Verizon is buying AOL for $4.4 billion

Verizon will buy AOL for $50 per share, which totals a purchase price near $4.4 billion.

(Read entire press release here: http://vz.to/1JEofsG)

After the deal is done, AOL will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Verizon.  AOL’s CEO, Tim Armstrong, will continue to lead the company after the acquisition.

READ MORE: http://tnw.co/1F4r6u4

 

WTF is Meerkat App?! : How to use the hottest livestreaming video app

Talk about capturing the moment, add ‘real-time’ to that phrase now. According to the Wall Street Journal, Meerkat App registered 15,000 users in the first week of their launch

Roughly 17 days ago, Meerkat took the digital space by storm, one live video stream at a time. If you think back over the past 25 years, there have been several momumental moments in history that were caught by reporters, journalists, and photographers alike.

Today history is still happening on a daily basis, but the only difference is that we now have the opportunity to capture it has it happens or in real-time thanks to technology like live streaming video.

Livestreaming is nothing new, Meerkat, is an extremely simply iPhone app, that makes streaming live video even easier.

Meerkat links with Twitter accounts, allowing one person on one side of the phone, stream a live video feed of whatever they choose, or a video selfie of course.

How do you use? It’s quite simple:

  1. Download the Meerkat App.
  2. Sign up by logging in with your Twitter account.
  3. You can either “Stream” right away or ‘Schedule’ a stream for a later time.
  4. Aaaaaand you’re LIVE!

Once you’re live, you’ll see how many people are joining your stream because their profile pic will show at the top of your screen as well as a running count of viewers. Viewers can ‘like’, ReTweet and comment on your stream. All comments posted to the stream are sent as tweets as well. After your livestream is over, Meerkat App gives you the option to save the video archive. This can be used for future content, event recaps, etc.

Like any social platform, there are rules! Here are The Rules of Meerkat:

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“[Meerkat has] been very effective for me,” says Gary Vaynerchuk, an Internet personality and entrepreneur whose use of social media and viral video has netted him more than 1.3 million Twitter followers. Vaynerchuk has used Meerkat to broadcast behind-the-scenes peeks of his YouTube programThe #AskGaryVee Show. When you use Meerkat to share video, it automatically tweets a message that says you’re broadcasting live, with a link people can click to watch.

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(photo cred: http://bit.ly/1xaVDpV)

On recent quote via Time.com, my buddy Gary Vaynerchuk has this to say about the relevant use and rapid growth of Meerkat App – “Within a few minutes, 500 to 800 people are watching me live, at any given time,” says Vaynerchuck. “That is insanity, if you think about it . . . and don’t forget, I am a 39-year-old male who talks about business, so my demo isn’t the most native to this.”

Twitter is about to change, in a BIG way…

Analysts have been having a field day with Twitter citing that they are not doing enough to improve the product and growth path for users.

Twitter hosted their first-ever Analyst Day event, where the Twitter team promised to launch new features to the platform such as, messaging, a video creation tool and content curation features, among other services, in the coming months to make the social network more engaging to new and existing users.

Read more here: http://on.mash.to/1pVEcG2 via Mashable

Apple Announces Apple Watch

This morning Apple introduced three collections of their brand new Apple Watch just after revealing the new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Watch price will start at $349 and it will be available in early 2015. (Sorry 2014 Christmas hopefuls) Minimum requirements include, iPhone models 5 and newer, this means 200 million people can already use the device, Cook said. In addition to the watch announcement, the newly introduced payment system Apple Pay will work with the watch.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook teased the highly-anticipated watch with founder Steve Jobs’ signature “one more thing” introduction, to a standing ovation.

Cook explained that the watch is a customizable timepiece.

“Because you wear it, we invented new intimate ways to connect and communicate directly from your wrist and it works seamlessly with iPhone,” Cook said. “And it’s also a comprehensive health and fitness device.”

Cook explained that the device’s extra functionality can be controlled with the digital crown, explaining that the “pinch to zoom” gesture covers the content and obstructs your view.

“It just doesn’t work,” Cook added.