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Karen Fratti

Karen Fratti is a media and technology writer based in New York City. You can follow her at @karenfratti.

#TheCatch Unites Rivals On Twitter, For a Minute

Last night Odell Beckham Jr. did something incredible: he brought Giants and Cowboys fans together. While  #NYGvsDallas was filled with a little trash-talk, #TheCatch was good enough to make everyone just shut up and love football:

Well, at least for a minute. Then Dallas fans were happy to rub it in: Read more

Social Scoreboard: Thursday, November 20

Last night, Univision’s “Latin Grammy Awards,” and the winter finale of “Scandal” took the top spots in the Nielsen Twitter ratings (where is Olivia, people?!).

Other #TGIT winter finales “How to Get Away with Murder,” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” took the third and fourth spots, with “The Vampire Diaries” rounding out the evening. Screen shot 2014-11-21 at 12.46.45 PM

Emmitt Smith Will Sign Your Tweets This Weekend

signmytweetNow’s your chance to get an autograph from Emmitt Smith. Well, a digital one at least. This weekend, Comcast is hosting an autograph giveaway.

During the first half of the Giants and Cowboys game on Sunday night, Smith will tweet something, according to the release, to get it all started. Fans will then have 24 hours to tweet @XFINITYSports with the hashtag #SignMyTweet. Someone at Comcast (I pity this guy), will print out the tweets, have the Hall of Famer sign them on Monday night, and then mail oversized copies to fans. Smith says in the statement:

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Social Scoreboard: Wednesday, November 19

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” and “Law and Order:SVU” took the top two spots in the Nielsen Twitter ratings last night. “Nashville,” “Arrow,” and “South Park” rounded out the evening.

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Networks Opt Out of Obama’s Speech Because It’s #TGIT

obamatlakingWhile the official excuse is that the speech will be “overtly political” and that there are straight news outlets to broadcast President Obama’s immigration reform speech, we all know the real reason networks won’t be interrupting regular programming tonight.

Because you need to live-tweet “Grey’s Anatomy,” and it could theoretically cut into the Raiders – Kansas City kickoff at 8:25pm.

We should all be ashamed of ourselves. Univision will give the President ten-minutes because the Latin Grammy’s start at 7 p.m. Telemundo, CNN, and PBS will broadcast the speech in full. The hashtag, if you’re curious is #ImmigrationAction.  Or, #TGIT.

New App Lets Viewers Clip and Share Broadcast TV

socialtvThis week, Clippit launched in the Google Play and Apple store. The app lets you clip up to thirty seconds of around thirty television shows included in their roster.

You can’t use the app to watch the shows in real time, but you can go “back in time,” as founder Jim Long puts it, find the bit you like, and then post it. The app also includes attribution for the network and show, so everyone wins. There’s no retransmission issues Long assured me. “We’re just the plumbers,” he says.

The app only includes scenes and users can only clip while a show is being broadcast and up to an hour afterwards. Long envisions the networks being able to monetize this kind of sharing. Having fans post their clips to their social networks is a more authentic way to spread the word about a show. Says Long: Read more

Social Scoreboard: Tuesday, November 18

“The Voice” and “Sons of Anarchy” took the top two spots last night in the Nielsen Twitter ratings. The NFL Network’s “Pro Football Hall of Fame: Gold Jacket Semifinalists” was in the number four spot. “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “The Flash” rounded out the evening. nielsen 11_18

HuffPost Live is a “Clip Generating Machine”

huffpostlivesetA Digiday report on HuffPost Live this week explains how it helps The Huffington Post be everywhere, even on Hulu, whenever. It also revealed that John Oliver’s format of ranting about an important issue is about to be replicated.

Remember when the listicle first started spreading around the Internet and then everyone was making lists? That’s sort of what’s happening now with what we’ll call “The Oliver.” HuffPost Live president Roy Sekoff plans to churn as many videos like the comedian’s closing segments as possible:

We’ve got the scale part down. That’s working like a well-oiled machine,” said Sekoff. “But we’re looking at a couple of things like [‘Last Week Tonight’] that hopefully have potential to break out and really become a brand definer.

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New Report Says Smart TV Industry Reaching ‘Point of No Return’

smarttvAccording to an industry analysis done by Futuresource Consulting, smart TV manufacturers aren’t really benefiting from all the consumer activity around them, and that the industry is reaching a “point of no return.” Really?

The report says that:

In developed regions 30% of homes will own a smart TV by the end of 2014, rising to 70% by 2018. And people aren’t just buying the feature, they’re using it too. At present, around 80% of the smart TVs in people’s homes are connected to the internet, with the pervasion of embedded Wi-Fi and auto-boot on track to lift this figure to over 90% by 2016.

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Who Wants a Nokia Tablet?

nokian1This morning, after teasing yesterday with a mysterious blackbox, Nokia announced the launch of a new tablet that looks just like the iPad mini. The Nokia N1 is a little thinner, running Android 5.0, and it’s primarily a showcase for Nokia’s “z Launcher.” From The Verge:

The idea behind Z Launcher, which is named after a gesture that lets you write out letters right on the screen, is to give you a list of apps and contacts that changes based on where you are and what you’re doing. You can also scribble out a letter in the middle of your homescreen to search what’s installed on your phone, or things on the internet through Google suggestions. Read more

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