YouTubers Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart are teaming with Legendary Digital Media and Fullscreen to bring the online video masses a reboot of the 1970’s TV show Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, which could also end up on TV, too.
Swipe right if the animal is adorable and cuddly, swipe left if it the cat, dog or whatever doesn’t strike your fancy. Users can upload photos of their own pets and track their cute status.
Hank Green, one half of the Vlogbrothers, essayed a history of YouTube for Medium that is insightful, full and not always kind to multichannel networks.
It's part of the shoe maker's largest ad spend ever, and the video, featuring stars and action from many sports, has quickly found an audience.
The New York Times
Google researchers have created a computer that could kick your butt at Atari. Taking the news very seriously, The New York Times call the achievement a “big step in the development of computers capable of independent reasoning,” and likens it to IBM’s chess-winning Deep Blue computer, a.k.a., Watson. “In some ways, the latest advance is more profound, however,” NYT suggests. “Deep Blue and Watson were taught strategies that worked inside the rules of their respective games.” By contrast, Google’s “new program learned -- without training -- how to succeed at a range of different games.”
The Wall Street Journal
It may be hard to believe, but YouTube remains unprofitable. “While YouTube accounted for about 6% of Google’s overall sales last year, it didn’t contribute to earnings,” The Wall Street Journal reports. How is that possible considering that the video giant post revenue of about $4 billion in 2014? Well “After paying for content, and the equipment to deliver speedy videos, YouTube’s bottom line is ‘roughly break-even,’” WSJ reports, citing a knowledgeable source.
Looks like Facebook may have picked a winner, for now. It paid $1 billion for the service, but with the addition of advertising, it might reach revenue of $5.8B by 2020, from $700 million now.
YouTube is a disappointment, and net neutrality is going to ruin everything. That's what Mark Cuban thinks. A free-wheeling, surprising video interview from Re/Code. Make time. It's a half hour long
Ahead of its official launch, YouTube is demoing its kid-friendly version for members of the media and marketing world. What do they think? “The result is a simple-to-use interface that rids the screen of distracting elements such as viewer comments while offering unique features such as a parent-controller timer,” USA Today writes. “If a child deliberately or inadvertently types in a word such as ‘sex,’ the screen pops up with a ‘Try something else’ message.” The free service is set to officially launche on February 23.
From Facebook to Twitter, YouTube executives say they welcome more competition in the video arena. “I think you are seeing tremendous validation of the market … and we are just happy to be part of it,” Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s head of content, said at a conference this week. As Marketing Land notes: “Kyncl said there’s room for many large players in what he believes to be a $200-$400 billion market and said YouTube is thriving, with year over year growth in video views at 50% for the last three years.”