Twitter is going to be hosting live streams of the upcoming presidential debates in partnership with Bloomberg. The streams will be accompanied by relevant, curated tweets, of course. That and more in today’s news.
- You’ll be able to watch at debates.twitter.com or within Twitter’s apps.Like their recent NFL streams, it’s part of Twitter’s recent initiative to be a central hub for discussing live events by providing free streams. It will be interesting to see how much hands-on curation will be put into the accompanying feeds; things might get messy if the messages are selected algorithmically. The first debate is scheduled for this upcoming Monday, September 26th. [The Verge]
- In other news, the new iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode is now undergoing beta testing. TechCrunch put the new portrait mode to work and the results are fairly impressive. The phone uses its two cameras to generate a depth map to decide what’s in focus; the results look almost like the photos were taken on with a DSLR camera. It still strikes me as a little artificial, though, akin to Photoshopping an image with ‘Gaussian blur’ rather than the more mathematically complex ‘Lens blur.’ But I’m just being picky. [TechCrunch]
- Earlier today the Financial Times reported that Apple is in talks to buy McLaren, a manufacturer of high-end sports cars. McLaren, however, denies that any such talks have taken place. [Jalopnik]
- YouTube is hoping to crowdsource comment moderation. A new program called YouTube Heroes (hehe) will reward people for reporting bad comments, writing accurate subtitles, and other small tasks that benefit the site. Perks of being a hero include access to prerelease products and “exclusive workshops,” whatever that means. You can sign up here. [TechCrunch]