In push for more live video, Twitter officially announces the Producer API

 Confirming earlier reports by The Information and here at TechCrunch, Twitter officially announced the launch of a new tool for live video aimed larger media publishers and broadcasters. The Producer API, as it’s called, will allow professional publishers to connect their equipment  to Twitter in order to stream live video directly to its network. Twitter had previously launched… Read More

UK Flight Ban On Devices To Be Announced

The UK is due to announce a cabin baggage ban on laptops, tablets and DVD players on certain passenger flights, after a similar US move. From a report on BBC: It is understood the UK restrictions may differ from the US Department of Homeland Security's ban, although details have not yet been released. Flights from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries are subject to the US announcement. US officials said bombs could be hidden in a series of devices. BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said the expected move was "obviously part of coordinated action with the US." The attempted downing of an airliner in Somalia last year was linked to a laptop device, and it appears the security precautions are an attempt to stop similar incidents, our correspondent added.

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Reddit plans a profile page redesign reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter

 Reddit has been trying to make its site more accessible to a wider pool of users, and today the company is planning to show off one of the ways that it plans to do that: by making the service a little bit more like Facebook and Twitter. From today, Reddit is going to start offering users a new profile page design that will let them make posts directly to the pages themselves (not just… Read More

GitHub Now Lets Its Workers Keep the IP When They Use Company Resources For Personal Projects

If it's on company time, it's the company's dime. That's the usual rule in the tech industry -- that if employees use company resources to work on projects unrelated to their jobs, their employer can claim ownership of any intellectual property (IP) they create. But GitHub is throwing that out the window. From a report on Quartz: Today the code-sharing platform announced a new policy, the Balanced Employee IP Agreement (BEIPA). This allows its employees to use company equipment to work on personal projects in their free time, which can occur during work hours, without fear of being sued for the IP. As long as the work isn't related to GitHub's own "existing or prospective" products and services, the employee owns it. Like all things related to tech IP, employee agreements are a contentious issue. In some US states, it's not uncommon for contracts to give companies full ownership of all work employees produce during their tenure, and sometimes even before and after their tenure, regardless of when or how they produce it. These restrictions have led to several horror stories, like the case of Alcatel vs. Evan Brown.

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Mode Media Japan lives on, with founder Samir Arora as chairman

Mode Media Mode Media is coming back from the dead — at least in Asia. The company operated properties like Glam, Tend and Brash, as well as a broader digital advertising business, but it shut down abruptly last fall. Now Mode Media Japan is announcing that it’s put a leadership team in place, including Executive Chairman Samir Arora, CEO Yusuke Akiba and CFO Minako Matsushita. Read More