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The #1 Trending Video on YouTube Right Now Suggests That a Student From the Parkland Shooting Is a Crisis Actor

A video described as 'DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR….' has made the top of the trending section, another example that YouTube has a conspiracy theory problem.<p><b>Update:</b> YouTube has removed the video about three hours after this article was first published. It had more than 200,000 views at the time. Other …

Internet

With five million subs CBS OTT outperforms expectations

Last year, the two CBS OTT services reached almost five million subscribers, reaching the target originally set for 2020.CBS currently has two OTT …

Televisions

The Debrief website aims to be more than 'BuzzFeed for girls'

Bauer Media launches site targeting perceived gap in the market for 'constantly connected, influential, 20-something women'<p>Bauer Media has launched digital brand The Debrief, targeting twentysomething women, with a promise that it is more than "BuzzFeed for girls".<p>The Debrief officially launched …

Is Google Chrome Blocking Your Ads?...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 — Google’s Chrome ad blocking arrived this week.</b><p>This week, Google enabled its built-in ad blocker for Chrome. Chrome’s ad filtering is designed to weed out some of the web’s most …

Digital Advertising

Netflix Partners With Dubai-Based Pay-TV OSN in Middle East and North Africa

Netflix has signed an agreement with Dubai-based pay-TV OSN under which OSN subscribers will be able to access Netflix content across the Middle East …

TV

Netflix, Amazon, and HBO handed NBC millions for Super Bowl ads — as they actively try to kill TV

Netflix handed NBC upwards of $5 million for a Super Bowl ad on Sunday night telling an audience of 100 million or so people to stream an out-of-nowhere sequel to the 2008 sci-fi film "Cloverfield" after the game — that is, stream that instead of watching NBC's new and way-hyped episode of "This Is …

TV

BT and Sky secure first five Premier League packages

Sky and BT have between them been awarded five of the seven packages in the Premier League UK TV rights round for 2019/20-2021/22 at a total bidding …

Soccer

There is a 40% chance Apple will acquire Netflix, according to Citi

There is a 40% likelihood that Apple will acquire Netflix now that US President Trump's corporate tax cut has been passed, according to Citi analysts Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant.<p>The cut in corporate taxes, along with a one-time allowance for companies to repatriate cash stored overseas without a …

Reed Hastings

Law & Order: SVU loses a major cast member in latest episode

"I felt like it was time to go."<p><b>Warning: this article contains spoilers from Wednesday's episode of</b> <i>Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.</i><p><i>Law & Order:</i> …

TV

Why it’s the perfect time to say farewell to Scott & Bailey

I can still vividly recall the Sunday night in May 2011 when, whilst flicking through my TV guide, I mused to my mother that “Karen from Corrie’s …

Suranne Jones

Homeland: is the CIA drama actually any good? (A forensic investigation)

We armed our writer with some DVDs and a few cups of coffee and he came back with a definitive answer to one of TV’s biggest unanswered questions<p>Homeland is famous for two things: Claire Danes’ capacity to act by wobbling her face, and being maddeningly uneven. Terrorists come and go: who could …

TV

This site makes browsing Netflix simple again

Tired of spending more time trying to find something to watch on Netflix than actually watching stuff? Flixable aims to fix that.<p>We've all been there. You sit down for movie night, open Netflix and start looking for something to watch. And you keep looking. And keep looking. And you look until you …

Millennials have taken down dozens of industries — but it looks like Gen Z will be the ones to hurt Facebook

Millennials are responsible for the declines of several American industries — department stores, casual dining restaurants, and paper napkins, to name a few.<p>But when it comes to social media, it's an even younger generation — Generation Z — that's changing the rules of the game.<p>Defined as people …

Piper Jaffray

The 29 HBO shows that critics and audiences both agree are wonderful

But HBO has also released a lot of prestige shows that critics love, but normal people don't. And the other way around.<p>When audiences and critics agree, however, you know the show is definitely worth your time. This is especially relevant now that old shows are available to binge-watch on HBO Now …

TV

Turner to launch first international streaming service

Turner is to launch its first international SVOD service under the FilmStruck brand.FilmStruck will be a joint venture between Turner International’s …

Warner Bros

Amazon Canceled Tig Notaro’s ‘One Mississippi’ And A Slew Of Other Shows

As <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> puts it, the Roy Price-less Amazon Studios is “cleaning house” now that its extremely expensive <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> venture is taking hold. How? By announcing the sudden cancelation of comedian Tig Notaro’s critically-acclaimed series <i>One Mississippi</i>, along with fellow …

Golden Globes

In the US 19% of 18-24 olds are engaging in live streaming

Parks Associates said that as of Q3 2017, 12% of U.S. broadband households use a live streaming platform like Facebook Live or Periscope.The profile …

Televisions

What will happen to Market Research in 2018?

Rather than start with predictions, I started with five questions and posted them in LinkedIn, where I received a range of helpful replies.<b>The Five</b> …

GDPR

The 9 Greatest TV Shows Of All-Time, According To Rotten Tomatoes

If you think it's difficult for movies to get the coveted 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, then spare a thought for long-running TV shows.<p>To recap: RT aggregates the scores of numerous critics, so it's a measure of consensus, and puts those shows that are very widely reviewed at a disadvantage – …

TV

How advertising could develop on Alexa if Amazon gives brands access

If any business is set to have a happy new year, it’s Amazon; the retailer closed the holiday season with more Prime members than ever before and …

I was never sold on smartwatches until I tried a hybrid one from Fossil

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Call me old fashioned, but I've never been a huge fan of smart watches.<p>It's partly an aesthetic thing. Even though I'm a genuine gadget …

Wearable Tech

Original Content podcast: Looking into the dark future of Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’

Netflix has delivered another six glimpses into <i>Black Mirror</i>‘s often-bleak view of technology and humanity.<p>On the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, one of your regular hosts, Anthony Ha, is joined by Jordan Crook to discuss the fourth season of the science fiction anthology …

Gettin' vloggy with it: how YouTube might save Will Smith's career

The star has faced a string of stumbles on the big screen but in a new, surprisingly intimate series of videos he’s finding a smart way to connect with fans<p>Whenever Will Smith tries something new, he tends to become very successful very quickly. His first album sold half a million copies. His very …

What an AI ethics expert thinks of 'Black Mirror' Season 4

The best <i>Black Mirror</i> episodes don't just leave you wondering whether these futures <i>could</i> happen. They force you to consider what it would mean if they …

The wave of independent agency acquisition has only just begun

Watershed. We’ve all used the word, but how many of us actually know its meaning? Though now commonly associated with post-9pm swearing on TV, it has …

RIP Facebook News Feed for Publishers:

Facebook Declares They're Cutting Off Businesses, Brands & Media from News Feed for Good<p>Earlier today, Facebook announced the end of the Facebook News Feed as we know it.<p>In a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg today wrote: "recently we've gotten feedback from our community that public content -- posts …

Millennials watching Friends on Netflix shocked at how problematic it is ​

Millennials who are watching <i>Friends</i> on Netflix are have branded its storylines "transphobic," "homophobic" and "sexist."<p>While the show ran for more …

Apple iOS 11.2.2 Release Has A Nasty Surprise

On Monday Apple released iOS 11.2.2, its most important update for some time, but it seems in the rush to upgrade some users are encountering a very nasty surprise indeed…<p><i>‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating the best features / biggest problems hidden</i> …

iOS

Google Home And Amazon Echo Leave Microsoft And Apple In The Dust

One of the most interesting battles being waged in the tech industry right now is the war for AI-in-the-home supremacy, with this year’s CES illustrating just how ferocious that fight has become.<p>When Amazon kicked off the smart speaker trend with Echo back in 2014, it was treated as a niche – …

Google Home Mini

Rotten Tomatoes' Audience Score For 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Has Tumbled To A Rotten 49%

On the widely-tracked Rotten Tomatoes movie review site, both the critics’ “Tomatometer” score and the audience score for <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> have been ticking downward in the weeks since the film first released.<p>There’s nothing unusual about that; many studio tentpole movies receive high scores …

Rotten Tomatoes