Facebook wants you to post status updates while watching TV


What's the fun of watching TV without using social media to catch up with other fans?

Facebook's got some new tools aimed squarely at grabbing the "second screen," a fan experience that fast-moving Twitter has so far locked down

The social giant has announced a bevy of features that look to attract TV broadcasters by offering the chance to receive immediate feedback and content from their viewers.

The goal: Deepening its relationships with a part of the media world that still holds the keys to very big advertising bucks

Bob Morgan, partner engineering director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post that the tools boil down to three particular areas: Engaging fans, polling them for their input, and curating photos and videos that can then be shown on TV. Read more...

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Consumer Watchdog Groups Complain Updated YouTube Kids App Still Exposes Children To Deceptive Ads

YouTube Kids Screenshot YouTube announced changes to its kid-friendly YouTube Kids mobile application this week designed to better educate parents on how the app works and the protections it offers, following a number of complaints, including those to the FTC, from consumer watchdog organizations. But the groups today are saying that YouTube hasn’t gone far enough with the updated YouTube Kids app, calling… Read More

Android TV Gets HBO, Showtime, CBS, Disney And More

googleTV_showtime As the definition of “watching TV” moves further away from meaning “paying for cable,” a number of major tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku and others, are angling to make their streaming media player the connected TV box of choice for those cutting the cord. Google actually has two entrants in this space: its recently upgraded Chromecast dongles and… Read More

Let’s recap again: Your Facebook privacy statement is utterly meaningless


Here's a friendly tip from John Oliver to you: "Just because you say something in the voice of a southern debutante does not make it legally binding."

And hopefully that ends all doubt in your mind that the Facebook privacy status may be real and not a stupid, never-ending hoax

If you really want to protect your social media information, just share this John Oliver clip — it's 100% legally binding.

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That big Viola Davis win was social media’s most talked-about Emmys moment


Viola Davis ruled Emmys night in more ways than one.

The Best Actress winner and her epic speech were the night's most talked about moments on both Facebook and Twitter, according to both sites. Davis became the first black actress to win the award for lead actress in a drama. She accepted her award with a rousing speech, quoting Harriet Tubman and dedicating it to women of color who had paved the way.

BOOM! "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that simply aren't there." ~ @ViolaDavis, 1st African-American to win Lead Actress in a Drama #Emmys

— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) September 21, 2015

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‘Downton Abbey’ cast and crew document the #LastDaysofDownton with some choice selfies


Downton Abbey is officially coming to an end with its sixth season. If that isn't enough to break your heart, the cast and crew have documented the show's final days in a way their characters never could — a hashtag

Social media may not have been available for the Crawleys, but thankfully, their modern-day equivalents can share behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the final season via #LastDaysofDownton.

You might hate seeing them go, but what a way to watch them leave

Gate closing! Crawleys do LA #LastDaysOfDownton photo credit @gracewcurtis

A photo posted by Laura Carmichael (@larrycarmichael) on

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Bill Nye reads mean tweets about himself, hilariously shuts down science-hating trolls


Taking a tip from Jimmy Kimmel, scientist Bill Nye has decided to read mean tweets about himself

The Science Guy read and responded to the trollish tweets to promote the Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming documentary about his life

Surprise, surprise — a lot of his mean tweets are from climate change deniers. Nye hilariously shuts them down, even retorting to one troll with this classy little response: "I'm sorry you're cluttering up the Internet."

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Mastodon on ‘Game of Thrones’ is the most metal cameo in Westeros


Brace yourself: This article contains spoilers about Season 5, Episode 8 of Game of Thrones.

The Army of the Dead just got more hardcore.

Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher and Brent Hinds of the heavy metal band Mastodon appeared on Game of Thrones Sunday night as proud Wildlings, the proud people who live "free," north of The Wall and beyond the laws of the Iron Throne

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Why SNL’s 40th anniversary special will be its most epic episode ever


NEW YORK — New York's hottest club in town is..Saturday Night Live, this Sunday only.

The iconic show turns 40 on Feb. 15, and we'll be treated to a three-hour live special — starting at 7 p.m. ET on NBC (that's Sunday, not Saturday) — that has the potential to be the biggest, most-talked about episode in its four-decade history.

Studio 8H at Rockefeller Center will be a packed house of current and past cast members, iconic hosts and legendary musicians. While the audience typically consists of ticket winners chosen from the general public, Sunday's seats are reserved only for SNL's A-List guests. Read more...

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The Golden Globes surprise that dominated Facebook and Twitter


LOS ANGELES — The most-discussed moment on Facebook and Twitter about the 72nd Golden Globes was when surprise guest Prince revealed that John Legend and Common's "Glory" from the civil rights-movement film Selma won Best Original Song.

Inside the Beverly Hilton, celebrity jaws dropped when Prince took the stage. Then, when the camera panned to Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen during her husband's acceptance speech, her cry face spawned a meme.

It only took five minutes for @chrissyteigen to become a meme at the #GoldenGlobeshttp://t.co/lBsvxo2RJV pic.twitter.com/J6bHpJ2ST6

— Mashable (@mashable) January 12, 2015

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