Music app Bloom FM has released this fun little advert featuring a band of bees rocking out. The ad, a first for the app, aims to promote its free downloads and is accompanied by another of another bee dancing along to the funky, and unavoidably catchy, tune. The animation of the bees is fantastic, and while its actually a very simple idea, it works perfectly. We challenge you not to bop along to this. Go on.
Take some academic research on Facebook, add a sexy quote about how teens are abandoning the social network in droves, and combine it with a slow news period. What do you get? A small-scale media frenzy about how Facebook is dying. In this case, part of the problem appears to be the original researcher's attempt to "sex up" his work in the hope of getting more attention for it - something he clearly succeeded in doing, if for the wrong reasons.
BBC-backed YouView soaked up more than GBP40m in funds from its shareholders in the last financial year, with staff costs increasing by almost 50% as the internet-based TV service finally launched. YouView called on GBP42.1m on funds from its backers - the BBC, ITV, BT,Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva and TalkTalk - in the year to the end of March. This represents an increase of almost 30% on the GBP32.6m Youview's shareholders forked out the previous year.
The BBC plans to charge for viewing some of its flagship programmes, according to a report by The Daily Mail, which claims that the corporation aims to compete with commercial streaming services such as Netflix and iTunes. The new service will reportedly launch next year, and see the back catalogue of the BBC's most popular programmes such as Doctor Who, Sherlock and Luther be made available to view, at a price.
The Telegraph has attacked Prime Minister David Cameron's call for IPSO to seek official recognition following his interview in The Spectator. Cameron told the magazine that "a less enlightened government" might seek to impose statutory regulation on the newspaper industry. In a strongly worded editorial, the Telegraph quoted Cameron speaking in the House of Commons following the publication of the Leveson Inquiry report.
Trinity Mirror have announced a new digital content innovation team for its regional newsrooms, to be headed by Alison Gow, currently editor of the North Wales Daily Post. Gow will lead a team of three "digital content innovators" working across Trinity Mirror's regional brands, in addition to a new role as deputy digital publishing director for Trinity regionals, under David Higgerson.
Rdio is killing its streaming video service Vdio, abandoning plans to combine the two in a joint subscription media offering and raising the question whether any newcomer at this point can compete with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant. The announcement marks the unexpected shuttering of a premium video offering backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis that at one point intended to heads-on compete with Netflix.
Teenagers are turning their back on Facebook 'in their droves' and switching to simpler social networks and messaging apps, new research has found. Not only are 16-18 year olds moving on to rivals such as Snapchat, Whatsapp and even Twitter, teens are embarrassed to be so much as associated with Facebook, as their parents adopt the network, researchers at University College London said.
A new Google Chrome browser extension has been launched that evades censorship and allows again immediate access to all blocked sites. Dubbed 'Go away Cameron', the new extension allows Brits to access the sites they are interested in, irrespective of UK's parental controls and brings porn back. According to the extension developer, @nubela, it uses a private and smart proxy service to route users' access around censorship as well allow regaining access to favourite blocked sites in the UK.
David Cameron has warned the press that it runs the risk of facing "hideous statutory regulation" in the future if the Independent Press Standards Organisation declines to seek recognition under the terms of the new royal charter. In an interview with the Spectator's editor, Fraser Nelson,, a strong campaigner against the royal charter, Cameron said a "less liberal, less enlightened government" of the future could impose statutory controls unless the press acted now.