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Netflix adds 8.8M paid subscribers globally, says it now accounts for 10 percent of US TV screen time

Netflix just released its , which looks mixed compared to Wall Street expectations. The company added 8.8 million subscribers, well above the 7.6 million that it had predicted at the beginning of the quarter. It also beat estimates for earnings per share — analysts had predicted EPS of 24 cents, but actual EPS came in at 30 cents. However, revenue was a bit lower than expected — $4.19 billion, compared to predictions of $4.21 billion. As of 4:50pm Eastern, Netflix shares were down about 2 pe...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Media, US, Tech, Netflix, Fortnite, Bird Box, Eastern Netflix


Dolby quietly preps augmented audio recorder app “234″

Dolby is secretly building a mobile music production app it hopes will seduce SoundCloud rappers and other musicians. Codenamed “234” and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live, the free app measures background noise before you record and then nullifies it. Users can also buy “packs” of audio effects to augment their sounds with EQs settings like “Amped, Bright, Lyric, Thump, Deep, or Natural”. Recordings can then be exported, shared to Dolby’s own audio social network, or uploaded directl...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Audio, Tech, Dolby, Soundcloud, Alexa, Audio Recording, Dolby Labs, Augmented Audio


Spotify launches Car View on Android to make using its app less dangerous behind the wheel

Spotify is making it easier to use its streaming app in the car, when the phone is connected to the vehicle over Bluetooth. The company today confirmed the launch of a new feature called “Car View,” which is a simplified version of the service’s Now Playing screen that includes larger fonts, bigger buttons, and no distractions from album art. In Car View, you’re only shown the track title and artist, so you can read the screen with just a glance. The site 9to5Google was the first to spot the ...
Tags: Android, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Music, Media, Tech, Distracted Driving, Android Apps, Streaming, Driving, Google Maps Waze, Car View


Streaming TV service Philo to launch a co-viewing feature for watching with friends

Following last year’s $40 million raise, low-cost streaming service Philo is preparing to further differentiate itself from rivals with the launch of a new feature that will allow viewers to watch shows together in real-time. With co-viewing, the company hopes to make a case for choosing Philo that goes beyond its affordability. Instead, the company hopes subscribers will pick Philo simply because it’s a better way to watch TV. It’s only been 14 months since Philo first introduced its take on...
Tags: Facebook, Video, TV, Television, Media, Tech, Ces, Netflix, Showtime, Starz, Streaming, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, Philo, Streaming Tv


Facebook removes hundreds of pages 'linked to Russian site'

Social network says it has taken down 289 pages connected to Kremlin-backed news websiteFacebook has removed hundreds of pages believed to be connected to the Kremlin-backed Sputnik news website for allegedly breaching its rules.The Facebook pages, which were targeted at individuals in former Soviet satellite states, either pretended to be independent news services or had names designed to appeal to fans of particular individuals, regions, or foods. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Russia, World news, Kremlin


Facebook removes hundred of pages 'linked to Russian site'

Social network says it has taken down 289 pages connected to Kremlin-backed news websiteFacebook has removed hundreds of pages believed to be connected to the Kremlin-backed Sputnik news website for allegedly breaching its rules.The Facebook pages, which were targeted at individuals in former Soviet satellite states, either pretended to be independent news services or had names designed to appeal to fans of particular individuals, regions, or foods. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Russia, World news, Kremlin


Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reunite for Apple and A24

The director and star of “Lost in Translation” are working together again, with Bill Murray starring alongside Rashida Jones in “On The Rocks,” a new film directed by Sofia Coppola. The movie will tell the story of a young mother who reconnects with her playboy father in New York City. Production is supposed to begin this spring. “On the Rocks” is the first film to come out of the partnership between Apple and A24, which will see A24 (the studio behind “Moonlight,” “Lady Bird,” “Hereditary” a...
Tags: Apple, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Bill Murray, Murray, Rashida Jones, Sofia, Isaac Asimov, Sofia Coppola, Coppola, New York City Production, Very Murray Christmas Apple


Roku explains why it allowed Infowars on its platform

Roku has just made a bad decision with regard to its growing advertising business by associating its brand with the toxic conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones. As Digiday first reported this morning, Roku has chosen to add the Infowars live show hosted by Jones to the Roku platform as a supported channel, much to the disgust of customers now hammering the company on its social media platforms. The company, apparently, is opting for the “we’re a neutral platform” defense in the matter, despite the ...
Tags: Amazon, Media, Tech, New York Times, Roku, Ban, Fire TV Stick, Hulu, Sandy Hook, Amazon Fire TV, Jones, Alexa, Streaming Media, Platforms, Alex Jones, Nra


Facebook launches its first US podcast with a series focused on entrepreneurship

Everyone has to have a podcast, apparently. Even Facebook . The social network this week launched its second-ever original podcast series, and its first in the U.S. An arm of Facebook’s business operation, the new show “Three and a Half Degrees” will focus on entrepreneurship — specifically the lessons learned, challenges faced and other insights from successful business leaders. The name is a reference to how technology has made it easier to connect — today, people are no longer six degrees a...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Podcast, Ge, Media, Podcasts, Advertising Tech, Australia, US, Tech, Npr, Chip Conley, Jake Wood, TOMS, Monique, Gary Vaynerchuk


Facebook launches its first U.S. podcast with a series focused on entrepreneurship

Everyone has to have a podcast, apparently. Even Facebook . The social network this week launched its second-ever original podcast series, and its first one in the U.S. An arm of Facebook’s business operation, the new show “Three and a Half Degrees” will focus on entrepreneurship – specifically the lessons learned, challenges faced, and other insights from successful business leaders. The name is a reference to how technology has made it easier to connect – today, people are no longer six degr...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Podcast, Ge, Media, Advertising Tech, Australia, Tech, Npr, Chip Conley, Jake Wood, TOMS, Gary Vaynerchuk, Team Rubicon, McDonald, Bryan


Facebook launches its first U.S. podcast with a series focused entrepreneurship

Everyone has to have a podcast, apparently. Even Facebook . The social network this week launched its second-ever original podcast series, and its first one in the U.S. An arm of Facebook’s business operation, the new show “Three and a Half Degrees” will focus on entrepreneurship – specifically the lessons learned, challenges faced, and other insights from successful business leaders. The name is a reference to how technology has made it easier to connect – today, people are no longer six degr...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Podcast, Ge, Media, Advertising Tech, Australia, Tech, Npr, Chip Conley, Jake Wood, TOMS, Gary Vaynerchuk, Team Rubicon, McDonald, Bryan


Nielsen: 16M U.S. homes now get TV over-the-air, a 48% increase over past 8 years

The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using a digital antenna has jumped by nearly 50 percent over the past 8 years to reach 16 million homes, according to a new report from Nielsen. Today, 14 percent of all U.S. TV households are watching television over the air, it found. The measurement firm says there are basically two camps among this group of cord cutters. One, which tends to consist of older viewers w...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Television, Media, Youtube, Tech, Nielsen, Hulu, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, Netflix Hulu, Nielsen Today


Pandora launches a personalized voice assistant on iOS and Android

Pandora today announced the launch of its own, in-app voice assistant which you can call up at any time by saying “Hey Pandora,” followed by a request to play the music or podcasts you want to hear. The feature will allow you to not only control music playback with commands to play a specific artist, album, radio or playlist, but will also be capable of delivering results customized to you when responding to vague commands or those related to activity or mood. For example, you’ll get personal...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Music, Media, Tech, Pandora, Streaming, Personalization, Voice, Amazon Echo, Streaming Service, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Phillips, Chris Phillips, Google Home


Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month

Netflix is raising fees for U.S. subscribers in its biggest price increase since the company first launched its streaming service 12 years ago. Depending on your plan, the cost will go up increase by 13 percent to 18 percent. For the most popular plan (which includes high-definition streaming for up to two devices simultaneously), the price will increase from $10.99 to $12.99 per month. Meanwhile, the one-device plan will go up to $8.99 per month, while the four-device plan goes to $15.99. “W...
Tags: Media, Mexico, US, Tech, Netflix, Brazil, Caribbean, Disney AT T WarnerMedia


Facebook says it will invest $300M in local news

Facebook plans to make a significant investment in local news over the next three years, with $300 million going to a variety of initiatives and organizations. The company has had a rocky relationship with news publishers recently. While it’s funded programming from partners like CNN and Fox News, it’s also played a role in some of the industry’s most dispiriting trends, like the so-called “pivot to video” — and several of the digital publishers that bet big on the platform have been struggl...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Media, America, Tech, Cnn, Fox News, Brown, Pulitzer Center, Local Media Consortium, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Local Media Association, Global News Partnerships Campbell Brown, Knight Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, American Journalism Project


NBCUniversal announces streaming service that will be free to paid TV subscribers

NBCUniversal is joining the long list of media giants looking to compete with Netflix. The company today announced plans to launch its own streaming service service in early 2020. The still-unnamed service will include advertising and will be available at no additional cost to pay TV subscribers. If you aren’t a pay TV subscriber, or if you want to watch without ads, you’ll also be able to buy a standalone subscription. Many of the specifics have yet to be announced, but CNBC reports that it ...
Tags: Hollywood, Media, Nbc, Tech, Netflix, Nbcuniversal, Hulu, Cnbc, NBCUniversal Disney, Comcast Cable, Burke, Netflix Amazon, Steve Burke, NBC TV, Parks Recreation, Bonnie Hammer


How an egg beat Kylie Jenner at her own Instagram game

A stock image of an egg has amassed 26m likes to become the most popular post of all time, bumping Jenner’s shot of her newborn daughter and spurring some unlikely imitatorsName: The Egg.Age: Born on 4 January. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, Instagram, Eggs, Social Media, Digital Media, Kylie Jenner, Jenner


Automattic announces Newspack to help news organizations publish and monetize

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com is announcing a new project called Newspack. While details are still thin, the company wants to help news organizations with an all-in-one solution to publish and monetize your content. WordPress, the open-source project that lets you create websites on WordPress.com, is already a solid content management system (we use it at TechCrunch). But it becomes more difficult to use once you want to monetize your content using subscriptions, metered paywal...
Tags: Google, Media, Wordpress, Tech, Automattic, James L Knight Foundation, WordPress.org, Newspack, Automattic Spirited Media and News Revenue Hub, ConsenSys Civil Media


Spotify and India’s T-Series ink a global content deal for over 160,000 songs

Ahead of Spotify’s entry into the Indian market, the streaming service this morning announced a global content deal with a leading Indian film and music company, T-Series, which gives it access to T-Series’ entire Indian song catalog. This includes Bollywood and regional movie soundtracks, plus other non-film albums and emerging artist content, the company says. In total the catalog boasts over 160,000 songs, and is available to Spotify listeners as of today. The deal has been rumored to be i...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Music, Media, Germany, India, Tech, Streaming, Streaming Music, Paul Smith, Desi, Bhushan Kumar, Kumar, Apple Amazon, Mexico Brazil, Zee Music


Why do we keep praising Silicon Valley for reinventing the wheel? | Amelia Tait

A student loan scheme is the latest example of how bubble economy marketing seems oblivious to the outside worldFor a good period in the middle ages, Europeans totally forgot how to make concrete. The Roman recipe for the tough stuff – opus caementicium – was lost for roughly 600 years after the fall of the empire, and the modern formula we know and love wasn’t invented for another 300 years after that.I’m telling you this because human progress isn’t linear. It’s fine to go backwards and forwar...
Tags: Technology, Media, Society, Higher Education, Silicon Valley, Marketing & PR, Theo Paphitis, Amelia Tait


Don’t believe the hype: the media are unwittingly selling us an AI fantasy | John Naughton

Journalists need to stop parroting the industry line when it comes to artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence (AI) is a term that is now widely used (and abused), loosely defined and mostly misunderstood. Much the same might be said of, say, quantum physics. But there is one important difference, for whereas quantum phenomena are not likely to have much of a direct impact on the lives of most people, one particular manifestation of AI – machine-learning – is already having a measurable im...
Tags: Technology, Media, UK News, Computing, John Naughton, Artificial intelligence (AI


Facebook staff discussed cashing in on user data, reports say

Proposals to charge firms for data said to have been revealed by badly redacted court papersFacebook staff discussed charging companies for access to user data, before ultimately deciding against such a policy, according to reports.The internal discussions were revealed due to improperly redacted court documents, released as part of Facebook’s lawsuit against American software developer Six4Three last year. According to Ars Technica and the Wall Street Journal, an 18-page court filing contains t...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, Tinder, Social Media, World news, US news, Ars Technica, Digital Media, Data Protection


Facebook rolls out fact-checking operation in UK

Social network brings in independent charity in attempt to tackle misinformationFacebook’s fact-checking operation is launching in the UK, with the independent charity Full Fact selected to be the first British publisher to review and rate the accuracy of content on the social network.Posts, links and videos that have been flagged as false will be marked as such to users, and people will be warned if a post they are about to share has been found to be false, but no one will be stopped from shari...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Social Networking, UK News


Rebel drone bombs Yemen military parade, kills at least 6

By AHMED AL-HAJ SANAA, Yemen — A bomb-laden drone launched by Yemen’s Shiite rebels exploded over a military parade for the Saudi-led coalition and its allies on Thursday near the southern port city of Aden, killing at least six people in a brazen attack that threatened U.N.-brokered peace efforts to end the yearslong war tearing at the Arab world’s poorest nation. The attack at the Al-Anad Air Base, where American special forces once led their fight against Yemen’s al-Qaida branch, targeted hig...
Tags: Technology, News, Media, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Africa, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Iran, Soccer, Middle East, United Nations, Army, Associated Press


Spotify’s increased focus on podcasts in 2019 includes selling its own ads

Having established itself as a top streaming service with now over 200 million users, Spotify this year is preparing to focus more of its attention on podcasts. The company plans bring its personalization technology to podcasts in order to make better recommendations, update its app’s interface so people can access podcasts more easily, and broker more exclusives with podcast creators. It’s also getting into the business of selling ads within podcasts, as a means of generating revenue from this ...
Tags: TC, Mobile, Spotify, Media, Podcasts, Amy Schumer, Advertising, Samsung, Tech, Pandora, Podcasting, Las Vegas, Ad Tech, El Chapo, Consumer Electronics Show CES, Holt


Older people more likely to share fake news on Facebook, study finds

Researchers suggest over-65s may lack skills to determine veracity of online newsOlder people are almost four times more likely to have shared fake news on Facebook than the younger generation, according to research published in the journal Science.On average, American Facebook users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as those aged between 18 and 29, researchers from NYU and Princeton found in the study, which also concluded sharing such false content was “...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Society, World news, US news, Young People, Older people, Princeton, Nyu, American Facebook


Older people more likely to share fake news on Facebook

Researchers speculate that older Americans lack digital media literacy to determine trustworthiness of online news Older people are almost four times more likely to have shared “fake news” on Facebook than the younger generation, according to research published in the journal Science.On average, American Facebook users over 65 shared nearly seven times as many articles from fake news domains as those aged between 18 and 29, researchers from NYU and Princeton found in the study, which also conclu...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, World news, US news, Princeton, Nyu, American Facebook


Apple reportedly hires Facebook critic in privacy role

Sandy Parakilas, who worked at Facebook before opposing its use of personal data, ‘to work on data protection’Apple has reportedly hired a former Facebook employee who blew the whistle on Facebook’s data-sharing policies exposed during the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Sandy Parakilas, a product manager at Facebook in 2011 and 2012, once gave evidence to the Commons about privacy abuses at Facebook and has been outspoken about the reportedly lax approach to data protection he witnessed at the soci...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, UK News, US news, Computing, Data and computer security, Cambridge Analytica, Sandy Parakilas


Just when I thought I knew what a tweet was… | Brief letters

Tweets | TV licences for the over-75s | Peaky Blinders cap | Sack Marina Hyde | Divorce by text messageHaving only recently learned that a tweet is a social media message, I read that “White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, announced that Trump would be travelling to the southern border in a tweet” (Report, 8 January), which leaves me wondering if this useful neologism has also come to mean (a) a jiffy (b) a bullet-proof limo or (c) a fit of narcissistic presidential pique. Please help.Alan...
Tags: Twitter, Technology, Media, Internet, Saudi Arabia, White House, Women, Society, World news, US news, Blogging, Bbc, Divorce, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Feminism


Fall of the iCurtain: Apple brings iTunes to Samsung smart TVs

Surprise move signals wider opening up of Apple ecosystem as tech firm seeks new revenueApple has announced that iTunes films will be available on Samsung smart TVs, ending the company’s insistence that users buy an Apple TV to watch their purchases on a big screen.Fifteen years after Steve Jobs launched iTunes for Windows, quipping that he was “giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell”, the move signals a wider opening up of the Apple ecosystem, with TV manufacturers including Sony, LG a...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Business, Music, Technology, Television, Media, Steve Jobs, Samsung, Smartphones, Apple TV, Software, Itunes, Mobile Phones, Culture



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