A studio published a Times’ critic’s tweet about Inside Lleywn Davis without permission — despite what some are saying, neither Twitter or the critic can do anything about it. Read more »
A new series of court rulings on “red flag” knowledge suggest content owners are getting the upper hand in a long-running battle over when websites should be responsible for copyrighted content uploaded by users. Read more »
Tim Bucher’s stealth startup Black Pearl System left us guessing — but at CES, he told and showed us everything about the company’s new product LyveHome Read more »
Netflix is firmly in the 4K camp at this year’s CES. The streaming service announced 4K partnerships with four major TV makers on Monday. Read more »
Samsung’s new TVs can identify what you are watching, and suggest related YouTube videos. This could be a first step towards contextual smart TV apps. Read more »
Dorky product names? Check. Features that will make broadcasters antsy? Check. Dish announced a number of updates to its Hopper DVR at CES in Las Vegas Monday, including a new extender called Super Joey that makes it possible to record up to eight shows at the […] Read more »
One of the big trends at CES are internet-connected speakers, and for good reason: Industry pioneer Sonos has seen a lot of attention lately as people are turning from local digital files to cloud music. Read more »
It looks like Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein might be leaving the newspaper, after his proposal for a standalone site funded by the Post was turned down — a decision that new owner Jeff Bezos should reconsider, for a number of reasons. Read more »
AT&T is officially putting its idea of a subsidized internet to the test. A new program allows internet companies to exempt their content from data plans. Instead the content providers would foot the bill. Read more »
Consumers seem to love Chromecast, and they’ve long been hating their cable box. So what if pay TV came through a Chromecast-style dongle? Read more »
Sphero 2B looks different than the original Sphero balls, and it looks like a lot of fun. But the company is also adding some interesting new apps to play with its robots. Read more »
Roku is beating Apple to the punch and releasing an actual TV at CES: The company teamed up with TCL and Hisense to produce a variety of co-branded TV sets. Read more »
It’s the question creators constantly face — remain independent, or sell the rights to your work and deal with the consequences? Grace Helbig, after five years with My Damn Channel, is striking out on her own. Read more »
The future of publishing is entering a new golden era that will make publishing available to more people. Twitter, new long-form content distributers and an increase in digital ad spending will support this new era. Read more »
Political blogger Andrew Sullivan, who left the Daily Beast a year ago to start his own standalone subscription-based site called The Daily Dish, talks about what it’s like being funded entirely by readers and what the future of the site might look like Read more »
After nearly a year of being mobile-only, Vine users finally have a web platform of their own. Read more »
Netflix just added director’s commentary to the fist season on House of Cards, giving its subscribers the option to re-watch the political drama with audio commentary from all six season one directors, including most notably David Fincher. It’s a smart move that adds a new twist to the show in time to get people excited for season two, which is coming to the service in February. It also goes to show that original content comes with added benefits for Netflix, including the ability to add new features like this extra audio track, or the 4K resolution that Netflix will offer for season two.
An ongoing legal fight between major record labels and video hoster Vimeo could finally decide whether internet users have the right to record lib dub videos of popular songs, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit against Vimeo is heading to appellate review, and one of the issues that is going to be explored there is the legality of lip dubs. Another question raised in a decision this week: Does a video site have knowledge of infringement if some of its employees watch an infringing video?
Good news, sports fans: Variety reports that NBC, CBS and FOX will be offering online live streams of the NFL postseason and Super Bowl XLVIII, with most content freely available. NBC’s wildcard games, as well as coverage of the Pro Bowl later this month, will be streamed live for free. Similarly, CBS’s coverage of all AFC playoff games will be free to watch online via CBSSports.com for the first time ever. As for FOX, Variety says that NFC games will be free behind a “TV Everywhere” paywall (Fox didn’t confirm), but will offer the big game, including the halftime show with Bruno Mars, online and via mobile at no cost.
Gracenote is about to release a new API that will allow anyone to build their own Pandora-like personalized online radio offering. Read more »
Here are some things to look out for at the Consumer Electronics Show: really sharp TV pictures, wireless music and not much on the phone front. Read more »
The idea that Larry Page and Sergey Brin somehow owe it to society to invest in journalism — because their company has allegedly siphoned billions of dollars in advertising revenue out of the newspaper industry — is just plain wrong-headed Read more »
Add YouTube to the list of companies showing off 4K streaming at CES. But YouTube’s demos will be using Google’s own VP9 video codec. Read more »
Chances are that we will see a webOS-powered LG smart TV at CES next week, and a first leak, courtesy of evleaks, already gives us an idea of how the device’s user interface could look like. The leaked image shows off live TV integration and access to a variety of apps through something that resembles the cards interface of webOS mobile devices. Some of the apps included are YouTube, Facebook and Skype, with the latter suggesting that the device will have a camera as well.
Works like Narnia and Atlas Shrugged will remain off limits to the public for a long time to come due to America’s broken copyright system. Duke University offers an annual reminder of what we’re missing. Read more »
Free music streaming app Hypedmusic shut down this month after it got targeted by the RIAA for copyright infringement. Is this the start of a wider crackdown on music startups without licensing agreements? Read more »
Get ready for this: Reddit had 56 billion pageviews and 731 million unique visitors this year, according to a post published on the official Reddit blog. Possibly even more remarkable: The site had more than 40 million posts in 2013, and the most-read post only had 3.6 million pageviews, meaning that a whole lot of activity came from the long tail. Maybe Reddit should change its tagline to “the 731 million front pages of the internet”?
Starting January 6, next-day access to full episodes of ABC TV shows will be restricted to cable or Hulu Plus subscribers. Everyone else will have to wait a whole week. Read more »
P2P piracy may be less in the spotlight than it used to be, but people are still trading a whole lot of files: Data published by Torrentfreak shows that the Pirate Bay saw file uploads surge by 50 percent in 2012, despite various legal attacks against the site that forced it to change domains multiple times, and resulted in it being blocked in a number of European countries. In November of 2013 alone, 74,195 torrents were uploaded to the site. Two years ago, that number was at just 38,319. Those torrents are shared by around 19 million people at a time, according to Torrentfreak.
It’s easy to get demoralized by all of the upheaval and chaos in the media sphere, but there are plenty of reasons for optimism about both media in general and journalism, and here are six of the ones I find most interesting. Read more »
Once again, it’s time to watch the ball drop on Time’s Square. And if you’re not in New York, or not up for waiting in the cold, there are once again a number of options to watch all the action on the web, on your iPad or on your mobile phone. Read more »
Resolution isn’t the only reason to adopt a 4K Ultra High Definition TV. Costs are coming down and the TVs offer plenty of other technological tweaks. Read more »
In 2014, carriers will tinker with some new network technologies. They’ll start broadcasting video, shrinking the size of their cells and moving voice calls onto LTE. They’ll even start connecting cars to the 4G network. Read more »
Rdio is giving up on Vdio, its streaming video service that at one point was meant to compete with Netflix. Maybe it’s just too hard to take on the video subscription market leader? Read more »
As the courts get closer to an opinion on the net neutrality case, many wonder how the current FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will handle the issue. Read more »
Hey cord cutters! Are you searching for a holiday yule log to brighten your Christmas morning and maybe warm up your New Year’s Eve? I checked out the options and wish I could get these in 4K. Read more »
Amazon is giving Android users a $5 credit in return for downloading any app — even a free one. Read more »
With websites, Twitter feeds and mobile apps, it’s not hard to keep track of Ol’ Saint Nick as he goes around the world delivering toys to all the good girls and boys. Read more »
When can you sue someone for what they say on Twitter? A court case scheduled for January could establish a precedent — and clip some of Twitter’s free-wheeling ways. Read more »
Tribune Company is acquiring media recognition specialist Gracenote for $170 million. Read more »