Weekly Nerd News: May 21
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
Have you fallen behind on your nerd news? Don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are a few stories to bring up at the water cooler this week:
Yahoo is buying Tumblr for $1.1 billion. It is the largest acquisition of a social network, surpassing Facebook’s purchase of Instagram last year. Yahoo promises the blogging platform will only change for the better, especially considering many people are worried about ads on their dashboards, promising faster page and video loads.
Rumor is Microsoft is in the process of making many changes to its platform in preparation for its next generation console. First up, they will be phasing out their Points system and replacing it with currency and gift card options. Word is the company is also considering changing the look of users’ dashboards, incorporating their new Live Tiles and possibly making themes darker or lighter. Public beta is said to be available in late June or early July.
In news that is surprising to no one, Star Trek Into Darkness won the weekend box office. The film made $84.1 million in the U.S. and $164.6 million worldwide, beating the haul taken in the 2009’s Star Trek. Overseas, it made the same amount of money as Iron Man 3 ($40 million), though The Great Gatsby, which made $42.1 million, bested both.
Mass Effect could possibly be getting a spin-off. However, creators are torn about which character it would follow. High on the list seems to be Shepard’s Turian pal Garrus, but Javik, Aria, Kai Leng, and The Illusive Man have their hats in the ring as well. The next Mass Effect game is currently in development.
Sony has won distribution rights to produce an animated Angry Birds film, which is planned for release July 1, 2016. The game has enjoyed much success since its 2009 release, with crossovers including Star Wars and Rio. The distribution deal lends itself to the idea of a collaboration with Rio 2, coming out in 2014. No details about the film have been made known, but perhaps with its release, we’ll find out why those birds are angry in the first place?
A new Star Wars animated series is coming to TV and is set to bridge the gap between episodes three and four. Star Wars Rebels will premiere in fall 2014 on Disney Channel as a one-hour special, before moving over to Disney XD. The show will explore the 20-year period between films, showing the Empire’s tightening grip on the Rebels. Watch a behind-the-scenes video here!