Mashable: Instagram will now let creators practice live videos

Mashable: Instagram will now let creators practice live videos . “Anyone who’s ever done an Instagram Live will know the prep behind it, making sure everything is just right: lighting, volume, Internet connection, the works. I do not count myself amongst these creators, but I can imagine it’s a stressful enough process for those that do. Instagram is changing this, though, and helping its dedicated Live creators out. A flock of new features are coming to the app, allowing a shift in how Live is used.”

Task & Purpose: Someone hijacked a Navy warship’s Facebook account so they could livestream ‘Age of Empires’

Task & Purpose: Someone hijacked a Navy warship’s Facebook account so they could livestream ‘Age of Empires’. “For the last several days, someone has been having a lot of fun playing the classic 1997 strategy game ‘Age of Empires.’ Normally, that wouldn’t be news (the game is freaking fantastic) but in this case someone has been livestreaming their game sessions on the official Facebook account for the USS Kidd, and the U.S. Navy still hasn’t regained control of their account.”

NBC News: Twitch releases new safety feature amid scrutiny over ‘hate raids’

NBC News: Twitch releases new safety feature amid scrutiny over ‘hate raids’. “Phone-verified chats will allow targeted creators to have more control over who can participate in their communities, Twitch said in a blogpost Wednesday. The move will require all or some users to verify phone their numbers before they can participate in streamers’ chats, which could help reduce targeted attacks by bots. Once users verify the phone numbers to their accounts, they will not need to verify them again for other channels.”

PR Newswire: NASA TV to Air Landsat 9 Launch, Prelaunch Activities

PR Newswire: NASA TV to Air Landsat 9 Launch, Prelaunch Activities (PRESS RELEASE). “NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the Landsat 9 satellite, a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission that will continue the legacy of monitoring Earth’s land and coastal regions that began with the first Landsat satellite in 1972. Landsat 9 is scheduled to launch at 2:11 p.m. EDT (11:11 a.m. PDT) Monday, Sept. 27, on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.”

POGO: Over 75 Organizations Urge Supreme Court to Make Live Audio Streaming Permanent and Accessible

POGO: Over 75 Organizations Urge Supreme Court to Make Live Audio Streaming Permanent and Accessible. “Providing live audio access to cases during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has convincingly demonstrated the public’s appetite to observe the operations of the Court. It has also shown that the Court can balance increased public access with the integrity of its proceedings. Equitable access to the Court as an institution is imperative for all Americans.”

Study: TikTok, livestreaming, and ‘creator economy’ quickly changing social apps landscape (USA Today)

USA Today: Study: TikTok, livestreaming, and ‘creator economy’ quickly changing social apps landscape. “This year alone, consumers have already downloaded more than 9.2 billion apps and are expected to spend 740 billion hours on them. That includes an estimated 548 billion hours of them live streaming—in top apps including TikTok, Twitch and Instagram, according to mobile data and analytics tracker App Annie in its ‘The Evolution of Social Media Report’ released Monday.”

Daily Wildcat: Why Twitch streaming is so addictive

Daily Wildcat: Why Twitch streaming is so addictive. “Clearly, there is an appeal to video game streaming, but what exactly is up with the hype? Well, I could ask the exact same question to someone who watches football games. What the two forms of entertainment have in common is gratification for the viewer. And luckily for us, there have been scientific studies conducted that illustrate the influence that gratification has, especially within a gaming setting.”

Gamespot: Streamlabs Introduces Tool To Help Streamers Filter Out Hate And Harassment

Gamespot: Streamlabs Introduces Tool To Help Streamers Filter Out Hate And Harassment. “Safe Mode works from within Streamlabs to protect a streamer’s feed and live chat from malicious users. In essence, the tool provides a number of restrictions and filters that grant more control over who can interact with a stream. You can select as many or as few of these options as you’d like, and they run the gamut from features already implemented in Twitch like emote-only chat to new features like clearing all recent events and queued raid alerts.”

TechCrunch: Callin, David Sacks’ ‘social podcasting’ app, launches and announces a $12M Series A round

TechCrunch: Callin, David Sacks’ ‘social podcasting’ app, launches and announces a $12M Series A round. “As live audio becomes more and more popular, co-founders David Sacks (former COO of PayPal and CEO of Yammer) and Axel Ericsson sought to combine social audio and podcasting into one seamless app. The resulting app — Callin — launches today on iOS with an announcement of $12 million in Series A funding co-led by Sequoia, Goldcrest and Craft Ventures, where Sacks is a founder and partner.”

New York Times: Locast, a nonprofit streaming service for local TV, is shutting down

New York Times: Locast, a nonprofit streaming service for local TV, is shutting down. “Locast, a nonprofit streaming service that piped local broadcast signals over the internet, is shutting down after a federal judge ruled against the organization in a rare case tackling the legality of network content delivered online. The organization said it was ‘suspending operations, effective immediately,’ and it added that Locast was meant to “operate in accordance with the strict letter of the law,” but had to comply with the ruling, with which it disagreed.”

CNN: Black and LGBTQ streamers on Twitch boycotted the platform after repeated ‘hate raids’

CNN: Black and LGBTQ streamers on Twitch boycotted the platform after repeated ‘hate raids’. “One preliminary report from Twitch journalist Zach Bussey showed at one point Wednesday that 5,000 fewer users were streaming and 500,000 fewer viewers were watching than at the same time just one week earlier. Now, the organizers are hoping that Twitch heeds their demands and enacts new policies to protect them.”

CNET: Amazon reportedly building live audio business

CNET: Amazon reportedly building live audio business. “Amazon is reportedly building a live audio service for use with Alexa. The online retail giant is investing heavily in an effort led by its music division that would include paying podcast networks, musicians and celebrities to use the feature for live conversations, shows and events, according to a Tuesday report from Axios.”