Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have created a method called LiveLight that they claim can watch generally uneventful videos and pick out the parts that viewers probably want, or need, to see. Read more »
New data shows the size of the U.S. ebook market in 2013, and finds that more book sales now take place online than via brick-and-mortar stores. Read more »
The Supreme Court’s decision to kill Aereo was bad from a legal point of view — and downright horrible from a policy and innovation perspective. Read more »
Bad news for bats, good news for Chromecast fans: Google is using ultrasonic sounds to pair its streaming stick with nearby devices. Read more »
Simon & Schuster is making all of its ebooks available to U.S. libraries, following a one-year trial. Read more »
Tastemade thinks that foodies want to do more that just watch videos about restaurants and cooking — which is why the company made apps to let everyone film their own restaurant reviews. Read more »
Android TV promises more consistent design and and more advanced technology than Google TV. Is that enough to win over consumers? Read more »
Wired staffer and tech-journalism veteran Steven Levy announced on Wednesday that he is leaving the magazine to join Medium, the platform/magazine founded by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams, and will be creating a technology hub or vertical for the site Read more »
Google’s latest attempt at finding its way into your living is here, and it’s focused around search and Android devices. Read more »
Barnes & Noble plans to spin off its beleaguered Nook division as a separate public company by the beginning of 2015, the company said in its earnings Wednesday. Read more »
Jason Kilar was looking to reinvent the magazine publishing model online. Now, he’s doing online video instead. Read more »
Whisper may get lumped in with Secret and other trendy anonymous-sharing apps, but the editorial team behind the service — led by former Gawker writer Neetzan Zimmerman — is doing some interesting things with it from a journalistic perspective, and that bears watching Read more »
Just about a year ago today, Penguin and Random House merged to create the world’s largest book publisher. And HarperCollins announced in May that it’s acquiring Harlequin. Now the season of consolidation continues: The large independent publisher Perseus is being sold off in an unusual three-way deal, Publishers Lunch reported Tuesday, with Hachette Book Group acquiring Perseus Book Group’s publishing imprints and Ingram taking its distribution business. PL notes that the acquisition will bring Hachette’s annual revenues to around $700 million.
Google’s Chromecast streaming stick just got a bunch of new apps: Digital music service Deezer gave its paying subscribers access to casting through its mobile apps. Video workout service Dailyburn added Chromecast support to its website, iOS and Android apps, and PBS Kids added Chromecast support to its mobile apps as well. Earlier on Tuesday, video discovery app Stevie announced its own Chromecast integration.
Stevie, which is unlike any other video curation app, just added Chromecast support to its mobile apps. Read more »
The committee that determines who gets an official Senate press pass has denied one to SCOTUSblog because it says the site’s journalism involves a conflict of interest — but the press gallery is ignoring how journalism has changed, in this case for the better Read more »
ABC News is bringing the content of its iPad app to the Apple TV — and has a heart for cord cutters. Read more »
Player FM is the latest Android app that is adding in-app indexing, allowing Google to show app content within its search results. Read more »
Both digital publishers and advertisers are trying to come up with a more accurate way of measuring the value of a reader than just raw pageviews or uniques. Upworthy says its “attention minutes” metric is better, and it has opened up the code for anyone to use Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to strike a partnership in Germany — but in neighboring Austria, it could soon get a new competitor. Read more »
Gawker wants to add more staff and boost its traffic so that it can try to catch up to its nemesis BuzzFeed, but its ambitious Kinja commenting and community-engagement platform is having some growing pains, according to editorial director Joel Johnson Read more »
The 97-page internal report on what the New York Times needs to do online contains many things of value, but it glosses over one important point: the way the NYT does journalism has to change, not just how it is promoted or displayed Read more »
Vuclip grew to 120 million users without an iPhone app — but this week, it announced to launch one anyway. Read more »
A secretive new project aims to bring Chromecast-like media streaming to a Firefox-OS powered TV dongle. Check out an exclusive first look at a prototype of the device. Read more »
Dropping DRM would not safeguard publishers against Amazon’s power and influence. Read more »
Earbits, the music discovery startup that shut down earlier this week due to lack of funds, unexpectedly announced its return Thursday. “A strategic partner has stepped forward and provided the necessary funding to bring Earbits back online indefinitely,” wrote Earbits CEO Joey Flores on the company’s blog. There’s no word yet on who this strategic partner might be and how big of a stake in Earbits it now holds, but Flores said that he would be sharing additional details soon.
Months of rumors turned out to be correct: Netflix has teamed up with Chelsea Handler to produce its first talk show. Read more »
Twitter has acquired San Francisco-based video sharing startup SnappyTV, both companies announced Thursday without spilling any beans about the financials of the deal. You may have never heard of SnappyTV, but chances are, you’ve seen some of its work on Twitter before: SnappyTV has helped Turner to share March Madness clips in near-realtime, and also powered the video cards of numerous other TV networks. With the acquisition, Twitter obviously wants to bolster its own media chops, but the company promised Thursday that SnappyTV customers will continue to be able to share media on Facebook and elsewhere as well.
Comment sections are one of the most unloved parts of the online media business, but the media giants behind a new joint venture believe that they are worth fixing, and they are going to create an open-source platform for community to try and do exactly that Read more »
Cable subscribers are starting to get access to YouTube and other online video services, thanks to cloud-based technology that brings modern apps to legacy set-top boxes. Read more »
We already knew that DramaFever is venturing into horror and documentaries. What we didn’t know that it was partnering with AMC for these new sites. Read more »
Watching YouTube live streams on the TV just got a bit easier: Chromecast owners can now beam any live video streams straight from the YouTube iOS and Android apps to Google’s streaming stick. Casting of live YouTube’s live streams wasn’t supported at all when Chromecast launched last year, and YouTube added the capability to cast live streams to its desktop app earlier this year. Now, all we need is a way to actually find all those live feeds — YouTube’s live streaming directory mysteriously disappeared a few months ago.
YouTube is officially confirming its music subscription service — but to get ready for its launch, it may take down music from some indie labels. Read more »
Qplay just embraced Google’s Chromecast — and in turn effectively gave up on being a TV hardware startup. Read more »
The $9.95 per month ebook subscription service Oyster, which was previously only available on iOS, expanded to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook HD tablets Tuesday — thus removing one of the differentiating factors between it and rival service Scribd. New features include “read time” for books (there is a similar feature on Kindle e-readers) and the ability to turn a book’s pages using the volume buttons on an Android device. Oyster, which is based in NYC and launched in fall 2013, now has over 500,000 titles, with two of the big-five publishers — Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins — participating.
Will music services win if they get access to tracks a week ahead of their competitor? Amazon doesn’t seem to think so, and it may be on the right track. Read more »
Think all BitTorrent downloads are illegal? Think again: BitTorrent Inc. announced Monday that it has distributed more than 100 million copies of its BitTorrent content bundles ever since the introduction of the promotional format a little over a year ago. Bundles are essentially officially sanctioned torrents which tend to come with a call to action – users have to provide their email address to get access to some of the content. Some of BitTorrent’s most notable content partners included De La Soul, Moby and Tim Ferriss.
It’s been a disheartening year for net neutrality and the open internet. While much of the furor has focused on the implications for video-streaming services, Zingaya’s CEO Alexey Aylarov thinks the future may be even more perilous for VoIP. Read more »
A group of writers and journalists have launched a publishing collective called Deca that is modelled on Magnum, the co-operative agency formed by a group of pioneering photojournalists in the 1950s, as a way of sharing the costs of their reporting and writing Read more »
In its FCC filings, AT&T says it will connect 13 million additional homes to a tolerable broadband connection with new wireless local loop technologies. It’s failed at this in the past, but this time it might succeed. Read more »