Also: Netflix inks deal with Time Warner for more content; Intel’s latest chips, explained.
Inside YouTube’s plan to dominate your TV [MASHABLE]
“We’re trying to build this infrastructure that scales everywhere from watching 1080p HD-quality video on your TV all the way down to using a dial-up modem in a developing country,” says Shiva Rajaraman, YouTube director of product management. “We’d like to be all things video, and that means getting video into all places” — with your smartphone replacing your remote or your game controller.
Netflix signs streaming deal with Time Warner [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Netflix will be able to stream complete previous seasons of several Warner Bros.-produced shows, including several that debuted this season, starting a couple of months after each season ends. These include “Revolution,” a hit show on NBC, and less successful shows such as “666 Park Avenue,” which ABC recently canceled. The deal also includes “The Following,” whose premiere episode won’t air until later in January on Fox.
Haswell, the next generation of Core processors, is the first one that will be built expressly for ultrabooks. That doesn’t just mean with the power consumption, which we already know about (claiming the largest battery life increase, generation over genertion, in the history of Intel. ) but it’s also requiring touch in all of the products in this generation.
Other additions will be increased security protocols, and better (and more efficient) constant connectivity. (That will probably involve more efficient sleep states, which Intel discussed at IDF.)
Two overlapping trends have chipped away at CES and events like it: First, software and services have become the soul of consumer technology. Hardware (seriously doesn’t the word “electronics” in the conference’s dusty title make your eyes instantly droop a bit?) has become increasingly commoditized into blank vessels that do little more than hold Facebook and Twitter and the App Store and Android and iOS. And the best and most interesting vessels, increasingly, are made by the very companies making the software.
Mobile apps drive rapid changes in searches [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
Still, Google is even more dominant on mobile phones than on desktop computers. It has 96 percent of the world’s mobile search market, according to StatCounter, which tracks Web use. It collects 57 percent of mobile ad revenue in the United States, while Facebook, its nearest competitor, gets just 9 percent, according to eMarketer.
But, analysts say, as people change their search habits on mobile devices — bypassing Google to go straight to apps like Yelp’s, for example — that dominance could wane, or a competitor could swoop in and knock Google off its perch.
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