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German book association demands investigation into Amazon’s publisher negotiationsAmazon.delaurahowen38

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:09:44 PDT

The German Publishers and Booksellers Association has asked the country's antitrust authorities to investigate Amazon's shipping delays on Bonnier titles.(image) (image)


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ABC News is coming to Apple TVabc news featuresjroettgersabc news apple tv app

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:00:27 PDT

ABC News is bringing the content of its iPad app to the Apple TV -- and has a heart for cord cutters.(image) (image)


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Player FM relaunches with new UI and in-app indexingplayer fm 20 feature imgjroettgersPlayer FMs new card-based UI.in app indexing

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:47:34 PDT

Player FM is the latest Android app that is adding in-app indexing, allowing Google to show app content within its search results.(image) (image)


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Ahead of its expansion, Netflix finds partners, foes in Europenetflix europejroettgers

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:34:06 PDT

Netflix is getting ready to strike a partnership in Germany -- but in neighboring Austria, it could soon get a new competitor.(image) (image)


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This Firefox OS-powered streaming stick is Mozilla’s answer to Chromecast (exclusive video)mozilla stick featuredjroettgers

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:05:43 PDT

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.(image) (image)


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DRM is unfortunate, but it’s not the problem in Hachette vs. Amazoncaution books_quinn.anyalaurahowen38

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:26:37 PDT

Dropping DRM would not safeguard publishers against Amazon's power and influence.(image) (image)


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YouTube confirms music service, upsetting some indie partners in the processyoutube music genericjroettgers

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:21:43 PDT

YouTube is officially confirming its music subscription service -- but to get ready for its launch, it may take down music from some indie labels.(image) (image)


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Ebook subscription site Oyster expands to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook tabletslaurahowen38Oyster android

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:00:56 PDT

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 […](image) (image)


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The future of music subscription services is binge listening, not exclusivesdj genericjroettgers

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:29:20 PDT

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.(image) (image)


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Why the net neutrality debate also matters for VoIPshutterstock_businessman_phoneaprilkilcrease

Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:30:01 PDT

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. (image) (image)


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AT&T’s hard sell on DirecTV: A new type of broadband networkTower wireless networkkfitchardATT flagship store logoSource: Flickr / Cantoni

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:17:34 PDT

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.(image) (image)


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Al Jazeera just soft-launched its AJ+ online video networkajplus screengrabjroettgers

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:28:17 PDT

Al Jazeera just lifted the curtain on AJ+, its online news network for people who don't watch cable news anymore.(image) (image)


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Music streaming startup Earbits is shutting downearbitsjroettgers

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:38:23 PDT

Streaming music startup Earbits wanted to compete with Pandora without any ads or subscription fees. In the end, this didnt work out.(image) (image)


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The FCC just launched its peering investigation with a call for dataFederal Communications Commission FCC Tom Wheelershigginbotham

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:40:25 PDT

The FCC is taking on the interconnection battles between Netflix and several large ISPs with a call for data. It already has the agreements between Netflix and two large ISPs.(image) (image)


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Pixie wants to reinvent the TV news ticker with tweets, feeds and World Cup goalsWorldcup_TVjroettgers

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:00:33 PDT

Pixie wants to keep you from looking at your phone all the time while watching TV by displaying tweets and other information on the big screen.(image) (image)


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Netflix uses data for a lot more than just recommendationsNetflix - genericdharrisstructureThe supply chain through which Netflix is trying to optimize quality. Source: Netflix

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:59:47 PDT

Netflix explained how it's using data analysis to do more than recommend movies in a blog post this week. From optimizing bitrate to churning through user feedback, advanced algorithms are helping ensure that minimal issues affect the streaming experience.(image) (image)


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It’s getting harder to tell what’s satire these days, and The Onion’s new site Clickhole isn’t helpingonion460MathewThe Onion's Clickhole

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:42:35 PDT

Clickhole is the latest offering from the satirical news site The Onion, and it's designed to parody the kind of dumbed-down lists, quizzes and viral clickbait used by other media sites -- but in some ways the satire is so subtle that it ceases to be satire at all (image) (image)


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Peel gets another major investment from Alibaba, strikes alliances in Chinapeel remotejroettgers

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:20:58 PDT

Peel got a couple more million dollars from Alibaba, and is striking additional alliances to make further inroads into the Chinese market. (image) (image)


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Amazon launches free streaming music service just for Prime membersAmazon Prime Musiclaurahowen38

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 05:00:21 PDT

Amazon rolled out its rumored streaming music service for Prime members, Prime Music, overnight Wednesday. With about a million songs and little new content, this isn't Spotify. But it's ad-free and users can listen offline.(image) (image)


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Comcast to test its YouTube competitor by the end of the yearComcast Headquartersjroettgers

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:20:43 PDT

Comcast wants to give niche audiences access to a wider variety of content trough its set-top boxes, and is looking to test a streaming service later this year.(image) (image)


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DramaFever to launch new platforms for documentaries and horror moviesdramafevercropjroettgers

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:11:17 PDT

DramaFever is going to launch dedicatd platforms for documentaries and horror movies later this year and early next year.(image) (image)


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The seven most interesting things BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti said to Felix Salmon in his massive interviewJonah Peretti, BuzzfeedMathewHuffington Post Obama HPNew York Times building logo, photo by Rani Molla

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:08:42 PDT

In a series of interviews, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti talked with blogger Felix Salmon about the rise of Huffington Post, the evolution of BuzzFeed and the future of media. It's really long, so we picked out the most interesting and/or important parts(image) (image)


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Dish’s upcoming internet TV service to target cord cutters and “cord haters”old TVjroettgers

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:26:32 PDT

Dish is moving fast on getting its new internet-based TV service up and running, and it is targeting cord cutters as customers for the new service.(image) (image)


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Glenn Britt, the former CEO of Time Warner Cable, has diedlp-glennbritt-tribute-glennbrittheadershigginbotham

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:07:35 PDT

Glenn Britt spent four decades in the cable industry and saw the transition of the pay TV business from selling analog TV to selling digital services, including broadband. (image) (image)


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