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TikTok expands its influence to third-party apps with new developer program & SDK

TikTok is looking to expand its influence by integrating with popular third-party video creation and editing apps. The company today announced a new TikTok for Developers program which will introduce tools for third-party app developers, including those that allow them to access TikTok’s creative offerings as well as push content from their apps to TikTok directly. The first of these tools is the new Share to TikTok SDK, which will let users edit videos in other apps then publish them from that app to TikTok. One of the key launch…

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Resolved: San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer Responds to Viral Video of Incident With Wife

In a series of public responses over the past 24 hours, Larry Baer and Pamela Baer have cast video of San Fransisco Giants CEO lunging at his wife as an argument gone wrong as the incident stirred outcry on social media. In the video, San Francisco Chronicle they saw the couple arguing for about 20 minutes in a public plaza before the incident, and added that Pamela seemed seemed pretty terrified afterward. They said Baer only calmed down after two bystanders intervened. He knocks her down off her chair and…

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Powtoon acquires Showbox.com to extend its video-creation platform

Powtoon, an online platform that allows its users to easily create videos for digital marketing, YouTube ads or business presentations, today announced that it has acquired Tel Aviv-based Showbox.com, a cloud-based video-editing platform for amateurs that had raised $12.4 million before this acquisition and currently holds six video technology patents. Powtoon, which says that it has more than 25 million users, plans to integrate into its own products many of Showbox.com’s features, including its green-screen technology. This is quite a departure for Powtoon, which always focused on letting its users…

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Chill California bear enjoys margarita and nice relaxing soak in hot tub

It doesn’t matter if you’re a human or a bear — summer is the time to kick back, relax, hop in a hot tub, and enjoy and nice cold margarita.  Mark Hough, a Altadena, California, resident, recently learned this universal truth when he saw a chill bear climb over his fence and wander into his backyard on Friday. According to The Associated Press, the bear soaked in Hough’s unheated hot tub (jets on and everything,) slurped up his beverage, and then took a nice little nap under a shady tree.…

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Apple would like to remind the FCC that it cant activate imaginary FM radios that iPhones dont have

Apple responded today to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who issued a statement that “urged” Apple to activate the FM chips that he claimed are in iPhones in the name of public safety. The recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria were the hook for the reasoning. The only problem? Apple hasn’t even included FM radio chips in iPhones since the iPhone 6s. That’s right, Pai called on Apple to activate radios that don’t even exist. As John Gruber astutely points out, the statement has the stink of trying to shift blame…

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The striking differences between Stephen King ‘It’ and the 1990s mini series

Maybe you see it. The resemblance. Kellyanne Conway. Pennywise from IT. Kellywise the Dancing Clown. The writers at Saturday Night Live sure did. SEE ALSO: ‘SNL’s’ response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal proves that they probably shouldn’t have bothered Tonight’s offering in the ongoing cinematic saga of Kellyanne vs. Anderson Cooper featured Alex Moffat’s Cooper (clad in a yellow raincoat, natch) finding a reason to peek down a storm drain — while everyone and their brother shouted at home, “DON’T GO NEAR THE STORM DRAIN, COOP!  Hiding inside was the disturbingly…

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Take 2 Minutes and Experience Autism Through Carly’s EyesIt’s Breathtaking

This is breathtaking. See inside the mind of someone with autism, and youll never look at people with this condition the same way again. When Carly was just two-years-old, she was diagnosed with severe autism. Her condition stopped her from speaking and doctors said she would likely never intellectually develop beyond the mind of a child. However, she made progress with her therapists, and after years of effort in behavioral and communication therapy, she had a huge breakthrough.One day during therapy she reached out for a laptop and typed, “HELP…

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BlueJeans Network names industry vet Quentin Gallivan as CEO

BlueJeans Network, the cloud video and collaboration company, announced today that Quentin Gallivan, an industry veteran who has helped run several tech companies, will be taking over as CEO. Former CEO and company founder Krish Ramakrishnan will remain with the company and take on the role of executive chairman. He will also continue to lead strategy and innovation. Ramakrishnan doesnt see this move as stepping back. He said that he actually pursued Gallivan precisely because he has a track record of scaling companies likePentaho, Verisign and Postini and he believed…

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Twitter inks live stream deals for Wimbledon, Comic-Con coverage, and more

Twitter is continuing to grow its live streaming business, with a series of new deals announced over the past week or so, including a partnership that will bring live streams from the floor of theSan Diego Comic-Con in July, as well as behind-the-scenes action and news from Wimbledon, among several other efforts. You may recall that Wimbledon was the first live-streamed sport to pop up on Twitters network last year, after the company had announced its $10 million deal to stream the NFLs Thursday Night Football games. The Wimbledon coverage…

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Report: Amazons video app is coming to Apple TV this year

According to a report from Recode this morning, Apple and Amazon may have come to an agreement that will finally bring the Amazon Video app to Apple TV. The app is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2017, and wouldoffer Amazon subscribers an easier way to watch content on Apple TV instead of having to use AirPlay. Amazon and Apple have been at odds for years,as both want consumers to buy their hardware and use their services for watching or buying video content. Amazon in the past…

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Twitch opens up its money-making tools to tens of thousands of non-Partnered channels

On the heels of yesterdays news about introduced last year as are equal to one cent and both Partners and Affiliates each earn the same when those Bits are used in chat. Cheering will be the first of several monetization tools made available to Affiliates in the months ahead. The company will also eventually roll out access to other features, like Subscriptions, Game Commerce, and Advertising to these creators, it says. Twitch did not offer a time frame for these other features becoming available. While Twitch didnt specifically say exactly…

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Lets Watch It! allows friends to watch & react to videos together on iMessage

A new application for iMessage called Lets Watch It! introduces an easy way for you to share and watch YouTube or Twitch videos with friends to watch together, as well as react to them, and even voice orvideo chat while viewing. The iMessage App Store doesnt yet have a lot of breakout hits at this point, but group video chatting seems to be an exception. Last month, a growing video chat app called Fam raised $1.8 million to continue to invest in its video chat platform, with the intention of…

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