Amazon is delaying shipments of publisher Hachette’s titles as the two parties try to negotiate a new contract. Criticism of Amazon mounted this week, especially from Hachette authors. Read more »
Gramofon, the router that doubles as a cloud music adapter for your stereo system, just successfully ended its Kickstarter campaign. Read more »
Artificial intelligence techniques such as natural-language processing and computer vision will someday revolutionize our world. First, they’ll probably help retailers sell us more stuff. Read more »
A fight over the founding of the liberal new site HuffPo has ended in an “amicable” settlement. The case ends the possibility of a jury trial. Read more »
Tired of paying through the nose for movies in hotel rooms? Then check out this video on how to make your Chromecast work on your next trip. Read more »
The departure of executive editor Jill Abramson has drawn a lot of attention, but the New York Times has a much larger challenge ahead of it, as the paper’s own internal report details — its culture is out of sync with reality Read more »
Music identification specialist SoundHound unveiled a new version of its iOS, Android, Windows phone and Blackberry apps Thursday, offering new ways for users to explore the results of their song searches. The app, which offers the ability to identify songs by listening in what’s playing around you or having users hum a melody, also expanded its lyrics catalog, which it displays in real-time while a song is playing. The new version comes just as competitor Shazam reportedly secured some smaller investments from the major record companies. The three majors each took a $3 million stake in the company, according to the Wall Street Journal.
A “right to be forgotten” ruling has surprised lawyers and the tech industry, and alarmed the media. Here’s a Q&A to what it means, and a guide to further coverage. Read more »
Chromecast just arrived in one of the best-connected countries in the world. Google hopes that it will lead to more YouTube viewing on the TV screen. Read more »
U.S. internet viewers watch more videos of gamers battling each other online than streams of HBO’s online service, according to new data from Sandvine. Read more »
A group of six digital-media outlets, including VICE News and Mashable, have formed a loose collective aimed at collaborating on breaking news about Ukraine, an effort that started with a shared Twitter account and hashtag but could go further in the future Read more »
Sonos is launching its new universal search feature for Android. We discuss that and whole home audio on this week’s podcast. You’ll learn about different standards, how open Sonos plans to be and a connected speaker hack. Read more »
Netflix streaming just got a bit less expensive for Xbox users who now don’t have to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription anymore to access the video service. Read more »
Quartz, the business-news site from Atlantic Media, is experimenting with a new way of navigating the news that is powered by blog pioneer Dave Winer’s outlining software called Fargo, which allows readers to expand and collapse individual points Read more »
AT&T is in advanced talks to buy DirecTV for $50 billion, or about $100 per share, Bloomberg reported Monday. AT&T’s plan is to turn the satellite company into an AT&T unit, and keep management on board to run that unit, with plans for DirecTV’s chief executive Mike White to retire in 2016. The acquisition report, which neither company is commenting on, comes after three months after Comcast announced that it was going to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal.
Good news for Comcast customers: Your Netflix streams just got a lot better-looking, thanks to speed increases that are the result of a commercial peering agreement. Read more »
As Jay Rosen argues, the days when it was enough to just give both sides of a story — without providing any additional viewpoints or fact-checking — are over. He said/she said journalism is both an ethical lapse and a failure to understand how the media business itself has changed Read more »
Foreign TV show platform DramaFever has struck a licensing deal to add Chinese-language TV shows to its platform. Read more »
Networking giant Ericsson has just beefed up its broadcast services portfolio – on Monday it said its takeover of Red Bee Media, announced in July 2013 with an undisclosed price, was finalized following regulatory approval. Red Bee started off as the BBC’s commercial broadcast management arm (multi-platform distribution, marketing and so on), before being sold off to Australia’s Macquarie in 2005. Ericsson’s own broadcast services efforts began in 2007, but they now benefit from an extra 1,500 employees in Europe (mainly the UK) and Australia, along with a formidable client roster ranging from the BBC and BSkyB to carriers such as EE and brands such as Hyundai.
In a few weeks, you’ll be able to knock another item off the list of things Chromebooks can’t do offline: Support for downloading and then playing Google Play Movies and TV Shows without an internet connection is on the way. Read more »
Book startups face a number of challenges — not least of which is the fact that they are competing with Amazon. Read more »
Apple’s plan to spend $3.2 billion for Beats will have ramifications for everyone from Spotify and Rhapsody to Amazon and Google. Read more »
An internal report that looked at how the New York Times is performing in terms of its digital strategy says the paper needs to focus a lot more on audience engagement and analytics — but can it take the steps necessary to disrupt its traditional culture? Read more »
Netflix just raised its price for $8 to $9 a month, but existing subscribers won’t feel the increase for another two years. Read more »
Amazon is delaying shipments of many Hachette print titles as the companies fight over new terms. Amazon likely wants larger discounts on Hachette books. Read more »
Muve Music has two million paying subscribers, making it one of the most successful subscription music services. But how many would stick around after a sale? Read more »
Felix Salmon is right when he says that only journalists really care about who broke the news about a specific event — what really matters to readers is whom they trust to give them context and understanding Read more »
In this part of our special report on reinventing the internet, the radical changes that reinventing TV on the internet would bring to the underlying economics. AMC, the channel that’s home to Don Draper and Walter White, might lead the way. Read more »
Tons of people are already following radio stations and individual shows on TuneIn. That’s why the service is now relaunching with a more social model. Read more »
Rhapsody has made a strategic investment in a company that specializes in monetizing DJ mix sets. Maybe we will get to hear some of them on Rhapsody soon? Read more »
Dropcam is launching image recognition technology associated with its line of Wi-Fi-enabled cameras as well as a line of sensors. Read more »
Orange is the New Black will be back, and then some: Netflix just renewed its hit show for a third season a month before the second season premieres on the service. Read more »
Eliot Higgins is a blogger — also known as Brown Moses — who has become a leading source of information about Syria, and his success shows how anyone with the right motivation can train themselves to perform many of the key functions we associate with being a journalist Read more »
Microsoft’s biggest foray into exclusive content may actually not be all that exclusive: The company is negotiating with Showtime about a partnership for its Steven Spielberg-produced Halo TV show, according to a Variety report. The deal could lead to episodes of the show first airing on Showtime, and then making their way to the Xbox, where Microsoft wants to add interactive features – something Microsoft executives somehow forgot to mention during a recent press event focused on their original content efforts.
Automattic, the parent company of popular blog-hosting and publishing platform WordPress, has raised a funding round of $160 million to help it develop better online and mobile tools for publishing, a round that values the company at over $1 billion Read more »
To promote its new horror drama Penny Dreadful, Showtime turned to sites like YouTube and Hulu as well as to mobile wallet apps. Read more »
Chromecast users just got a few more options to beam movies, TV shows and music to the TV screen: Video subscription service Redbox Instant added support for Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter to its Android app this week. Indie movie streaming service Fandor also recently added Chromecast support to its iOS, Android and web apps, and the Android Music app SoundTracker now supports casting as well.
Building an advertising-based business from scratch is hard. When we first decided that a platform should have non-traditional advertising, people thought we were crazy (they still do!). We could have plastered our pages with annoying, intrusive banners and hit the jackpot. But we took the long road instead, putting discovery at the center. Read more »
Hulu, like Netflix before it, has tripped over a law that prevents video services from disclosing what their customers are watching. Read more »
Netflix doesn’t tell viewers which networks the shows it licenses originally ran on, which is upsetting TV executives. Read more »