YouTube Kids App Rapped for Videos Citing Porn, Pedophilia, Drug Use
Google’s recently launched YouTube Kids app includes videos with themes about sex, alcohol and drug use, suicide, child abuse and pedophilia, two consumer groups claim — content that the Internet-video giant says it has taken steps to remove from the service.
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Opinions & Analysis
Verizon Aims to Rebuild TV for Mobile Age With AOL Purchase
Verizon’s $4.4 billion cash deal for AOL left some pundits befuddled: What in heaven’s name was the nation’s №1 wireless carrier thinking in buying an aging Internet brand?
Cannes: China’s Youku Tudou and Baidu’s Video Unit iQiyi See Merger Rumors
Just days after Netflix signalled bullish China intentions, rumors were flying that streaming site Youku Tudou is planning a multi-billion-dollar merger with Baidu’s online video subsidiary iQiyi, and Tencent Video.
Opinion: Verizon-AOL is about the past, not the future
I’m glad Verizon is buying AOL. Verizon literally knows every move a customer makes and the AOL acquisition will enable them to deliver the right mobile advertisement to the right customer at the right time.
Changing the Channel on Apple TV
Apple has apparently unplugged its plans to build a TV set. This should help investors finally change the channel after sitting through years of rumors and speculation from the press and Wall Street — and even some vague hints from the secretive company itself.
Netflix Stock Price Touches New High, But Analyst Says It’s Still Way Too Low
This is why stock trading isn’t for the faint of heart. Netflix shares are up more than 81% so far in 2015, and touched an all time high today — $628.50. Its market value is higher than Dish Network, CBS, Viacom, and Twitter. So you might think it’s fully priced.
Streaming Video News
Cannes: Netflix Acquires Kevin James’ ‘True Memoirs of an International Assassin’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Netflix has made its first big splash at the Cannes Film Festival by acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the upcoming Kevin James comedy “The True Memoirs of an International Assassin,” Variety has learned.
Mic’s hit video series on Facebook has gotten 33 million views in two months
Fast-growing millennial publisher Mic has the luxury of starting from scratch with its six-month-old video strategy. That means betting heavily on Facebook.
Greatest Ad Ever on YouTube? These 20 Iconic Spots Are Fighting It Out And asking for your vote
YouTube is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. And part of that involves recognizing the role brands have played in the site’s growth. After all, in 2014, four of the top 10 most watched videos on YouTube were ads.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Tops VidCon 2015 Speaker Lineup (Exclusive)
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is returning as a headline presenter at VidCon, the online-video biz’s biggest fan event, which is trying to expand itself into an industry confab as well.
Webby Awards: The Best Five-Word Speeches
Unlike other awards shows where winners can ramble on until they’re played off by music, The Webby Awards makes its winners limit their speeches to only five words. The winners of this year’s awards, honoring the Internet’s best in a multitude of categories, were announced three weeks ago, giving honorees plenty of time to craft their best five-word expression of gratitude.
Viacom pushes back on digital video with data of its own
For years, digital platforms and publishers have been gunning for mass-market budgets, using data as their trump card. Digital sellers argued that TV, with its cultural dominance and millions of loyal viewers, was no match for data-first tactics like 1:1 targeting or rewarding click through rates.
Review: Netflix’s ‘Between’ Puts a Polite Damper on Growing Old
Not all Netflix series are created equal. “Between,” a Netflix original whose six-episode first season begins appearing weekly on this video-streaming site on Thursday, is a Canadian science-fiction series — Netflix money, north-of-the-border talent and formulas.
Pandora to Acquire Next Big Sound
Pandora Media Inc. said it has agreed to acquire Next Big Sound Inc., a startup whose online music analytics service will bolster the Internet radio company’s suite of tools for musicians.
Facebook Messenger video calls roll out globally
Facebook introduced video calling into Messenger back in April, and now it says that the feature has been rolled out almost entirely across the globe. There are still a “few countries” where Facebook says that it’s holding the feature’s release in order to improve video quality — it’s likely that has to do with the speed of mobile networks in the area, since Facebook is trying to make this work well even when callers aren’t on Wi-Fi.
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Machinima Taps Traditional Media Vets To Oversee Marketing And Content Deals
Here’s the latest indication that digital media are going mainstream: Machinima just signed movie and TV industry vets to manage its marketing and content strategies.