February 2017




Brace yourself for a whole lot more mid-roll ads in Facebook videos

Facebook has expanded its trial of in-stream video ads beyond Facebook Live – reportedly even testing mid-roll ads in videos from publishers as it seeks to better monetize the video content on its platform. According to Recode, Facebook is testing these ads with a small number of US publishers – letting publishers keep…


Oscars 2017: how to watch the Academy Awards online

It’s Oscars time, everyone. Football teams have gone back into hibernation and the fools gold that is the Golden Globes has become a little more than faded memory. Tonight, it’s time for the big leagues: the 89th Academy Awards, as Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to take over TV…


Raid Alerts app will help warn undocumented immigrants of impending raids

A start up is creating an app to crowdsource information about immigration raids to provide alerts to help undocumented immigrants avoid them. The app is being developed by 27-year-old developer Celso Mireles, who like many of the 11 million plus undocumented immigrants living in the US, has lived in fear…


Meryl Streep Gets Blistered by Some Real Fake News

The first rule of Internet journalism is that vetting a scandalous bit of information takes time. And so, after speaking with Karl Lagerfeld backstage at a Feb. 23 Fendi fashion show, Women’s Wear Daily executive editor Bridget Foley chose either not to confirm with Meryl Streep and the actress’ stylist…



Future Halo games will once again include split-screen multiplayer

Bonnie Ross, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios and head of 343 Studios, confirmed this week at the DICE 2017 gaming summit that all future FPS Halo games will “always have split-screen going forward.” The news comes after the removal of local cooperative play in 2015’s Halo 5: Guardians, which…


MBLM names Disney as the most intimate brand in 2017

Based on emotions, MBLM revealed its Brand Intimacy 2017 Report which placed Disney at the top for the most intimate brand in the media & entertainment industry. The report ranked brand intimacy, loosely defined as the “paradigm that leverages and strengthens the emotional bonds between a person and a brand.”…