Media

  • President Bill Clinton Steps Into VR

    President Bill Clinton Steps Into VR

    As I mentioned during my VR panel at TC Disrupt last week, Bill Clinton has been messing around with virtual reality. Today, Felix & Paul Studios’ production “Inside Impact: East Africa” has hit both Oculus (Oculus Store for Gear VP Innovator Edition) and Facebook 360 degree video. Read More

  • UPDATED: Turntable.fm Clone Plug.dj Has Shut Down

    UPDATED: Turntable.fm Clone Plug.dj Has Shut Down

    9/28/15 UPDATE: According to a blog post on its site, Plug.dj has shut down as of 3PM PT. A playlist export tool is available. Thank you for the fun! We’ll be shutting down at 3PM PDT today – http://t.co/yJ1WZTbSTv — plug.dj (@plugdj) September 28, 2015 For everyone asking: We had 60k “every single day” hard-core users (1m total MAU). Only 2.9k of them… Read More

  • Live Broadcasting Is Too Important To Be Left To The Broadcasters Crunch Network

    Live Broadcasting Is Too Important To Be Left To The Broadcasters

    When we founded the mobile live video broadcasting service Bambuser several years ago, we embarked on a mission to democratize live video broadcasting — something that was available only to media giants with multi-million dollar budgets. One of our fundamental ideas was that, given the pace and scope of smartphone development and distribution, not even these global brands would eventually… Read More

  • The Truth About Streaming: It Pays Labels A Lot, They Don’t Pay Musicians

    The Truth About Streaming: It Pays Labels A Lot, They Don’t Pay Musicians

    Musicians, it’s time to stop hating streaming services, and here’s why. Troy Carter, one of the world’s most powerful artist managers (John Legend, Meghan Trainor, and previously Lady Gaga) just busted some myths with four reasons streaming is the future of music, not the end. Streaming Will Earn Artists A Lot With Enough Users – Royalty payouts from streaming might… Read More

  • Facebook Brings VR-Style 360-Degree Video To News Feed

    Facebook Brings VR-Style 360-Degree Video To News Feed

    Hold up your phone, spin around, and Facebook’s newest News Feed videos will spin with you, showing you every angle of a scene. Today, Facebook announced that its News Feed will now support 360-degree videos on Android and web, and they’ll work on iOS within a few months. At launch, publishers including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, Uninterrupted With LeBron James, NBC’s… Read More

  • Periscope Turns Screenshotting Into A Social Experience

    Periscope Turns Screenshotting Into A Social Experience

    A new version of Periscope popped up on the App Store today that allows viewers to share screenshots that they take during your stream. Additionally a little screenshot icon will show up in chat letting you and everyone else know that a screenshot has been taken. It’s basically Periscope’s version of a “retweet.” Read More

  • Streaming Services Amazon, Netflix And HBO Win Big At Emmys

    Streaming Services Amazon, Netflix And HBO Win Big At Emmys

    Streaming services are continuing their march into Hollywood, competing head-on with network television not only for viewership numbers, but now also for critical acclaim and industry recognition. At last night’s Primetime Emmy awards, services including Amazon, Netflix and – if you count it – HBO, which this year launched its own over-the-top option for cord cutters with… Read More

  • Reminder: Don’t Retweet ISIS Or You Could Go To Jail

    Reminder: Don’t Retweet ISIS Or You Could Go To Jail

    According to a report by the NY Daily News, the FBI considers your retweets to be endorsements…especially when it comes to chatter about the terrorist organization ISIS. It’s not the first time. According to court documents filed on September 16th (embedded in its entirety below), the organization tracked the Twitter-actions of and then arrested a 22-year-old Queens resident… Read More

  • Google Is Unveiling ‘New Treats’ — Like Its Next Nexus Device — On September 29th

    Google Is Unveiling ‘New Treats’ — Like Its Next Nexus Device — On September 29th

    Good things are coming this month, and I don’t just mean our Disrupt San Francisco event. That’s because Google just pulled the trigger on invites to a press event later this month which could see it unveil its next Nexus device, among other things. Read More

  • How Will Pandora Survive Apple Music? Co-Founder Tim Westergren Will Tell Disrupt SF

    How Will Pandora Survive Apple Music? Co-Founder Tim Westergren Will Tell Disrupt SF

    Pandora put radio on the Internet, but now startups like Spotify and giants like Apple are trying to knock it out of the three comma club. When every music app is building its own radio feature on top of on-demand listening, how will Pandora get by on algorithmic suggestions alone? I’ll ask Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren on-stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Read More

  • Purch Acquires Active Junky, A Loyalty Platform For Outdoor Gear

    Purch Acquires Active Junky, A Loyalty Platform For Outdoor Gear

    Purch, owner of tech and science sites like Tom’s Guide and Live Science, is announcing that it has acquired Active Junky. Active Junky partners with outdoor gear retailers to offer its members cashback rewards and other deals. The acquisition allows Purch to move into a new publishing category, and also provides the foundation for a broader customer loyalty program. Read More