Weekly Digital News Roundup: May 14 – May 18
Tweets now show up in Google search results
- According to the LA Times, Twitter and Google have teamed up to bring tweets to Google’s search results. That means if you do a search on, for example, Justin Timberlake, you’ll see his most recent tweets along with the related news, biographical information, songs and movies that would typically show up. A Google search for #GameofThrones brings up fan tweets concerning the HBO franchise.
- It’s a win for Twitter, which will have its content seen by many more people — including non-Twitter users — as a result of the deal. U.S. users searching in English will see relevant tweets in their results within Google’s iOS and Android apps as well as mobile Web. Twitter said a desktop Web version is “coming shortly, and we have plans to bring this feature to more countries in the coming months.”
- When tapping on a tweet in Google search, users will be taken directly to Twitter, where they can view the tweet and discover additional content.
Spotify moves into video and podcasts with major media partnerships
- According to The Guardian, Spotify moved to expand its service beyond music on Wednesday, announcing video content deals several major media conglomerates, including Comedy Central, ESPN, Adult Swim, BBC and NBC. The video content will be short-form and many of the producers will also distribute podcasts over the service.
- Another feature of Spotify’s new version will be “tempo detection”, which the company said will use the phone’s movement sensors to locate a track that will keep pace with a user’s feet when he or she is working out. The workout functionality will be part of the company’s newly announced partnership with Nike.
RealNetworks Turns Photos and Videos into Personal Montages
- According to The Wall Street Journal, RealNetworks Inc., an Internet pioneer searching for a new formula for growth, is betting on helping smartphone users make better use of the photos and videos they’ve taken. The Seattle-based company on Tuesday is announcing what it calls RealTimes, a combination of apps and services designed to choose appealing pictures and video clips from users’ collections and stitch them into montages, complete with musical soundtracks, that can be saved and shared.
- RealNetworks hopes the results, which it calls “stories,” will appeal particularly to parents who have shot thousands of images on smartphones and don’t have time to cull them into presentable sequences.
- One likely rival for RealTimes is Magisto Ltd., a startup whose technology turns videos and photos into what it calls movies. RealNetworks says it is bringing many innovations to the market, including techniques for ignoring blurry or otherwise unattractive photos and picking interesting scenes in videos.