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Apple is among a clutch of tech companies in negotiations with the National Football League (NFL) for the nonexclusive digital (streaming) rights to Thursday Night Football, a report from Variety has revealed. While the NFL has said only that it is in "active discussions with prospective digital partners" on the matter, Verizon's Go90 service, Amazon, Apple, Google, and others are involved in negotiations. CBS and NBC, who have the television rights, will also be able to stream the games in the US.
Google is paying Apple a large amount of money in order to have its search bar on the high-selling iPhone, according to recently published court transcripts. In a battle between Oracle and Google over the unpaid use of Java to develop Android, Oracle's lawyers claimed in court that Apple received $1 billion for the privilege of being included in the iPhone's search in 2014, among other intriguing details Google believes should have remained confidential.
A child has been injured by a leaking novelty iPhone 5c case, with the contents burning the nine-year-old victim's leg. Olivia Retter acquired the case from store chain New Look in the United Kingdom for £6 ($8.70), with it featuring a liquid and glitter-filled snow globe design, but after accidentally sleeping on it a few days after purchase, the case leaked and caused chemical burns to the child's skin in the shape of the case itself.
The NFL will host three exhibition games in London in 2016 -- a country that associates the world "football" with something quite different -- and the league plans to stream on the web, and technology companies -- including Apple, Google, Amazon, and presumably the firm that streamed last year's sole exhibition match, Yahoo -- are in talks with the NFL to buy the rights to the streaming. Live-streaming of sports events is seen as key to encouraging more people to "cut the cord" of traditional cable TV, which would benefit companies that can bridge the gap in sports coverage.
On Monday, Ford took itself off the list of car manufacturers that had not formalized their plans for Apple's CarPlay technology (and to a lesser extent Google's Android Auto) by announcing that all 2017 Ford models that include the company's Sync 3 platform will have them as standard. Later this year, 2016 model owners with the Sync 3 system, which is powered by BlackBerry's QNX, will be able to add CarPlay compatibility. In related news, rival Toyota will adopt Ford's SmartDeviceLink API so that app developers can write software for the company's vehicles.
A promotion from T-Mobile that allows its subscribers to watch streaming video without affecting their plan's data allowance has come under fire from Alphabet's YouTube, as it is allegedly affecting services not included in the offer. It is claimed T-Mobile is lowering the quality of video from YouTube, a service not covered by the carrier's Binge On program, with the added suggestion it is affecting other video services that are also not covered by the scheme.
As usual, Apple products dominated Google's "Year in Search" rankings in the area of consumer tech. Aside from the iPhone 6s being the top search term, the company's Apple Watch placed third, and the new iPad Pro was rated in fourth place. Only one Samsung product placed in the top five, but it did capture second place -- the Galaxy S6 smartphone. LG captured the fifth spot with the G4 smartphone. None of the consumer tech items made it into the overall top 10 searches of the year.
Project Fi, Google's experimental carrier service, is expanding its support to other devices, including tablets that require a data-only wireless plan in order to access the Internet over LTE. Customers are now able to order and receive a data-only SIM card, with Google making it usable in devices other than Nexus-branded hardware for the first time, including the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
Google has updated its Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS, making it more useful in Apple's ecosystem. Released today, the latest version of the app introduces AirPlay support for the first time, among other new additions to the software, allowing users to view content bought or rented from the online store on a television via an Apple TV, directly from the app itself instead of using AirPlay Mirroring.
Songza is shutting down its curated music playlist service on January 31 next year, with it encouraging users to migrate their accounts over to Google Play Music. Acquired by Google in July last year and integrated into Google Play Music, the duplication of services is forcing Songza to close its standalone offering in favor of concentrating work just on the features included within Google's own music-streaming app.