Briefly: LinkedIn Reaches 4 Million Australian Members, Twitter Launches Windows 8 App, How GAME Died

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including Australian LinkedIn members top four million, Twitter launches Windows 8 app and how GAME descended into bankruptcy.

  • Professional social networking app LinkedIn today announced its Australian user base has surpassed four million members. According to the company, this is more than 80 percent of Australia’s professional population. “Apart from using LinkedIn to build their professional identity, we are seeing a strong uptake from our Australian members leveraging LinkedIn as a professional content platform to discover and share insights.” Clifford Rosenberg, Managing Director for LinkedIn Australia said.
  • Telstra has kicked off its NRL app for iOS and Android smartphones, which allows paying subscribers to watch live games via a video streaming service. The NRL app itself is a free download which includes live scores and stats, match highlights and replay videos, news reports and the 2013 NRL Telstra Premiership draw and ladder. Video subscriptions require an in-app payment, however. You can opt to pay $5.49 for one week, $14.99 for a month or $89.99 for a full season pass.
  • Kotaku editor Mark Serrels has produced a fascinating article about the closure of video game retail chain GAME in Australia. After a failed marketing blitz, the company closed its 90 stores in 2012 putting 700 members of staff out of a job. Click here to read about the lead-up to the fallout.
  • Twitter has released a Windows 8-optimised version of its popular social networking app for the Windows Store. It comes with a Live Tile which alerts you to replying tweets directly from the Start screen and a snap function that lets you move the app to either side of the screen while using other applications.

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