This week we learn how a new technology uses predictions to speed mobile video playback; and we explore another platform for crowdsourcing photos and video.

PART 1: Video playback with Inmobly

A technology from Inmobly can predict which videos a mobile viewer might want to watch and download files in advance as a way to avoid delays during peak network traffic times. Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Hesham El Gamal tells us how it works.

Reporting by Raven Brown.

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PART 2: Crowdsourcing via Fresco

New York-based Fresco is building a consumer-facing platform for crowdsourced news that also includes an assignment dispatch system for newsrooms to request specific materials. Chief Executive Officer John Meyer says the app could help journalists get visual content from the scene in a fast, direct manner.

Reporting by Daniel Shapiro.

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Additional information: As TechCrunch reports, Fresco’s “challenge will be building up a marketplace with enough demand from news organizations and enough available photographers and videographers.” A few other platforms for finding user-generated/crowdsourced materials include:

Reuben Stern  
Director of NYC Partnerships

Rachel Wise  
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