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  • Samsung’s Milk Music has been downloaded 380,000 times

    21 April 2014, 1:20 am by: Janko Roettgers

    Samsung's Milk Music has been downloaded 380,000 times despite only being available for select Samsung handsets. Samsung now plans to launch a premium version of the service.
  • Surprise, Joss Whedon fans: His new film, In Your Eyes, is now available via Vimeo

    20 April 2014, 11:30 pm by: Liz Shannon Miller

    Joss Whedon has taken inspiration from comic books and Shakespeare -- his latest muse? Beyonce. The fanboy god surprised his fans tonight by releasing the newest film from his production company, exclusively on Vimeo On Demand.
  • Record industry finds a new way to squeeze Pandora, but it won’t help musicians

    20 April 2014, 2:31 pm by: Jeff John Roberts

    Record companies are using obscure state laws to take another legal whack at Pandora. Making a scapegoat out of the internet radio service is unlikely, however, to make new money for musicians.
  • The Gigaom interview: Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza on how “we live in a streaming world”

    18 April 2014, 11:30 am by: Om Malik

    Thievery Corporation is a Washington DC-based duo that defined and popularized a genre of music loosely called globetronica. They just released their latest album, Saudade. I caught up with Rob Garza (one half of the group) to talk about Internet, creativity,…
  • Audio engineering pioneer John Meyer: Stop chasing the next big thing, and go with FLAC instead

    18 April 2014, 10:00 am by: Janko Roettgers

    Some consumers want better-sounding audio recordings, and some companies are ready to sell them snake oil, believes Meyer Sound founder John Meyer.
  • Aereo’s CEO on the future of Netflix, TV sports and the public airwaves

    18 April 2014, 9:43 am by: Jeff John Roberts

    Chet Kanojia, the man behind the company that could transform the TV industry, has some very big ideas about how to manage the airwaves and how people will watch television five years from now.
  • Appeals court says blogs are not only media, they’re an important source of news and commentary

    17 April 2014, 2:28 pm by: Mathew Ingram

    An appeals court has ruled that a blogger is a member of the media for the purposes of defamation law -- another decision that helps support the idea of protecting acts of journalism, rather than just specific people who are defined as professional journalists
  • LG releases open source Connect SDK, wants every TV to behave like Chromecast

    17 April 2014, 11:45 am by: Janko Roettgers

    LG likes Chromecast's way of casting media to the TV. So instead of copying it for webOS, the company decided to integrate casting into an open SDK capable of playing nice with multiple devices.
  • Twitter announces mobile app install cards

    17 April 2014, 10:26 am by: Lauren Hockenson

    App developers will have a new way to reach potential users on Twitter: The company announced Thursday that it will support mobile-app install cards, meaning that users can install apps directly from a tweet. The ads will be powered by MoPub, the ad exchange…
  • Sen. Al Franken asks Netflix CEO if he thinks Comcast-TWC is a bad idea

    16 April 2014, 5:26 pm by: Stacey Higginbotham

    U.S. Sen. Al Franken has written to Netflix asking its opinion on Comcast’s efforts to buy Time Warner Cable, implying that Netflix is a good indicator of the potential consumer and content harms of the deal. In his letter, Franken touches on peering…
  • A few accumulated thoughts on media

    16 April 2014, 3:21 pm by: Om Malik

    The future of the media business continues to be an important and oftentimes confusing discussion. Here are a few thoughts.
  • Confusion over dead celebrities on social media, as Twitter suspends James Dean fan account

    16 April 2014, 2:04 pm by: Jeff John Roberts

    Twitter appears to have backed down in a legal fight over who can use dead celebrity images. The case could have broader ripples for online expression.
  • Netflix reportedly launching in Germany in September

    16 April 2014, 12:46 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Netflix is getting ready to launch in Germany in September, according to a local media report, and preparing an advertising campaign for multiple German cities.
  • Tubi TV wants to take on Crackle with free movies and TV shows

    16 April 2014, 12:00 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Tubi TV is launching with 3,000 movies and TV show episodes on Amazons Fire TV as well as Roku's set-top box and Microsoft's Xbox 360.
  • DabKick launches TV rooms to combine group chats with appointment viewing

    16 April 2014, 11:00 am by: Janko Roettgers

    iPhone media sharing app DabKick wants to make it easier for you to meet new people, so it introduced a room feature that lets you chat away while watching TV together.
  • Goodreads users can now sync Amazon purchases with their accounts

    16 April 2014, 10:48 am by: Laura Hazard Owen

    Goodreads users can now automatically import the print and ebooks they've purchased on Amazon into their Goodreads accounts.
  • Judge says 33 states can seek Apple ebook money, report cites “much work to do” on antitrust

    15 April 2014, 8:00 pm by: Jeff John Roberts

    There's no end in sight for Apple's legal misery over an alleged ebook conspiracy. New court reports scold the company, and clear the way for a damages trial to start on July 14.
  • Check out Gooseberry, the upcoming animated feature film from the makers of Sintel

    15 April 2014, 3:50 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    The makers of Big Buck Bunny and Sintel are raising money for a new animated feature film -- but the campaign is still far from being completely funded.
  • We are drowning in data about readers and attention, but which metrics really matter? You won’t…

    15 April 2014, 2:10 pm by: Mathew Ingram

    There are more ways than ever to measure traffic, readership, attention and engagement with our content. But all that means is there are even more things to distract us from the important questions about who we are trying to reach and how.
  • Why web video vet My Damn Channel is now Omnivision, and why it’s not going anywhere

    15 April 2014, 1:29 pm by: Liz Shannon Miller

    After seven years of producing premium quality content, My Damn Channel is expanding its focus to talent management -- and taking on a new name to do so.
  • Here are 3 ways Aereo will tell the Supreme Court that it’s legal

    15 April 2014, 12:04 pm by: Jeff John Roberts

    Aereo must go before the Supreme Court next week to explain how its tiny antenna service, which has rattled the TV industry, is legal. Here's how it will make the case.
  • Fon officially introduces its social music router Gramofon, sells it for $30 through Kickstarter

    15 April 2014, 2:00 am by: Janko Roettgers

    Gramofon wants to connect your home stereo system to Spotify, much like many other connected speaker and home audio players. The unique twist? It will also offer shared Wi-fi.
  • Comcast customers get much faster Netflix streams, thanks to peering deal

    14 April 2014, 2:31 pm by: Janko Roettgers

    Netflix may have only signed the peering agreement with Comcast because it had to, but the results clearly show a better performance for Comcast subscribers.
  • A print newspaper generated by robots: Is this the future of media or just a sideshow?

    14 April 2014, 1:44 pm by: Mathew Ingram

    The Guardian has been experimenting with limited-edition printed newspapers that are produced by algorithms, based on the sharing habits of readers, and is rolling out a new version in the U.S. soon. But is that really what we want from our newspapers?
  • Mohu preps Channels TV tuner release after raising $145,000 on Kickstarter

    14 April 2014, 7:00 am by: Janko Roettgers

    Mohu's Channels is gaining basic time-shifting functionality as well as local file playback, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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