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Jim’s WebLetter for 7/23/16

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Hi-ya Webfriends!

Five billion dollars. That is the reported price Yahoo is being sold for.  And the buyer will likely be Verizon. Verizon, the phone company, buying a search engine with other online features like news and email. So I just have one question … why? Verizon has email. Verizon has a portal that could easily become a news, sports, weather hub. Last year, they bought AOL which included the Huffington Post and TechCrunch and spent more than $4 billion. So now they want to purchase a search engine that most people don’t use. Hmmmm …. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/business/dealbook/yahoo-sale-verizon.html?ref=technology&_r=0 

Maybe someone should tell Verizon that the future isn’t cable TV and all the features that go into a portal, but something everyone is walking around with on their phone … Facebook and Twitter’s Periscope. If you need proof, just look at the latest big news stories and how they were first shown. Shootings that have topped the nightly news have ALL been shown through Facebook and Periscope before cable or the network news could report them. In fact, as the age of the Internet grows into the next generation, fewer people will be watching the 6:00 news and instead, will watch the news as it happens on their devices. But there is more than news immediacy. There are concerts and events that are shared by those in attendance. Both the Republican and Democratic Conventions are being streamed online, and without all the commendation that the networks feel is needed. Read more about how live streaming is quickly becoming the choice for viewership … http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/technology/live-streaming-breaks-through-and-cable-news-has-much-to-fear.html?ref=technology

Speaking of Periscope … Twitter’s popular live streamer just picked up a few new features. Now, everyone will be able to enjoy automated highlight reels and easier embedded broadcasts. Android users in particular will also get autoplay functionality in the Periscope app. Support for playback inside embedded tweets. The engineering team at Periscope did a Periscope of the new features to show and better explain how they work.  

Now, after a live broadcast has ended, Periscope will now generate a Highlight. It’s basically a short trailer people can watch before committing to the full video. This will be live on Android and iOS in a few days. In the Android app, live broadcasts will now autoplay in the Watch Tab and Global Feed. Sound will be disabled by default, but you can open the video to play it normally. https://www.periscope.tv
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That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim

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