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Bernie Sanders joined Twitch to reach people where they are

Bernie Sanders joined Twitch to reach people where they are

It might seem unusual to find a 77-year-old embracing Twitch — but it probably helps that he’s a presidential candidate. Bernie Sanders, senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate, has a message for gamers: he’s on Twitch with them. (And, his campaign staff agrees, Bernie stands in solidarity with gamers.)The Sanders campaign for president started broadcasting on Twitch the night of the first Democratic debate of the 2020 presidential election. It was the second political campaign to appear on the site — according to , the first candidate to join was Andrew Yang, in July...

August 17, 2019
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Snapchat is releasing Bitmoji Paint, a massively multiplayer online painting game

Snapchat is releasing Bitmoji Paint, a massively multiplayer online painting game

Filed under:It’s Snap’s second original gameToday, Snapchat is getting a new original game called Bitmoji Paint. As the name suggests, the game involves Bitmoji — those cutely grotesque customizable avatars — and painting. It’s Snap Inc.’s second title from its internal games studio, . “Our goal with Bitmoji has always been to be the world’s avatar, to give people a digital version of themselves that represents them and lets them be themselves online,” says Ba Blackstock, co-founder of Bitmoji. “And so now with games, it’s also letting people play together in a really new and fun and...

Dec 14
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YouTube will now let you pay to QA test new features

YouTube will now let you pay to QA test new features

Filed under:YouTube Labs is now available to premium subscribersYouTube has changed the way it tests new features: it’s now allowing its Premium subscribers access to experimental products in the development pipeline, according to . Previously, those features were tested by Google users picked at random to beta test.Currently, include watching videos with sound and seeking on your YouTube homepage on iOS; voice searching for YouTube videos on-site (only on Chrome); and filtering by topic in additional languages. The language at the top of YouTube’s experimental features page also says that...

Oct 6
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Logic signs to Twitch, exclusively

Logic signs to Twitch, exclusively

Logic doesn’t like the internet — specifically social media: the masses who send hateful messages about him, the unmoderated horde of people who feel empowered to say “go kill yourself” to someone they deem big enough to be faceless. And Logic, better known offstage as Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, isn’t a stranger to the churn of comments that power social media; it’s how he made his name, he tells me, reaching people where they were by putting out his music for free online. “I was at the birth of the modern internet. I was at the birth of social media,” he says when we talk on the phone....

July 20, 2020
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Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 million

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 million

ByShareWriter-director Woody Allen filed a $68 million lawsuit against Amazon Studios today. As reported by and , Allen claims the company breached its contract with him when it declined to release four of his films.“Seeking to capitalize on Mr. Allen’s international stature, talent, and track record, Amazon—a technology giant but Hollywood novice—sought to develop its nascent entertainment studio by entering into a series of deals with Mr. Allen and his company, Gravier, promising to finance and distribute his future films and to be his “home” for the rest of his career,” the . “In June...

February 8, 2019
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Jeff Bezos bought the most expensive property in LA with an eighth of a percent of his net worth

Jeff Bezos bought the most expensive property in LA with an eighth of a percent of his net worth

According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has reportedly just bought the most expensive property in Los Angeles from David Geffen, another unimaginably wealthy man, for $165 million. (It’s the Warner Estate, which spreads out over nine acres in Beverly Hills.) That’s a wild amount of money for anything — I mean, aside from a 747? — but especially for a place you might presumably live in. (Bezos spent around $80 million on a few New York apartments earlier this year, so it’s not clear where his five-foot, seven-inch frame will primarily reside.) For context, $165...

February 13, 2020
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Kaytranada Captures an Entire Party’s Worth of Sound on ‘Bubba’

Kaytranada Captures an Entire Party’s Worth of Sound on ‘Bubba’

By using this website, you consent to our use of cookies. For more information, visit our XThere aren’t many albums that you can play anywhere and even fewer that manage to sound appropriate whatever time they happen to be played. What’s rarer still: an artist managing to sound right under both of those limiting conditions. The Haitian Canadian producer Louis Kevin Celestin—better known by his stage name, Kaytranada—has managed this feat twice, first on his studio debut, 99.9% (2016), and then on his recently released (and second) full-length, Bubba.Kaytranada’s sound, percussive as it is,...

February 23, 2020
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The Oakland A’s have (mostly) ditched the radio for the internet

The Oakland A’s have (mostly) ditched the radio for the internet

Filed under:You’ll only be able to hear live games on the internet except in a few citiesVideo killed the radio star, and then the internet killed video — and the internet wasn’t satisfied so now it’s after radio, too. The Oakland Athletics baseball team launched a 24/7 digital audio station on TuneIn last May called A’s Cast. It was such a success that on Tuesday, that they are moving all of their audio content there — including live game broadcasts in Oakland and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area, which previously aired on KTRB 860 AM.As points out, the move to internet broadcasting...

February 23, 2020
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YouTube is testing automatic product detection in videos

YouTube is testing automatic product detection in videos

Filed under:The video giant looks like it’s getting another recommendation algorithmYouTube is always running experiments. One of its latest: testing an automated list of products detected in videos uploaded to the site. As of March 22nd this year, that test is being expanded to “people watching videos in the US,” according to . (An early version of the feature was tested midway through last year, though that test was very small, reports .)In one of its , a YouTube representative gave a little more detail about how this particular feature will be deployed:We are experimenting with a new...

Mar 22
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Twitch is going to fund new reality programming

Twitch is going to fund new reality programming

Filed under:But no escape roomsNow that we’re all inside and online a brain-breaking amount of time per day, Twitch is looking to fund a slate of new unscripted series to help broaden its audience — and take advantage of the fact that its audiences are bigger than ever. According to , which got its hands on an internal document looking for pitches, the company wants live, interactive programming that airs a few times per week — preferably, “game shows, dating shows, sports, music, and talk,” Bloomberg reports, “many of the cornerstones of reality TV.” (Though it is explicitly not looking...

May 7, 2020
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