New solutions for the new era of TV interfaces

It will take more than a five-button remote control to efficiently navigate the new universe of video content now available. That means a new user interface for the video viewing experience is inevitable, and many companies are involved. Here are a few to watch.…

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The paywall debate: monetizing news in the digital era

Free, digital content has shattered long-established ways of making money in the newspaper publishing industry, and publishers must now find new ways to subsidize content-creation costs directly. That includes everything from more-flexible paywalls to borrowing the business models of industries like online gaming and music.…

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Project Runway brings fan voting to Twitter

Project Runway viewers are already big social media users, sharing thoughts about the show while watching it live. So why not use Twitter as a way for fans to vote for their favorite contestant. That was the thinking behind Project Runway's Fan Favorite contest.…

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Breaking Down Facebook’s Entertainment Strategy

This week's rumors about a possible Facebook hookup with Spotify and Zuckerberg's recent comments at e-G8 illustrate that Facebook is a company thinking hard about its role in the world of entertainment. The company, which is already a recommendation and curation force (it already drives a significant number of pageviews for video content both inside and outside its own walls), is likely to see its entertainment strategy evolve significantly this year and next; music is only one part of it.…

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Amazon: The Book Industry “In a Box”?

While most thought the biggest news out of Amazon's e-book business this week was the revelation that e-books now eclipse print books, it was the launch of the company's second genre imprint in the span of two weeks (and fifth imprint overall) that's the bigger deal.…

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