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This Video Of A Guy Executing Fish With A Pistol Is Actually Good Because Lionfish Suck

I think every non-sociopath’s first instinct when seeing the title card of the video above—which lives up to its billing, as this is indeed a four-minute clip of a man equipped with a waterproof Glock who uses it to “fish” for lionfish—is one of dread. Oh no, you worry, accurately. Am I really about to watch someone brain scores of defenseless little fish with a goddamn handgun???

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Twitter app ads now support autoplay video

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App ads are about on Twitter are about to get a bit more lively; brands can now promote their products with video. Previously, companies had to use regular old promoted text or image tweets as their best bet to advertise apps to their audiences. Twitter says video leads to higher user engagement and nearly triple the app installs, given nearly 90 percent of its video views are on mobile devices. WATCH: Bring your app to life with the Video App Card https://t.co/OEhtqHUy7r — Twitter Advertising (@TwitterAds) September 24, 2015   Overall, 82 percent users watch video on the platform, so the ads…

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Facebook launches live-streaming video, but only for VIPs

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It looks like Facebook won’t be buying Meerkat after all.

The company has launched Facebook Live, a live-streaming feature reminiscent of Meerkat and Periscope.

Currently, the feature is available only to VIPs, which Facebook describes as “athletes, musicians, politicians and other influencers.” In other words, anybody with a verified account.

Touted as a new way for these “public figures” to connect with their fans, it is now available through the Facebook Mentions app. In a press release, the company mentions that Live’s celebrity guinea pigs include Dwayne “Stop Calling Me ‘The Rock’” Johnson, Serena Williams, Martha Stewart, and Michael Bublé (presumably so your mom will have somebody to tune in for).

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The screencap looks pretty much the same as Periscope’s live chat and viewer count.

Celebrity endorsements are a sure-fire, if cheap, way to quickly drive up viewership and, naturally, ad dollars. Facebook has been rapidly pursuing more video consumption, even if it’s not always particularly honest.

Indeed, as their view counts have exploded, content owners have been vocal about persistent piracy and reposting.

So, if you follow them, you can now look forward to Michael Bublé or Triple H in your Facebook timeline.

Just like Periscope, you’ll get a notification when they’re live. Unlike Meerkat, it archives video. Like both, you can watch endless hours of people staring into their phones with double-chins.



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