This was expected to happen at some point. YouTube is entering the entertainment streaming business by announcing YouTube TV live streaming service. The new streaming service bundles content from networks, including ABC, FOX, NBC and CBS, as well as about 35 of other cable
Net neutrality regulations aren't likely to fare well under the new FCC, which is led by a clear net neutrality opponent. Speaking at MWC, chairman Ajit Pai explained that he considers 2015's open internet rules a "mistake" and he thinks the FCC should apply "light" regulation.
SoundCloud has introduced a cheaper music streaming tier that brings down the cost of the service from $10 to $5 per month. The cheaper tier is known as SoundCloud Go while the $10 option is SoundCloud Go+. The more expensive plan offers access to more songs.
YouTube's total daily watch time is over one billion hours, according to an announcement from the company on its blog. The billion hours of view time each day is split across many millions of viewers all across the world. It reached that new milestone last year.
Spiral Toys, the maker of a line of cloud-connected stuffed animals, has exposed millions of voice messages from children and parents. The data was left on a publicly available database that lacked even basic password protection. It also had email addresses and passwords.
Skype WiFi is going to shut down on March 31, with the company opting to focus on its "core" features instead. WiFi allowed users to purchase wireless access at public hotspots for an amount that was generally less than the typical fee. Users have been notified.
Pocket, a popular application for saving articles for later viewing, has been acquired by Mozilla. The creator of Firefox purchased Read It Later, the developer responsible for Pocket. As a result of the deal, Pocket is going to become part of Mozilla's open source project.
A new video streaming app from Facebook was recently confirmed and now it can be installed on 2017 Samsung QLED 4K televisions. The app is entirely based around video content. It features content from your friends and live videos from around the world.
The Comcast X1 set-top box will receive a YouTube application sometime later this year. Through a deal between Comcast and Google, the video site is going to be available and voice commands will be supported. The box already includes Netflix, one of the top streaming services.
Twitch has decided to go along with a highly requested feature, the ability to change one's username. Yesterday the game streaming service announced it's now possible to update your username through the Profile Settings page. Users can switch every two months.
Google is shutting down Spaces, an app that let small groups of people message each other about specific topics. Spaces let users establish a topic and then invite other people to their group. You could easily add Google searches, images, and YouTube videos.
If you are in search of productivity suite, then you are pretty much stuck with either Google's G Suite or Microsoft's Office suite. However, that could change in the future, as Amazon is reportedly building its own office suite to jump in competition with Google and Microsoft.
Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp now has over 200 million active users in India, which remains the largest single market for the app. In November, WhatsApp had about 160 million active users in the region. WhatsApp is looking for other expansion options in India.
Google's Allo messaging app is not going to be exclusive to mobile devices. Although a desktop version still isn't available, Google's VP of communications Nick Fox shared a screenshot of Allo for the web on Twitter. The app appears to be only for Chrome.
Spotify is increasing its original content by introducing three podcasts to the music streaming service. The podcasts are focused on the music industry and they're coming out of partnerships with Panoply Studios, Gimlet Media, and Loudspeaker Network.
Jigsaw, a division of Alphabet, has introduced a machine learning-based system that'll fight "toxic" comments online. The tool, known as Perspective, is launching today in an "early-stage". Publishers can use the API to include the tool in their websites.
Mozilla has introduced a new feature to its Firefox Test Pilot, the ability to snooze tabs. With the experimental SnoozeTabs option, you can temporarily get rid of any tab you want and set a time for it to return to the browser. Many options are given for when a tab will return.
Google's shift to wireless seems to be increasingly likely now that Google has announced it'll bring Webpass service to Denver, Colorado. Webpass was acquired by Google last year and it offers gigabit wireless service. It has already picked its first apartment complex.
Microsoft has unveiled a trio of LinkedIn apps that'll serve low-connectivity areas like India. They were introduced during the company's Future Decoded event in Mumbai and the primary app is LinkedIn Lite, which operates well on any connectivity level.
HTTPS encryption is now being used to protect half of all web traffic, reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). That milestone was finally crossed earlier in February. HTTPS is important on the web since it protects against third-party spying.