A VidCon veteran reveals this year’s big takeaways

June 28, 2017

… present themselves as the best source of web video, but we all know who reigns as king of that particular mountain: YouTube, of course. In 12 years of operation, YouTube has established itself as the de facto destination for web video. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed that the site draws some 1.5 billion logged-in users per month, a number equivalent to 20 percent of the worlds population. Brendan Gahan and Zach King, of Vine and YouTube fame, speaking on a panel at VidCon. Image: brendan …

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China bans livestreaming on its most popular social media sites

June 24, 2017

… networks, acknowledged that it received the directive from the government, and that it’s working to figure out which users would be affected. Weibo has some 340 million active users, and relies heavily on video streaming for revenue. The two other sites affected, news portal iFeng and ACFUN, an online video site, are also popular. Livestreaming stars likely impacted Some of the countrys most famous online celebrities rely on live-streaming sessions to earn virtual gifts, which can be …

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Facebook is releasing a new app for YouTube-like creators

June 24, 2017

… Instagram and Messenger. The app also will have more insights, such as who the creator’s followers are and how they are consuming the creator’s videos. Over the last year and especially at VidCon, Facebook has made a big push for being more of a YouTube-like destination, where users come to watch video. That includes Facebook making an effort to recruit more YouTube-like stars, as Mashable reported. Bringing in creators who can make high-quality, engaging video is another way …

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College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 21, 2017

… AFP/Getty Images In a country with over 700 million phone users, it can be tough standing out. But top-earning internet celebrities, known as Wang Hong in China, can earn up to $46 million a year. It’s no wonder everyone’s jostling to become the Next Big Thing. The skills you need for viral fame At the YWICC, students are practicing in dance studios and being taught how to dress fashionably. 21-year-old Mengna Jiang is one of 33 students mostly women majoring in the school’s …

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There’s a serious problem with Twitter’s account security

June 17, 2017

"Hmm, that's not right."Image: BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES Adding an extra layer of security to your online accounts is a fundamental step to protect your digital life from hackers, but what’s the point if the new methods are just as vulnerable as the old ones? It’s a question some Twitter users are asking after discovering that the two-factor authentication on their accounts isn’t as secure as it seems. SEE ALSO: The software that could prevent ISPs from selling …

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RuPaul has important advice to keep your computer safe from viruses

June 16, 2017

Don't you dare click on that pop upImage: mark boster/ LA Times via Getty Images Pop-up ads, sashay away. Since they were unleashed on the web, pop-up windows have not only been annoying users, but they have also been a huge nightmare for digital security. Most people know better than to click on suspicious looking pop-ups, but some of them can be sneaky. But now, we have some essential security advice from an unlikely source: RuPaul. SEE ALSO: Security researcher says he’s figured …

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Labour’s adverts had consistently been shared more widely by social media users, he said. Part of this appears to be down to the difference in tone of the adverts. While the Conservatives had almost entirely focused their adverts on the strength of Prime Minister Theresa May and the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s social media adverts had been more positive, seeking to emphasise that the party was building a social movement, he said. And this had been …

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Instagram finally accepts branded content with official tool

June 15, 2017

… Here’s what it looks like as a traditional Instagram post and as a post in an Instagram Story, featuring fashion and interior designer Aimee Song (songofstyle): Image: instagram For Instagram, introducing this tool is a huge, long overdue step to bring more transparency on the platform for creators, brands, and all of the more than 700 million monthly active users who are often exposed to such posts. Since its founding in 2012, Instagram let the system operate as the Wild West, where …

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Snapchat releases new research that says its for close friends

June 13, 2017

Image: snap inc. Snap’s got a message for their haters, naysayers, and short-sellers pointing to their supposedly slowing growth: New users are overrated (especially when our existing users are so engaged). At a time when Snap’s stock is hovering at a disappointingly low $18 while Facebook rolls out copycat product after copycat product, Snap released two new studies on Monday showing who’s using Snapchat, and why that is. SEE ALSO: Beware Snapchatters: Apple’s iOS 11 …

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Adam West talks Family Guy and Seth MacFarlane weeks before his death

June 11, 2017

… had a similarly odd tastes in comedy, part of what has made “Mayor West” a hit on the show. As for the app, it’s called Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game (available for iOS and Android) and was developed by Los Angeles based game studio Jam City. In it, users enjoy the same ironic humor and characters from the show (drunk Quagmire, what else do you need to know?!) while tapping their way toward in-game achievements. No, the app isn’t focused on Mayor West, …

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China’s censors have declared all-out war against celebrity gossip news

June 10, 2017

… blocked users from posting photos on 28th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre Beijing News reported that the sites’ various online properties across micro-blogging portal Weibo, and news aggregators Baidu and Toutiao, were gone. The government said that these accounts violated wording in Chinese latest revision of its cyber laws released last week, which stipulate that online content should not violate a party’s privacy, or damage their reputation. “Vulgar” …

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The surprising list of the 30 most popular people on Instagram

June 8, 2017

… into a lifestyle most of us will never attain. Who has the most followers on Instagram? 1) Instagram 224 million followers Instagram has over 700 million users, and nearly a third of those people follow the company’s official account. The feed is curated by Instagram’s community management team and features photos from around the world, so you never know what you’re going to see next. Screenrab via Instagram/Instagram 2)Selena Gomez 121 million followers Selena Gomez is …

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People Are Pissed At Kim Kardashian Over This Tweet She Posted About Manchester

… Kardashian partying with Ariana Grande at a concert. The caption reads, Concerts are supposed to bea place where u can let loose & have fun. So scary to not feel safe in this world. @arianagrande I love you. Kim Kardashian shares support for Ariana Grande and the victims of the Manchester bombing. https://t.co/mbHBncrDB5 pic.twitter.com/kiQnQwFuYF EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) May 23, 2017 Savvy Twitter users who follow Kims every move spotted the tweet and expressed how mad they were …

May 25, 2017
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Nicki Minaj as emperor of America is the best epic Twitter story you’ll ever read

… Insurgency In Audio Tape Smuggled To NY Post pic.twitter.com/qHFqTPYzxJ — Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 19, 2017 It’s an engaging and thoroughly entertaining story with plenty of twist and turns, and we highly recommend reading it start to finish. Twitter users are already clamoring for more. @owillis I hope this Is the Season 1 recap & it's been renewed for S.2 — Lori Saldaa 4 SD (@Lori4SanDiego) May 20, 2017 @owillis She may be dictator for life, but you, Oliver, …

May 24, 2017
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One dating app makes you mind your manners to find love

… badgering gets them automatically booted. In theory, that leaves you with a controlled pool of elite daters who can behave themselves. That should help to minimize the need for ghosting, since that’s often born from the need to interact with an endless stream of potential mates in an efficient, if slightly ruthless, way. So does all of this actually, you know, work? Maaaaybe. Theyve got more than 250,000 users worldwide, and theyve had as many weddings as Bumble has (which boasts 13 …

May 20, 2017
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