This week in tech news – Flappy Bird pulled from App Store, Facebook offers “A Look Back” videos, LinkedIn kills Intro iOS app.
Flappy Bird Vanishes from the App Store
The wildly popular free game, Flappy Bird, has been pulled from the App Store by the developer, Dong Nguyen. On Feb 8, Nguyen tweeted “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” The mysterious tweet leaves players wondering the actual reason behind the takedown. Nguyen revealed that Flappy Bird was making him upwards of $50K per day in ad revenue.
Facebook Offers “A Look Back” Videos
This past week Facebook was flooded with “A Look Back” videos. In honor of the social networking site’s anniversary, Facebook developers created a customized video based off of what a user shares and posts. This video runs approximately 1-minute and looks back over the user’s lifetime on Facebook.
While for most this is a nice reminder, for those who have lost loved ones have not been able to view those videos, which are a nice keepsake. One father, John Berlin from St. Louis, created a video plea directed at Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerburg, hoping he might be granted access to his deceased son’s Facebook page. The viral video posted on YouTube has received more than 2.6 million views since it was published on Feb 5. Facebook typically disables Facebook pages of deceased members, but because of this impassioned plea, the site has granted access to the Berlin family and is considering changing their overall policy. To see the Berlin video, click here.
LinkedIn Killing Intro iOS App
Four months after its introduction, professional networking site, LinkedIn has decided to deactivate “Intro” email app for iOS in March. The concept for the app was to integrated LinkedIn user’s contact details into the iOS Mail app. “Intro” became a huge cause for security concerns as LinkedIn scanned every email that came through even those that were unrelated to the social network. The original idea was to give professionals the ‘power of LinkedIn’ where their spend most of their time – on email.