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Why Is Hulu Blocking Some U.S. Users From Viewing Content?

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April 26, 2014
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If you're using a VPN you won't be able to access Hulu, says TorrentFreak. The company is reportedly blocking access via VPN. Video provided by Newsy


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Why Google-Owned YouTube Wants to Buy Gaming Video Site Twitch

Why Google-Owned YouTube Wants to Buy Gaming Video Site Twitch

TheStreet (May 19, 2014) — Google-owned YouTube is reportedly in talks to buy Twitch for as much as $1 billion, nearly as much as the $1.65 billion deal for YouTube itself in 2006. Here's why the largest internet name in the world would want a relatively obscure startup. First, Twitch is the leading online platform for gamers to stream and broadcast videogame play. The site boasts 45 million unique monthly users, one million of those who actively create and upload their own content. Second, Twitch is the fourth-largest source of broadband traffic in primetime hours, even beating out Facebook and Hulu. Finally, Twitch users' levels of engagement are higher than those who use YouTube. Video provided by TheStreet
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WhatsApp Passes 600 Million Active Users, New Features in Progress

WhatsApp Passes 600 Million Active Users, New Features in Progress

TheStreet (Aug. 25, 2014) — There are 600 million people actively using WhatsApp. According to its founder, Jan Koum, the mobile app got 100 million more active users in just the last four months. Koum was quick to point out that active users are people using the app regularly. WhatsApp gained traction in every major region in the world. It's growing the fastest in Brazil, Russia and Mexico, and a tenth of the active users are from India. Facebook acquired WhatsApp at the beginning of this year for $19 billion. It expressed interests in monetizing WhatsApp better and is reportedly working on file sharing and call features. However, WhatsApp's most valuable part for Facebook is the database. Top traffic and the number of conversations allow Facebook to extract marketable information on the users' likings. Mark Zuckerberg said, "[WhatsApp] is the only app we've ever seen with higher engagement than Facebook itself." WhatsApp can also borrow what its competitor WeChat has been doing. WeChat took over the smartphone chatting arena in Asia by storm last year and it sells special stickers and emoticons for users to share with friends. Of course, WeChat contributes the most to its parent company Tencent's bottom line by driving traffic to everything else Tencent owns, and Facebook wants the same. Video provided by TheStreet
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Twitter's Age Verification System Aims to Keep Kids Away From Booze

Twitter's Age Verification System Aims to Keep Kids Away From Booze

Buzz60 (Nov. 26, 2013) — Twitter is implementing an age-verification system in order to stop people under 21 from viewing content involving alcohol on the social media site. Lindsey Granger has the step-by-step details.
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Yahoo! Said to Be Near RayV Acquisition to Bolster Video Service

Yahoo! Said to Be Near RayV Acquisition to Bolster Video Service

TheStreet (May 21, 2014) — Yahoo! is said to be close to buying video streaming start-up RayV, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The company is reportedly interested in acquiring RayV to bolster its video service, as the start-up develops software for high definition online video streaming. In addition, RayV offers a content distribution network, a content management system and digital rights management function, according to the Journal. RayV's Web site says it has "developed a unique suite of patented technologies and a new approach to video streaming." It's based in Los Angeles with research and development operations in Tel Aviv. Video provided by TheStreet
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