCCER 13 (EA Sports)
6. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.)
7. Pages (Apple)
8. iMovie (Apple)
9. Zombie Fish Tank (Chillingo Ltd)
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run (Nickelodeon)

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. Angry Birds Space HD (Rovio Entertainment Ltd.)
2. Candy Crush Saga (King.com Limited)
3. Fast & Furious 6: The Game (Kabam)
4. Tetris Blitz (Electronic Arts)
5. Little Dentist - Kids Games (George CL)
6. Dead Ahead (Chillingo Ltd)
7. Pet Beauty Salon (Ninjafish Studios)
8. Guncrafter (Naquatic LLC)
9. Guitar! By Smule (Smule)
10. YouTube (Google Inc.)



Google will ‘likely’ need to improve its proposals to reassure anti-competitive complaints, says EU http://t.co/MPdlFbGB4p

Roku Raises $60M from News Corp, Hearst in Latest Funding Round http://t.co/o7psMjSqvu

RoKu raises a massive $60M funding round http://t.co/Nxc9oV0TnW

"Cable killing" Roku raises a lot of money with help from some big names http://t.co/rwf9Uvncao

The votes are in. Weighing comments from users, Amazon has given the green light to five new shows for its Prime Instant Video service...

Amazon goes after Netflix with 5 new original TV series: http://t.co/b5gpogeSaX

Amazon Begins Production on 5 Original TV Shows http://t.co/4Qyq9roj35

I unlocked the Arrested Development: George Sr. sticker on #GetGlue! @arresteddev http://t.co/MYBq8GQzCb

Bluth family redux “Arrested Development” boosts Netflix traffic: Netflix placed a big bet on reviving “Arrest... http://t.co/U4WNiomemp

Uh oh: Mixed reviews of new 'Arrested Development' season cause Netflix's stock to drop http://t.co/sO4UWmxg6c
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