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Down To Shop is a tongue-in-cheek mobile shopping network

Cyrus Summerlin and Max Hellerstin, who previously created the Push for Pizza app (which allowed users to order a pizza with the push of a button), are officially launching their new startup today, Down to Shop. The app bills itself as both a modern reinvention of QVC and “the funnest way to shop.” It allows users to watch funny videos featuring products that can be purchased directly from the app. In an email, Hellerstein said the pair created Down to Shop out of dissatisfaction with existing a...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Apps, eCommerce, Media, Mobile, Startups

Facebook profits likely to fall after fake news and privacy scandals

Analysts predict first quarterly drop in earnings since 2015 on $3bn rise in turnover Facebook is this week expected to report a rare decline in profits after a string of privacy breaches and fake news scandals.With its founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg under pressure to clean up the social network, analysts predict the company’s net profit will drop to $4.7bn (£3.6bn) in the first quarter, from nearly $5bn a year ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Data protection, Social networking, Media, Business, US news

SiriusXM’s new streaming-only ‘Essential’ plan targets smart speaker owners

Last week, and rolled out free music streaming services to cater to the growing base of smart speaker owners. Now, SiriusXM is going after this market, too. The company has launched a new plan called SiriusXM Essential which targets those who listen in-home and on mobile devices, but not in cars. The streaming-only plan is also more affordable — $8 per month, versus the $15.99 per month (and up) plans for SiriusXM’s satellite radio service for cars. With a subscription to Essential, customer...
Tags: Media, Music, Siriusxm, Smart Speakers, Streaming Music, Streaming Service

The Band That Sang End Credits To This Week’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Turned Down The Same Opportunity In Season Two

Florence and the Machine sang a haunting song over the end credits of the second episode of the final season of Game of Thrones, and they’re one of a very few groups who have gotten that opportunity. The band’s singer and leader wasn’t a fan when the showrunners first asked the band to sing, eons ago in Season 2, but now she is – and that helped win the band over. – The New York Times
Tags: MEDIA, 04.21.19

Tesla investigates video of Model S car exploding

The video, widely shared on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, shows the parked EV emit smoke and burst into flames seconds laterTesla said it has sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media which showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding, the latest in a string of fire incidents involving the company’s cars.The video, time stamped Sunday evening and widely shared on China’s Twitter-like Weibo, shows the parked EV emit smoke and burst into flames seconds later. A video purportedly of t...
Tags: Tesla, China, Business, Technology, Social media, Media, World news, Digital media, Asia Pacific

We Can Expect A Lot More Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Style Options Like This Game

Sure, Netflix is developing more interactive content, but Netflix is far from alone. A new game, or perhaps it’s an “interactive media experience,” aspires to do something slightly different. “The nine or so hours of intimately shot footage — all the filmed scenes are framed to look as if people are talking via a smartphone or a webcam — span two years in the characters’ lives, and viewers jump in and out by acting as something akin to a researcher.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: MEDIA, 04.19.19

Of Course Southern California Has Gardeners Who Are Instagram Stars

Southern California may seem dry and image-obsessed, but its Instagram garden stars – plantfluencers, perhaps – find not only fame but also community, and acolytes. “Influencers like Christine Kelso, Jennifer Tao, Brandon Jeon, Darlene Zavala and Danae Horst are easily approachable. Have spider mites on your alocasia? Struggling with root rot? Simply reach out to one of them on Instagram and you just might receive a response.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: MEDIA, 04.19.19

The local crime story that went viral: Chips with Everything podcast

Jordan Erica Webber looks at a local crime brief that defied Facebook’s 2018 algorithm change, one that promised to transform users’ news feeds.In March 2019, journalist Will Oremus was reading through a report on Facebook’s latest publishing trends. One aspect of the study caught his eye.A 119-word, local crime brief was the most shared news story on all of English-language Facebook in the first three months of 2019. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Facebook, US crime, Social networking, Media

Old Games Never Die

Well, they do, of course, but Nintendo Game Boys don’t. The man who invented the Game Boy had a philosophy called “Lateral Thinking with Withered Technology.” And the Game Boy has had music, art, and photography uses for years. One artist: “It’s a piece of retro technology that just really makes people freak out.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: MEDIA, 04.21.19

Agents Versus Writers Is Nothing New In Hollywood

Sure, the conflict is about packaging and digital rights – but it’s older than that, dating back to Robert Kennedy’s Department of Justice and a deal brokered in 1962. Now, “the two sides seem locked in a standoff with no end in sight, in a battle that could ultimately upend television and movie production and threaten the livelihoods of thousands of people.” – The Atlantic
Tags: MEDIA, 04.21.19

The Drug Wars From Different Angles In Latin America’s Complex Narco Novelas

Unlike English-language stories created for the U.S. market, narco novelas offer “a compelling complexity in the face of the simplistic story lines that emerge out of Hollywood. Narco novelas generally dispense with the black and white in order to look at the world in shades of gray.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: MEDIA, 04.19.19

When Your Career Becomes A Hashtag, What Happens Next?

In 2016, John Cho “became the unwitting beneficiary of #StarringJohnCho, a social movement that imagined Cho standing in for, say, Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible and Daniel Craig in Spectre as part of a wider calling for diversity in entertainment, and an Asian-American leading man.” And now, things are definitely starring John Cho. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, 04.19.19

My TED talk: how I took on the tech titans in their lair

For more than a year, the Observer writer has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. Last week, at a TED talk that became a global viral sensation, she told the tech billionaires they had broken democracy. What happened next?If Silicon Valley is the beast, then TED is its belly. And on Monday, I entered it. The technology conference that has become a global media phenomenon with its short, punchy TED Talks that promote “Ideas Worth Spreading” is the closest thing that Silicon Va...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Ted, Alphabet, Cambridge Analytica

Original Content podcast: On ‘Guava Island,’ Donald Glover mixes music and politics

It was hard to know what to expect from “Guava Island.” Last year, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the mysterious project with director Hiro Murai (who’s also directed multiple episodes of “Atlanta” and the music video for “This is America”, then they said almost nothing about it until debuting the film at Coachella and releasing it on Amazon. “Guava Island” turns out to be a 54-minute, fable-like story of a musician named Deni (Glover) and his girlfriend Kofi (Rihanna) on a fictional Caribbean...
Tags: Entertainment, Media, Podcasts, Amazon Studios, Game Of Thrones, Original Content podcast, Rihanna

Footballers supporting Enough campaign subjected to racist abuse

• Players had taken part in 24-hour social media boycott• PFA: ‘Response from social networks again unacceptable’Players who took part in the Enough campaign for a 24-hour social media boycott in protest at online racial abuse received further insults in response to their posts, the Professional Footballers’ Association has revealed.The union intended to display a show of solidarity with its members who have been targeted, as well as a demand to social media organisations and the game’s authorit...
Tags: Football, Race, UK news, Social media, Digital media, Media, Sport

Fastly, the content delivery network, files for an IPO

Fastly, the content delivery network that’s raised $219 million in financing from investors (according to Crunchbase), is ready for its close up in the public markets. The eight-year-old company is one of several businesses that improve the download time and delivery of different websites to internet browsers and it has just filed for an IPO. Media companies like The New York Times use Fastly to cache their homepages, media and articles on Fastly’s servers so that when somebody wants to brows...
Tags: Exit, Startups, TC, Akamai, AWS, Cloudflare, Computing, Content Delivery Network, E-commerce, Fastly, Imperva, Initial Public Offering, Internet Security, Limelight, Lyft, Media

Police hunt killer of Lyra McKee as leaders unite in condemnation

Northern Ireland’s six main parties say they reject those responsible for journalist’s deathA police hunt is under way in Derry for the dissident republican gunman who killed journalist Lyra McKee in an attack that immediately prompted warnings that political violence must not be allowed to take hold in Northern Ireland again.As family, friends and supporters gathered on Friday at a vigil to mourn the 29-year-old investigative journalist and activist, police said dissident republicans from a gro...
Tags: Lyra McKee, Derry, Crime, Journalist safety, Northern Ireland, UK news, Media, Northern Irish politics

John Cameron Mitchell’s New Podcast Has A Galaxy Of Stars And A Singing Brain Tumor

Anthem: Homunculus “is not the first podcast musical to be released. And though it contains a love ballad from a brain tumor to its host, it may not even be the strangest. But it is probably the most ambitious and, with a cast that includes [Patti] LuPone, Glenn Close, Cynthia Erivo, Marion Cotillard and Laurie Anderson (as the tumor), certainly the starriest.” – The New York Times
Tags: MEDIA, 04.18.19

Ugly Spending Battle And Insubordination Mean Another State Public TV Network May Split With Its Supporting Nonprofit

A legal dispute between Oklahoma’s network of PBS affiliates and the foundation through which viewers support it just ended (and so did the foundation). Similar discord in Arkansas is even worse: the CEO of both the network and the foundation spent foundation money on a payment the board explicitly forbid her to make, she fired the COO/development director when the latter told the board about it, so the foundation board fired the CEO (who remains in place at the network). – Current
Tags: MEDIA, 04.17.19

Netflix says it’s testing a shuffle feature for when you don’t know what to watch

Netflix is testing a new feature that can help you start streaming when you don’t know what to watch. The company confirmed it’s testing a shuffle mode of sorts, which will allow you to easily click on a popular show to start playing a random episode. The idea with the feature is to offer an experience that’s more like traditional TV — where you could just turn the set on, and there would be something to watch. With today’s streaming services, that sort of seamless experience is more difficult t...
Tags: Media, Netflix, Streaming, Streaming Services, streaming TV, Television

Ancestry pulls ad that appears to romanticize slavery after backlash

In the genealogy company’s commercial, a white man gives a black woman a ring and says they can ‘escape to the north’, the Canadian outpost of the genealogy site, has taken down an ad that was criticized for appearing to romanticize slavery. It was deemed an irresponsible retelling of an already reprehensible history.ooooh my god LMAOOO who approved this ancestry commercial??? Continue reading...
Tags: Canada, Advertising, Slavery, Americas, Media, World news

Camera firm distances itself from Tiananmen Square advert

Leica, whose biggest growth market is China, say short film was not officially sanctionedWestern companies trying to do business in China learned long ago that they must bow, at least in part, to the political demands of an authoritarian state. So when the German camera-maker Leica released an advert featuring perhaps the greatest political taboo in contemporary Chinese history, it looked like an unusually audacious gamble.In fact the short film referencing the Tiananmen Square crackdown appears...
Tags: China, Censorship, Tiananmen Square protests 1989, Advertising, Business, Asia Pacific, Media, World news

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is considering book-themed subscription boxes

Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine already has its hands in movies, television, Apple TV+ shows, podcasts, Audible originals, books and more. Now it’s weighing an entry into the subscription box business to further capitalize on its brand and its appeal to women. The subscription boxes under consideration would operate out of Reese’s Book Club — the curated selection of book recommendations whose focus is on titles with strong female leads. The club, which some believe may one day ...
Tags: eCommerce, E-commerce, Hello Sunshine, Media, Reese Witherspoon, Subscription Services

Northern Irish police call for peace in name of killed journalist

Officers urge dissidents to step away from violence after Lyra McKee shot in Derry riotsProfile: Lyra McKee, a proud and critical journalistPolice in Northern Ireland have issued a call for peace in memory of the journalist Lyra McKee, who died after being shot during rioting in Derry on Thursday night.Evoking the 29-year-old’s own words about the power of conversation, police encouraged relatives of dissident republicans, who have been blamed for shooting McKee, to urge to their family members ...
Tags: Derry, Northern Ireland, Crime, Journalist safety, UK news, Media

Italy’s State Broadcaster Proposes Separate Channels For Men And Women

“A source at RAI said the plan was about repositioning programmes to better target male and female audiences, rather than gender segregation, but the potential move has been lambasted by opposition MPs and women’s groups.” – The Guardian
Tags: MEDIA, 04.19.19

Derry police blame dissident republicans for journalist's death

Lyra McKee, 29, shot during riots in which petrol bombs were thrown and cars set alightPolice in Northern Ireland are blaming dissident republicans for the death of a journalist during shooting and rioting in Derry on Thursday night.Lyra McKee, 29, who made her name writing about growing up gay in Belfast, and published investigative pieces with BuzzFeed and the Atlantic, died after being shot during a night of clashes in which petrol bombs were thrown and vehicles hijacked. Continue reading...
Tags: Crime, Media, UK News, Atlantic, Northern Ireland, Journalist safety, Belfast, Derry, Lyra McKee

Extinction Rebellion and Attenborough put climate in spotlight

New bulletins are leading on global warming and the BBC is shedding some of its ‘balance’With Extinction Rebellion making headlines and Sir David Attenborough broadcasting The Facts on BBC One, climate change has gone mainstream this Easter. A nation has been watching protesters glue themselves to trains, turn London’s roads into gardens and actively invite arrest in their hundreds.As a media strategy it is working. How did glueing yourself to a train highlight climate change, Radio 4’s Today pr...
Tags: Politics, London, Media, Environment, UK News, Bbc, TV News, Green politics, David Attenborough, Nick Robinson, Environmental Activism, Attenborough, Extinction Rebellion, Gail Bradbrook

Bill Clinton picked up Kama Sutra in gift shop, says Emily Maitlis

BBC Newsnight presenter once spotted former US president perusing ancient erotic text The Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has said she once caught Bill Clinton perusing the Kama Sutra in a hotel gift shop.The BBC presenter said she spotted the former US president with the risque reading material following a day of interviews. Continue reading...
Tags: Media, US, World news, US news, Bbc, Bill Clinton, Emily Maitlis, BBC Newsnight, Kama Sutra

YouTube Music is now free with ads on Google Home devices

Following reports that Amazon is preparing to launch a free, streaming music service for Echo owners, Google today announced YouTube Music will be free on its Google Home smart speakers and other Google Assistant-powered speakers — like those from JBL, Panasonic, Sony and others. The free service will be ad-supported, and available in select markets, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, parts of Europe and elsewhere. The move appears to be a preemptive strike in light of Amazon’s plans. Bloomberg...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Europe, Media, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, Speaker, Streaming, Streaming Music, Streaming Service, Youtube Music, U S Canada Mexico, Google Assistant, Google Home

Social media platforms 'failed to counter Notre Dame fire misinformation'

Algorithms did not prevent spread of conspiracy theories about fire, say criticsThe Notre Dame Cathedral fire presented social media companies with one of the first major tests of their nascent programmes aimed at fighting misinformation in real time – and critics say they failed. Related: YouTube algorithm adds 9/11 explainer to Notre Dame fire video Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Media, Youtube, France, Social Media, World news, Digital Media, Paris, Notre Dame