• Adobe Systems Sees Strong Quarterly Earnings
    Adobe Systems just reported a better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, which Reuters attributes to the  “strength in its digital media business, which houses its flagship product Creative Cloud.” More broadly, “The shift to cloud-based subscription has brought a more predictable revenue stream for Adobe, by selling its software through web-based subscriptions, and not through the sale of packaged-licensed software.”
  • YouTube Adds 360-Video App On Steam VR
    Offering broader access to one of its Daydream VR apps, Google just released YouTube VR for Steam VR on the HTC Vive. “You can download it right now, but the app is an Early Access release and reviews are, to say the least, mixed,” Engadget notes. “Some users are reporting dropped frames despite powerful PC setups, and (many) others are saying that it doesn't work at all, crashing on startup.”
  • Facebook Bows 'Snooze' Button
    Facebook just debuted a “snooze” button with which users can take temporary breaks from certain “friends,” without officially “unfriending” them. “The feature has been in testing for a few months,” The Next Web’s Rachel Kaser reports. “There are certain social media features I look at and think, ‘Who could possibly use that?’” she notes, adding: “But this one I’m pretty sure could see widespread use.”
  • BlackBerry Shuttering App Store In 2019
    BlackBerry plans to shutter its World app store at the end of 2019, Venture Beat writes. More broadly, “The future of BlackBerry OS, the latest version of which is BlackBerry 10 … has been in question ever since rumors started about BlackBerry adopting Android,” VB writes. “Now that we’ve seen quite a few BlackBerry devices powered by Android, and now that BlackBerry is no longer a phone company, the Canadian firm is finally starting to cut back.”
  • Microsoft's Mixer Debuts Livestreaming App
    Microsoft’s Mixer division is rolling out a livestreaming app, Venture Beat reports. “The company said the new app is the result of a full redesign, directly shaped by community feedback and focused on making it easier to find streams,” VB writes. “It comes with increased personalization options and takes full advantage of Mixer’s interactive experiences.”
  • UK Officials Not Happy With Twitter
    Leaders in the United Kingdom are not satisfied with Twitter's openness regarding Russia agents using its platform to influence the EU referendum. “Damian Collins MP, chair of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport committee, said Twitter’s response failed to address any of the substantive issues raised,” The Guardian reports. "Instead, the company has simply replied to a far narrower request from the Electoral Commission, which was exclusively concerned with spending.”
  • What New iMac Pro Means For Creatives, Developers
    Ars Technica considers how the new iMac Pro could spell opportunities for creatives, software developers, and third-party applications. "It is a much more powerful machine, with CPU options up to 18 cores and up to 128GB of RAM,” AT notes. As such, “Creative apps are among the obvious use cases for the iMac Pro, but there’s some attraction for developers, too,” it writes. “While the iMac Pro offers much faster compile times (2.5 times the other iMac in some cases), the multiple cores create some impressive multitasking opportunities, too.”
  • Ad Networks' Latest Trick For Generating Fake Traffic
    BuzzFeed details how ad networks and publishers are using page redirects and “pop-unders” to produce what it calls “legitimate-look” traffic. “These networks can ‘originate traffic out of thin air’ and direct it to a specific site thanks to code that instructs them when to load a specific webpage, and how long to keep it open before automatically loading the next website in the chain,” BF writes. “No human action is required.”
  • Facebook Finds Little Evidence Of Russian Meddling In British 'Referendum'
    Facebook says it has so far found no evidence of a “significant” Russian effort to interfere in the British referendum last year, The New York Times reports. “The government-linked Russian organization accused of using social media to seek to influence the United States presidential election in 2016, the Internet Research Agency, spent only 97 cents on Facebook advertisements that were delivered to British users during the two months before the referendum,” The Times reports, citing a statement from Facebook.
  • NBA To Stream 'G League' Games On Twitch
    The NBA has agreed to stream some of its developmental league games on social video service Twitch. “Known for the giant audiences who watch other people playing video games, Twitch will begin showing up to six weekly NBA G League games on December 15,” Fast Company reports. “In addition to evaluating players, the NBA also uses the G League, formerly known as the D League, to test out new technologies and other systems that might one day make their way to the big leagues.”
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