‘Pivot to video’ is not the death of words

‘Pivot to video’ is not the death of words

The “pivot to video” is not the death of words.  It’s not the death of journalism or a sign that people are abandoning everything that is right and good in the world. What it is, however, isn’t much better. SEE ALSO: Facebook is turning up the heat on media companies yet again The “pivot to video” is the product of an internet that is run by Google, Facebook, and an advertising market with little regard for anything that isn’t video. They’re setting the rules, and media companies—especially startups—have to play…

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Facebook is finally purging annoying fake videos from your News Feed

Facebook is finally purging annoying fake videos from your News Feed

Say goodbye to annoying fake Facebook videos. The social network is tweaking its algorithm so you’ll see static memes disguised as videos and images with fake play buttons way less often.  Spammers have been flooding the site with these trick formats to take advantage of Facebook’s fanatical focus on promoting video above other types of content. Uploading single images as videos can earn the poster advertising money, and photos made to look like videos can lead users to sketchy sites with malicious ads. An example of a photo with a…

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Instagram’s new update adds a fun new way to reply to direct messages

Instagram’s new update adds a fun new way to reply to direct messages

Instagram isn’t just about posting selfies or artsy photos. The Facebook-owned app has been building out its direct messaging capabilities, and the company just revealed a new feature that’ll help transform the app into something users will want to use all day, every day. SEE ALSO: Instagram is updating its comments with conversation threads The company released an update on Thursday that now lets Instagram users reply with a photo or a video directly to someone else’s private message of a specific photo, video, or reshared post, the Instagram announced…

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Instagram’s new update adds a fun new way to reply to direct messages

Instagram’s new update adds a fun new way to reply to direct messages

Instagram isn’t just about posting selfies or artsy photos. The Facebook-owned app has been building out its direct messaging capabilities, and the company just revealed a new feature that’ll help transform the app into something users will want to use all day, every day. SEE ALSO: Instagram is updating its comments with conversation threads The company released an update on Thursday that now lets Instagram users reply with a photo or a video directly to someone else’s private message of a specific photo, video, or reshared post, the Instagram announced…

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Transcripts from Martin Shkreli’s jury-selection process

Transcripts from Martin Shkreli’s jury-selection process

Before being convicted of felony securities fraud, smirking cartoon villain pharma-douche-bro Martin Shkreli had to be tried in front of a jury and this presented a unique problem because everyone hates Martin Shkreli, and thus more than 100 jurors were dismissed from the pool during pre-trial questioning. Here are some of the statements that led to those dismissals. (more…)Read full story

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Mic is laying off staff and pivoting to video, a move all too familiar in digital media

Mic is laying off staff and pivoting to video, a move all too familiar in digital media

Mic, a news startup focused on millennials, is laying off 25 staffers as it prepares to shift to video. It’s a move that has become all too common among media startups.  Cofounder Chris Altchek told the company in a memo that the move was spurred by a need to become “the leader in visual journalism…” This echoes a recent op-ed from Mic publisher Cory Haik, which suggested the need to move away from print and toward video. “The much-lamented and much-snarked-about phrase ‘pivot to video’ is, if I’m being honest,…

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Hackers just broke into HBO’s Twitter accounts amidst weeks of security breaches

Hackers just broke into HBO’s Twitter accounts amidst weeks of security breaches

The HBO hackers strike again — this time taking control of the network’s official social media accounts. According to tweets posted on HBO’s Twitter, a group identifying themselves as OurMine breached HBO’s main account, claiming to be “testing” the security and encouraging the network to reach out for an upgrade. BREAKING: Yet another hack problem for HBO tonight…this time to it’s social media accounts https://t.co/oCRuBsqx1e pic.twitter.com/AM1g7dHL0E — Andrew Wallenstein (@awallenstein) August 17, 2017 SEE ALSO: HBO offered hackers a ‘bounty payment’ of $250,000 last month The tweets were deleted shortly…

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Business media startup Cheddar adds radio to its growing TV operation

Business media startup Cheddar adds radio to its growing TV operation

Have cheese, will travel. Media startup Cheddar has signed a deal to bring its business-focused live content to national radio, adding to the growing distribution of its content beyond its Facebook Live origins. SEE ALSO: Internet TV could be about to get a lot cheaper—and scarier for cable companies Cheddar will work with iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, TuneIn, Amazon Alexa, and Otto Radio. The deals vary by company and include a live simulcast on iHeartRadio and TuneIn, as well as shorter updates for SiriusXM. The company, founded by Jon Steinberg in January…

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Alibaba, Tencent, Didi and other tech firms pour $12B into mobile operator China Unicom

Alibaba, Tencent, Didi and other tech firms pour $12B into mobile operator China Unicom

 China is about to take net neutrality to the next level after a group of influential tech companies that includes Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Didi Chuxing and JD.com agreed to invest nearly $12 billion into state-run mobile operator China Unicom. China Unicom is the country’s second largest operator with 269 million mobile customers, which makes it one of the largest in the world. The… Read More Read full story

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