‘Like, Comment, Subscribe’ Details YouTube’s Existential Struggles, Creator Frustrations

Many books have been written about tech’s biggest platforms. From Hatching Twitter to How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars, Elon Musk, Super Pumped, No Filter, and An Ugly Truth, deep reporting provides readers with an inside look into the influence of these firms. But one platform largely remained ignored by book authors, until now:… Continue reading ‘Like, Comment, Subscribe’ Details YouTube’s Existential Struggles, Creator Frustrations

Google Summons the Power of YouTube and the Cloud in Bid to Shake up Gaming

Google Vice President Phil Harrison on stage at the 2019 Game Developers Conference to announce his company's game-streaming service Stadia launching later in the year. (Photo credit: Livestream screenshot)

At this year’s Game Developers Conference, Google introduced its game-streaming service called Stadia touted as an industry wake-up call and taking aim at not only incumbents Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft, but going after Amazon and its subsidiary Twitch. Perplexing name-aside, Stadia’s appeal may be its lack of hardware — Google is drawing from not only… Continue reading Google Summons the Power of YouTube and the Cloud in Bid to Shake up Gaming

Snap Has a Startup Accelerator, but Who Really Benefits?

A fad these days is for corporations to launch startup accelerators, a program designed to help legacy incumbents innovate. We’ve seen these initiatives sprout up time-and-time again, like with Orange, Samsung, and Qualcomm. And in Silicon Valley, independent ones like 500 Startups and Y Combinator are viewed as a badge of honor among entrepreneurs. In… Continue reading Snap Has a Startup Accelerator, but Who Really Benefits?

Highlight’s Roll for iOS App Is Great For Quickly Sharing Photos With Friends, But Initially Lacks Unique Features

Whatever happened to Highlight? You remember the app — it’s a location-based service that helped you find people near you in an almost serendipitous-type manner. Turns out that it’s still around and the company is still chugging away, especially after raising $4 million in December 2013. The company just launched its first standalone app today called… Continue reading Highlight’s Roll for iOS App Is Great For Quickly Sharing Photos With Friends, But Initially Lacks Unique Features