News Roundup: Twitter Hover Cards, uTorrent 2.0, Sonic 4, Monster Acquires Hotjobs, WikiLeaks Raises Funding, Amazon Buys Touchco

Posted Feb 4, 2010

1. Twitter has announced a new feature called Hovercards.  Hovercards appear when you put the mouse over a username or avatar and it displays additional details about that user.  This will make it easy to follow, RT, and DM users. [Twitter Blog]

2. uTorrent 2.0 has been announced.  The updated version is only applicable to Windows as of right now.  The new version includes bug fixes, improved performance, bandwidth regulation, and UDP support. [Lifehacker]

3. SEGA has revealed that Project Needlemouse is Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1. Sonic 4 will be in 2D and will continue from the last Sonic and Knuckles game. The game will be available on PSN, Xbox Live Arcade, and WiiWare this summer. [Hellforge]

4. Yahoo Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has sold off HotJobs to for $225 million in cash. Monster will continue to power Yahoo job listings for 3 years as part of the deal.  Yahoo! bought HotJobs for $436 million in 2001. [TechCrunch]

5. Wikileaks is a website that started in 2006 with the goal of hosting leaked government documents.  Wikileaks gained a lot of attention when 9/11 pager messages and Guantanamo Bay manuals were leaked.  Wikileaks raised about $200,000 as part of a fund-raising goal to stay operational, but the company is seeking an additional $400,000 to pay staff members.  The funding was announced via Twitter: ?Achieved min. funraising goal. ($200k/600k); we’re back fighting for another year, even if we have to eat rice to do it.? [Telegraph]

6. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has acquired a New York based company called Touchco.  Touchco develops touchscreen technology and will be merged with the hardware division for the Kindle.  Touchco’s interpolating touch technology can be made transparent and work with color LCD screens.  It can also detect an unlimited number of touch points.  Touchco can achieve this at lower costs than the estimated iPad/iPhone screens (or $10 per square foot).  [Engadget/NYT]