Report: Google plans YouTube-branded music service

YouTube TV expands to 34 new markets

Google is upping its music game. According to Bloomberg, the company is gearing up to launch a music subscription service under the YouTube brand. The service will reportedly feature a combination of music videos and traditional music streaming. According to Bloomberg, Google employees have internally dubbed the service “Remix,” though there’s no telling whether that […]

Facebook rolls out new sound editing and 360-degree video features

Facebook cracks down on posts that explicitly ask for likes

Facebook has launched Sound Collection, a new editing tool that lets users insert songs, vocals, and instrumental tracks into Facebook and Instagram video clips. One big capability is lacking: While Facebook is providing a new library of sounds for the tool, users can’t edit in music from songs that aren’t in the library. Nonetheless, there’s […]

Instagram tests separate messaging app

Instagram tests separate messaging app

Instagram might be making a big change to its messaging features. As first reported by The Verge, the Facebook-owned platform has begun testing Direct, a standalone app for private messages. Like Snapchat, Direct immediately opens to a smartphone’s camera. The app debuted yesterday in six countries: Chile, Italy, Portugal, Uruguay, Turkey, and Israel. According The […]

YouTube names first-ever EMEA original content chief

YouTube attempts to ward off criticism after disturbing Logan Paul video

YouTube just got more serious about international content. The Google-owned video giant has named Luke Hyams as Head of Originals for the EMEA region. He’s the first to hold the position. Hyams is no stranger to original video content: He joins YouTube from Disney, where he helped oversee digital efforts as Director of Global Content. […]

Jeffrey Tambor may not leave Transparent after all

Jeffrey Tambor may not leave Transparent after all

Is Jeffrey Tambor returning to Transparent after all? Last month, following allegations of sexual misconduct, the actor released a statement that seemed to announce his departure from the Amazon series. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent,” he said at the time. […]

Mashable fires 30% of workforce following Ziff Davis acquisition

Mashable fires 30% of workforce following Ziff Davis acquisition

Mashable is going through some dark days. The digital media company finalized its $50 million sale to publisher Ziff Davis on Tuesday, a deal reported on by the Wall Street Journal last month. That $50 million price tag is doubtless a bitter pill for Mashable to swallow: As recently as last year, the company had […]

Report: Disney moves closer to acquiring 21st Century Fox assets

Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox assets, including Hulu stake

Reports that Disney might acquire key parts of 21st Century Fox have been out there for almost a month. CNBC now reports that those talks have progressed, and that a deal could be announced as early as next week. All told, Disney would reportedly pay more than $60 billion for the new assets. Properties included […]

Google once again pulls YouTube from Amazon devices

YouTube attempts to ward off criticism after disturbing Logan Paul video

Well that didn’t last long. About two weeks after Amazon’s Echo Show device regained access to YouTube following a dispute between Amazon and Google, the Echo Show has lost that access all over again. And it goes farther: Amazon is also letting users know that Amazon Fire TV streaming devices will lose access to YouTube […]

Facebook launches messaging app for kids

Facebook launches messaging app for kids

Facebook is going after younger users. The social giant just launched Messenger Kids, a messaging app aimed at children under the age of thirteen. The app lets children makes use of chat and video chat features. It also gives parents control over who their kids chat with on the app: Messenger Kids must be authenticated […]

Sans Spacey, Netflix moves forward with final ‘House of Cards’ season

Sans Spacey, Netflix moves forward with final ‘House of Cards’ season

Netflix is letting House of Cards move forward with a sixth and final season. And as you no doubt could have guessed, Kevin Spacey won’t be a part of it. Production on the season shut down in October, after numerous sexual assault allegations surfaced against the actor. According to Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos, the […]

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