While the world starts to get to know its new virtual assistant, there's at least one thing app developers can be pretty sure Facebook M won't do: help them to create a more engaging mobile experience.
Google's video sites, including YouTube, attracted the most viewers during the second quarter, according to comScore. Facebook and Yahoo Sites held firmly to the second and third positions, the firm said, with Google taking the lion's share of unique views.
Facebook may be helping to build an online video dream market for marketers, who now have another user-heavy option on which to place their ads, but for YouTube-based content creators, the social media giant is becoming a nightmare as lost views impact their revenue.
Details continue to leak out on Comcast's rumored web video platform Watchable, including that the company will offer content suppliers better terms than Facebook and YouTube. And some analysts are already expressing serious reservations about whether the service will generate interest among Comcast customers and Internet users overall. However, according to a Wall Street Journal report, Comcast has relatively low expectations for the forthcoming service, and is positioning Watchable as a way to entice younger TV viewers to its TV packages.
Comcast is reportedly preparing to launch an online video platform called "Watchable" that will feature content from the likes of AwesomenessTV, Refinery29, The Onion, Vice, NBC Sports and others sometime in the next few weeks, according to a new report from Business Insider that cited unnamed sources familiar with the company's plans.
Twitter's live-streaming app, Periscope, has shifted into a comfortable lead over Meerkat and new entrant Facebook in terms of subscribers, announcing that as of Aug. 2 it has more than 10 million user accounts. The time spent watching videos on Periscope has also grown accordingly, the app's team said.
YouTube's advertising effort may have just gotten some serious competition as Facebook announced it added four new products to FAN (Facebook Audience Network) that enables marketers to buy targeted ads across its mobile and third-party apps, leveraging user data.
Facebook's aerospace team in the UK has completed construction of its first full-scale aircraft, called the Aquila, as part of its Internet.org effort. Aquila is a solar-powered unmanned plane designed to beam down Internet connectivity from the sky.
Even though it might take a while for them to fully figure out what happened, iOS developers are starting to realize that Apple has changed the algorithm for its App Store rankings, and they may need to adjust their marketing strategies accordingly.
You can get a lot of great free stuff at a technology conference--T-shirts, food, USB sticks--but Facebook really upped the ante when it offered the source code to its React Native framework earlier this year.