News n00bs: The quest for new audiences has taken The Washington Post to the streaming platform Twitch

Twitch: It’s not just for Fortnight battle royales anymore. The Washington Post tried out broadcasting on the streaming platform best known for gaming yesterday with content related to politics — which is its own battle royale, really. The Post’s plans for the platform include “postgame” coverage of major news events hosted by political reporter Libby Casey and a series called Playing Games with Politicians, in which political reporter Dave Weigel will interview politicians while playing video games. On Monday, the Post streamed coverage of Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Twitch — which is owned by Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post — can be thought of as a cross between YouTube and a Reddit AMA. Accounts host live video feeds of content (usually video games) and viewers speak to each other in a chat feature. (If anyone’s actually watching.) It has 15
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For the World Cup, livestreamed online video is threatening to score the equalizer on traditional TV

Nearly as many people plan to watch this summer’s World Cup via livestreamed video as on regular ol’ live TV, a new study out today from the Interactive Advertising Bureau says. It’s another sign (if we still need one) of how even live sports — cable companies’ best hope for saving something like the traditional channel bundle — is giving way to digital. IAB’s study — which surveyed 4,200 people in 21 countries around the world — found 71 percent said they were extremely or probably likely to watch matches live on TV, versus 65 percent online. In some countries, digital streaming actually beat TV — including in China (+6 percentage points), Russia (+7), Saudi Arabia (+2), United Arab Emirates (+1), and even the United States (+1). (American soccer fans have lots of unused rooting capacity ready to assign to one of the 32 countries that actually qualified for the
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Trump’s North Korea Summit Once Again Pits Conservatives Against Trumpists in Media

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) clapped back at President Donald Trump this morning on Twitter. It was a dish served cold, a hard swipe back at, oh, two years of bad blood, and a smooth one at that. This is an accurate assessment of Kim. It is also, however, a callback to the campaign and questions about Trump’s own qualifications for office. But it was more than just a wry, wicked burn. It was also one more battle in the seemingly endless war between conservatives (referred to by Trumpists as “NeverTrump”) and Continue reading "Trump’s North Korea Summit Once Again Pits Conservatives Against Trumpists in Media"

Who’s creating the top Facebook videos? “Not people you’ve necessarily heard of”

Motivational speaking, puppies, and babies: These are hot topics for the most popular Facebook videos so far in 2018, according to a NewsWhip analysis. Despite recent changes to Facebook’s algorithm that would supposedly decrease the visibility of clickbait-y and viral video, the second most popular native Facebook video this year is called “Babies and puppies,” from publisher Daily Picks and Flicks. The tenth most popular, from NTD Funniest, is “Dogs and cats always make us laugh! 🤣😂😽 I admit to watching these videos after linking to them here. Perhaps surprisingly, “seven of the ten most engaged Facebook video posts in 2018 so far [came] in at three minutes or longer, and the average across the ten [was] three minutes eleven seconds.” Motivational speaker Jay Shetty pops up multiple times in the most popular/most commented/most engaged list, and “the most frequently appearing names were the viral publishers such as NTD
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Plane With Over 100 on Board Crashes Shortly After Take-Off from Havana Airport

A plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the Cuban city of Havana on Friday. The Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737 fell from the sky in a fireball just after leaving Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Friday, according to Cuba’s state-run television. Cuba’s state-run newspaper Granma also reported the crash happened in the Santiago de las Vegas neighborhood near the airport just after noon. The reports were confirmed by CBS and CNN, among other outlets. The domestic flight was headed to Holguin approximately 500 miles from Havana. There were 104 passengers on board as well as the crew. CNN is reporting at least three survivors. CNN obtained video of the scene reportedly showing a huge plume of smoke coming from the crash site.

Lawyer Who Went on Viral Xenophobic Rant Banned From His NYC Office

The New York City man whose xenophobic rant was captured on video at a Midtown restaurant Tuesday is no longer welcome at his office. The incident captured the man, a New York City lawyer identified as Aaron Schlossberg, at Fresh Kitchen in Midtown Manhattan berating workers because they spoke Spanish. Schlossberg said that his “guess” was that they were “undocumented,” and added that his “next step” was to call ICE. Following the Tuesday tantrum, a GoFundMe page was set up to troll Schlossberg outside his office with a Mariachi band and taco truck. Then, on Thursday, WABC-TV’s Derick Waller reported that the band and taco truck were the least of Schlossberg’s worries. Schlossberg, according to Waller’s report, is no longer welcome inside the building where he rents office space.

WATCH: Pro-Trump Lawyer Has Meltdown When Deli Worker Speaks Spanish in NYC

A pro-Trump lawyer was caught on video berating workers at a Midtown Manhattan deli because they were speaking Spanish to one another. “Every person I listen to—he’s speaking it, she’s speaking it. This is America,”  a man identified by The Forward as Aaron Schlossberg shouted while other people were just trying to get salads at a Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue. Then, when the manager confronted him, he just wouldn’t shut up. “Your clients and your staff are speaking Spanish to staff when they should be speaking English,” Schlossberg kvetched. “My guess is they’re undocumented, so my next call is to ICE to have each one of them taken out of my country.” He then said this about the people who clearly had jobs and were just trying to do them: “If they have the balls to come here and live off my money—I pay for their welfare. I pay Continue reading "WATCH: Pro-Trump Lawyer Has Meltdown When Deli Worker Speaks Spanish in NYC"