Verizon on Tuesday said that it has completed its acquisition of AOL, a $4.4 billion deal that was announced just over a month ago on May 12. Shares of AOL will no longer be traded on the NYSE.
Facebook doesn’t even need to see your face in order to identify who you are. Like some supernatural forensics expert, the social network’s technology has apparently become so advanced that it can use other cues—hairdo, body shape, pose, etc.—to identify individuals. That is freaky.
YouTube already hosts tons of newsworthy videos shot by regular people who just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Now, Google is pushing these videos front and center with a new YouTube channel called Newswire.
After a failed attempt to snatch up Twitch last year, YouTube is moving forward with new features that bolster its own live streaming capabilities.
The platform on Thursday announced a new option that will allow channels to live stream at 60fps, which is meant to make content look buttery smooth, particularly games.
Google may be a massive billion dollar company, but it’s still a place where weird ideas can come to fruition. Case in point: Google Tone, a new Chrome extension that lets you share a link with anyone nearby using the speakers in your computer.
Instagram on Wednesday announced a new account that will serve as an all-encompassing home for music coverage. Instagram users can now follow the @music account for photos and clips from musicians and folks who live and breathe music around the world. It reminds us of similar verticals inside of Snapchat.
Back in October, 2013, Twitter launched a feature that allowed folks to send direct messages to anyone on the social network, provided that the option was enabled inside of settings. It lasted about a month before Twitter reverted the policy back to only allowing users who follow one another to DM. Now, in an effort to take on other popular chat apps, the feature is back.
In February GlobalWebIndex revealed that an estimated 160 million Twitter users don’t actually log into the social network. That’s a huge number, and it’s a base of users that Twitter is addressing in its latest homepage redesign. The site puts a focus on folks who aren’t logged in at all, but who are still important to the social network and its future.
Several of Apple’s services have been down since early Wednesday morning. Apple’s status page indicates that, since about 5:00 a.m. Eastern time, the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store and Mac App Store have been experiencing a major outage. Likewise, iCloud Mail and iCloud Account & Sign in were down for a few hours, but returned at about 8:30 a.m. Eastern. Apple is apologizing to its users.
The Department of Justice on Friday said that it has charged three people following “one of the largest reported data breaches in U.S. history.” Charges were filed against two Vietnamese citizens and one Canadian, all of whom stole more than a billion e-mail addresses from service providers in the United States, the Department of Justice said. The Vietnamese men lived in the Netherlands.
Net neutrality scores a win in FCC vote
A proposal to protect net neutrality was approved on Thursday by the FCC in a 3-to-2 vote that could establish strict rules for the open Internet. The decision will reclassify Internet service providers under the same Title II restrictions covering phone lines, while also prohibiting paid fast lanes, throttling and more.
Flipboard is now available on the Web
Flipboard is making the transition to the Web. The famous news reading app has primarily made a name for itself on mobile devices, but the company has adapted that experience to bigger desktop screens. The video above perfectly illustrates what you can expect.