Virtual reality and 360-degree videos are the next big thing for YouTube and every start is tough. There is a lot of room for improvements, and Google has now announced that its YouTube VR platform is working with Daydream to make 360-degree and VR video even better.
Netflix is significantly updating its rating system to replace stars with thumbs-up and thumbs-down. The change will roll out to all users in April. It's already gone through testing and was well-received during that part of the process, says Netflix.
Annotations are about to become a thing of the past on YouTube. The site is removing them to make newly posted video more optimized for mobile viewing. Features like Cards and End-Screens will fill in the role that annotations once had. Cards and End-Screens work well on mobile.
Those who are using Spotify without a paid subscription may have to wait for new album releases. According to the Financial Times, Spotify has given in to demands from record companies to delay the availability of important albums. This may lead to more people subscribing.
WhatsApp is reversing course to bring back its previous text statuses. Although it'll continue offering its newer Snapchat Stories-like Statuses, users will be able to set an About Status through the About section of their profile. It'll continue building its newer Statuses.
A security flaw in the web version of WhatsApp exposed "hundreds of millions" of accounts to hackers, according to a report from Check Point. The flaw allowed an account to be taken over through a single malicious message. The same flaw was found in Telegram.
GreatFire, an organization that monitors the state of China's internet censorship, says the country has blocked access to Pinterest. It was one of the few relatively popular Western sites to be available in China. The site has been blocked for around seven days.
To provide a way for children to use Google in a parentally-controlled way, Google has introduced Family Link. The new app lets parents create dedicated child accounts that can have their app permissions, screen time, and other settings carefully controlled.
Exclusive TV-style content is making its way to Snapchat, furthering the app's journey away from its original focus on ephemeral messaging. The platform is going to receive a reality dating show from Vice. It is called Hungry Hearts with Action Bronson.
Sweden's Patent and Market Court has ruled Telia, a local ISP, must hand over the private information for 5,300 IP addresses to a copyright troll. Njord, a Danish law firm representing Guardaley, a known copyright troll, has been given the right to obtain data.
Netflix's original movies and TV shows could potentially be re-cut for mobile devices. Neil Hunt, the company's chief product officer, said during a briefing with journalists that it's within the realm of possibility different cuts could be made for mobile.
Town Hall is a new addition to Facebook that'll help people in the United States find and contact their local government representatives. It serves as a directory for local, state, and federal officials who are connected to your region. You can find it in the Apps section.
Facebook's Snapchat-like Stories feature is rolling out to users around the world. Testing of the feature began only a couple months ago. Stories is very similar to what's available from Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, all of which are owned by Facebook.
Federal officials in the US have indicted four people involved with a Yahoo breach in 2014. The charges reveal alleged cooperation between the Russian Federal Security Agency (FSB) and hired hackers. Two FSB agents are covered by the indictment announced by the DoJ.
A team of hackers implicated in a massive Yahoo breach that affected "hundreds of millions" of users is set to be charged by the US Department of Justice. Four people are reportedly going to be indicted. One of the alleged hackers is located in Canada.
Google's market share in the search advertising industry could top 80% by 2018. A report from eMarketer, a research firm, says the company is likely to grow its dominance over competitors like Yahoo and Microsoft. It has been in the lead for years on end.
WikiLeaks reached out to companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla behind the scenes to notify them about some of the information in its leaked CIA documents. Mozilla confirmed the group did reach out over the weekend. Microsoft also confirmed the communication.
Companies like Facebook and Twitter could face a fine as large as €50 million in Germany if they fail to remove hate speech in 24 hours. The country's Justice Ministry has introduced a draft law that outlines the fine. The fine would appear when there's not a quick response.
Google Wallet integration in Gmail is now available on Android, enabling users to send and request money. The update to Gmail for Android comes nearly four years after the integration was added on the web. It only takes a few taps to use the feature.