Facebook is expanding its video platform while reportedly slashing news show funding

Facebook is expanding its video platform while reportedly slashing news show funding

Facebook Watch is expanding, even as it’s failing to gain much traction amongst younger, digital-native audiences. Today, the platform announced it was expanding its 15-sec ads to more than a dozen new countries, as well as launching Watch on desktop globally and on Facebook Lite. The move comes just as Facebook slashed funding for some of its original news shows made in partnership with CNN, Buzzfeed, and ABC News, The Information reported today. While Facebook’s…

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IMAX is shutting down its virtual reality arcade business for good

IMAX is shutting down its virtual reality arcade business for good

Virtual reality arcades were supposed to be one of the first, most convenient ways that expensive VR headgear would reach the masses — but IMAX, the highest-profile provider of VR arcades, has decided to throw in the towel. The large-format cinema company has officially announced that it will be shutting down its last three locations in Los Angeles, Bangkok and Toronto early next year, and is writing off its VR business as well. That’s according…

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Vergecast: Sundar testifies, a hole-punch display, and Verizon’s future

Vergecast: Sundar testifies, a hole-punch display, and Verizon’s future

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay, Paul, and Dieter devote half the show to discussing what happened when CEO of Google Sundar Pichai testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Congress thinks Google has a bias problem — does it? The second half of the show is dedicated to gadgets! Both Samsung and Huawei revealed a phone with a “hole-punch” display so the crew theorize what’s coming in 2019 for the smartphone world. There’s a whole…

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Apple is shutting down Apple Music’s rarely-used Connect feature

Apple is giving up on its second attempt to create something of a social network within its music app. The company has informed artists that effective today, they can no longer post content to the Connect section of Apple Music. This page on Apple.com confirms the change, saying that “Connect posts from artists are no longer supported.” Credit to 9to5Mac for reporting the development. When it introduced Apple Music at WWDC 2015, Apple pitched Connect…

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Starbucks expands delivery to 2,000 stores via UberEats

There’s good news for people who can’t be bothered to leave their apartments for their morning coffee, and terrible news for baristas everywhere. Starbucks announced today that it’s expanding its delivery partnership with Uber Eats to 2,000 more US stores, which makes up about a quarter of all Starbucks locations in the country. The service, called Starbucks Delivers, has been operating as a pilot program since September in Miami, Tokyo, and a handful of cities…

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Tumblr is back in Apple’s App Store following adult content ban

Back in November, Apple banned the official Tumblr app from the App Store over child pornography issues, and today — following an announcement from Tumblr two weeks ago that it would be banning all adult content from the website — the app has been restored and is once again available to download, via TechCrunch. Tumblr is back, right before the ban Tumblr has been trending toward more aggressive content moderation over the months that it’s…

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Bitcoin scammers send bomb threats across US and Canada, causing evacuations

Spammers are sending a wave of threats to businesses, schools, and other locations across North America, demanding bitcoin in exchange for not detonating a supposed bomb. There’s no evidence of any actual explosives being placed or detonated, but it’s causing numerous evacuations and law enforcement investigations across the US and Canada today, and police are both investigating potential threats and asking victims to exercise caution. Several examples of the email threat have been posted online….

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The Trump inauguration is now being criminally investigated

The president has yet another investigation to worry about. President Trump has yet another federal investigation to worry about. Prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) are looking into the president’s inaugural committee, the Wall Street Journal’s Rebecca Davis O’Brien, Rebecca Ballhaus, and Aruna Viswanatha reported Thursday. Investigators are said to be interested in the inaugural committee’s spending, and into potential corruption involving favors for its donors. The…

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