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YouTube Rethinking Premium; LG's New Mobile Head; Google to Congress; Hurrah for InSight
 

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November 28 · Issue #118 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

YouTube Rethinking Premium; LG’s New Mobile Head; Google to Congress; Hurrah for InSight

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Wax Off that fee. YouTube’s premium content experiment, AKA, YouTube Red, is switching some of its content from subscriptions to ad-support by 2020. It’s unclear how this will impact YouTube’s future Netflix competition strategy (they spend millions on original content, while Netflix spends billions), but who cares? This change means that you’ll soon be able to see Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid movie series spin-off for free.
YouTube reportedly scaling back its premium tier for original content - MarketWatch
LG changes things up. LG has been suffering mightily on the mobile front, battered, in part, by a legion of new, more affordable and feature rich competitors. So, it’s recalibrating. There’s a new mobile chief who comes from the TV side of the business and a new focus on robotics (yay!) and autonomous vehicles. What’s interesting here is that LG is recognizing that the phone business, with all its look-alike handsets, leaves little room for differentiation, while the robot space is still young, with no clear leaders or agreed upon design (or even function). Expect both a new handset strategy and, maybe, a lot more robots.
LG drafts in its TV chief to save its mobile business LG drafts in its TV chief to save its mobile business
Google goes to Congress. Earlier this year Mark Zuckerberg, and then Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey, all testified before Congress to explain themselves. Notably absent from what occasionally looked like public flogging, was Google. CEO Sundar Pichai was invited, but declined (in one instance, they sent written statements). Now, Pichai will finally appear before the House Judiciary Committee as early as next week to talk about potential bias in the Google search result system. Pichai trying to explain how his search algorithms actually work to Congress people who insist there’s a liberal, human hand in the mix, should be fascinating.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai set to testify to Congress in December - The Washington Post Google chief executive Sundar Pichai set to testify to Congress in December - The Washington Post
The opposite of information. Dictionary.com announced its Word of the Year for 2018 (yup, it’s the start of all those End of Year lists). It’s Disinformation, another word for Fake News, which is two words, so it doesn’t get to be The Word of This or Any Year.
Dictionary.com's 2018 Word Of The Year Is ... - Everything After Z by Dictionary.com Dictionary.com's 2018 Word Of The Year Is ... - Everything After Z by Dictionary.com
Hello Mars. NASA’s Mars InSight probe executed a perfect landing on the surface of Mars. It even sent back a photo. Now it’ll spend time studying the terrain as it looks for the right spot to drop its experiments, some of which are designed to, for the first time, look underneath the surface of the red planet.
NASA's InSight Probe Just Touched Down on Mars—Here's What's Next NASA's InSight Probe Just Touched Down on Mars—Here's What's Next
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