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All Things D: The Unlikely Breakout Stars of WWDC: Two Podcasters from the UK

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All Things D’s Liz Gannes interviews two Apple fans from the UK regarding their broadcast of the WWDC keynote speeches and product releases from their Ustream channel. The pair, whose channel was featured and promoted on Ustream, broadcasted blurry video feeds of the keynote, audio feeds, and desktop screencasts of the Edgadget liveblog while commenting and responding to commenters.

The broadcasters reached an estimated 40k viewers concurrently at their peak. They recounted how they crashed Ustream in previous years.

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TechCrunch: Ning and Ustream Launch In-Depth Integration To Allow Creators to Stream Live Video

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TechCrunch’s Leena Rao reports on Ustream and Ning’s integrated partnership, whereby Ning network creators can broadcast Ustream’s live video and audio, including a chat capabilities. Networks hosted by Ning, the world’s largest custom, social website creation platform, can now easily embed live video content. Rao also mentions that this partnership kicks off with a live Pre-Show Q&A broadcast by Weezer.

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Washington Post: Want to Watch Videos of Life, Unedited? Take a Dip in a Steady Stream

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Melissa Bell examines the rising popularity of live broadcasted video on the internet. She uses a few examples to demonstrate the the wider reach, greater variety, and shared social experience of live broadcasted video that contributes to its advantage over traditional media like television, and references the growing popularity of Ustream in particular.

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MediaPost VidBlog: Ustream Lets You Pay to Ditch the Ads

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Steve Smith of MediaPost’s VidBlog offers a quick run down of Ustream’s new Premium Memberships product. Smith reports that Ustream’s premium service combines ad-free viewing with special recognition for members at a cost of $3.99/month. He goes on to describe the typical lukewarm reception that users often have for ad-free services, and goes on to note that this product was developed in reaction to users’ overwhelming requests as they watched feeds like the Decorah Eagles and the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam. The service removes pre-rolls, overlays, and in-stream advertising.

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LA Times: Taylor Swift to stream two performances during Saturday benefit concert in Nashville

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Randy Lewis of the LA Times reports on Taylor Swift’s plans to stream two performances of her benefit concert on Ustream to give fans a preview and spread the word about her cause. The concert will benefit tornado victims with 100% of sales going to “Speak Now… Help Now fund” that she has established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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Theater Mania: Whoopi Goldberg-Produced Musical “White Noise” to Close May 15; Broadcast Live Concert May 11

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Dan Bacalzo of Theater Mania’s Theater News reports on White Noise, a Chicago-based musical, set to close on May 15th and to broadcast a live concert on Ustream on May 11th. The concert will feature six musical numbers from the show along with cast commentary to promote the closing of their Chicago run.

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TechCrunch: With New App, Ustream Aims to Take Live Streaming on Facebook “To A New Level”

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TechCrunch’s Robin Wauters reports on Ustream’s newly released Facebook Application with a quick run-down of the application’s features and advantages, including extensive customization opportunities and the Like-lock feature. Wauters also notifies readers of Will.I.Am’s upcoming live demonstration of the new Ustream Facebook application.

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