Twitter for Apple TV adds live, 360 degree video and Periscope’s global map

Last fall, Twitter launched a version of its service on Apple TV and other media player platforms, in order to deliver its live video content to the big screen. Today, the company is updating its Apple TV app with a couple of new features, including support for Periscope’s Global Map and the ability to watch live 360 degree videos. The company notes that, with this launch, Twitter is… Read More

Taboola intros Facebook-style ‘news feed’ to target mobile users with more links

 Taboola, the startup that works with hundreds of publishers to provide a set of links at the bottom of pages directing readers to more content on the site and elsewhere, has long positioned Facebook as the big competitor. Consumers scanning articles on Facebook, especially on mobile, are less likely to ever visit a publisher’s own site, even more so now with the introduction of… Read More

Google.org’s new website explains Syrian refugee crisis with 360 degree photos, satellite imagery, video & more

 The charitable arm of Google and the UN have teamed up on a new website aimed at helping people better understand the Syrian refugee crisis through the combination of data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) along with satellite imagery, 360 degree photos and stills, videos, stories from refugees, and more. The new site, called “Searching for Syria,”… Read More

Facebook takes on Twitch with new livestreaming deal for esports

 In addition to Facebook’s announcement of a new partnership with the MLB to live stream a number of regular season games, the social network this week also signed a deal with global esports company ESL to bring over 5,550 hours of esports events and other original content to Facebook, including 1,500 of original programming. The move will aid Facebook in challenging Amazon-owned Twitch… Read More

Facebook and MLB partner to bring live streamed games to the social network

 Facebook and the MLB announced today a new live streaming partnership that will bring 20 live, regular season games to the social network. The games will air weekly on Facebook, with the first – Rockies at Reds – showing tomorrow night at 7:10 PM ET on the official MLB Facebook Page. Additional games and times will be announced later on. The weekly broadcasts on Facebook will come… Read More

Medium launches audio versions of stories for members

 Medium has launched a new feature that could add more incentive to its paid membership program: audio stories. The paid member exclusive offering will provide an audio version of every story created specifically for its members, and will also be made available for some of the best posts on Medium, as selected from the company’s own staff. These aren’t just text-to-speech… Read More

With MIXhalo, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger aims to deliver studio-quality sound at live events

 Now, you might have had a great time regardless (concerts are funny that way), but bad sound isn’t exactly a selling point. It can be particularly frustrating if you’re seeing a musician you love playing your favorite songs — and I’m guessing it’s even more painful when you’re the musician. That’s why Mike Einziger, guitarist of the band Incubus,… Read More

eMusic’s new owners believe they can convince users to start buying songs again

 Take a moment to consider all that has transpired in your life and the world since the last time you logged into eMusic. For me, it’s been roughly five years, I think, and among a few other slightly more consequential things, I (like much the rest of the world), have begun consuming music completely differently. But the brand, which re-launched this week with a design and rejiggered… Read More

BuzzFeed hires Twitter’s Jinen Kamdar as its new VP of Product

 Jinen Kamdar has spent more than seven years as Twitter, most recently serving as the director of product for Twitter’s media tools. Now he’s joining an actual media company — namely, BuzzFeed, where he’ll be the new vice president of product. He doesn’t start his new job until Monday, May 15, so he said it’s too early to know exactly what he’ll… Read More

Cannes Film Festival announces new rule that could block Netflix films from participating

Reed Hastings This is the first year that Netflix will have movies premiering at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival — and it might be the last. The source of the tension is Netflix’s relationship with theaters. Theoretically, the company has said it’s not opposed to bringing the movies it funds into theaters — as long as they premiere on the streaming service at the same… Read More