Belarus welcomes Telegram revolution: Protests get a digital spin

MOSCOW: Every day, like clockwork, to-do lists for those protesting against Belarus’ authoritarian leader appear in the popular Telegram messaging app. They lay out goals, give times and locations of rallies with business-like precision, and offer spirited encouragement. ‘Today will be one more important day in the fight for our freedom. Tectonic shifts are happening on all fronts,...

YouTube wants to ‘frustrate’ some music users with ads so they pay

By Lucas Shaw will increase the number of ads that some users see between music videos, part of a strategy to convince more of its billion-plus viewers to pay for a forthcoming subscription music service from the Google-owned video site. People who treat YouTube like a music service, those passively listening for long periods of time, will encounter more ads, according to Lyor Cohen, the...

CityFurnish gets $5 million from YouTube founder, others

NEW DELHI: Online furniture and consumer appliances rental companyhas raised $5 million from a clutch of investors in its Series round of equity financing. The fund raising round, which closed last month, saw participation from, founder of, the world’s largest email service, Steve Chen, the cofounder of video sharing platform, Global Founders Capital, Venture Highway, Soma Capital, SCM Advisors...

Organisers, artists seek clarity on licensing structures as concerts go online

MUMBAI: Following a post lockdown explosion in online events, major consumer brands, leading artists and top ticketing platforms are rushing to lawyers seeking counsel on a host of rights andemanating fromof content. The major issues up for discussion were licensing deals for digital, licensing of third-party rights and monetisation of the content on digitals platforms. The overnight shutdown of...

When will the happy ads return? Advertisers prepare for post-coronavirus economy

Sad piano chords, somber shots of empty streets and close-ups of people staring out their windows. So prevalent were coronavirus-themedthat followed a similar template just a few weeks ago, they were parodied in a YouTube compilation video: ‘EveryCommercial is Exactly the Same.’ While the ads were meant to convey solidarity with those sacrificing and suffering,are finally lightening...

With a car that can cook your dinner, latecomer Hyundai just took EV race several gears higher

Hyundai Motor Co. is pitching its new Ioniq 5 as being able to do more than the average. In a series of promotional videos on YouTube, a camper is shown running on a treadmill hooked up to the car’s battery, listening to their favorite tunes on a bank of speakers, and even rustling up a roast-chicken dinner in a portable oven. The car can supply up to 3.6 kilowatts of power, enough to run...

New YouTube rules on kids’ content to hit creators’ revenue

MUMBAI: Google-owned video streaming platform’s new rules around children’s content have come as a major blow to theacross the world. YouTube rolled out new rules across the globe starting Monday, disabling, comments, notification, live chat and other features on “made for kids” videos. The new rules are in compliance with Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of US,...

India’s watch time jumped 45% in July 2020 versus same time last year, says YouTube

NEW DELHI:on Friday said watch time on the platform in India jumped 45 per cent in July this year as compared to the same period last year with regional language content being one of the strongest drivers of this growth. Online video consumption has seen a massive growth in the past few years on the back of availability of affordable smartphones and cheap data tariffs. The pandemic-induced...

WFH woes: Zaggle Chairman’s daily screen-time went up from 6 to 10 hours during lockdown

Chairman Raj N on the gadgets and apps that keep him at the top of his game: Gadgets of choice “The two gadgets that I can’t live without are my Fitbit smartwatch and smartphone. The smartwatch tracks my physical activity and how the body is responding to it. It reads my sleep patterns and gives suggestions to improve it. As an analytical person, I engage with data on the number of steps...