Tuesday 1.27.15: News to Know
Vine’s Newest Competitor Is Here: Twitter’s Own Video Service
Twitter launched its new consumer video product Tuesday, which allows users to record, edit and tweet video clips directly through the app.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1ENqJmr
NY Times http://nyti.ms/1yrcuhA
Opinions & Analysis
‘Amazon-ics’ — The Tech Giant’s New Hollywood Math
Amazon is the new kid on the theatrical motion-picture block, having just announced its Hollywood studio-like ambitions to produce roughly 12 films per year (at very indie-like budgets of $5-$25 million each).
Oculus’ First In-House VR Film “Lost” Is Cute, Immersive, But Hardly Interactive
Oculus just premiered its Story Studio’s first virtual reality cinema experience “Lost” that’s designed to demonstrate the narrative potential of VR to filmmakers.
Streaming Video News
Vine rings in its second year by hitting 1.5 billion daily loops
Video app Vine celebrated its second anniversary Saturday, prompting product head Jason Toff to share new metrics. The company is now seeing 1.5 billion loops, or plays, a day of its six second videos. That compares to the “more than one billion” daily it announced in October.
Amazon Orders Pilot for ‘Casanova’ Historical Drama
Amazon has ordered a pilot based on the life of the 18th century Italian writer and adventurer Giacomo Casanova.
Sundance: Oculus Debuts Short VR Film, ‘Lost,’ from Story Studio
Oculus VR is debuting its first short film at Sundance today. Called “Lost,” the film was directed by Saschka Unseld, who has worked on multiple Pixar films like “Toy Story 3” and the short “The Blue Umbrella.”
Adam Sandler’s First Movie on Netflix Will Star the Usual Suspects
When Adam Sandler signed a deal to make four feature films for Netflix, you might have guessed that at least one those movies would star some of the comedian’s most frequent collaborators.
Viewers like it live on new CBSN streaming TV channel
Launched in November, the 24-7 ad-supported online streaming channel — with live anchors and on-demand video news — has been the top-ranked news outlet on Roku streaming video devices that connect to TVs, CBS announced Tuesday.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1uxENdK
The Haps With Apps
Arden Rose Launches Mobile App with the Help of Dwnld
It’s a good time to be Arden Rose, an actress, comedy vlogger, and beauty star on YouTube. She not only recently surpassed 1 million subscribers, but has been hard at work expanding her reach beyond the walls of the world’s biggest video site.
Forget TV, let’s put the Supreme Court on YouTube
The Supreme Court is now on YouTube — sort of. A clandestine video from the court has turned up on the popular video-sharing platform, showing moments of last week’s outbursts in which protestors harangued the Justices about a controversial decision about corporate free speech.
Terminator, Minions and ‘Family Feud’ are coming to play with YouTube stars
The Terminator, Universal’s Minions and new versions of classic game shows like Family Feud, Minute to Win It and Press Your Luck are coming to YouTube Space LA for residencies that will feature dozens of popular YouTube stars.
Conde Nast Launches 23 Stories For In-House Native Ads
For premium publishers, the future of native advertising may be in-house.
That’s the bet that fashion, luxury and lifestyle magazine publisher Condé Nast is making with the launch of 23 Stories, a new branded content studio that will help its advertising clients engage consumers, especially in the coveted millennial demographic, by tapping into the expertise of the publisher’s own editorial teams.
The 15 Hottest Tech Companies In Cambridge
The city is a tech hotspot because of its proximity to the science and engineering talent coming out of Cambridge University, its closeness to London, and the relative cheapness of its rents. Apple just opened a new office there, for instance.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1LeBG51
AOL Likely to Shutter Gaming Site Joystiq in Larger Content Cleanup
According to numerous sources, AOL is likely to shutter its primary video game site Joystiq, part of an extensive house-cleaning of its underperforming content properties that is taking place over the next weeks.
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