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Nielsen Will Now Track TV Audiences On Netflix

Adnan Farooqui October 18, 2017


The age-old method of finding out how many people watched a particular program on TV no longer get the job done. That’s because millions of people have cut the cord and moved to online streaming services. It’s important to count those numbers as well to get a true sense of how many people watched a particular show. Nielsen is now going to track TV audiences on online streaming services as well.

“The syndication of SVOD measurement as part of Nielsen’s Total Audience offerings represents a big step forward in terms of moving closer to transparency within the SVOD marketplace,” said Megan Clarken, the president of watch at Nielsen.

Nielsen has been tracking demographic information and the number of people streaming a program for decades now. It’s essentially going to do the same thing for subscription-based streaming services like Netflix now as well.

The company’s new service, Nielsen Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) Content Ratings, will measure streaming services’ program in a way that’s compatible with linear TV. The data collected will include ratings, frequency, reaches, and segmentation reporting.

Only Netflix has signed up for this so far, however, Nielsen is looking forward to adding Amazon Prime and Hulu to the list by next year. Other testers who want to try out this new service include NBCUniversal, Disney-ABC, A+E Networks, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. Television, and others.

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Google Offers Advanced Protection For Those At Risk Of Targeted Online Attacks

Adnan Farooqui October 17, 2017


There are several common-sense steps that everyone should take in order to keep safe online. However, there are some people who can be at risk of being targeted online specifically. To help them prevent such attacks, Google is now offering a new feature called Advanced Protection. The feature will aid them in protecting themselves against accidental sharing, phishing, and fraudulent access to their accounts. It’s great for human rights workers, journalists, activists, and more.

The Advanced Protection feature will rely on Security Keys. These are small wireless devices or USBs that are needed to sign into accounts. They are said to be the most secure version of two-step verification as they need digital signatures and public key cryptography to confirm identity. An attacker who doesn’t have the Security Key is blocked automatically even if they have the user’s password.

Those who sign up for this program will also have to go through extra steps during the account recovery process. The steps will include additional questions and requests about why they have lost access to their account. It can also automatically limit full access to Gmail and Google Drive for certain apps. This will help prevent accidental sharing.

Any and all users with a personal Google Account can sign up for Advanced protection starting today.

Google Offers Advanced Protection For Those At Risk Of Targeted Online Attacks , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Netflix To Spend $8 Billion On Original Content In 2018

Adnan Farooqui October 17, 2017


Netflix has significantly increased its spending on original content. It’s evidently what’s driving subscriber growth for the online streaming service. Netflix aims to make its original content account for the majority of content available on its service. To achieve that aim, it’s going to spend over $8 billion in order make its library over 50 percent original by next year.

The $8 billion that Netflix will set aside is going to be used for producing original TV shows and movies. The company has hinted this figure in the past and it reiterated the goal once again during its third-quarter earnings announcement.

The company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos mentioned that a big portion of this $8 billion will be used for producing 30 new anime series and 80 new original films all of which will be released in 2018.

Original content is a matter of life and death for Netflix. Having a library that’s full of third-party titles is good for the short term, but what happens when the content owners start pulling the licensing deals? Netflix wants to make sure that it will be able to soar on the back of its original content if that ever happens.

Netflix also reiterated its goal that it wants to create a library that offers 50 percent of its original TV and film content. This isn’t a long-term goal. Netflix wants to get this done by the end of next year.

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You Can Now Order Food On Facebook

Adnan Farooqui October 15, 2017


If you tend to get hungry while swiping through the News Feed on Facebook, you don’t even have to exit the app in order to get some grub. Facebook has confirmed that users in the United States can now order food via the social network. Users can order food for pick-up or delivery directly on Facebook.

Facebook has actually been testing out this functionality since last year with select partners. It has made some changes in response to user feedback and has also added more partners. The functionality is now live for all users in the United States on iOS, Android, and desktop.

Users can check out the restaurants nearby by heading to the Order Food section in the Explore menu on Facebook. They can then decide on a restaurant and punch in their order. Users can also select which service they’d like to use for takeout or delivery if the restaurant offers multiple options.

They will see options from a variety of food ordering services like EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow and Olo, as well as restaurants like Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa John’s, and Panera inside Facebook.

Facebook hasn’t said if it’s planning to expand this functionality outside the United States. If the response is good in the U.S., maybe it might launch this elsewhere as well.

You Can Now Order Food On Facebook , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook Stories Coming To Pages Soon

Adnan Farooqui October 12, 2017


Facebook-owned Instagram has seen immense success with the Stories feature that was certainly inspired by Snapchat’s feature of the same name. Nevertheless, Instagram launched its own version of Stories and it’s even popular than Snapchat now. Facebook has since expanded Stories to all of its major platforms, including WhatsApp. Even Facebook proper has Stories now but they don’t seem to be as popular. The company has even decided to open up Stories to Pages.

Facebook has tried to make Stories popular on the social network but it doesn’t seem to be taking off in the way that this feature did on Instagram. It even allows users to cross-post from Instagram Stories but that hasn’t helped much as well.

Perhaps the next move will. Facebook has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s going to roll out Stories to all Pages over the coming month. This includes brand pages, news publishers, entertainers, athletes, and nonprofits.

“Over the coming month, Pages will be able to create Stories to share with the people who follow them,” confirmed Facebook product manager Amy Sun. The company says that it has been encouraged to do this by the feedback it has seen from Instagram users and how they’ve embraced stories from brands and public figures.

Facebook users will see Stories from the Pages they like or follow in the Stories section on desktop and mobile. Pages who post stories will have to post them separately on News Feed as well or else the content won’t show up there. They will also disappear after 24 hours.

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Facebook Committed To Releasing Russia-Backed Political Ads

Adnan Farooqui October 12, 2017


Facebook has been at the center of a heated debate about efforts by the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election by spreading ads promoting divisive views in key states. It’s claimed to have primarily used Facebook for this purpose, which would make sense, given that it’s the largest social network in the world. Facebook has been looking into the matter and it has now made a commitment to release Russia-backed political ads.

It has also been revealed in recent weeks that Facebook was probably not the only platform that was used for this. Google has found evidence of such ads on its services as well and so has Twitter.

Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg confirmed today that the company is fully committed to working with congressional investigators in the country to publicly release Russia-backed political ads.

“Things happened on our platform in this election that shouldn’t have happened,” she said, adding that the company has told Congress and the intelligence committees that when they are ready to release the ads, Facebook will help them.

Not only that, Facebook is also going to release information about how those divisive ads were targeted toward specific users in order to get the most mileage out of the campaigns. “We don’t want this kind of foreign interference,” she added.

Facebook has also taken various steps to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again, they involve improving the monitoring mechanisms to prevent such ads from making their way to its network.

Facebook Committed To Releasing Russia-Backed Political Ads , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Facebook And Instagram Go Down For Many Users

Adnan Farooqui October 11, 2017


It’s not common for Facebook to go down but it’s not like this hasn’t happened before. Facebook and Instagram are down for many users this morning, for no apparent reason. Many users have taken to Twitter to confirm that they’re unable to access the social network through the mobile app. They’re also experiencing difficulties in trying to access Instagram.

Many Facebook users are also heading to websites like Down Detector and Outage Report to find out if the social network is indeed down. Facebook appears to be having some issues since 11:11 AM this morning and the reason remains unexplained.

Reports about issues with logging into Facebook have come from different countries, including but not limited to Japan and the United States. Some reports from Europe can also be seen online.

Facebook hasn’t really said anything about this as yet. Even the social network’s official status page suggests that Facebook is running as it should be, but that’s clearly not the case right now.

The company might finally address what happened this morning once it’s done with ensuring that the server downtime has been taken care of. It may not take long, it’s not like Facebook is going to sit idle while a large portion of its user base is unable to log into their accounts.

Facebook is having issues since 11:11 AM ESThttps://t.co/YbrNS7dpo9
RT if you’re also affected #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/b5q3KqwkKs

— Outage Report (@ReportOutage) October 11, 2017

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Amazon Lets Teens Use Their Own Accounts With Parental Consent

Adnan Farooqui October 11, 2017


Amazon is now making it easier for the youngest shoppers in a family to purchase items from the world’s largest online marketplace. However, there are new parental control settings that will ensure that parents are in the loop and aren’t taken by surprise when their kids buy stuff off of Amazon. Amazon is now allowing teens between the ages of 13 and 17 to create their unique logins, linked to a household account.

Teens can then use their unique accounts to place orders through the Amazon app. However, the orders won’t go through until they’ve been approved by the parents who run the household account. Parents will get a text or email notification with the information about the order, the notification will include an option to approve to decline the order request.

If parents don’t want to micromanage, they can set pre-approved spending limits for the kids on their account. This will give their children more freedom while still providing them with itemized notifications of orders. Moreover, if their parents subscribe to Amazon Prime, then the teens will receive access to Prime-exclusive features such as Prime Video and Twitch.

Amazon has built this new functionality after taking into account feedback from families. It has tried to strike a balance between convenience and trust that parents require. Sign ups for these accounts are now open at amazon.com/forteens.

Amazon Lets Teens Use Their Own Accounts With Parental Consent , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Dow Jones Reports Google Bought Apple Due To ‘Technical Error’

Adnan Farooqui October 10, 2017


The internet would collectively lose its marbles if it was told out of the blue that Google had bought Apple. Yes, that Apple, the one with a market cap of $805 billion, greater than Google’s parent company Alphabet’s market cap of $677 billion. So when the Dow Jones newswires reported today that Google was acquiring Apple for $9 billion, many simply thought that something was wrong over at Dow Jones, instead of believing that this could actually be true.

It wasn’t just one headline. The first headline was followed by additional stories that involved Google saying “Yay,” the company getting 9 Apple shares for each one of its share, Google taking over Apple’s headquarters, and that deceased Apple co-founder CEO Steve Jobs suggested this deal in his will.

The fake story went on to say that Google CEO Larry Page had secret talks with Steve Jobs back in 2010 to finalize this deal. It was quite obvious from the word go that these were fake stories.

Fortunately, they don’t seem to have had much of an impact on the share price of either company. It’s also worth mentioning that Dow Jones rectified this pretty quickly by removing the fake stories.

“Please disregard the headlines that ran on Dow Jones Newswires between 9:34 a.m. ET and 9:36 a.m. ET. Due to a technical error, the headlines were published. All of those headlines are being removed from the wires. We apologize for the error,” it said in a statement.

$GOOG $AAPL by Dow Jones… I guess you guys have some explaining to do pic.twitter.com/402KaCcQJz

— Trader 53 (@trader_53) October 10, 2017

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Twitter Bookmarking Feature Coming Soon

Adnan Farooqui October 10, 2017


Twitter has confirmed that it’s soon going to launch a new way to save tweets that you want to read later. The Twitter bookmarking feature has actually been a top request from the community. Twitter has now confirmed that it’s planning to launch a bookmarking feature which will enable users to save tweets that they want to check out later.

This is going to provide an important distinction for users who tend to favorite a lot of tweets by clicking on the heart button. This interaction basically indicates that they liked the tweet so the bookmarking feature will be good for simply saving tweets for later reading without having to give the impression of liking that particular tweet.

Twitter’s product head Keith Colemen confirmed via Twitter, for obvious reasons, that this particular feature has been a top request from users and that the feature is in the process of being developed. Twitter is looking to the community for guidance on the design before it finalizes the bookmarking feature.

A recent prototype shows that the feature is listed under the More menu, denoted by three dots, but this is likely going to be changed before the feature is released for all users. Twitter is yet to confirm precisely when it’s going to release this new feature.

✨🌳🍉Fresh out of HackWeek and coming soon — a new way to save tweets to read later. Been a top request (❤️🇯🇵!) The team would love your feedback as they dial in the design! #SaveForLater 👇 https://t.co/6oo2lhqFbW

— Keith Coleman 🌱😀🙌 (@kcoleman) October 10, 2017

Twitter Bookmarking Feature Coming Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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