Monday, July 16, 2018

ONLINE LIFE - $Streaming

"The highs and lows of being a professional online streamer" PBS NewsHour 7/12/2018


SUMMARY:  As more people consume video online, "streaming" is the internet's version of live TV, but with instant feedback from fans.  How have star streamers turned activities like taping themselves playing video games into profitable careers?  Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports from DreamHack, a gaming convention in Austin, Texas.

Editor's Note:  In this report on streaming, we point out police are sometimes called to a streamer’s house after a hoax call.  In some cases, SWAT teams arrive in response.  A previous version of this story mistakenly identified a man killed by police in one such case as a streamer.  In fact, the victim was not a streamer.  We regret the error.

Monday, July 9, 2018


"If you have Gmail, here’s who’s scanning your inbox" PBS NewsHour 7/3/2018


SUMMARY:  A year ago, Google’s Gmail said it stopped its practice of scanning users’ inboxes to personalize ads.  But it still allows outside app developers to scan inboxes, according to a Wall Street Journal report.  John Yang talks with tech reporter Douglas MacMillan, who broke that story.