media

Facebook Now Puts Full Articles From Big Publishers In Your News Feed

Facebook has just launched a new service called Instant Articles, which allows media organisations to create interactive pieces hosted on Facebook’s servers and embedded in your news feed.


The Dress And #Ferguson Are The Two Sides Of Social Media Explosions

To understand the mass hysteria around The Dress last week, you can’t compare it to other memes. You have to compare it to political events like #Ferguson, which are its diametrical opposite. Except in one way.


WNYC Explains Why It Deleted A Controversial Podcast On Women In Tech

Earlier this month, we asked a question: Why did WNYC delete an episode of its internet-focused podcast TLDR that criticised Vivek Wadhwa, a professor frequently quoted as an expert on the issue of women in technology? The updated episode is now available online, complete with a painfully tense interview between host Meredith Haggerty and Wadhwa.


VLC Is Getting Chromecast Support

Google’s Chromecast is cheap and awesome and it’s about to get even better. The latest changelog posted by VLC — which mentions a “Chromecast output module” — suggests that the Swiss Army-knife of media players will finally get Chrome support.


I Was A Snapchat News Whore

For the past ten days, I’ve been getting my news from Snapchat. I’ve learned stuff about internet dating, celebrity plastic surgery, Ukraine peace talks, and Bitcoin mines. But mostly, I’ve learned what old media thinks app media really wants. And it’s not pretty.


Hulu's Former CEO Launches Subscription-Based YouTube Rival

YouTube pretty much won the video war years ago, but there are still plenty of people vying for some of the action. Remember Viddy? Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar thinks that his new startup video site, Vessel, offers a unique subscription-based model ($US3/month) that can pull YouTube stars over to a new platform. Long story short: Vessel will pay them more.


Chromecast Is Getting A Bunch Of Smartphone-Controlled Games

Your Chromecast is about to be a little more like Amazon Fire TV. The streaming dongle is getting a whole slew of family-friendly games.


Nearly Half The Names On The US Terrorist Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Today in bad news about the government watching you, we learnt that the US government’s terrorist watch list has doubled in recent years. What’s worse, however, is that the government admits that over 40 per cent of the people on that list have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation”. None.


Australia's New Digital Content Guide Points To Your Legal Movie, TV And Gaming Download Choices

Piracy is apparently a big problem in Australia. One of the root causes for piracy is availabilty — it’s easier for anyone with a computer to illegally download files than it is to purchase them. A collaboration between Foxtel, Village Roadshow, News Corp, APRA-AMCOS and other media rights-holders in Australia wants to show you where to find the best places to quickly, easily and legitimately acquire movies, TV shows, games, music and other media.


Report: Apple Is Buying Talk-Radio App Swell For $US30 Million

A report by Re/Code suggests that Apple is buying — and swallowing whole — the talk-radio app Swell for $US30 million. The report suggests that according to “multiple sources” Apple will take control of the startup, currently funded in part by Google Ventures, very soon.