Twitter Is Pushing Celebrities And Publishers To Stop Using Meerkat


Twitter is doing whatever it can to help its live video streaming acquisition Periscope beat independent competitor Meerkat. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Twitter has been contacting celebrities who use Meerkat, trying to convince them Meerkat is dying and that they should use Periscope instead.

Sources also say Twitter has been in touch with media companies that use Meerkat, going so far as to imply that if they don’t exclusively use Periscope, it could cut off their access to Amplify. Amplify, in short, is Twitter’s answer to commercial TV: it’s a product that pairs media companies with brands to create promoted tweets based around video clips, giving a boost of reach both to the media company and the brand sponsoring it.

But Twitter is not the only one trying to catch stars, it seems. One source tells us that Meerkat has been tapping celebrities from Vine, a Twitter-owned app, to get them to broadcast on Meerkat. Meerkat disputes this (see…

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Does the Walter Scott Shooting Affect St. Louis Police?

CBS St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Does the police involved shooting of Walter Scott in Charleston, South Carolina, have a bearing on police in St. Louis? Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch believes it does.

Fitch says statistics show crime rising in the St. Louis City and County as criminals continue to push the limits.

“I think what you also have to look at is, not just that crime is going up,” Fitch says. “Because right now, you are seeing the criminals test the waters.”

Fitch adds that the police officer should not have shot Walter Scott and that the officer did not follow training protocol.

“And let’s not miss appoint here an educational point in this Walter Scott case,” Fitch says. “If Walter Scott had complied with the officer, he wouldn’t have ended up dead.”

He says that it is a common theme also found in the Eric Gardner…

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