Twitter has entered a new live video partnership with the BBC. As part of the deal, the BBC is going to use the social network for live video and breaking news from its coverage of the UK's election. Election specials and debates are included in the debate.
Reddit has been making some changes recently that are turning it more into a social platform and the latest is the addition of location tagging. Users will have the option of adding their location to posts, a function that is currently powered by Foursquare.
Samsung has announced a set of live virtual reality broadcasts. With its VR Live Pass, you'll have access to UFC, X Games, and Live Nation events starting June 3. The first event is a UFC Featherweight Championship match between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway.
Like other European countries, the UK is considering the implementation of fines against social media companies that don't adequately moderate their services. There seems to be support throughout the government for increased regulations covering social media.
New subscribers can now check out Google Play Music for four months without paying anything. Google has introduced a trial offer that surpasses Apple Music's. Normally subscribers have been given a 90-day free trial. Play Music has both a free and ad-free paid tier.
A new "personal" tab has been added to Google's search engine, helping people easily view all of their own content. You can use the personal section to view your photos, Gmail emails, and calendar events. It can surface many of the things you've placed in Google's app suite.
Having beat the top Go players in the world, DeepMind's AlphaGo is no longer going to compete. It recently defeated Ke Jie, the world's top Go player, during the Future of Go Summit in China. DeepMind says the AI system's matches against Jie were its last.
Google is seemingly going to work with Vietnam to make sure the country's laws are enforced online. As such, it'll cooperate with the Asian nation to get rid of "toxic" content, which presumably means removing things the rest of the world doesn't consider an issue.
Mobile devices may be playing a progressively greater role in people's lives, but they haven't become the dominant way of viewing shows and movies. Nielsen reports 92.4% of video viewing still takes place on TV screens among adults in the United States.
Apple is placing an editor-in-chief at the head of Apple News for the first time. Lauren Kern, formerly the executive editor at New York Magazine, is filling the role and will presumably work on curating content. She could help Apple make sure news sources are legitimate.
Microsoft is updating its Beam livestreaming system and changing its name. The platform is now known as Mixer. It's receiving a series of feature additions and will get a dedicated page on the Xbox One Dashboard. The platform now lets up to four people combine their streams.
Apple will livestream its opening WWDC keynote on June 5, likely revealing to the world a couple new products. You'll be able to watch the stream through Apple's website and on the Apple TV. Viewers don't need to have a developer account to tune in to the event.
Direct messages in Instagram can now include functioning web links. That portion of the app has also received an update that adds support for a wider array of photo formats. You can send pictures in their original portrait or landscape aspect ratios without any cropping.
Facebook is increasing its focus on news on mobile devices with an update to the Trending Topics section. The network previously hid trending topics within the search area. Now you'll see them directly in your news feed. This will give news content more exposure.
A proposal to force companies like Facebook and YouTube to get rid of hate speech has been approved by the European Union. Before the rules are actually implemented, they must still be approved by the European Parliament. The rules are likely to pass.
Android Pay will launch in Canada on May 31. When it arrives in the market, the mobile payment service will work with most major credit and debit cards. Google hasn't revealed which bank partners are available at launch. Multiple expansions were recently announced.
Facebook is investing millions of dollars in original content for its platform. Much of the content is targeted specifically at young people. The company has reportedly signed deals with Vox, BuzzFeed, ATTN, and Group Nine Media. Those deals are for up to $250,000.
AdWords advertisers are receiving more granular data for their campaigns, Google has announced. With a new product called Ads Data Hub, campaign managers can receive in-depth information about their advertising efforts. Marketers can tweak their campaigns accordingly.
Facebook's personal fundraiser feature has exited its beta stage and also received some updates. The feature now supports campaigns for sports teams and communities. Facebook launched the capability as a more limited beta in March 2017. It's similar to GoFundMe.
Verizon is going to come out with its own TV streaming option, CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed during a telecom conference in Boston. He says the company will leverage AOL and Yahoo's combined user base to test the service. The service is said to include dozens of channels.