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  • German book association demands investigation into Amazon’s publisher negotiations

    24 June 2014, 3:09 pm by: Laura Hazard Owen

    The German Publishers and Booksellers Association has asked the country's antitrust authorities to investigate Amazon's shipping delays on Bonnier titles.
  • ABC News is coming to Apple TV

    24 June 2014, 10:00 am by: Janko Roettgers

    ABC News is bringing the content of its iPad app to the Apple TV -- and has a heart for cord cutters.
  • Player FM relaunches with new UI and in-app indexing

    23 June 2014, 6:47 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Player FM is the latest Android app that is adding in-app indexing, allowing Google to show app content within its search results.
  • Ahead of its expansion, Netflix finds partners, foes in Europe

    23 June 2014, 1:34 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Netflix is getting ready to strike a partnership in Germany -- but in neighboring Austria, it could soon get a new competitor.
  • This Firefox OS-powered streaming stick is Mozilla’s answer to Chromecast (exclusive video)

    20 June 2014, 4:05 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    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.
  • DRM is unfortunate, but it’s not the problem in Hachette vs. Amazon

    20 June 2014, 1:26 pm by: Laura Hazard Owen

    Dropping DRM would not safeguard publishers against Amazon's power and influence.
  • YouTube confirms music service, upsetting some indie partners in the process

    17 June 2014, 3:21 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    YouTube is officially confirming its music subscription service -- but to get ready for its launch, it may take down music from some indie labels.
  • Ebook subscription site Oyster expands to Android, Kindle Fire and Nook tablets

    17 June 2014, 8:00 am by: Laura Hazard Owen

    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…
  • The future of music subscription services is binge listening, not exclusives

    16 June 2014, 5:29 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    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.
  • Why the net neutrality debate also matters for VoIP

    14 June 2014, 1:30 pm by: Alexey Aylarov, Zingaya

    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.
  • AT&T’s hard sell on DirecTV: A new type of broadband network

    13 June 2014, 4:17 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    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.
  • Al Jazeera just soft-launched its AJ+ online video network

    13 June 2014, 3:28 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Al Jazeera just lifted the curtain on AJ+, its online news network for people who don't watch cable news anymore.
  • Music streaming startup Earbits is shutting down

    13 June 2014, 1:38 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Streaming music startup Earbits wanted to compete with Pandora without any ads or subscription fees. In the end, this didnt work out.
  • The FCC just launched its peering investigation with a call for data

    13 June 2014, 12:40 pm by: Stacey Higginbotham

    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.
  • Pixie wants to reinvent the TV news ticker with tweets, feeds and World Cup goals

    13 June 2014, 9:00 am by: Janko Roettgers

    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.
  • Netflix uses data for a lot more than just recommendations

    12 June 2014, 3:59 pm by: Derrick Harris

    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.
  • It’s getting harder to tell what’s satire these days, and The Onion’s new site Clickhole…

    12 June 2014, 3:42 pm by: Mathew Ingram

    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…
  • Peel gets another major investment from Alibaba, strikes alliances in China

    12 June 2014, 1:20 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Peel got a couple more million dollars from Alibaba, and is striking additional alliances to make further inroads into the Chinese market.
  • Amazon launches free streaming music service just for Prime members

    12 June 2014, 8:00 am by: Laura Hazard Owen

    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.
  • Comcast to test its YouTube competitor by the end of the year

    11 June 2014, 7:20 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    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.
  • DramaFever to launch new platforms for documentaries and horror movies

    11 June 2014, 7:11 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    DramaFever is going to launch dedicatd platforms for documentaries and horror movies later this year and early next year.
  • The seven most interesting things BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti said to Felix Salmon in his massive…

    11 June 2014, 7:08 pm by: Mathew Ingram

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

    11 June 2014, 3:26 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    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.
  • Glenn Britt, the former CEO of Time Warner Cable, has died

    11 June 2014, 11:07 am by: Stacey Higginbotham

    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.
  • It’s not just Hachette — Amazon stops taking pre-orders on Warner Bros. movies, too

    11 June 2014, 9:00 am by: Laura Hazard Owen

    Amazon is blocking pre-orders on Warner Bros. DVDs as the companies negotiate a new contract.

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