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FT launches a new consulting arm focused on helping businesses use consumer data

As more and more news businesses turn to paywalls and subscriptions, The Financial Times looks like an early model and success story — a few months ago the organization announced that it’s passed 1 million paying readers, with digital subscribers accounting for more than three-fourths of its circulation. Now The FT is looking to share some of what it’s learned (and further diversify its business) by launching a new consulting unit called FT Strategies. Chief Data Officer Tom Betts told me that T...
Tags: Media, The Financial Times


India moves closer to regulating internet services as it fears ‘unimaginable disruption to democracy’

India said on Monday that it is moving ahead with its plan to revise existing rules to regulate intermediaries — social media apps and others that rely on users to create their content — as they are causing “unimaginable disruption” to democracy. In a legal document filed with the country’s apex Supreme Court, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said it would formulate the rules to regulate intermediaries by January 15, 2020. In the legal filing, the government department said...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Government, Media, Social, Facebook, India, WhatsApp


Twitch hires former Zynga exec Doug Scott as Chief Marketing Officer

Amazon-owned game streaming service Twitch has snagged Zynga’s Chief Marketing Officer, Doug Scott, to join as its own CMO, the company announced today. At Zynga, Scott led global marketing for just over three years. Prior to that, he was CMO at the music startup BandPage and the VP, Marketing and Revenue at mobile game publisher, DeNA. He has additionally served on the board for Matrixx Initiatives and as an advisor to YouTube Music. Scott’s background spanning gaming, entertainment, and stream...
Tags: Gaming, Media


Is there room for a US equivalent to China’s No. 1 news app?

In China, Toutiao is literally big news. Not only has its parent company ByteDance achieved a $75 billion valuation, two of its apps — Toutiao, a news aggregator, and Douyin (Tik Tok in China) — are chipping into WeChat’s user engagement numbers, no small feat considering the central role WeChat plays in the daily lives of the region’s smartphone users. The success of Toutiao (its name means “headline”) prompts the question: why hasn’t one news aggregator app achieved similar success in the Unit...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Startups, TC, Bytedance, China, Content, Media, News Aggregator App, Toutia


Is there room for a U.S. equivalent to China’s #1 news app?

In China, Toutiao is literally big news. Not only has its parent company ByteDance achieved a $75 billion valuation, two of its apps — Toutiao, a news aggregator, and Douyin (Tik Tok in China) — are chipping into WeChat’s user engagement numbers, no small feat considering the central role WeChat plays in the daily lives of the region’s smartphone users. The success of Toutiao (its name means “headline”) prompts the question: why hasn’t one news aggregator app achieved similar success in the Unit...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Startups, TC, Bytedance, China, Content, Media, News Aggregator App, Toutia


Netflix to raise $2 billion in debt to fund more content spending

For the second time this year, Netflix is offering $2 billion in debt to fund its investment in content, including original programming, content acquisitions, investments, and more. The news was announced on Monday morning, and was followed by a in Netflix’s stock price. The decision to increase its investment in content production follows Netflix’s well-received earnings beat last week, when it reported revenues of $5.24 billion versus the $5.25 billion expected, and EPS of $1.47 versus th...
Tags: Media, TC, Netflix, Streaming, Streaming Service


AT&T TV Now streaming service gets yet another price hike

AT&T’s streaming service is again raising prices. AT&T’s TV Now, the service previously known as DirecTV Now, is bumping up its prices yet again — by as much as 30%, Bloomberg reported and AT&T confirmed. Subscribers who were on the $50 Plus tier will now have to pay $65, while those on the $70 Max tier will pay $80 per month. The prices will go into effect for both new and existing customers — meaning, no one is getting grandfathered into their current pricing, this time around. The company had...
Tags: Media, AT&T, Att TV Now, Cord Cutting, streaming TV, Television, TV


Original Content podcast: ‘El Camino’ provides a quiet coda to ‘Breaking Bad’

When a TV show gets turned into a movie, it often represents a big change of pace, with a standalone plot, a bigger budget, all made for a bigger (or at least more casual) audience. “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story” — which premiered a week ago on Netflix —doesn’t take that approach at all. Far from telling a new story or serving as jumping on-point for new viewers, “El Camino” functions more like a two-hour epilogue to the existing show. It appears to have been made exclusively for existing “Br...
Tags: Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Original Content Podcast


'Too much power': it's Warren v Facebook in the great breakup battle

The presidential hopeful and Mark Zuckerberg are facing off over big tech and its influence over our livesMore than two hours into the Democratic debate in Ohio on Tuesday night, after discussions on healthcare, gun control and foreign policy, the moderators turned to another issue that sharply divided the candidates: is it time to break up Facebook?The question was framed slightly differently: is Elizabeth Warren right? Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Elizabeth Warren, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, US elections 2020


MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, “here to stay” following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab. It echoes the same message from Kik’s chief executive Tim Livingston last week when he rebuffed earlier reports that the company would shut down amid an ongoing battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Livingston had tweeted that Kik had signed a letter-of-intent with a “great company,” but that it was “not a done deal.” Now we know the t...
Tags: Apps, Media, Mobile, California, Facebook, Instant Messaging, Kik, Kik Messenger, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Los Angeles, Michael Heyward, Operating Systems, Programmatic Advertising, Secret, Sequoia, Shasta Ventures


HuffPost is reportedly on the auction block

Late last night the Financial Times reported that HuffPost, arguably one of the crown jewels of Verizon Media Group’s remaining network of media properties (which includes TechCrunch), is up for sale. Verizon has been shedding media properties in a retreat from the strategy that it had begun to execute with the acquisition of AOL for $4.4 billion back in 2015. Through the AOL deal, then-chief executive Tim Armstrong became the architect of the telecommunications company’s media and adverti...
Tags: TC, Actress, AOL, Arianna Huffington, Buzzfeed, Disney, Facebook, Go90, Huffington-Post, HuffPost, Media, New York, Online Real Estate, Re/code, TechCrunch, Telecommunications


'Do you wind it up?': today’s teens tackle rotary phones, FM radio and map reading

Their smartphones do everything, but can teenagers master old tech and life skills – from reading a map to setting an alarm clock?Three 15-year-old school children are on the phone, in class. No, it’s OK, they’re supposed to be; they’ve been told to, by me, with permission from their teacher. And they’re not actually on the phone, because they don’t know how to use it. It’s an old-fashioned rotary telephone, finger-in-the-dial variety. They’re tapping it, prodding at the holes. Hahahaha – they h...
Tags: Games, Technology, London, Media, Life and style, Society, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Culture, Digital Media, Young People, Ilford, Rushworth, Loxford


YellowHeart allows musicians and concert organizers to take more control of resold tickets

YellowHeart is trying to solve a problem that should be familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to buy a ticket to a popular concert: Those tickets will often get snatched up by scalpers, who then resell them at a much higher price. In fact, the startup’s CEO, Josh Katz, said he founded the company because he’s a music “megafan” himself, and he was “just tired of getting ripped off by scalpers.” At the same time, he said this isn’t just a problem for concertgoers. Instead, he painted it as a “lose-l...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Media, Senate, Tech, Alex, Blockchain, Ticketing, Adam, Katz, Alpert, Josh Katz, Adam Alpert, El Media Group, YellowHeart


T-Mobile partners with Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile streaming service Quibi

On the heels of getting the FCC’s proposal to merge with Sprint, T-Mobile announced a plan to partner with the Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile streaming service, Quibi. According to statements provided to the L.A. Times, and confirmed by Variety, Quibi CEO Meg Whitman specifically called out T-Mobile’s “impressive 5G road map” as a good fit for the soon-to-launch streaming service. The partnership will give T-Mobile’s 83.1 million customers access to Quibi’s premium content, but no details as to ...
Tags: Mobile, Media, Fcc, Tech, T Mobile, Streaming, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Times, Streaming Service, Meg Whitman, Sprint T Mobile, Mike Sievert, Quibi, Sam Raimi Guillermo del Toro Antoine Fuqua, AT T TV Now, Mobile Streaming


How the wheels came off Facebook's Libra project

Support for Mark Zuckerberg’s mission to reshape global finance is slipping away slowly but surely When Facebook announced plans to launch a digital currency earlier this summer, it added a full-blown revolution in global finance to its typically vaulting Silicon Valley mission statement: to create a digital currency alongside its efforts to bring the world closer together through networks.Over the past month, that mission has gone badly awry. The Libra cryptocurrency project now faces existenti...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Big Data, Bank Of England, Banking, Financial Sector, E-commerce, Currencies, Silicon Valley, Cryptocurrencies


The Information will launch Ticker, a tech news app that costs $29 per year

Since it was founded by journalist Jessica Lessin in 2013, The Information has stood out in the tech news landscape for its focus on an ad-free, subscription-driven business model (a focus that seems increasingly prescient). Now, the upcoming launch of an app called Ticker suggests that the company is looking to expand its audience while maintaining that subscription model. The Information describes Ticker as its first consumer app. The assumption is that anyone who’s currently paying the ...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Apps, Media, Tech, Lessin, Jessica Lessin, The Information, Ticker


Tivo’s CEO explains how the company ‘fully embraces’ streaming

Does TiVo has a future beyond the DVR? Dave Shull certainly hopes so. The former Weather Channel CEO joined the company as president and CEO back in May, and when I spoke to him last month, he insisted that he’s excited and optimistic about the company’s prospects. In fact, he said the DVR business “is not really TiVo” anymore. And the proliferation of streaming services is exactly what’s creating a big new opportunity for the company, one where it can help consumers navigate the seemingly ov...
Tags: TC, Video, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Hulu, Tivo, Shull, Dave Shull, Weather Channel CEO


Netflix Q3 earnings exceed estimates, despite disappointing US subscriber growth

Netflix’s has given the company’s stock a boost in after-hours trading, with profits significantly exceeding analyst expectations. The streaming giant reported revenue of $5.24 billion revenue, up 31% year-over-year and more-or-less in line with predictions of $5.25 billion. More impressively, it reported GAAP earnings of $1.47 per share, compared to analyst estimates of $1.05 per share. Subscriber growth, meanwhile, was a mixed bag. Netflix reported 500,000 paid net additions of in the Uni...
Tags: Apple, Media, Disney, US, Tech, Netflix, United States, Earnings, GAAP, Peacock, HBO Max, Eric Haggstrom, Amazon YouTube Hulu, Overall Netflix


YouTube partners with Merchbar to sell music artists’ swag underneath videos

YouTube is partnering with Merchbar on a new integration that will allow artists to sell their official merchandise to their worldwide fans from a shelf just below the video.  The addition is the latest deal focused on helping video creators make more money from their videos, beyond the revenue brought in through advertisements and subscriptions. Last year, YouTube announced a series of enhancements to the platform which focused on revenue generation, including channel memberships, premieres, me...
Tags: Google, Startups, Mobile, Media, Youtube, Creators, Artists, Merch, Merchandise, Apple Music, Youtube Music, Merchbar, Marshmello, Youtube Artists


Shonda Rhimes signs podcast deal with iHeartMedia

Shondaland, the production company founded by “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes, has signed a deal to create a new slate of podcasts for iHeartRadio over the next three years. As part of the deal, Shondaland is launching a new division called Shondaland Audio, with executive Sandie Bailey in charge of day-to-day operations. Rhimes will be involved as well, overseeing the development of the new podcasts. While Shondaland is known for its TV shows, it has already been movi...
Tags: Shonda Rhimes, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Ellen Pao, Iheartradio, Katie, Obamas, Shondaland, Rhimes, Katie Lowes, Iheartmedia, Grey s Anatomy, HowStuffWorks


Hulu ramps up its personalization efforts, starting with launch of Like / Dislike buttons

Hulu says it’s working on several product changes to make its service more personalized to viewers. It recently launched an enhanced recommendation engine that now accounts for not just what you watch, but also when. And today, it’s introducing the first of what will be many more personalization-focused improvements, with the addition of Like and Dislike buttons. These will allow you to give Hulu direct feedback about your interests, the company says. The new buttons will appear across every pie...
Tags: Apple, Media, Tech, Chromecast, Netflix, Vizio, Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Nbcu, Disney Disney, LG Samsung, HBO Max, Jason Wong Director Product Management


Live Caption, Google’s automatic captioning technology, is now available on Pixel 4

Live Caption, Google’s automatic captioning system first introduced at its I/O developer conference this May, is now officially available, alongside the launch of the new Pixel 4. But unlike some of the other technologies highlighted at the company’s Pixel hardware event yesterday, Live Caption won’t be limited to Google’s new smartphone alone. After the initial debut on Pixel 4, the automatic captioning technology will roll out to Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL before the year-en...
Tags: Google, Android, Startups, Mobile, Media, Accessibility, Pixel, Captions, Pixel 4, Speech Processing


TiVo’s ad-supported streaming service, TiVo Plus, launches today

TiVo’s answer to The Roku Channel, TiVo Plus, is launching today. The company had already unveiled its plans for ad-supported streaming earlier this month with the debut of two new models of its DVR, the TiVo Edge. Like The Roku Channel, TUBI, Vudu’s Movies on Us, and others, TiVo Plus is available to stream for free. But unlike others in this space, TiVo Plus is available exclusively to TiVo devices owners. The service is enabled by a TiVo partnership with XUMO, Jukin Media and other publish...
Tags: TC, TV, Television, Media, Tech, Devices, Cord Cutting, Tivo, Dvr, Streaming Service, Mobcrush, Streaming Media, Free Streaming, Tivo Plus, Roku Channel TiVo Plus, Roku Channel TUBI Vudu


The Apple TV app arrives on Roku, ahead of Apple TV+ streaming service launch

Ahead of the arrival of Apple TV+, the brand-new Apple TV app is launching on Roku devices, starting today. The app currently allows Apple customers to access their iTunes video library and subscribe to Apple TV channels directly from Roku devices. And, on November 1, it will also be home to the Apple TV+ streaming service, featuring Apple’s own original programming like The Morning Show, See, Dickinson, For All Mankind, Truth be Told, and others. The new app will authenticate users with thei...
Tags: Apple, Apps, TV, Television, Media, Samsung, Tech, Apple TV, United Kingdom, Streaming, Roku, Vizio, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, Apple Music, Samsung LG


Without encryption we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground | Edward Snowden

The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information• Edward Snowden is a US surveillance whistleblowerIn every country of the world, the security of computers keeps the lights on, the shelves stocked, the dams closed, and transportation running. For more than half a decade, the vulnerability of our computers and computer networks has been ranked the number one risk in the US Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessm...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Australia, US, World news, Surveillance, Encryption, Cybercrime, Edward Snowden, US UK, US Intelligence Community


Hulu rolls out 4K content to Xbox One, with Amazon Fire TV and others coming ‘soon’

Hulu this summer finally brought back 4K content to its service, after abruptly removing it in 2018 while it focused on other priorities. Initially, its 4K content was only available on Apple TV 4K and Chromecast Ultra. Today, Hulu says it’s available on Xbox One devices, with support for Amazon Fire TV and LG WebOS in the works. More devices will also be supported soon, the company notes. The streaming service had never really prioritized 4K content, having first rolled out support in Decemb...
Tags: Apple, Google, Media, Disney, Tech, Netflix, 4k, James Bond, Lg, Hulu, Amazon Fire TV, Cord Cutting, FAQ, Streaming Service, Dolby Atmos, Amazon Prime Video


Disney+ tweets all the movies and shows coming to its streaming service

In an impressive bit of pre-launch marketing, Disney today announced basically every movie and TV show coming to its upcoming streaming service Disney+ by way of a massive Twitter thread. The thread, which was posted in chronological order starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, reveals not just Disney’s best-known titles but also its long tail of cult classics, flops, oddities, and other lesser-known films. It. Is. Time. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Mandalorian,...
Tags: TV, Television, Movies, Media, Disney, Tech, Shows, Pixar, Belle, Cord Cutting, Streaming Service, Toad, Ichabod, Justin Morgan, Disney Plus, Disney Marvel Star Wars Pixar NatGeo


Original Content podcast: For better or for worse, ‘The Politician’ is absolutely bonkers

We all agree: “The Politician” is a crazy show that tries to do everything at once. After all, why settle for a fast-talking satire about a high school election; a more serious treatment of wealth, illness and emotional turmoil; or a showcase for the musical talents of “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt? Instead, why not watch a show that tries to encompass all of that and more? Still, the hosts of the Original Content podcast found themselves split on whether they actually liked it. Jordan and D...
Tags: Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Original Content Podcast, The Politician


Apple creates its own TV studio, will produce WWII drama ‘Masters of Air’

While Apple has a long list of new programming lined up for its TV+ subscription streaming service, the company won’t actually own any of the announced shows — until now. That’s changing because Apple has formed its own in-house studio, which will produce “Masters of Air,” a  follow-up to “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific,” based on Donald L. Miller’s nonfiction book “Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany.” The show will be executive produced ...
Tags: Apple, Media, Germany, America, Tech, Netflix, Pacific, Steven Spielberg, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Netflix Originals, Tom Hanks Gary Goetzman, Donald L Miller, Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht, Masters of Air, Air War Against Nazi


Facebook paid just £28m tax after record £1.6bn revenues in UK

Profits on social media app surged by more than 50% to £97m in latest tax yearFacebook’s UK operations paid £28m in corporation tax last year despite achieving a record £1.6bn in British sales.The social media company’s latest UK accounts show that gross income from advertisers rose almost 30% last year to £1.65bn, and pretax profits surged by more than 50% from £63m to £97m. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Politics, UK, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Hmrc, UK News



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