Keeping in line with comments made by CFO David Wells during its second-quarter earnings report, Netflix is moving ahead with its planned launch in Japan. The SVOD provider will debut there on Sept. 2, VentureBeat reports.
Live-streaming app provider Meerkat is moving its technology along, in spite of--and maybe because of--neck-and-neck competition with Twitter-owned Periscope. A new feature called "Cameo" allows a live-streamer to permit other Meerkat users to temporarily take over his or her feed.
App developers are getting understandably upset that they are starting to regularly experience the API equivalent of what one might politely call a "tease."
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and T-Mobile US CEO John Legere have gotten into spats on Twitter before. But Claure took it up a notch when he tweeted yesterday at Legere to express his frustration and displeasure with T-Mobile's new "Jump On Demand" phone leasing program," in which customers can upgrade their phones up three times per year if they trade in their existing phones.
T-Mobile US' "#NeverSettleforVerizon" Twitter advertising campaign appeared to run into some troubles after a significant number of Twitter users lashed out at T-Mobile and defended Verizon Wireless in reaction to the ad. Seemingly in response to the situation, T-Mobile appears to have withdrawn its ad on Twitter.
To say that Twitter's addition of video to its social media platform has been a success in the mobile realm is an understatement. According to the company, 90 percent of video views by users have been on mobile devices. But more important to the company's bottom line, its buildout of a native video player and advertising capability means it is finding new ways to pull in revenue.
Giving a vote of confidence to Bluetooth-powered beacon technology, Boston-based in-store beacon company Swirl Networks raised an $18 million Series C round that was led by Twitter Ventures, Hearst Ventures and SoftBank Capital. Longworth Venture Partners also participated, bringing Swirl's total funding to $32 million.
Live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope are helping drive an incremental shift in audiences' attention toward user-generated live-streaming, something Twitch jump-started and that social media may push forward.
Mobile startup Cyanogen, which aims to cut into Google's control over the Android platform by offering a modified version of the software, raised $80 million in fresh funding.
Even though it is now officially owned by Facebook, the recent actions of WhatsApp toward developers might best be described as "pulling a Twitter."