This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
Loaded: Google and gaming
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

Loaded: Google and gaming

2:07 /

GameStop acquires the social-gaming site Kongregate, Amazon can suggest gift ideas for your Facebook friends, and Google may be working on a social network for gaming.

It's Wednesday, July 28, I'm Mark Licea, and it's time to get loaded. Google maybe looking into a social network of its own. The Wall Street Journal says Google wants to create a site that would allow users to play social games and compete with Facebook; online game developers include EA, Playfish, and Zynga. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has not commented on this. Yahoo! Japan announced that Google's technology will power their internet search engine and advertising platform. This sets Yahoo! Japan apart from their American counterpart Yahoo! which is planning to use Microsoft's Bing search technology based of an agreement in 2009. If you'd become fed up with Facebook for whatever reason, you may soon be able to delete your account without much trouble. The company is testing an instant account destruction feature. If this passes the test phase, you'll be able to delete your account and all your information permanently. No details on if and when this will roll out for certain. Google Maps for Android is going on version 4.4. This update makes it easier to find places in your vicinity. The download also gives you a new logo and a Place Pages feature that indicates business hours of any given store along with compass directions and approximate distance. This is available now for all Android phones running at version 1.6 and higher. Amazon can now serve you gift recommendations based on your Facebook profile. If you link your Amazon account to Facebook using Facebook Connect, you'll see movie, book, and other gift recommendations from Amazon. Amazon won't share any of your account or purchase history with Facebook, but it comes in handy if you need a gift idea. And Gamestop acquired the social gaming platform Congregate. The deal is expected to close August 1st and Gamestop says this move will enhance their digital strategy in casual, mobile, and browser gaming. Congregate currently hosts 10 million players monthly. That's your news for now, I'm Mark Licea with CNET, thanks for watching.

New releases

Swap your iOS 8 keyboard for these...
0:59 September 19, 2014
With iOS 8, you can use a different keyboard than the default. Check out these third-party alternatives.
Play video
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat...
5:50 September 19, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has the muscle car power (and fuel economy) to back up its nostalgic...
Play video
Compact, budget Samsung Galaxy...
2:01 September 19, 2014
This wallet-friendly Android phone fits nicely in the hand, but has a few drawbacks you'll want to know about...
Play video
Line up for an iPhone 6, get a...
2:11 September 19, 2014
Why do people wait in line for days at Apple stores for the latest iPhones when they could preorder online?...
Play video
3D Pocketcopter crowdfunding soars...
5:13 September 19, 2014
This week on Crave it's your last chance to order a Pocketcopter that doesn't exist, run for your lives from...
Play video
The Blendtec Designer 725 is too...
2:33 September 19, 2014
A significant design flaw keeps us from recommending this high-end appliance
Play video
Genius hacker Walter O'Brien tells...
3:11 September 19, 2014
When Scorpion makes its debut on Monday night, it will bring hacking and computer security to prime time like...
Play video
The hidden features inside iOS...
2:04 September 19, 2014
Brian Tong shows you the features inside of iOS 8 that you might not know about.
Play video