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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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Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Periscope updated for iOS, Android app coming ‘soon’

Today, Twitter’s live-streaming app, Periscope, is getting an update. Still locked into iOS, the update is pushing some fine-tuning forward. When you head into Periscope, the streams from folks you follow will now be pushed to the top of the heap, making them easier to see in the sea of streaming. Periscope has also made some tweaks to notifications, turning off follower notifications by default. One potential flaw in Periscope, the ability to zoom in on your location, has been mitigated by the option to tag your location.

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Periscope just made Twitter relevant again

Periscope just made Twitter relevant again

A long time ago, when MTV was actually relevant for music, there was a deligthful video called ‘video killed the radio star’ playing almost constantly; as catchy as it was prophetic. Just as Charlie Chaplin was exposed by ‘talkies’, so were radio 'stars' who couldn’t duplicate their musical efforts on the exciting new visual format that was MTV. With Periscope, Twitter is morphing their own platform into something more, something different, something refreshing. Twitter now bridges a gap between immediate and contextual, live and lived-in. It also makes the global technology gap more apparent.

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Using Periscope or Meerkat? These accessories will help

Using Periscope or Meerkat? These accessories will help

Now that we’ve got Periscope and Meerkat, you’re thinking about trying to become the next viral thing, aren’t you? We know you are, and it’s alright. We accept your desire to cash in your 15 minutes of fame. Heck, we encourage it! We want you to be successful so much, we’re going to let you in on some secrets for getting the most out of your smartphone for live video. With a few accessories, you can make your Meerkatting or Periscoping or Meerscoping or Perikatting much better.

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Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Not long ago, Google tried — and failed — to buy Twitch. Like Amazon, Google saw the value in streaming eSports. Unlike Amazon, Google didn’t end up with an existing, trusted streaming brand. Google does have YouTube, which is where a new report says they’ll do battle for eSports streaming. In an effort to remain relevant in the face of so many upstart competitors, Google is transitioning YouTube, with the latest iteration possibly involving real-time eSports viewing. There are said to be 50 engineers working on this new YouTube feature, which will ultimately lead a refresh of the YouTube Live platform.

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Twitter curbs Meerkat’s piggybacking on social network

Twitter curbs Meerkat’s piggybacking on social network

Last week we reported on an unexpected startup called Meerkat that let you livestream not over YouTube but over Twitter. It was a rather ambitious and daring business and we wondered if it would eventually run afoul of Twitter. That it did and its time in the spotlight might have been short-lived. The social networking giant has confirmed that it has just limited Meerkat's access to Twitter's social graph, removing one of the features that actually made Meerkat far more interesting than you usual livestreaming wnnabe.

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