Law enforcement and forensic teams could someday rely on minute movement caused by sound to recover audio from a video. Read more »
Rhapsody has acqui-hired the teams behind the two music discovery startups Ex.fm and Soundtracking. Read more »
Fire TV just got a few app updates that target sports fans and kids alike. Read more »
The British newspaper chain Trinity Mirror has had some significant success online, both in terms of traffic growth and revenue, by experimenting with standalone sites that have been built quickly by small teams — and are also killed quickly if they don’t perform Read more »
The Killing may have been too depressing for network TV, but thanks to Netflix, the dark and brilliant crime drama is now back for a short final season: All six episodes of season four went live on Netflix Friday. The Killing is not a newbie on Netflix: The streaming service previously collaborated with AMC on the production of season three. But with this season being a Netflix exclusive, you’ll actually get to hear some swear words, according to an interview with executive producer Veena Sud.
XBMC is dead, long live Kodi: The pioneering open source media center project has decided to rename itself. Read more »
Apples $3 billion acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Audio has been finalized, and Vivendi is getting $404 million of the money. Read more »
The editor-in-chief of the Telegraph Media Group says the newspaper has seen a large increase in traffic as a result of two strategies: focusing on Facebook more than Twitter, and devoting its resources to fewer stories Read more »
You might think the market for viral clickbait sites is already saturated, but The Independent newspaper in Britain has launched its own version anyway, called i100 — complete with celebrity gossip, cat photos and large, red “upvote” buttons. Read more »
Charter wants to use the cloud to give all of its TV customers a new user interface by next year. Are online video apps next? Read more »
Some of Hulu’s free web content is now also available to Android users who don’t pay for Hulu Plus. Read more »
The new mobile apps from the New York Times have so far failed to make much of an impact, and the paper’s existing paywall is peaking in terms of its reach. So what does the company do now in order to find new readers and revenue? Read more »
Shazam wants to use your Mac to help you identify every song you hear, be it in a coffee shop or watching YouTube videos at home. Read more »
Contently, a New York-based startup that specializes in content marketing, has launched a non-profit foundation that will use some of the revenue from its marketing business to fund investigative journalism Read more »
The online retail giant says it will be happy to stick with the 30 percent cut it already gets from Hachette ebook sales if the publisher agrees to slash its ebook pricing, a move which Amazon claims would be central to the future of reading. Read more »
AT&T has become the third major U.S. ISP to get money for peering with Netflix. Read more »
A new generation of hip-hop artists has been on the forefront of online music innovation, and an upcoming documentary is trying to shed a light on the intersection of hip-hop and technology. Read more »
Here’s one possibility for repurposing old TV broadcast airwaves: You could use them for TV. Nokia is experimenting with sending traditional broadcast video to mobile phones using LTE. Read more »
Medium has launched a mini-magazine about design that is sponsored by BMW, and will include articles about the auto-maker that are written by Medium staff with the help of the company’s ad agency Read more »
Apple TV got a few more apps Tuesday, including a CNBC app that offers access to a live stream of the business news network as well as full episodes and clips. Viewers who want to watch CNBC live, or catch up on full shows, do need to sign in with their pay TV account information, which is also true for the newly-added Fox Now app that offers pay TV subscribers access to full episodes of shows like Glee and New Girl. Also added this week: TV 2 Sumo, which is only available in Norway, as well as the LatAm-exclusive subscription sports app Esporte Interativo.
How do streaming services with millions of tracks impact live events? And what about folks that don’t have time for concerts, but still love live music? LiveNation has its very own startup to find answers. Read more »
Spotify competitor Rhapsody is growing its subscription numbers in part due to a new service that’s more like Pandora. So what does that mean for the future of Rhapsody? Read more »
Billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar says First Look Media, the new journalistic venture he is backing with a $250-million investment, will now be focusing more on a series of experiments aimed at figuring out how journalism can serve small communities of interested readers Read more »
Netflix will launch in Germany and five other European countries this September, and local broadcasters are scrambling to compete. Read more »
We no longer have to rely solely on reports from a handful of mainstream media outlets when news breaks in places like Ukraine or Gaza, and while that has made the news environment more chaotic it has also led to some significant benefits for journalism Read more »
Apple is buying the iOS podcast app Swell for $30 million, according to a Recode report. The transaction, which hasn’t been confirmed by either Apple or the Swell team, looks like a talent acquisition, as the app is reportedly being shut down later this week. Swell is one of a number of apps that puts a new spin on podcasts by streaming shows directly to mobile phones and using content recommendations for better discovery.
Apple has acquired BookLamp, the Boise, Idaho-based startup that aimed to provide better book recommendations based on thousands of elements of a book’s text. Read more »
YouTube is launching a music subscription service later this year — and around a dozen domain name registrations suggest that it could be called MusicKey. Read more »
Want to back up DRM-free versions of your comics? ComiXology will let you do that now, though the biggest publishers — Marvel and DC — aren’t participating yet. Read more »
Movile’s PlayKids app has found a niche for toddler-to-preschool kids’ content. Now, it has revamped its app and added even more shows. Read more »
Netflix hasn’t said in a while how many subscribers it has in each of its international markets, but a new report estimates that there are 4.5 million subscribers in the U.K. alone. Read more »
A year after launch, Chromecast streaming sticks have been used 400 million times to cast media to TVs. But the bigger story is that Chromecast is starting to change our concept of a TV itself. Read more »
Otter Media, the adorably named joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, is about to buy a majority stake in Fullscreen, according to a Recode report. The deal would value Fullscreen between $200 and $300 million, according to Recode. Fullscreen is a one of a number of so-called multichannel networks on YouTube, and clocks more than 3.5 billion views every month across its channels. The company’s YouTube talent includes Grace Helbig, Shane Dawson, the Fine Brothers and Michael Buckley.
Radionomy has relaunched Shoutcast and is now offering free hosted broadcasting with ad monetization. Read more »
Video curation startup Frequency added Chromecast support to its Android app this week, making it possible for Frequency users to cast any of the app’s curated channels of online video sources to the TV screen. Frequency’s app offers more than 4000 channels from sources including popular YouTube creators as well as media outlets like CNN, the York Times and BBC News. The company has also struck partnerships with TV manufacturers, and most recently launched a SDK for pay TV operators.
Spotify has teamed up with MTV to bring music to MTV’s apps and sites. The partnership could help to drive new sign-ups for the service. Read more »
In a significant upset for the European publishing industry, the Amsterdam district court has refused to order the closure of secondhand ebook store Tom Kabinet, saying EU law isn’t clear enough on digital media resale rights to take that step. Read more »
Netflix may have raised the price for new members, but it’s still growing its subscriber base, and sees big gains abroad. Read more »
Gmail has had a labs section to test new features for years. Now your cable box is getting one as well. Read more »
Suspected “pirates” will get told they’ve been spotted — but that’s it. This appears to be little more than a consumer awareness campaign, with no threatened disconnections. Read more »