A Google spokesperson has announced that they plan to kill 30-second unskippable ads on YouTube in 2018. Instead, the company will focus on providing a better ads experience that works for both users and advertisers. This doesn't mean that the unskippable ads are going away.
Microsoft has now officially announced Skype Preview, which comes with four new features, including in-call & in-chat reactions, integrated camera and a find panel. Only users that are part of the Skype Insiders program can test the new app, and it is available for Android and
YouTube's automatic captions are now available on over a billion videos. The feature is far from perfect, but it does make a lot of content more accessible to those with hearing impairments. Google announced the milestone on Thursday. Captions were first added in 2006.
Reddit has adjusted its front page for non-users to make the site more inviting. Instead of being presented with r/all, visitors are going to see r/popular, which pulls in content from a larger array of sources. Subreddits filtered out of r/all and NSFW content are absent.
Google News has been updated in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina to include the site's "fact-check" label that was first launched in the US and later brought to France and Germany. The label highlights stories that have been fact checked and are known to be trustworthy.
Many Yahoo users have been notified about potential malicious activity on user accounts that appears to be tied to a breach. Accounts were targeted between 2015 and 2016, and it appears the activity came from a "state actor." Forged cookies were used by the hackers.
Pages on Facebook can now put up job postings and accept applications from users. The feature has appeared in the US and Canada, enabling businesses to post job postings as easily as they would a "photo or a cat video," says Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth.
Game streamers on Twitch earned $5.9 million from the platform's Cheering feature last year. Cheering lets viewers support streamers by typing emotes into the chat area. Streamers receive $0.01 for every "Bit" that's pledged and last year saw 590 million Bits.
Facebook has introduced an update that changes its default video settings. Sound is now enabled as long as your phone isn't on silent and you haven't adjusted your settings. This means you'll be presented with brief bits of audio when scrolling through your feed.
Microsoft's premium offering for its Outlook.com email service has launched. Included with the service is support for custom domains and the elimination of ads on the site. You can temporarily get Outlook.com Premium for $20 per year. That'll rise to $50 per year soon.
Amazon has come out with its own competitor to Skype and WebEx for enterprise video conferencing. The company's Chime service is joining a fairly packed field made up of many online meeting options. Chime is connected to Amazon Web Services and often costs money.
New punishments for whistleblowers and journalists have appeared in a draft of legislation that'll update the UK's Official Secrets Act. Under the new legislation, individuals found to be handling leaked information could end up in jail for up to 14 years.
A ruling from Sweden's Patent and Market Court of Appeal has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to use "technical measures" to block people from accessing copyright infringement websites. The order specifically applies to local ISP Bredbandsbolaget and two websites.
YouTube is bringing original series to its YouTube Kids app, which provides a curated selection of content for young viewers. Under the company's YouTube Red subscription will be four original shows created specifically for children. This is the first investment in kids content.
Google Maps has launched a feature that lets you set up lists of locations and share them with friends. The app's "to-do" lists can cover areas you'd like to visit on a trip or during the course of your life. You can fill them up using the "save" button that's available.
Rony Abovitz, CEO of Magic Leap, has jumped into action to defend his company in the wake of a damaging leaked image. A photo posted by Business Insider over the weekend claimed to show "a working prototype" of Magic Leap's AR device. The device clearly wasn't consumer-ready.
Google Street View is letting people explore 81 countries, seven of which are located in Africa. Recently, Google added "some of the most iconic landmarks and monuments in Ghana, Senegal, and Uganda" to the service. Those include Ghana's Nzulezo village, a World Heritage site.
Facebook has admitted serious mistakes with its metrics, so it has committed to an audit by the Media Rating Council to "verify the accuracy of the information we deliver to our partners." The network has revealed issues with metrics for things like advertising and reach.
A glitch in iCloud that was leading to the storage of deleted browsing histories has been fixed by Apple. Records of deleted browsing going back as far as 2015 were stored in the cloud service. iCloud's issue was revealed by Vladimir Katalov, CEO of security firm Elcomsoft.
Selected Beats products currently come with three free months of Apple Music streaming. Consumers can take advantage of the deal when purchasing the BeatsX, Powerbeats 3 Wireless, Solo 3 Wireless, Studio Wireless, and Beats Pill+. Existing users can also utilize the offer.