Weekly Wrap

Sports, new social media apps, Super Bowl, Sina Weibo and much more. It's just another weekly wrap. 

 

Facebook's Solution To Sharing Sports On Social Media

FORBES

Earlier today Facebook announced the creation of Facebook Sports Stadium, a product that will exist within the existing Facebook framework (mobile app and website), but bring a new set of sports-related content for the consumer. Key features include a deep dive on team statistics, game-related posts from verified Pages on Facebook (teams, leagues, athletes, journalists and other public figures) and a separate feed of all friends discussing a live game in real-time.

Facebook Sports Stadium officially launches in time for the National Football League Conference Championships and Super Bowl 50. It will eventually expand beyond American football and become a product available for basketball, soccer and other sports matches.

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PSA: YouTube now lets you loop videos without extra software

THE NEXT WEB

We’ve all come across those ginormous 10-hour video loops on YouTube for one reason or the other – perhaps to keep that song you like playing in repeat. You might’ve even used an extension to loop the videos yourself.

Well, you finally won’t need any extra software to repeat videos yourself. If you’re on a desktop browser, you can just right-click on a video and select the new loop option.

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YOUTUBE GETS SUPER BOWL 50 ADS WEEKS BEFORE THE MAIN EVENT

DIGITAL TRENDS

Super Bowl ads are an event unto themselves. Brands now spend millions both on producing their game day ads and of course on their placement.

YouTube has realized the value of its service in regard to live events such as the Super Bowl, and is offering advertisers the ability to get their hallowed TV spots online early via its AdBlitz platform.

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Sina Weibo ends 140-character limit ahead of Twitter

BBC NEWS

Until now, the social network had been defined by its 140-character limit.

But from 28 January, it will allow some users to write longer messages, although not all of the text will immediately appear in followers' feeds.

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The move could increase pressure on Twitter to do likewise.

China's official news agency, Xinhua, reported Weibo's chief executive Wang Gaofei had confirmed the move.

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Shaping up: Ex-Twitter CEO Dick Costolo launching fitness startup

CNET

Dick Costolo has a new year's resolution: launch a fitness startup.

The former Twitter CEO tweeted (of course) Tuesday that he's jumping into the fitness tech sphere with a company focused on making fitness fun. Costolo is starting the venture with Bryan Oki, co-founder and CEO at Fitify, a wellness consulting firm,

Of course, Costolo faces a lot of competition, from the likes of Apple, Google, Fitbit, Jawbone, Runkeeper and MapMyFitness. It begs the question: Is there more the tech industry can offer that we don't already have?

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Most Fortune 500 CEOs still sit on social media sidelines

CIO

Despite all the time and energy many companies spend on social media today, the majority of Fortune 500 CEOs ignore the medium entirely. In fact, only 39 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are active on one or more of the six major social networks, according to a new study from Domo, a business management software provider. 

Domo checked Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube to see if the CEOs of all of the Fortune 500 companies had social accounts. One Fortune 500 company, Bed Bath & Beyond, has co-CEOs, so Domo's study includes data on 501 chief executives.

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