Hulu has ordered four eSports series from ESL, one of the largest content producers and tournament hosts in the industry. The shows are going to arrive in the United States later this year. They represent the streaming service's first notable move into gaming content.
Working with Rosina Sound, the BBC is coming out with an interactive radio play for platforms like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The play, called The Inspection Chamber, is essentially an audio-based choose-your-own-adventure story. You'll play a role in the story's direction.
PC and Mac apps for Facebook Workplace are now available. With those apps, you can message people and share your screen. Screen sharing has been a highly requested feature, though it's exclusive to Workplace for now. It's unknown if Messenger itself will one day receive it.
Regulators in the US have granted Alphabet permission to use its Project Loon balloons to deliver internet access to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, which have been severely affected by natural disasters. Project Loon's high-altitude balloons will deliver LTE service.
Amazon may expand its offerings to include medications, reports CNBC. The company is considering an expansion into drug sales and it's been increasing hiring for its "healthcare" push over the past year. It'll decide about heading down this path before the end of November.
Advertisements that are targeting users based on their race or political affiliation will be manually reviewed by a team at Facebook, the social network has revealed. This will help the company prevent problematic ads from going live, which will reduce the chance of abuses.
Two new Google Fiber markets are only going to receive the service's internet offering, with TV being entirely unavailable. Google has confirmed TV won't be available when it launches in Louisville, Kentucky or San Antonio, Texas. Only fast gigabit internet will be offered.
It has been rumoured for quite some time that Netflix is in financial trouble with $5 billion in current debt and that it could raise prices to earn some money. Exactly that is now happening to its top-tier and standard plans, while the basic plan remained intact.
Discovery and Google have partnered to create a travel series that'll be displayed in VR and cover all seven continents. The large 38-episode series is going to delve into the cultures of various countries and also highlight the environments of different regions.
Amazon is testing its own delivery service that can bring items from third-party merchants on its platform to consumers. The "Seller Flex" service is being piloted on the west coast of the United States and an expansion is planned for 2018. It previously rolled out in India.
Netflix is rolling out price hikes again, with its most popular plan increasing by $1. Those who want access to 4K content will see an even greater increase, with it going from $12 to $14 per month. The service has three plans, with the now $11 one being the most popular.
To assist with populating the Stories section on Facebook, which isn't as popular as Instagram Stories, users will now be able to cross-post their content. US users have started to receive cross-post functionality. This option was tested in Portugal last month.
Netflix's dominant position in the online video streaming industry isn't going to disappear in the foreseeable future, says a report from UBS. The bank believes Netflix's "competencies in both content and technology will drive a virtuous cycle of greater subs."
Voters in vital swing states were specifically targeted by Russia-linked ads on Facebook, CNN is reporting. Certain paid posts went after voters in Michigan and Wisconsin, two regions that helped Trump win the election. Facebook hasn't publicly discussed all of the targeting.
A new source of internet access has been set up in North Korea and it's coming from a state-sponsored Russian company known as TransTeleCom. Analyses picked up on TransTeleCom connections within the dictatorship beginning on Sunday. 60% of traffic is going through the connection.
Most of the net neutrality comments received by the FCC came from bots, not people, according to an analysis by Gravwell. 80% of all comments were from bots, while 95% of genuine comments endorsed net neutrality legislation, going against the FCC chairman's position.
Yahoo severely underestimated the impact of its 2013 security breach, parent company Verizon revealed on Tuesday. Rather than affecting 1 billion users, it turns out Yahoo's entire user base of 3 billion accounts was affected. It's the largest breach in history.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai has faced a lot of criticism, especially from the political Left, but he's not going to leave his position for years. The Senate has voted to confirm him for a second term, giving Pai another 4 years in office. Voting on the matter went down party lines.
Political ads connected with Russian groups were shown to 10 million Americans around the time of the 2016 presidential race, says Facebook. 3,000 Russia-linked advertisements ran on the network and the site has since modeled the reach of those advertisements.
Unsurprisingly, social media was once again a problematic source of news following the shooting in Las Vegas. For hours after the incident, Facebook and Google sent a lot of traffic to stories that had no basis in fact. Conspiracy websites and even 4chan threads were promoted.