- Press pool: Twitter has signed a deal with CBS to livestream the Republican and Democratic national conventions. The Republicans jump into that pool next week.
- Meet me at the pool: Messenger is testing end to end encryption with secret conversations.
- Leaky pool: Pokémon Go is fixing a bug that gave the app full access to your Google account, including your Gmail history. And a number of sites, particularly memorials and cemeteries, are asking users not to play the game on their properties. Despite that, it's now bigger than Snapchat and Google maps.
- Two dives across the pond: The interior of Westminster Abbey is now on Google Street View. And residents of the Faroe Islands, tired of waiting for Google Street View to come their way, have strapped 360-degree cameras to their sheep to create Google Sheep View.
- All wet: Observers suggest that cable television needs to take Facebook as a serious threat. A former president of the CNN says, "Facebook effectively has one and a half billion news bureaus to capture news, and they're capable of doing things that a cable news network could only dream of doing."
- Making waves: A former YouTuber shares a thoughtful look at what YouTube taught me about Facebook Live and violent footage.
- Week in review: This week, my Moderating Panels blog looked at an audience pushback at moderation during a Dallas panel following the police shootings there, with tips for moderators of controversial topics. On this blog, I suggested you consider barriers when choosing between online video and livestreaming for your news, based on a new survey and recent livestreaming events.
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