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Google to unveil Auto Awesome feature that creates stories from your videos

Putting aside the small matter of launching a new Nexus smartphone and Android OS, Google also plans to unveil new Google+ features and improvements. Sources aware of Google's plans tell us that today's media-focused event will include the introduction of Auto Awesome for videos, an expansion of …

Auto Awesome Movies for Google+ Edits Your Videos Into Highlight Reels

Google’s media-enhancing ‘Auto Awesome‘ tool on Google+ now supports video files. With no input whatsoever, the feature will take your recorded clips and create new videos with automated transitions, music and effects.<p>Called ‘Auto Awesome Movies’, this new piece of technological wizardry will …

Exclusive: CBS News In Talks With Distributors For 24-Hour Digital Video Service

The company's news and interactive units are developing a digital programming service to be distributed on mobile phones, tablets, game consoles, and over-the-top TV distribution systems.<p>The news and interactive divisions of CBS have been quietly developing a digital video service that continually …

'New York Times' Debuts First Animated Video Series

The <i>New York Times</i> is debuting its first animated series, a monthly compliment to the paper's popular Modern Love column that features personal essays …

The Future Of The New York Times Ad Business Hinges On Video

As print newspaper readers have flocked to the internet over the past decade and change, the Times Company has been forced to sell off its holdings in other newspapers like The Boston Globe and web properties like about.com.<p>The Times Company will consist primarily of the New York Times print and …

Yahoo Buys Mobile Video App Qwiki For A Reported $50 Million

Qwiki is a video app that combines pictures and video to "tell a story".<p>Unlike other smaller acquisitions Yahoo has made recently, it says it will continue to support the Qwiki app. The Qwiki team will move into Yahoo's New York HQ.<p>Two weeks ago AllThingsD's Kara Swisher reported that Yahoo was …

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Video content provider Storyhunter.tv to partner with AOL and Yahoo

“We give the context and credibility of professional video journalism,” says its cofounder, “and mix that with the authenticity and originality of crowdsourcing.”<p>A website meant to connect professional video freelancers to publishers, and publishers with a stream of high quality video content, has …

Yahoo Launches Video App With Clips From 'SNL,' 'Daily Show'

Yahoo launched a video-viewing iOS app, Yahoo Screen, on Monday, the first major app launch from the company's 10-month-old mobile engineering office …

Rebecca Romijn Goes Topless, Introduces The Hand Bra In Funny Video For Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this week is Breast Cancer Awareness week at Funny or Die. The hilarious masterminds behind the jokey site enlisted the help of the gorgeous Rebecca Romijn and together they've created an incredibly amusing "commercial" for the Hand Bra, by Rebecca …

AOL Spins Out Global Video Division

AOL is reorganizing its video business.<p>Ran Harnevo, the company's svp of video, has been tapped as president of the newly created global group AOL …

BuzzFeed aims to up its viral-video volume with L.A. office

The fast-growing social news site is making a big push to create videos that connect with its users, and it's striving to be one of the world's most visited websites within a year.<p>October 18, 2013|By Andrea Chang<p>Jonah Peretti, founder and chief executive of the wildly popular website BuzzFeed, is …

INFOGRAPHIC: Where And How People Watch Video On Their Tablets

<i>This post is sponsored by YuMe.</i><p>The tablet, once considered a novelty, is fast becoming an essential part of our lives: According to Pew Research Center, more than a third of American adults now own a tablet. In Q4, tablet sales are expected to outstrip those of PCs, and while marketers still spend …

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Google Tops Nike for Most Online Video Shares in 2012

Google's videos have always attracted a mass following on the Internet, partly thanks to the tech giant's massive online ecosystem. But the company …

Does AOL Have a Fighting Chance Against YouTube?

When one thinks of the major players in online video, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Vimeo, perhaps even Amazon first to mind — not AOL.<p>Tim Armstrong, CEO …

Netflix in talks for third season of 'House of Cards'

The second season of <i>House of Cards</i> isn't set to air until next year, but Netflix is in talks to produce a third season, despite earlier indications that the second season would be its last. "Our intent is that the show keep going for sure," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a …

Samsung scores $100 million NBA deal for courtside tablets and TVs

A massive boost to brand exposure during primetime<p>The NBA's next provider for courtside electronics will be none other than Samsung, according to a report in <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> today. Sources familiar with the three-year deal value it at $100 million, with Samsung providing its tablets and TVs …

Disney bringing new show to tablets first, cable later

With more children picking up iPads and other tablets every day, Disney has announced plans to release an upcoming show first on mobile devices before it airs on cable. <i>Sheriff Callie’s Wild West</i> will debut on the company's Watch Disney Junior app beginning November 24th, eventually making its way …

Al Jazeera will launch a dedicated online channel, bring videos back to YouTube

“There is a generation of people who wants to go beyond the box. They instinctively turn online to consume news. They share, like, Tweet, comment, …

Fox exec Mike Hopkins officially named Hulu CEO

Mike Hopkins, the Fox executive considered the lead candidate for the position of Hulu CEO, was officially appointed to it Thursday. Acting CEO Andy …

Netflix teams up with Sony Pictures on new drama from Damages creators

Netflix (S NFLX) announced its next big original content play Monday: The video service has struck a deal with Sony Pictures for an original drama …

BBC scraps plan to expand iPlayer app globally, citing competition from Netflix and Amazon

The BBC’s video-on-demand app, iPlayer, has gained a lot of ground in the U.K., its home country: It accounts for more than 50 percent of streaming …

Twitter deal will see BBC embed video clips on trending topics — complete with ads

As it rolls out its new Twitter Amplify feature, which allows certain media partners to embed video clips in their stream — complete with ads — the …

Amazon Prime Instant Video gets Fargo, Annie Hall and History Channel’s Vikings in MGM deal

Amazon (s AMZN) and MGM announced a deal Tuesday to make more MGM movies, as well as the History Channel hit <i>Vikings</i>, available for streaming on Prime …

Spuul wants to become Bollywood’s Netflix, thanks to a secret weapon: offline viewing

TV can be a great cure for being homesick – especially if you’re from a country with a vibrant movie industry. That’s why Spuul, a Singapore-based …

YouTube now lets more creators charge for their videos

YouTube (s GOOG) has expanded the pilot program, first launched in May, that lets select partners sell subscriptions to their channels. It’s now …

YouTube is reportedly planning a subscription music service (that will include video, natch)

YouTube(s goog) is planning to roll out a subscription music service this year, according to a Billboard report citing unidentified sources. The …

Amazon added “millions” of Prime members in Q3, thanks in part to streaming video

Anyone keeping an eye on Amazon (s AMZN) knows how rare it is for the company to break out any sort of sales figure whatsoever. That didn’t exactly …

Streaming video site Wuaki.tv partners with Panasonic, saying most of its viewing comes from smart TVs

Wuaki.tv, the streaming video service owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, has partnered with Panasonic to appear on the manufacturer’s 2012 …

Theater Owners ‘Might Kill Movies,’ Warns Netflix’s Sarandos

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos launched a blistering attack on theater owners for stifling innovation, warning in a speech Saturday that …

Condé Nast’s Epicurious Hires New Editor in Chief, Plans Video Expansion

Condé Nast today named Nilou Motamed as editor in chief of Epicurious to help broaden its content from food to lifestyle. Motamed most recently was …