YouTube’s new ad unit, called Shopping ads, will allow advertisers to sell their products through the site’s videos. Consumers can purchase directly from a video that features the item-and product videos (like reviews and tutorials) have seen 40 percent viewership growth this year. Click here to read more.
Amazon’s Echo, an in-home speaker with voice-control technology, offers branded content to users from companies like Campbell’s. The speaker’s voice app, Alexa, can either email or read out recipes when prompted by hungry users. Click here to read more.
As Apple’s sales grow in China, its had to navigate the country’s policies on censoring controversial content, meaning that services like Apple News or Apple Music would be affected. Within China, the only users able to access News are visitors from outside the country, but even then, the app will not refresh. Click here to read more.
Social media users can catch up on the world around them, thanks to Twitter’s new Moments feature. Tweets, images, videos, Vines and GIFs are sorted by timely subject, whether a conversation, meme, commentary or historic report. Users can view a moment, or follow it if it’s ongoing, personalizing the media experience. Click here to read more.
Pointing to a massive financial services breach in 2013, E*Trade and Dow Jones are issuing alerts to thousands of customers that their data may have been accessed in the hack. While at the time, the companies believed sensitive data like account numbers, passwords, IDs or Social Security numbers weren’t accessed, they are now finding that some information was leaked. Click here to read more.