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No, Wait—Amazon Really Should Launch A Free Streaming Service

Amazon has long labored in the shadows of Netflix and Hulu when it comes to streaming TV shows and movies. It could change all that with a rumored Internet streaming plan that would bear more than a passing resemblance to old-fashioned broadcast television—free for all, just with commercial ad breaks.

There’s just one problem—Amazon denies that it has plans to launch any such service, so it likely won’t be part of its big announcement in New York on Wednesday. Which is too bad, because Amazon really should do this.

Last Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon was planning a big push for a free, ad-supported streaming service featuring TV shows and music videos. It would feature both original and licensed programming, and might launch “in the coming months,” the WSJ report said.

Whoops. An Amazon spokeswoman told me a day later that “we’re often experimenting with new things, but we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service.”

The notion, however, is entirely plausible. Amazon’s least expensive—but very popular—Kindle e-readers, for instance, display “special offer” advertisements on the main screen, making their discounted price possible. The company also runs ads with movie and game trailers and lets owners of its Kindle Fire tablet stream the first episode of some shows for free.

Amazon Streaming Could Use A Boost

So free, ad-supported streaming wouldn’t be totally alien to Amazon’s culture. It’s also got a lot of ground to make up, and could use some help.

According to NPD Group, 67% of U.S. streaming users with only one service chose Netflix in the first quarter of 2013. Hulu Plus snagged 10%, while Prime only grabbed 2%. The study confirmed that, although Amazon has been growing, it hasn’t come remotely close to challenging, much less toppling, Netflix.

As for the actual streams, Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report put Netflix in the lead, with 31.62 percent of all peak downstream (i.e., download) traffic in September 2013. Amazon had just 1.61 percent. 

Amazon would love to change all that. But to have any chance of success, it first needs to do one thing: expand its streaming catalog. As a subscriber, I can attest to the fact that its current free Instant Watch options for Prime members comes up short next to Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, and others. And its own original offerings haven’t exactly lit the world on fire. (Betas is no House of Cards.)

And Then There’s This Wild Card

Inventory is crucial; so is the need to make Amazon’s streaming video as widely available on as many different devices as possible. (Set aside for the moment that Amazon doesn’t offer the service on Android gadgets beyond its own Kindle Fire tablets.) But the company has something else up its sleeve that may help with that availability issue.

Amazon is likely to introduce its own branded streaming-TV device at its New York City press event today. Should Amazon one day change its mind and actually offer free commercial-supported streaming on that box, it would have a potent weapon with with to battle the Google gadget—not to mention Roku and Apple TV. 

So far, Amazon’s streaming availability has been rather scattershot. Currently, Prime members get a library of free streaming options, while others must pay to rent or buy videos. Both are available on Roku, but not on Chromecast or Apple TV. And an Amazon streaming app comes installed with TiVo boxes, but it only works for paid video.

With its own device in the mix, Amazon has the opportunity to stake its own claim in this hardware fracas. Ad-supported streaming would make its gadget that much more appealing. A cheap or free TV box that offers free streaming? That would make for one heck of a one-two punch.

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Jokes As A Service: ReadWrite Laughs At April Fool’s So You Don’t Have To

It’s April Fool’s, the day tech sites vie for the unofficial title of ‘Funniest Company.’

It’s become something of a tradition for companies to outdo themselves by introducing silly new features. And whether you think it’s tiresome or the best thing since sliced bread, these kinds of playful parodies are now fixtures within our modern Web. It’s “Jokes As A Service”—each company’s demonstration that it doesn’t take itself too seriously to give you a laugh at its own expense. 

We’re rounding up these April Fool’s Day 2014 pranks so you can nod politely at your overexcited coworkers—and then get back to work on something amazing. So you’ll have the last laugh. 

“Gmail Shelfie”

As soon as you log in to your Gmail this morning, you’ll find that you supposedly have the option to set a photo of your face as your email background—and the email background of all your friends and family, too.  

Google calls it the “shelfie,” the sharable selfie, and the company explains its reasoning in a blog post:  

“As the pioneering platform for selfies, Gmail is committed to being at the forefront of innovation in the selfie space. And we think it’s a tragedy that your handsome hair, luscious lashes and beautiful brows have been trapped in your own inbox.”

What’s more, if you actually upload your own “shelfie” today, it will show up in the inbox of any stranger who chooses (or accidentally selects) the Trending Shelfies option.

Reddit’s “Headdit”

Insisting that it has nothing to do with the date, the social news site has introduced “Headdit,” which is described as a new way to browse Reddit with one’s facial expressions—or even your cat.

Give Reddit access to your webcam and you’ll find the prank fully functional, allowing you to scroll up and down and even administer upvotes and downvotes with a wave of your head. Hold up a cat to unlock the coveted “cat mode.”

LinkedIn CYMK (Cats You May Know)

The reasoning behind LinkedIn’s April Fool’s Day prank seems to be simply that the Internet loves cats. Now the network purports to give our feline friends a place to connect. From the LinkedIn blog

“The purrfectly sleek design features large photos so you can clearly see which cool cat you’re connecting to. You can also easily access every feline’s expertise (from chasing bits of lint on the floor to watching birds), as well as their locations and interests — all with a single click.”

While you may actually want to meet “pawed professionals” like Battlepaws Galacticat, this prank is just a blog post, not a fully functional site. 

Google Maps’ Pokémon

Like you were going to do real work on April Fool’s Day anyway. Google Maps has delivered the ultimate timewaster in the form of this challenge. 

Hunt for Pokémon at various manmade landmarks, Google HQs and volcanos, among other places, and see if you can find all 150 Pokémon—and all 5+ Pokémon Centers (Here’s a hint: one’s located at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands).

Keep in mind this prank is only visible on mobile maps, so check it out on your phone. 

Virgin America and Nest

Every other Google company is doing a prank today, so it makes sense that Google-acquired Nest would also get in on the fun.  

This prank is something that I kind of wish were real. It purports to let every passenger customize their seating area with “total temperature control” with pre-set temperatures ranging from “Cancun Afternoon,” to the far less appealing “Chicago Polar Vortex.” 

Microsoft Brings Back Clippy

Photo via the Microsoft blog.

Photo via the Microsoft blog.

If you’re a reader of a certain age, you might remember Clippy, the ubiquitously annoying Microsoft Office ’97 assistant. A talking paperclip nobody liked, Clippy steadfastly held on until Windows XP.  

At least this prank shows Microsoft’s ability to laugh at itself, because starting today, it announced that it is bringing back “everyone’s favorite Office assistant.” From the blog

“‘Microsoft announced the date for the end of Windows XP support back in 2007, so I’ve had a lot of time to plan my next move,’ said Clippy. ‘And now I’m excited to finally announce the next chapter in my life. I’m going back to basics and doing what paper clips like me are born to do: Attach things to other things.’”

Tumblr Pro 

If you’re a user, you’ll notice a little icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen beckoning you to check out “Tumblr Pro.” It links to this heartwarming video about changing the world:

And then, after inspiring and invigorating you, Tumblr asks if you’d like to join Tumblr Pro. If you say yes, only one thing happens—it adds a top hat to your user icon… and that’s it. 

Chrome Emoji Support 

Don’t you wish the Web were just pictures instead of words? Chrome does, which is why it claims to have announced Emoji support today, translating the Web into symbols. From the blog:

“One Emoji symbol can easily replace dozens of characters, improving efficiency and comprehension on the go. It turns out the best way to communicate in the future is to look to the past: the ancient Egyptians were really onto something with their hieroglyphs.”

Chrome encourages you to download the latest mobile version in order to receive emoji support, but clicking on the feature does nothing—it’s just a visual prank. 

Airbnb’s Airbrb

This fake service is like a microscopic version of Airbnb. Instead of booking a space for the night, Airbrb lets hosts rent out their desks for 20 minutes or so while they’re out. Includes the coveted “budget” desk, which appears to be just a cardboard box. 

Chromecast TV for Squirrels

In what certainly isn’t the last prank from Google today comes a video advertising Chromecast for squirrels. 

This video basically outlines the actual, non-jokey features of the Chromecast, but with a decidedly squirrelish bent. It also notes that a squirrel is not included with purchase.

Top photo via Official Gmail Blog

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Twitter Is Reportedly Phasing Out @-Replies From Its Service by @mattsouthern

Twitter is reportedly in the alpha stages of experimenting with a new version of its service that would see @-replies become phased out. BuzzFeed reports that Vivian Schiller, head of news at Twitter, first hinted at it this week during the Newspaper Association of America’s mediaXchange conference. She reportedly called @-replies ”arcane” and stated “We are working on moving […]

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