YouTube suspends ads on Logan Paul’s channels after “recent pattern” of behavior in videos

 More problems and controversy for Logan Paul, the YouTube star who caused a strong public backlash when he posted a video of a suicide victim in Japan. Google’s video platform today announced that it would be pulling advertising temporarily from his video channel in response to a “recent pattern of behavior” from him. This is in addition to Paul’s suspensions from… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Day Zero

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Denis Pombriant, Esteban Kolsky, Keith Teare, Gené Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded Saturday, February 3, 2018. G3: BlameThrower — Halley Suitt Tucker, Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camehort Page, Denise Howell, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded Thursday, 2.1.18. @stevegillmor, @ekolsky, @kteare, @DenisPombriant, @geneteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase… Read More

To fight propaganda, YouTube will now label state-funded news broadcasts in the U.S.

 YouTube today said it’s launching a change to its service that will offer viewers more transparency around where news broadcasters get their funding. According to a company announcement, YouTube will now add notices below videos that are uploaded by broadcasters who receive some level of government or public funding. “Our goal is to equip users with additional information to help… Read More

Apple reportedly under investigation by SEC and DOJ for phone slowdown

 The U.S. Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are jointly investigating Apple’s communications about the software update that slowed down older models of the iPhone, Bloomberg is reporting. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the government has reportedly requested details on the company’s communications about the software update. The Bloomberg… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Body Language

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Esteban Kolsky, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 26, 2018. G3: White Roses — Halley Suitt Tucker, Francine Hardaway, Maria Ogneva, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 26, 2018. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @ekolsky, @kteare, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor… Read More

The self-contained Fusion electric guitar lets you truly rock out

 As a hard-core rocker and roller I find that my gear has to be ready to rock and/or roll at a moment’s notice. There is no telling when I’ll have to lay out a face-melter during jury duty or blast out some Stairway while giving plasma at the local blood bank, and I often note to friends that I enjoy rocking and rolling all night and part of every day. Are you in the same rocking boat? Read More

Gillmor Gang: Smart Speakers

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Frank Radice, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 12, 2018. G3: Last Hope — Mary Hodder, Halley Suitt Tucker, Francine Hardaway, Tina Hui, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 12, 2018. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor… Read More

Source: Verizon to sharpen content strategy with OTT video service, IoT platform

 At CES, the big consumer electronics show underway this week in Las Vegas (when the lights are working), TechCrunch has learned that Verizon is working away on a couple of new services that will see the carrier once again trying to grow its business beyond basic broadband and mobile connectivity, as it gears up to compete with the likes of Amazon and other tech companies, as well as other… Read More

Pet cameras from Petcube can take pet selfies, let Fido ‘call’ home

 At CES, Petcube is showing off some of its news software technologies for its pet camera system that lets people connect with their pets while away. The company’s line of devices offer a range of options beyond simple remote monitoring. For example, the Petcube Play camera lets you entertain bored pets with an app-controlled laser toy; another, called Petcube Bites lets you dole out… Read More

These apps will help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

 Almost half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Far fewer stick to them. “Losing weight” and “exercising more” are among the most popular goals. A sizeable percentage of Americans also aim to “be a better person.” TechCrunch reviewed apps that are designed to help people stay on track with these plans. Here are a few that will help you remain… Read More

Amazon’s Prime Video app becomes the most-downloaded Apple TV app at launch

 Apple and Amazon’s decision to bury the hatchet, leading to the return of the Apple TV on Amazon, and the launch of Amazon’s Prime Video app on Apple TV has proved beneficial to both companies. The Amazon Prime Video app has now become the most-downloaded app on Apple TV at launch, TechCrunch has confirmed. Update: Correction – the app had the most first-week downloads of any… Read More

Crunch Report | YouTube Red pulls plug on ‘Super Size Me 2’

Today’s Stories  YouTube Red cancels release of Morgan Spurlock’s ‘Super Size Me 2’ following filmmaker’s sexual abuse confessions Twitter today starts enforcing new rules around violence and hate Adidas shifts away from making its own wearable tech Good luck getting Apple AirPods before the holidays Credits Written by: MRD Hosted by: MRD Filmed by: Joe… Read More

Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technology

 Google today is launching a trio of new photo apps – a part of new series of what it has dubbed photography “appsperiments.” (Get it? Ha ha.) The apps, some of which are available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play, give Google a way to test out more experimental features to see how users respond, the company explains in an announcement on its Google Research blog.… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Coin Operated

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Dan Farber, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 8, 2017. G3: Last Hope — Mary Hodder, Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camahort Page, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 8, 2017. @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More

Gillmor Gang: Netfix

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, Elisa Camahort Page, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 1, 2017. G3: Hacking Cough — Mary Hodder, Francine Hardaway, Maria Ogneva, Tina Hui, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 1, 2017. @stevegillmor, @fradice, @dsearls, @DenisPombriant, @ElisaC Produced/directed by Tina Chase Gillmor… Read More

Amazon debuts Elemental-based AWS Media Services for video app creation

 Video is what consumers are paying attention to these days, and Amazon’s AWS is hoping to capitalise on that with one of its latest launches. Doubling down on its video services for media companies, app publishers — and actually any other organization that has considered launching a video service — Amazon today announced a new suite of five video processing tools as part of… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Dream On

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Esteban Kolsky, Kevin Marks, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Sunday, November 12, 2017. G3: Safe Sex — Elisa Camahort Page, Lisa Padilla, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, November 10, 2017. @stevegillmor, @fradice, @ekolsky, @DenisPombriant, @kevinmarks Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor… Read More

Amazon drops plans for its own ‘skinny bundle’ TV service, report says

 Amazon is cancelling its plans to offer a “skinny bundle” internet TV service, according to a report from Reuters out this morning, mirroring another from Bloomberg earlier this year. The issue at hand was Amazon’s ability to generate a profit from a service like this, Reuters said. Additionally, Amazon has had difficulties getting broadcast and cable TV networks to join… Read More