After being threatened with a ban, messaging app Telegram has agreed to remove terrorist content in Indonesia. The company's web app was blocked by the Ministry of Communication and IT on Friday. Without agreeing to remove content, there could have been a ban.
Though there's been talk of financial difficulties at SoundCloud for months, CEO Alex Ljung has strongly refuted the idea that it's close to going out of business. In a blog post, the executive said "SoundCloud is here to stay" and no core aspect of the site will change.
Facebook is rolling out its Explore Feed to a larger number of users. You can find the feed by clicking on the rocket icon in the social network's app. With the Explore section, which was previously in a beta, users can come across new posts and content.
With a portion of its users, YouTube has begun trying out GIF-like video previews on thumbnails. Viewers can hover over a video's thumbnail to see part of its content. This test reportedly began on desktop a couple weeks ago and it has expanded recently to reach more users.
AT&T will include offline viewing capabilities in its DirecTV Now cable-free streaming service next year. The upcoming feature was announced on Thursday, with AT&T saying it'll give users the ability to "download and go." It didn't detail exactly how the functionality would work.
A large online darknet market, AlphaBay, was crippled by multiple law enforcement raids around the world. Although it seemed to disappear as a result of an "exit scam" by the owners, the Wall Street Journal reports AlphaBay actually disappeared because of law enforcement actions.
HDR support is now available on Google Play Movies and will be offered for a portion of films. The movies offering HDR are available at the same price as regular 4K movies, which were added to the platform in December 2016. The inclusion of HDR helps to distinguish the platform.
Microsoft has detailed a plan to close the rural internet access gap in the United States by 2022. As it stands, 34 million Americans don't have access to broadband. That figure includes 39% of citizens living in rural areas. Microsoft wants to put an end to that lack of service.
Facebook is adding advertisements to Messenger and it'll test their presence in the service around the world. The company says it will be expanding its beta test of Messenger ads to users around the world in the coming weeks. Those ads appear on the home screen of the app.
If you're not quite sure which torrent site to use when downloading movies and shows, Google may be able to help. The search engine's "popular on the web" feature, which highlights specific websites at the top of the results, now applies to torrent sites as well.
Regulatory authorities in India have granted Amazon permission to expand its business in the country to include food and groceries. Without providing details on any upcoming features, Amazon confirmed it had received government approval to sell food products.
To increase its control over what people see online, China will move to ban all VPNs in 2018. Bloomberg reports the government has already instructed telecom companies that they'll have to implement a ban next year. That block is supposed to be in place by February 2018.
Last month, Google announced that its browser will come with a partial ad blocker beginning in early 2018. The idea behind the blocker is to block seeing particularly annoying and low-quality ads, but won't block all advertisements. The only problem with this move is it
With the help of Apple Music's growth and Spotify's continued success, on-demand music streaming is doing well in the United States. Nielsen says the weekly streams figure has grown to 7.5 billion as of March. During the first half of 2017, there were 184.3 billion streams.
Facebook, Twitter, and Snap are all fighting to obtain World Cup highlight broadcast rights, reports Bloomberg. They're willing to spend tens of millions of dollars in order to broadcast the content. Fox would receive the money since it's the World Cup content owner in the US.
Twitter can continue pushing forward its lawsuit over the legality of gag orders that prevent companies like itself from telling users when their data has been covered by surveillance orders. A judge ruled the government didn't show evidence of a "clear and present danger."
Nature livestreams are being added to Google Earth, with the first available stream set in Alaska's Katmai National Park. The platform's Voyager section will now feature streams in addition to its regular guided tours. Five cameras have been placed around Katmai.
On average, people view more Netflix than Hulu, Amazon Video, and YouTube combined, a report from Comscore found. Netflix is clearly dominant in the US and is responsible for 1 hour and 40 minutes of content viewing daily in WiFi-enabled American households.
Cox has expanded its 1 TB home internet data cap to more customers. Users in Arizona, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma will have to deal with more restricted internet access. The same cap had already been in place across a number of states, including California.
To help publishers increase their revenue, support for Google advertisements could be added to Apple News. AdAge reports Apple is considering the feature so that regular advertisements can be shown in the app. Apple News currently has its own system for generating revenue.