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Periscope update finally lets you change your mugshot

Periscope update finally lets you change your mugshot

It's hard to imagine that Periscope, Twitter's almost preempted livestreaming service, is six weeks old now. But that's exactly the message that is being sent out now that uipdate 1.0.4 is starting to roll out to users. The update brings in features some of which, in all honesty, should have been there since day one, like being able to change your profile pic. It's still forgivable though, if you imagine Twitter suddenly scrambling to get Periscope out the door after Meerkat went public and become hot.

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Meerkat’s Dev platform, APIs may give it edge over Periscope

Meerkat’s Dev platform, APIs may give it edge over Periscope

How will Meerkat battle Periscope? It won’t be on Twitter, and they’re not even going to rely on Facebook to get them back to the promised land of live-streaming favor. Instead, Meerkat is launching a Developer platform and series of APIs. That move positions Meerkat as a stage for others to stand on; a platform other apps can lean on. It’ll also create a deluge of Meerkat-ish apps, some of which likely to do little more than tap into Meerkat’s stream for your viewing pleasure.

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Comcast lets you send live-streaming video to a friend’s TV

Comcast lets you send live-streaming video to a friend’s TV

Live-streaming from your smartphone is about to get even easier. Comcast is following the lead of live-streaming apps such as Periscope and Meerkat and adding a live-streaming feature to its X1 set-top-boxes. Comcast is introducing Xfinity Share, a new way for people to send live video feeds to from their smartphones to their own TV's or TV's of friends and family members. You'll just need the home phone number tied to their Comcast account to add friends to your contact list. Users will also be able to stream recorded video from their smartphone's camera roll.

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Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Meerkat adds ‘mobbing’, Facebook integration

Live-streaming service Meerkat, which recently made a foray into Android, hasn’t forgotten iOS. Over the weekend, Meerkat updated their iOS app to roll in a few new features, which will help it (and you) find a new audience. Meerkat users will now be discoverable via Facebook, as support for the social service means your Meerkatting sessions will now be shared as a post on Facebook, just as they are on Twitter. A new feature known a ‘mobbing’ could make some users stars.

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Who won the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight? Periscope

Who won the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight? Periscope

Manny Pacquiao definitely didn’t win the ‘fight of the century’. In many ways, neither did Floyd Mayweather. At the end of the night, most were left with a bad taste in their mouth. A underwhelming undercard underscored a dull main event that saw ‘Money’ Mayweather do what he does best, making Manny Pacquiao look downright pedestrian. All that for the low, low price of $99 via Pay Per View. Unless you were willing to watch a second-hand stream via Periscope — those people paid nothing, and they might have been the real winners.

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Periscope facilitates widespread piracy of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

Periscope facilitates widespread piracy of Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

The most over-hyped fight in a decade watched an aging Mayweather hold onto his undefeated record against Pacquiao, whose career is also on the wane. Outside the ring, another battle was being fought: Pay-Per-View vs. Periscope, Twitter's live-streaming app. The fight cost viewers a hefty $100 Pay-Per-View fee, which could be manageable with a large party gathered around a big screen TV. But, the fee remains a huge obstacle for most viewers, especially those without enough friends to split the bill. Periscope viewers could even tune into a ringside live stream thanks to these guys. Although some low-maintenance users just aimed their smartphone at their Pay-Per-View feed to live-stream the fight.

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Meerkat (beta) now available on Google Play

Meerkat (beta) now available on Google Play

That was quick. It’s only been two weeks that Meerkat, the popular live-streaming app, has been available for Android. When the Meerkat team announced their Android intentions, they granted access to the app via an open beta program. Now, the app is available to all users on the Google Play Store. It’s worth noting Meerkat’s main rival in the space, Twitter-owner Periscope, has not yet landed on Android, though they promise to be on the platform someday; they just haven’t announced when.

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Watch Star Wars Celebration 2015 LIVE right here

Watch Star Wars Celebration 2015 LIVE right here

This week we'll be bringing you all sorts of Star Wars-related news courtesy of the folks at Disney, Lucasfilm, and Star Wars Celebration central. Below you'll find the first bit - one piece of the puzzle you'll be able to watch for the whole multi-day celebration schedule. Here you'll find the singular most important video feed of Star Wars Celebration, one centering on Star Wars: The Force Awakens - the next Star Wars film, coming this December - and Star Wars Battlegrounds, the next big Star Wars video game - and that's just day one!

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Twitter pushes for celebs to abandon Meerkat for Periscope

Twitter pushes for celebs to abandon Meerkat for Periscope

Now that Twitter has acquired the live-streaming platform, Periscope, which "lets you see the world in real-time through someone else's eyes", Twitter doing what it can to keep its rival, Meerkat, from gaining traction. Twitter is rumored to be using strategic tactics to keep its rival, Meerkat, off the playing field, especially because Meerkat exclusively uses Twitter to push its live streams. Twitter could fear that if Meerkat gains a strong user following, then there won't be enough of a user base to catapult Periscope to success.

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Madonna to debut new video on Meerkat, not TIDAL

Madonna to debut new video on Meerkat, not TIDAL

In just under two hours, Madonna will release a new video. That might not be too exciting, but she’s releasing it via Meerkat, the livestreaming service that makes its home on Twitter. It’s not known why Madonna chose Meerkat over another service (likely an agreement reached ahead of Periscope’s arrival onto the scene), but it’s not new for Madonna; she previously debuted a video on Snapchat. What is new is her choice to bypass TIDAL, a service she has agreed to provide exclusive content for.

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