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OnLive sells company, lays off about 50% of staff

Just in case you didn’t hear over the weekend, the cloud computing service OnLive experienced a little bit of a crisis: On Friday morning, the CEO of the company spoke to staff to essentially tell them all that they were fired, and that the assets of the company were being bought by another investor. The good news here is that the OnLive service hasn’t gone down at all, and it reportedly isn’t going down any time soon. But the bad news is that many of OnLive’s employees have lost their jobs, and any investments in the company’s potential future that they might have had.

What does this mean for those of us on Mac and iOS? Right now, not much — both OnLive’s gaming service and the OnLive Desktop service (which provides a free streaming Windows computer and Microsoft apps) are still working just fine. The former employees of OnLive went through a rough situation, and for that reason you may not want to support a company like this going forward, but if you’ve come to depend on either one of those services, you’re fine for now.

Could AT&T’s blockage of FaceTime be an FCC violation?

Yesterday, TUAW noted that AT&T is planning on blocking Apple’s iOS 6 FaceTime video calling app over cellular service except for those individuals who have signed up for one of the company’s new “Mobile Share” plans. A few websites are now wondering aloud if AT&T’s plans to proceed in that direction could be in violation of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules on network neutrality.

According to a USA Today Technology Live post, those rules say that “Internet providers may not block content, applications or sites that compete with their services.” In that post, John Bergmayer of Public Knowledge stated that “Although carriers are permitted to engage in ‘reasonable network management,’ there is no technical reason why one data plan should be able to access FaceTime, and another not.”

Nukotoys digital apps and physical cards available now

Back in January at CES, one of the most magical things we got to see was these new cards from Nukotoys, physical collectible cards that somehow interacted with Apple’s capacitive touchscreens (probably with an invisible pattern, if I had to hazard a guess). The project seemed very cool, and Nukotoys told us that it hoped to release by year’s end. They’re ahead of schedule apparently, because the apps are now available on the App Store, and I’m told that the physical cards are out at retailers available to buy right now.

That link above goes to the Monsterology-branded app, and there’s also an Animal Planet-branded Wildlands app out, with specific “Nuko Cards” also available for each. The idea is that kids can buy packs of the cards, which will then interact with the apps when touched to the iPad or iPhone’s screen, adding an animal or monster directly into the app. Nukotoys is sending some cards along to TUAW shortly, so we’ll have a look at how it all actually works when those show up.

LTE iPhone could revolutionize UK mobile market

LTE iPhone could revolutionize UK mobile market

The Verge is reporting that today’s a big day in the UK mobile market. The UK regulator of telecommunications, Ofcom, granted approval for carrier Everything Everywhere to roll out 4G LTE service in the UK on its 1800 MHz spectrum before the official 4G auction that is expected next year.

Everything Everywhere is a joint venture of T-Mobile and Orange, and they’re now free to offer LTE to UK customers beginning on September 11. While competitors Vodafone, O2 and Three are not very happy about this, there’s a possible scenario that probably scares the heck out of those three carriers: what if Apple announces the next generation iPhone on September 12 as planned, and it supports 1800 MHz LTE? That would give Everything Everywhere an exclusive lock on LTE iPhone service in the UK.

Would you check your iPhone at the door of a restaurant for a discount?

Ever have a date look at you sideways because you can’t refrain from Instagramming your meal? If you need some persuasion to kick the distracted dining habit, then you may want to visit Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles, California. Owner Mark Gold has kicked off an interesting promotion that’ll give you a 5 percent discount on your meal if you check your cell phone at the door.

Gold told Airtalk, a radio show on Southern California’s 89.3 KPCC, that he did this for his customers. Gold says, “It’s about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone, and we’re trying to create an ambience where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company.”

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