The 11th Hour Dispatch – Friday, April 6, 2018

| April 6, 2018

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YouTube TV is looking to add six new channels from digital publishers to its service. A few of the additions include The Young Turks, Tastemade, and our cheesy friends at the NYSE, Cheddar. No firm date on when you could bingewatch these in all your slovenly Sunday afternoon glory, but sources close to the situation say it could be a couple of weeks. This wouldn’t be the first addition of a digital publisher to the service, but it would be a great diversification. The only digital publisher currently on YouTube TV’s line up is E.W. Scripps’ Newsy, and from the three suggested publishers alone, it would add channels devoted to food, money and investing, and millennial-aimed news.


Coinbase is launching a venture fund to stimulate growth of early-stage blockchain companies. The company’s President and COO Asiff Hirji told CNBC that Coinbase Ventures will start at $15 million, and that it will not invest in cryptocurrencies in order to assuage conflict of interest accusations. However, the popular crypto-trading desk did say that it was willing to invest in potential competitors. Another unusual aspect of this fund is that companies chosen will not be required to offer Coinbase an equity stake before reaping benefits on the partnership. Sounds a little too good to be true if you ask me, but so did Bitcoin when it was at $20K a pop. Too soon?


Skype is testing a “Skype for Content Creators” mode that will allow users to record or livestream calls. This feature, which is set to hit the internet this summer, is likely an effort from Skype to compete with the growing popularity of livestreaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube. A feature that makes it interesting in comparison to similar platforms currently being used by vloggers, streamers, and digital broadcasters is that the Content Creator mode will support multi-line live phone calls that can be customized visually and either livestreamed or imported into editing software.


I had no idea I needed Kate McKinnon explaining financial literacy skills to children, but here we are.

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