Nielsen's TV ratings are soon going to integrate views from YouTube and Hulu, with both being treated as TV services. Both have come out with TV streaming services, providing an alternative way for people to view new content. No longer are regular cable services needed.
Although many big companies already started ending support for Adobe Flash, the company has now officially announced that it plans to completely discontinue Flash by the end of 2020. This isn't really surprising and was only a matter of time, since many have already switched to
A new music royalty deal is set to be reached by Spotify and Warner Music by September. Sources speaking with Reuters claim the music streaming service is close to closing a new deal. As was previously reported, the deal will likely give Spotify a better revenue split.
The latest party platform for the Democratic Party says the political group is interested in breaking up broadband monopolies in the US with new regulations. Along with breaking up certain monopolies, the rules would instruct regulators to review the impact of mergers.
Like China, Russia is moving towards stricter internet regulations that would essentially ban VPNs and other proxy services. The State Duma passed a bill, with no opposition, that'd force internet providers in the country to block VPNs due to security concerns.
After many users complained about throttling on YouTube and Netflix, Verizon Wireless confirmed service had been altered by a "video optimization" system test. Without going into detail, it appears that test throttled download speeds, capping them at 10 Mbps.
YouTube is going to get rid of its built-in video editor and photo slideshows tool due to a lack of use. Come September 20, neither will be available. The tiny minority of users who've gotten into the habit of using YouTube to edit their content will need to find an alternative.
YouTube TV is the service that Google launched back in April, but like every other new product, there are things that could be improved. The biggest problem with the service is that it only worked in five major US cities, including New York, the San Francisco Bay Area,
Federal authorities in the US have confirmed they were involved in the shut down of AlphaBay, the largest dark net marketplace in the world. AlphaBay was "10 times the size of Silk Road," says Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe. Hansa was also recently removed.
To reduce abuse and harassment on the platform, Twitter has drastically increased the number of accounts it's restricting and removing. According to Twitter's Ed Ho, the company is "taking action" against 10x as many accounts per day compared to 2016.
Hulu has signed a new deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution that'll bring 3,000 episodes to the streaming platform. It's receiving streaming rights for major shows like Bones, Glee, and How I Met Your Mother. The deal also covers a lot of older content.
Google's main app on Android and iOS now comes with a personalized feed feature that'll surface content Google considers meaningful based on your search history and followed topics. The feed is taking over the space below the app's search field, which used to contain Google Now.
Twitch and CrunchyRoll will partner up to host an anime streaming marathon from July 27 to August 1, with the content beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT. A number of anime programs will be streamed during the event and you can find the content on the Twitch Presents channel.
Google has launched Hire, a recruiting tool for small and medium-size businesses, in the US. We first got a glimpse at the new platform a few months ago and now it has arrived to compete with LinkedIn and other job listing services. It integrates easily with G Suite.
Facebook has updated the way link previews are treated on the social network in order to reduce the spread of fake and misleading content. Until now, pages could alter a link's apparent headline, text, and image, thereby significantly changing what people see in their News Feed.
More companies are thinking about joining the messaging app market, including Amazon, but it will take some time if they want to challenge Viber and WhatsApp, two messaging apps that are definitely ahead of others and both are adding new features every month.
PayPal support will be added to Samsung Pay thanks to an "extended partnership" between the companies. With this partnership, PayPal is first going to become a payment option in the payment app in the US. It'll eventually end up expanding to other countries.
Streaming service Netflix revealed it now has more than 100 million paying subscribers. Just in the past three months it was able to add 5.2 million customers. The last quarter saw more US customer additions than any quarter since 2011. That growth has come despite price changes.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk continues to make it clear that advanced artificial intelligence (AI) is one of his greatest concerns in the world. While speaking at the National Governor's Association, Musk reiterated his concerns and suggested we need regulation.
The UK is moving to require age checks on pornographic websites, though it's not clear what impact that'll actually have. According to the BBC, the government is going to force sites featuring adult content to restrict their pages using age-verification software.