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BBC online revamp exemplifies Facebook, other social media's influence on programming

BOSTON-- Media companies exhibiting here at INTX chatted throughout the week about the need to tailor their content to fit the different sizes of screens and the various platforms, like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, that viewers use. And beyond the event, at least one media company is paring back older initiatives to fund more social media-savvy ones: BBC.

JW Player's Otten: Amazon Video Direct could boost indie publisher revenues, audience base

Amazon's new Video Direct will allow creators to make their content available to customers of the online retail giant, in either transactional or subscription format. But while the service appears to challenge other OTT video outlets like Vimeo, it could provide a revenue-generating shot in the arm for the entire independent publisher segment.

Civil rights group tout benefits of zero-rated data for low-income users

Zero-rated mobile data offerings may skirt net neutrality principles, but one civil rights group claims they're an effective way for low-income users to access broadband services.

Instagram's claim that LitterGram name is 'not acceptable' sets off devs

Instagram recently launched a legal battle against British anti-litter app LitterGram, claiming the app's name was "not acceptable" because it infringes the trademark of its photo-sharing service.

Telia slammed by Swedish media over zero-rating offer

Telia incurred the wrath of Swedish media, which effectively accused the operator of infringing new European Union net neutrality laws by offering unlimited free access to social networks and apps including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter.

Facebook F8 conference's key developer tools may reshape social media app landscape

What should developers expect from Facebook over the next decade? Here are three key takeaways from the F8 conference, a gathering that highlighted the social media site's 10-year history and announced new technologies that may reshape the development landscape.

Google, Facebook separately testing wireless broadband projects that may eventually prove disruptive

Google and Facebook are separately testing wireless broadband technologies that expand on fixed-line networks. And at least one of them may eventually threaten mobile network operators.

BroadbandTV stalks Google, Facebook in number of monthly views

Broadband TV, the Vancouver-based online video vendor that got its start, like other companies such as AwesomenessTV, within YouTube's multichannel network ecosystem, is now closing in on Google Sites and Facebook when it comes to monthly views of its video content.

Facebook says, unlike Netflix, it does not degrade its video for mobile

Netflix has earned a lot of unwanted attention after it recently admitted to transmitting video at a lower resolution over AT&T's and Verizon's mobile networks. But Facebook, an already large mobile video player in its own right, says rest assured because it is not engaging in the same practice.

Unlike Netflix, Facebook doesn't degrade video for specific mobile carriers

Facebook said it doesn't degrade the quality of its video for specific mobile network operators, unlike Netflix. But whether Amazon or YouTube do is still uncertain.