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  • Video consumption on Snapchat more than doubled in less than a year

    Video consumption on Snapchat more than doubled in less than a year

    Snapchat may have started out as the ephemeral messaging and photo-sharing app, but a majority of users now consume video there too, according to a report from Bloomberg today. Daily video views on Snapchat have spiked to 10 billion, the report said. That’s up from 8 billion video views on Snapchat in February this year, 6 billion daily video views in November 2015, and 4 billion in… Read More

  • That time when we ate super-powered hot sauce live on Facebook

    That time when we ate super-powered hot sauce live on Facebook

    I’ve officially been at TechCrunch for a week and a half now, which I’ve been informed is the hot sauce anniversary. You know, the one where Thrillist sends you a bottle of scientifically-engineered hot sauce made from peppers with names like the Trinidad moruga scorpion, Carolina reaper and the only slightly less ominously named ghost pepper. And I’ve been assured that the… Read More

  • Facebook Live opens to developers, starting with Livestream, DJI and others

    Facebook Live opens to developers, starting with Livestream, DJI and others

    Facebook Live could take live video to a new level of popularity. Now third-party developers will get a chance to participate. Today at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company said it’s releasing an API for developers who want to plug into Facebook Live, and it also announced the first partners — including Livestream (maker of the Mevo camera), BuzzFeed, Vidpresso… Read More

  • Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

    Facebook bets big on Live with new mobile video discovery tab

    Today Facebook launches its full assault on YouTube with a dedicated hub for watching Live and recorded videos in its mobile app. A Video tab is taking over Messenger’s prime, center spot in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, turning Facebook into a destination for discovering videos categorized by topic beyond stumbling across them in the feed. The Video hub heavily… Read More

  • Facebook fights Periscope by showing Live videos higher than saved streams

    Facebook fights Periscope by showing Live videos higher than saved streams

    It doesn’t matter if it was Live if you missed it. And Facebook knows that people watch actually Live streams 3X longer than saved ones. So it’s changing the News Feed to prefer on-going broadcasts. Twitter’s big advantage with Periscope is that they’re both inherently real-time platforms. Periscopes generate notifications for all your followers there, and show up… Read More

  • Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Facebook Takes On Periscope By Giving Live Streaming To All U.S. iPhoners

    Get ready for the big Live streaming showdown. Finally we’ll see who’s approach wins: Twitter and Periscope with a separate app and replays that can only be watched for 24 hours, or Facebook Live with its feature integrated into the popular social network and allowing replays to live on permanently. After 5 months of tweaks and slow rollouts, today Facebook is opening its Live… Read More

  • Facebook Gives Verified Profiles Its Mentions App With “Live” Streaming And Posts Just To Followers

    Facebook Gives Verified Profiles Its Mentions App With “Live” Streaming And Posts Just To Followers

    Journalists might start sharing a lot more of their links to Facebook, as now they can finally opt out of spamming their friends and instead only post to their public followers. Today, journalists and other Verified Profiles on Facebook are getting access to the Mentions iOS app previously reserved for Verified Pages, as we reported they would. It includes Periscope-esque Live streaming and… Read More

  • Facebook Is Getting Serious About Original Programming With “Facebook Live”

    Facebook Is Getting Serious About Original Programming With “Facebook Live”

    “House Of Cards” proved that great, exclusive content can create loyal customers. While Facebook isn’t about to produce TV shows, it tells me that it plans to ramp up production of its Facebook Live original programming starting with a talk with Star Trek celebrities today at 5:15 p.m. PST. Comedian Andy Samberg will interview film director JJ Abrams and classic cast member… Read More

  • ‘Facebook Live’ Will Host House Republican Leaders Next Week On Monday

    ‘Facebook Live’ Will Host House Republican Leaders Next Week On Monday

    Facebook earlier this morning announced that it will feature a live discussion between COO Sheryl Sandberg and a trio of House Republican “Young Guns” next week on Monday, starting at 3 PM PST / 6 PM EST. The company will leverage its Facebook Live platform to host the discussion, which will be led by Sandberg and joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip… Read More