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Why Google's price cut made the consumer cloud biz a lot cloudier

If there was any question that the cloud storage business is a high stakes game, Google erased all doubt this week. The search giant shook up the consumer cloud world by drastically slashing its paid plans. Fifteen gigabytes of storage are still free, but 100GB are now $1.99 per month, down from $4.99. Even more impressive is the fact that you can get an entire terabyte of space for $9.99 a month, which used to be $49.99.

The move signals a clear, ruthless investment by Google. And when a giant like Google makes a push like … Read more

Is this Amazon's game controller for a TV box?

CNET Update goes whale watching:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out the latest clue in the Amazon media box mystery: photos of a Bluetooth video game controller, posted by Zatznotfunny.com. All signs point to Amazon releasing a streaming-media box in March or April.

- Catch selfie mania with Apple's new Selfie Section in the iTunes App Store. This must be great news for Manhattan, Miami and Makati City -- the top places for selfies according to Time.

- Go whale watching on Vine, now that #Whaling is trending.

- Expect to see video ads play in your Facebook News Feed. … Read more

Bluetooth game controller said to be for Amazon set-top box

Amazon's streaming set-top box could feature a game controller, according to a new report.

Amazon has reportedly been planning to launch a set-top box for the last several months. More evidence to that effect cropped up on Friday in Brazil where an FCC-like government agency revealed images of an Amazon game controller. That listing, discovered by Zatz Not Funny, shows an all-black controller feature four actions buttons, two thumbsticks, and both triggers and bumper buttons. The controller also includes a directional pad and connect via Bluetooth.

Amazon was reportedly planning to launch a set-top box last fall, but backed … Read more

Does Google buying Green Throttle point to a set-top box?

Google's newest acquisition could point to the company adding snazzy gaming components to its rumored upcoming set-top box. The Web giant confirmed on Tuesday that it recently snapped up Green Throttle Games.

Green Throttle Games is known for its Bluetooth Atlas controller and Android Arena app that let users convert smartphones or tablets into makeshift consoles. In a cryptic message posted to its Web site in November, Green Throttle announced that its Arena app would no longer be available and all backend support for the app was ending.

"Stick around and we'll keep you posted on the … Read more

Box expects to make more than $200 million in annual revenue

Cloud storage service Box expects to double its revenue this year by making more than $200 million, Bloomberg reported Friday.

Unnamed sources told Bloomberg that Box will publicly unveil its plans for an initial public offering in a few weeks. It was reported in January that the company has secretly filed for an IPO.

Box, which CEO Aaron Levie and his childhood friends started in 2005, has quickly become a well-known provider of cloud enterprise services. The company has a lot of competition, including Dropbox and Microsoft's OneDrive. But, Box has aggressively pursed both individual users and companies, by … Read more

Amazon may soon unveil its Web TV box

CNET Update is coming soon to an Amazon box near you:

In this episode of Update:

- Speculate over the latest buzz about Amazon's mystery TV box for streaming video. Could it also stream video games?

- Manage YouTube playlists easier with the recent site redesign.

- Send cute stickers to the one friend that still uses BlackBerry Messenger.

- Test Xbox One software for bugs before updates are released.

- Get better coverage on Sprint if you're one of the few to try out Wi-Fi calling.

- Require selfies for entry to your next event with the … Read more

Amazon reportedly prepping Web TV product for March

An Amazon Web TV product has purportedly been in the works for a while. That device could finally hit the market next month, Recode reported Friday.

Citing information from industry sources and Amazon partners, Recode's Peter Kafka said Amazon's set-top box would compete with Apple TV and Roku to pipe online content to your television. Amazon already offers TV shows and movies through its Prime service and is more aggressively producing its own shows. So a Web TV product would be a natural fit.

The box reportedly would be outfitted with Android, an obvious choice since Amazon's … Read more

The 404 1,421: Where we would like to make it a true Daily Double (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Smartphone surprise success Flappy Bird earns $50K per day.

- Pay this no mind: DMX will fight George Zimmerman in a boxing match.

- Meet the man who's hacking "Jeopardy"!

- George Clooney says he'll NEVER be on Twitter.… Read more

Box said to have secretly filed for an IPO

Cloud-storage service Box may be ready to go public.

The company has secretly filed paperwork for an initial public offering, reported Quartz on Thursday. Box has tapped banks Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and JP Morgan Chase as its top underwriters and could be looking to raise about $500 million in an IPO, said Quartz.

If true, it's not an unexpected move. CEO Aaron Levie said early last year that the company was eyeing an IPO in 2014. Box is aiming to hold its IPO in the second quarter, reported The New York Times.

Responding to a request for comment, … Read more

Review: Stu's Quiz Boxes creates a question and answer game

Stu's Quiz Boxes creates a question-and-answer-style game for two to six players that's perfect for classrooms or parties. It comes preloaded with a few quizzes in academic areas and a few in pop culture, but you can easily add your own questions to this Jeopardy-style game, and it's quick to set up and run.

The interface for Stu's Quiz Boxes is straightforward, with options for selecting quizzes, skins, setting the number of players, and beginning the game across the top of the screen. There are three skins that come with the program including one featuring Harry … Read more