YouTube this week announced a new set of programming APIs to make live streaming video easier for game developers. Bigger picture, “YouTube has been making a big push into live streaming as a means of expanding the types of content it can offer users,” The Verge writs. “The new APIs allow developers to send YouTube a live stream of video coming from a game, and YouTube will then transcode the video in real time, providing the appropriate version for various YouTube users.”
Dave Winer, the father of RSS, has developed a new browser-based note-taking and blogging tool -- and everyone should take note, GigaOm reports. Little Outliner, as the service is named, runs in a browser window -- so no software is necessary -- and lets user keep notes or text content of any kind, and then structure it in such a way that it becomes “a kind of brainstorming tool,” GigaOm writes.
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is almost ready to debut his latest creations, AllThingsD reports, citing sources. Named Jelly, the startup is “native mobile” effort, one source says. “While it’s not clear exactly what that means, sources said the well-known entrepreneur has already hired four or five employees to form a team on the mystery product that will likely be aimed at smartphones and tablets,” AllThingsD writes.
Facebook is reportedly developing new software for mobile devices powered by Google’s Android operating system, which displays content from users’ Facebook accounts on a smartphone’s home screen. “Facebook is moving to take a more prominent place on smartphones,” The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog writes. “Facebook will initially demonstrate the capability on smartphones from HTC,” it reports, citing sources.
Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that a battle between some European hosting company and an anti-spam group threatened the Web as we know it. Gizmodo, however, is calling bull. “It was a Dutch problem, or at most, a minor Western European problem with a couple actual hotspots,” it writes, citing assertions from several companies that maintain the physical underpinnings of the entire Internet. “There's scant evidence, though, suggesting even that much (or little) happened at all.”
Amid a steep rise in “sponsored content,” Google is warning publishers not to let the stuff seep into their Google News feeds, Search Engine Land reports. “Otherwise, if we learn of promotional content mixed with news content, we may exclude your entire publication from Google News,” the search giant threatens.
Nipping at Netflix’s heels, Amazon is finally copping to the existence of another original series. "Betas," as the comedy is named, is set in Silicon Valley and follows four Mark Zuckerberg-wannabes as they pursue Internet fame and fortune. “Betas", the eighth comedy pilot added to Amazon’s roster, will be made available -- along with the other seven comedy pilots and six children’s pilots -- for free on Amazon Instant Video and Lovefilm UK/Germany,” reports Deadline.com.
Albeit in some smaller markets, Windows Phone is out-shipping the iPhone, The New York Times’ Bits blog reports, citing IDC. “Windows Phone has struggled to gain traction in the market against Apple’s iPhone and phones running Google’s Android … so it’s noteworthy for Microsoft that its product is outshining Apple in a few parts of the globe,” Bits writes. Said markets include Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and the countries that make up Croatia.
Meet Vizify -- a new service, just out of beta dotay, which hopes to help people turn their personal digital data into a single, cohesive visual profile. “Essentially, piggybacking on the rise of digital portfolio platforms that aim to recast how we use the resume, Vizify wants to help change how we build our identities online,” TechCrunch writes. At launch, the startup already boasts about 250,000 users, a partnership with Twitter and a redesigned mobile experience.
For many new startups, generating revenue appears to be more important than any number of Facebook likes or Twitter retweets. “The social-networking craze has died down and more [startup] founders are tackling ‘boring’ problems that generate cash,” The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog reports, citing the latest class of companies to come out of Y Combinator and other startup incubators.