Day: 7 février 2020

Google’s Chrome browser to block ‘intrusive’ ads around videos

Google’s Chrome browser will soon stop showing videos that include certain kinds of ads, and the policy will affect YouTube as well as other websites.
The changes are outlined in a blog post from Google describing “three ad experiences that people find to be particularly disruptive on video content that is less than 8 minutes long”.
They include long, non-skippable pre-roll ads “longer than 31 seconds that appear before a video and that cannot be skipped within the first 5 seconds”; mid-roll ads of any duration that appear in the middle of a video; and image or text ads overlaid on videos that “are in the middle 1/3 of the video player window or cover more than 20 percent of the video content”.
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Twitter quarterly revenues top $1bn for the first time

A symbolic moment for Twitter almost 14 years after its founding: for the first time, its quarterly revenues surpassed $1bn ($1.01bn, to be precise, an increase of 11% year-on-year). The company’s share price rose on the news, following fears that its advertising revenues were slowing down.
Twitter uses its own metric of MDAUs (monetisable daily active users) to measure its success and they were up 21% year-on-year to a record 152 million – ahead of analysts’ projections). Of those 152 million MDAUs, 121m were outside of the US.
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Social star KSI debuts on TikTok with #WakeUpCallChallenge

British YouTuber KSI is a social media sensation. His YouTube channel has 21m subscribers, while his November boxing match against fellow influencer Logan Paul was described as “the biggest amateur boxing match in history”.
KSI has also been releasing music for some time: his first single came out in 2013, while in November 2019 he signed a deal with BMG’s RBC Records for the next phase of his musical career. This week his new single ‘Wake Up Call’ comes out, accompanied by a big TikTok push.
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Justin Bieber YouTube doc’s first episode races to 42m views

Justin Bieber’s new YouTube documentary series, Seasons, is already a record breaker. The show’s first episode was watched 32.7m times in its first week, setting a new bar for the ‘most-viewed premiere in its first week’ for a YouTube Original show.
Not that viewing tailed off there: the first episode has since grown to 42m views on YouTube. Subsequent episodes were made available first to YouTube Premium subscribers, although they’ll be opened up to the wider world over the course of the docu-series’ run.
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Concord and Queen drummer back audio tech startup Iris

It’s clearly the week for starry seed investors. Snafu Records has Abba’s Agnetha Fältskog but another new startup, Iris, can boast Queen drummer Roger Taylor as one of its early backers.
Its promise: “a revolutionary new audio technology that heightens audio quality whilst simultaneously activating the brain”, which (if all goes well) will be integrated by partners including streaming services, wellness apps, headphones and speakers.
Music company Concord is another of Iris’s early backers. The tech boils down to something Iris is branding as ‘active listening’.
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