Friday 8.23: News to Know
Is Yahoo About to Make a Bigger Bet in Online Video?
Yahoo may soon launch an original interview series hosted by Katie Couric with plans to make it available on the company’s homepage.
Deals & Signings
Alloy Digital and Old Navy Serve Up Some ‘Style Rules’
Old Navy has partnered with Alloy Digital to launch a two-part branded web series on Alloy’s ClevverTV YouTube channel.
The Haps With Apps
How to Shoot Vine and Instagram Videos Like a Pro
Airbnb Is Making a Short Film Out of Vines (And So Can You!)
After months of Vine being used – with varying levels of success – to promote movies, the six-second video app is being used to make one.
Inside YouTube’s TestTube
Google’s legendary 20 percent time is maybe in decline these days, but that doesn’t mean that YouTube has given up on experimentation.
Streaming Video News
YuMe: Tablet Video Viewers Pay More Attention
If you want the viewer’s attention, it might be best if they are watching your video or ad on a tablet.
JennXPenn Stars in New Series on AwesomenessTV
AwesomenessTV has launched “Top 10 with JennXPenn,” a new comedy series hosted by YouTube star Jenn McCallister in which she breaks down her top 10 on a variety of topics.
Hulu Debuts New ‘Exclusive’ Series, Can We Call it an Original?
Hulu has debuted a new “exclusive” series called “Run,” starring Lennie James of “Snatch” and “The Walking Dead” fame. The premise is as follows.
The Pet Collective Wants to Be StyleHaul, But for Pets
FremantleMedia’s The Pet Collective wants to become the biggest pet destination on the web by not only creating a lot more original programming but also aggregating relevant content from external sources.
Microsoft CEO Ballmer to Retire Within 12 Months
Microsoft says Steve Ballmer will retire as the company’s CEO within 12 months, as the tech giant navigates a rapidly-changing computer market.
USA Today http://usat.ly/178mcM8
And the Emmys Go to ‘Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ and ‘Last Chance Kitchen’
Top Maker Studios Executive Will Keenan Exits the Company
Keenan helped grow the company from a few hundred YouTube channels to more than 70,000.
Opinions & Analysis
Are Netflix’s Original Shows Too Popular For its Own Good?
Variety’s Andrew Wallenstein stumbled across an interesting tidbit in Netflix’s recent 10-Q filing.
PewDie Pie isn’t bad, but it really isn’t good either
VideoWatch reviews the Swedish sensation
Spacey Says TV Must Adapt To Viewer Demand or Die
Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey says television has overtaken cinema as the home of quality character-driven drama, but the industry risks failure if it doesn’t recognize that viewers want control over what they watch, and when.
Summer song lawsuit exposes the ‘Blurred Lines’ of the U.S. copyright system
The hit summer single “Blurred Lines” melds a bouncy bass line, syncopated cowbell, and the silky falsetto of singer Robin Thicke into an R&B jam that channels the 1970s grooves of Marvin Gaye—especially his song “Got to Give It Up.” But can an infectious party vibe be copyrighted?
YouTubecaptions.com wants to bring professional captioning to everyone
Youtubecaptions.com offers YouTube users an easy ay to get their videos transcribed if they don’t want to rely on the video site’s automatic speech recognition.
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