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How technology is shaping the way we live with each other

  • What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room

    What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room

    Livestreams start boring because broadcasters don’t want to begin the real action until more people have tuned in. That can take a few minutes, even with streams being rapidly distributed via push notifications, tweets and the News Feed. But by that time, the initial audience may have bounced, and the recorded replay won’t entice viewers later. Facebook Live videos auto-play… Read More

  • Musical.ly launches live.ly for live streaming

    Musical.ly is expanding beyond music videos with the launch of live.ly, its live stream platform. Users will be able to broadcast through the live.ly app, and the streams will be viewable on musical.ly. Launched last year, musical.ly is growing fast, with about 80 million young teens using it around the globe. The app makes it easy to create music videos by allowing users to dub over their… Read More

  • Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    Photomyne grabs $2.6 million to bring your old photos online

    If you have albums and shoeboxes stuffed with old photos, a startup called Photomyne wants to help you scan those photos, in order to bring them online where they can be saved and shared. Now the Tel Aviv-based company has raised $2.6 million in seed funding to continue to grow its business, which today is closing in on its first million users, over half of whom are paying… Read More

  • Facebook starts selling offsite ads targeting non-users too

    Facebook starts selling offsite ads targeting non-users too

    Facebook’s advertising network is already a colossal business — it helped the social network bring in $5.38 billion in revenue during its most recent quarter alone — but it is about to take a step towards become the internet’s advertising exchange after announcing that it will start showing ads to non-users across the web. Read More

  • Quora loses its public face, Marc Bodnick

    Quora loses its public face, Marc Bodnick

    Quora’s been at the Q&A game for 7 years now but still is only starting to monetize. It’s growing, but momentum could take a hit tonight as long-time head of business and community Marc Bodnick is leaving to return to the investing world or found his own startup. Bodnick tells me “I’m ready to be part of something that I start, or that I start with others.”… Read More

  • Twitter tunes into Spotify to soundtrack its audio cards

    Twitter tunes into Spotify to soundtrack its audio cards

    Whistle while you tweet with the new partnership between Twitter and Spotify. Now you can listen to 30-second previews of songs in your timeline and Moments thanks to Twitter’s audio cards that now support Spotify. Twitter first launched audio cards in 2014 with iTunes previews and later worked with SoundCloud. Now the most popular on-demand subscription streaming service will lend your… Read More

  • Airbnb + HotelTonight = new startup Overnight

    Airbnb + HotelTonight = new startup Overnight

    Need a place to crash last-minute but don’t want to pay for a pricey, cookie-cutter hotel? Overnight can hook you up with a local to stay with right away. Request a room and Overnight averages just 45 seconds until you get a response, and in LA, the startup says its spots are 23% cheaper than equivalent dwellings on HotelTonight. Overnight is Airbnb for people who don’t plan ahead. Read More

  • Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

    Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

    Live streaming platform and gamer community Twitch is today launching a new feature that it hopes will help spread its content further afield. The company has now debuted Clips, a feature that lets website viewers quickly and easily clip a 30-second portion video from others’ live streams. These clips automatically include links back to the original live broadcaster, which eliminates… Read More

  • 62 percent of U.S. adults get their news from social media, says report

    62 percent of U.S. adults get their news from social media, says report

    A new study from Pew Research claims that 62 percent of people get their news from social media, with 18 percent doing so very often. As expected, the top social media news source is Facebook. The study claims that two-thirds of Facebook’s user base read their news on the platform, with 59 percent of Twitter users getting news on Twitter, and 70 percent of Reddit users doing the same… Read More

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