Startup Telly is now taking reservations in the US for free 55-inch 4K TVs that continuously display advertisements on part of a secondary screen. As long as you are willing to accept these ads (or opt out) and share data, you won’t have to pay for TV.
As Telly explains, the small screen also displays news, sports scores, and other useful data. You won’t have to interrupt a show just to stay up to date. The set has its own camera, array of microphones, sensors and voice assistant, enabling video calls and fitness apps with motion capture. According to the image, this secondary screen would be a long, thin screen that would live below the TV. The reservations cover the first 500,000 TVs, which are expected to ship this summer. I’m not sold on the idea – I get stressful flashbacks of struggling to turn off those screens in the back of NYC cabs, bothered by jet lag.
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The creators of ‘New World’ are behind the project.
Amazon has struck a deal with Embracer Group to release a massively multiplayer online (MMO) title based on Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. Development is in the “early stages” at New world studio Amazon Games Orange County, which will deliver the game for PC and consoles at an unspecified date.
The payment comes after an agreement with the federal government.
Google is still taking a financial hit over claims it misled customers with Pixel 4 ads. The company has agreed to pay Texas $8 million to settle claims it paid radio hosts to “misleading” Pixel 4 testimonials, even though DJs couldn’t use the phone beforehand. The ads continued even though Google knew it was breaking the law.
Attorney General Ken Paxton said the state settlement is important because Google has “significant influence” and no large corporation should expect “special treatment.” The tech giant has already reached a $9 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and six other states.
The deal still faces an uphill battle in the US and UK.
As expected, the European Union approved Microsoft’s offer to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. The European Commission (the executive arm of the EU) has said that Microsoft will have to ensure full compliance with the commitments it has made to offer its games on other platforms, in particular cloud gaming services. Activision does not yet offer its titles on cloud gaming services. If Microsoft offered Activision games exclusively on its own cloud service, it could have harmed competition, the EU warned.
The SEC still wants an attorney to approve certain positions related to the company.
A federal appeals court in Manhattan has dismissed Elon Musk’s claim that the 2018 consent decree with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is an unfair “prior restraint” on his speech via Tesla tweets. The CEO has battled with the SEC over the years since it was installed in 2018 and most recently asked the courts to overturn the settlement. Musk claims the Commission pressured him into a deal and overstepped his authority. The pact violated free speech rights, Musk’s side claimed. A judge denied a request to void the deal last April, prompting the appeal.