Love in the Time of Algorithms
For people who spend a lot of time online, it feels like you can’t swing a dead lolcat without hitting a viral marriage proposal video these days. It’s not necessarily a new phenomenon, though. People have delighted in watching strangers’ marriage themed home movies since the earliest days of America’s Funniest Videos. But with the advent of YouTube, you can catch the latest gushy, overblown wedding stunt on demand, whenever you please.
The digital cupids at Match.com have taken notice, and they’re running a contest for couples who met on their website. This is prime wedding proposal season, you see, with 39 percent of questions being popped from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day, according to a release from Match.
Former Apple CEO John Sculley is reportedly mulling a bid for BlackBerry. [Globe and Mail]
YouTube is planning to a service that’s described as “Spotify with video” later this year. [Billboard]
Amazon’s entry into the set-top box game might miss its scheduled holiday deadline as it scrambles with development delays. [The Verge]
Suck it Silicon Prairie: London is the new leader in patting itself on the back for nurturing tech startups. [New York Times]
ICANN is approving several new top-level domains in the next few weeks including شبكة, 游戏 and онлайн. [BBC]
YouTube Killed the Video Star
We live in a world where Google’s whopping third-quarter revenue of $15 billion is considered “satisfactory.” [Forbes]
This year, 40 percent of YouTube’s traffic comes from mobile–up from 25 percent in 2012. [TechCrunch]
Hulu made the worst kept secret that former Fox exec Mike Hopkins is its new CEO official yesterday. [The Verge]
Netflix is experimenting with DVD-like extras for its original programs. Get excited for that Orange is the New Black blooper reel! [Engadget]
The Fifth Estate, that riveting moving about Wikileaks, is unlikely to rake in more than $5 million this weekend. “It’s pretty scary at this point,” said one analyst. [Variety]
YouTube appears to be down for some users, according to anecdotal data and the pretty reliable Downrightnow.com.
“It blows,” a local woman said of the outage via Gchat.
YouTube is supposedly going to soon let users save clips to their phones so they can watch them offline so that’s neat. [AllThingsD]
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said that he didn’t set out for the app to be a platform for fancy fashion ads, but since that’s where the money is, he’s totally fine with that direction. [TechCrunch]
“San Francisco is great. But New York has people, dynamics, intensity,” said Jack Dorsey, seeing the light. [USA Today]
There’s a new startup from former Facebooker Dan Fletcher called Beacon. Its premise? Be the “Netflix for news.” [Forbes]
AppNexus is creating a joint venture with fellow ad company Millennial Media to create a mobile marketplace that’s bigger than Google. [Business Insider]
Last week 22-year-old Ohio resident Matthew Cordle confessed in a stunning YouTube video to killing 62-year-old veteran and photographer Vincent Canzani in a booze-fueled car accident back in June. Now, The Columbus Dispatch reports that a grand jury has officially indicted Mr. Cordle for aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony.
Crime and Punishment
As it turns out, recording videos of yourself discussing how to grow weed isn’t the smartest idea in the world. Yesterday Kyle Berry learned that the hard way when he plead guilty for manufacturing the illegal drug after he inadvertently revealed his identity in a YouTube video series, making it really easy for police to capture him.
Rise of the Drones
You don’t get the feeling that when up-and-coming rapper Matthew Best was choosing the Rise filter for his pictures of illegally smuggled assault weapons, he fully intended on receiving anything more than a few faves. His social media trail assisted the New York Police Department yesterday in its biggest gun bust ever that led to the seizure of 250 firearms and 19 arrests.
It’s hard enough to orchestrate a glitch-free wedding–and now, it appears brides and grooms may have to worry about camera drones plowing into their domes prior to the big day, too.
A photographer at a wedding in Le Barge, Wyo., recently attached a camera to a quadcopter in order to capture some video of a Read More
Jeffery Self and Cole Escola—a young comedy duo who parlayed YouTube success into two seasons of a cable TV sketch program—played two sold-out shows in New York this weekend, their first since splitting three years ago.
Separately, each has continued a trajectory of online mini-celebrity—especially Mr. Self, who moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and closely chronicles his personal life on social media.
Millennial, fearless and wildly funny, Jeffery and Cole exemplify a new generation of digitally native performers. But their audience is confronted with a challenge: when artists choose to broadcast their most private moments on social media, where is the boundary between life and performance?