Here are some cool things we read about this past week:
Yahoo Announces Twitter Partnership
Yahoo has announced that they will now include tweets in relevant stories. Yahoo plans to roll out this feature to all U.S users over the next several days. In other Yahoo news, there are rumors swirling that the search platform has its eye on Tumblr.
YouTube Kicks Off Their First Ever Comedy Week
YouTube is debuting Comedy Week from May 19-25. To kick things off on Sunday, May 19 at 6pm PT, “The Big Live Comedy Show” premieres. It will be a live stream with comedians doing a mix of stand-up, sketches and musical performances. This is the first time YouTube is producing an entire week-long event around comedy. 150 comedians are onboard.
Google Announces 41 New Google+ Features
At the Google I/O developers conference this week, Google announced that Google+ would be getting 41 new features for the Stream, Hangouts and Photos. Google announced a new multi-column design within the Stream, which has already gone live (very Pinterest reminiscent). Other new features include photo enhancements, including the ability to click on a photo to flip it over and view related photos, as well as automatic hashtags, and upgrades to Hangouts, including a stand-alone Hangouts app.
White House Launches New Google+ Hangout Series: We the Geeks
This week, the White House launched a brand new Google+ Hangout series called #WeektheGeeks. The series will highlight the future of science, technology and innovation here in the U.S. The first hangout took place on Thursday and featured participants from Qualcomm, IBM, and Google.
Google Launches Spotify Competitor
Google unveiled a music subscription service, Google Play Music All Access, at their developers’ conference. The service, which is now available, allows users to stream millions of songs across multiple devices. It comes with a standard $9.99/mo price tag, following a free 30-day trial.
Facebook Adds Option for Star Ratings on Content in Timeline
Facebook completed its global rollout of the new Timeline design this week, with sections for movies, books, fitness and more. Now, it will begin letting users rate content from those sections from third-party apps. Facebook says users have added nearly 200m items to their sections daily.
ESPN and Twitter Expand Partnership
ESPN and Twitter are announcing a major expansion of their collaboration to post sports-related video on the service. ESPN will show video-highlight clips on Twitter of major sporting events. People can watch video clips on Twitter and through the mobile app shortly after the action happens on TV. ESPN will sell ads that will run inside the video clips and sponsors will also commit to buying ‘Promoted Tweets.’
A German federal court has ordered Google to remove auto-complete entries from the search engine after receiving complaints. The case centered on a complaint filed by an unnamed food supplements firm and CEO identified only as R.S. The person found that when they typed in their name into the search box of the site google.de, the auto-complete suggested results with the added words “Scientology” and “fraud.”
Instant Twitter Delivery Service Brings Sweaters to Chilly City Dwellers
Poncho shop Señor Tyrone now offers anybody in the LA area, free delivery of their scarves simply by sending them a tweet. The brand has just launched its mobile delivery service, the Señor Tyrone Pancho Express. If you happen to be in LA and are in need of some new outerwear, all you need to do is send a tweet to @senortyrone with the hashtag #ponchoexpress and, within one hour, the brand will dispatch one of their ‘Tyronistas,’ to you with a selection of nine colors to choose from. The delivery is free. You only pay for the garment.