Former NPR editor Andy Carvin says he is joining Pierre Omidyar’s new venture First Look Media because he wants to help create a new media entity that has social elements baked into it from the beginning, instead of just seeing them as an add on Read more »
After losing Chromecast support last August, AllCast is back thanks to the new Chromecast SDK. With it, you can stream local photos, videos and music from an Android device to your Chromecast over Wi-Fi. Read more »
For the big games, NBC Sports will use Windows Azure to encode reams of video data that will be viewed on TV or your device of choice. Read more »
Google doesn’t want publishers of X-rated content to use Chromecast. That’s why the company is including a no-nudity clause in the Chromecast SDK’s Terms of Service. Read more »
Two charts show how dominant Facebook is when it comes driving viral traffic to content from publishers like BuzzFeed and Upworthy — but depending on a platform like Facebook for your livelihood is just as risky as relying on Google was Read more »
YouTube has paid record labels more than $1 billion in ad revenue over the last several years, said Google’s YouTube Content VP Tom Pickett during a panel at the music industry conference Midem in Cannes, France Monday, according to a Music:Ally report (hat tip to TNW). Music […] Read more »
Six months after first releasing Chromecast, Google is now opening the floodgates for more apps by giving developers full access to the Google Cast SDK. Read more »
WebRTC is useful for all sorts of things, and it turns out peer-to-peer, real-time file transfer is one of them. Read more »
Toy maker GoldieBlox is using mass media to empower little girls to pursue science and engineering. But what about the artists whose songs the company is using to spread its message? Read more »
Millions of videos at your fingertips, from publishers big and small — that was always the promise of online video. In the living room, it’s been broken by backroom deals. Read more »
Verizon is using the biggest sporting event of the year to demonstrate a new multicast streaming technology. To see it its new broadcast network, though, you’ll have to go to NYC’s Bryant Park. Read more »
Digital First Media CEO John Paton has just launched a company-wide effort called Project Unbolt that is aimed at detaching digital from the newspaper chain’s dying legacy print operations — but there is a long road between that and becoming truly digital Read more »
The world of alternative UIs is expanding, so getting developers to build compelling apps to advance your technology is tough. Leap Motion hopes an accelerator program can help it compete. Read more »
Good news for cord cutters and sports fans alike: Super Bowl XLVIII will once again be live streamed in its entirety. Fox will offer anyone the ability to tune in on the web or via its Fox Go iOS app. Read more »
The Dutch crowdfunded journalism site De Correspondent is already bringing in almost $2 million per year in subscription revenue, and part of its success is being driven by the relationship it is building between its writers and their readers Read more »
Chrome is now telling you exactly which of its tabs is playing audio – but how does the browser actually know this? Read more »
Comcast is preparing to launch its cloud DVR in the Boston market “very soon,” according to a FierceCable report. The company’s SVP and GM of Video Services Matt Strauss told FierceCbale that the new network DVR, which will store customers’ recordings in the cloud, will be rolled out market by market this year. The cloud DVR will only be made available to subscribers who also have Comcast’s new X1 set-top box, which was also rolled out in Boston first.
Los Angeles-based music marketing and merchandise sales startup Topspin Media laid of a significant number of its staff Wednesday. Music blog hypebot first reported the news, calling it “major layoffs,” and laid off employees said on Twitter that “half“or even “the majority” of the company’s staff was let go. Topspin acknowledged that there have been layoffs when contacted by Gigaom, but declined to comment further on the matter. The company recently teamed up with Spotify to offer artists a way to directly sell merchandise through its service, and it is also slated to power a similar integration for the recently-launched Beats Music service.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently said that it wants to do away from the one-price-fits-all model and introduce three pricing tiers for new members. Why three? The Atlantic looks at the behavioral psychology of pricing, and explains why the Goldilocks effect is always making us go for the middle tier, regardless of how expensive it is.
As the second-screen space is consolidating, it’s time to face reality and admit that social TV is dead, and much of it was a bad idea to begin with. Read more »
The majority of Viki’s users are accessing the service from mobile devices, and amongst mobile users, Android dominates. Read more »
A new pilot project in LA will test the feasibility of broadcasting consolidating their transmissions onto fewer channels. If it works it could persuade TV stations to part with their airwaves in the upcoming incentive auction. Read more »
Netflix is trying to lock down content rights ahead of its planned expansion to Europe later this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper is reporting, as we did just last week, that Netflix is eyeing Germany and France in particular – but there are some hurdles with regards to regulations in France, and a bunch of competitors already in place in Germany.
Amazon has reportedly shown senior game publisher executives a version of its Android-based game console, which could launch later this year. Read more »
The chairman of the FCC is willing to step into the fray on peering fights if it hurts innovation, but he’s not willing to tell us what he plans to do about the big defeat for network neutrality. Read more »
Vox Media and former Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein have come under fire for not being specific enough about what Project X is going to be — but some of the best and most innovative things come from not really knowing. We could use more experimentation, not less Read more »
Will kids like an all-you-can-read service on the iPad? Newcomer Epic hopes so, as it follows the path of Oyster, a buzzy service that is establishing a Netflix-like model for books. Read more »
Images are everywhere on the internet these days and some see them as a shortcut to viral fame. The case of wildly popular @HistoryInPics raises familiar questions about how to draw lines over attribution and ownership. Read more »
GetGlue is dead, long live tvtag? After getting bought late last year, the social TV pioneer just reemerged under a new name. Read more »
The man who taught us that “Everything is a Remix” is back to delve into the mysteries of conspiracy theories — with help from VHX, which will be distributing the film in installments. Read more »
Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff, who just hired former Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein and a team to reinvent online news with something called Project X, says the new venture will be funded primarily by advertising — but is that going to be enough to pay the bills? Read more »
Your TV may have a browser — but you should think twice before you enter sensitive personal information. A recent report shows that devices from major manufacturers are not secure. Read more »
The ranks of cord-cutters are growing — but ESPN is digging in to protect the existing TV model. A new feature shows the tension in the sports giant’s calculations, and raises the question of how long this can go on. Read more »
DramaFever hopes that a Korean penguin is going to be the next big hit for kids TV in the U.S. The site, better known for Korean soap operas, just opened a kids section. Read more »
Ezra Klein, who left his Wonkblog empire at the Washington Post for a new project, announced on Sunday night that he is joining Vox Media to build a news site that will focus on adding context to important stories Read more »
Singer Courtney Love won a closely-watched court case that raised questions about how libel law should be interpreted when it comes to the free-wheeling world of Twitter. Read more »
SoundCloud has confirmed a new Series D round of funding that reportedly adds $60 million to the company’s coffers. Read more »
Pioneering digital music site Last.fm just launched a radio product powered by YouTube videos that will help to keep the music streaming, without adding to Last.fm’s music licensing bill, according to hypebot. Last.fm was one of the first sites to analyze listeners’ music collections and generate personalized radio streams, but the site has been on a steady decline ever since CBS bought it for $280 million in 2007.
A report out from the OECD takes a look at connected televisions and what it will mean for broadband networks, peering, set-top-box makers and consumers. Read more »
This week on The Gigaom Show digs into the good, the not-so good and increasingly ugly aspects of the tech world. Read more »