Media

  • Exclusives Screw Music Fans

    Exclusives Screw Music Fans

    Listeners lose when music becomes fragmented. You might like your new on-demand streaming better than CDs, but at least you could buy them in any store. At this rate, no matter who you choose to pay $10 a month, you might not get all the music you want. As each streaming app tries to differentiate itself, they’re signing exclusivity and windowing deals so you can only hear certain songs… Read More

  • BuzzFeed Editor-In-Chief Ben Smith Says He “Blew It” By Removing Post Criticizing Dove

    BuzzFeed Editor-In-Chief Ben Smith Says He “Blew It” By Removing Post Criticizing Dove

    You might have heard about a BuzzFeed article criticizing a “condescending” Dove ad campaign (it asked women to walk through doors marked “beautiful” and “average”) — but in the past couple of days, you wouldn’t have been able to read it on BuzzFeed. Well, now it’s back. Read More

  • BitTorrent Opens Beta For Maelstrom, Its New Take On A Distributed Web Browser

    BitTorrent Opens Beta For Maelstrom, Its New Take On A Distributed Web Browser

    BitTorrent, the company that builds and operates peer-to-peer tools for people to distribute digital files and communicate with each other, is today making an advance on its latest attempt to tackle how we interact online. Maelstrom, BitTorrent’s web browser built on decentralized, P2P architecture, is now in beta. Maelstrom first opened a limited alpha in December 2014, and since… Read More

  • Indian Streaming Service Saavn Adds Social Features To Get You Talking About Music

    Indian Streaming Service Saavn Adds Social Features To Get You Talking About Music

    Saavn, the India-focused music streaming service, has launched a big update for its mobile apps today that adds a raft of new social and sharing features. The service, which Saavn told TechCrunch is nearing 13 million monthly active users, now allows people to follow friends’ profiles, playlists and activity; users can also follow general playlists for updates, as well as artists and… Read More

  • Lobster Wants To Be The Google Of User Generated Content

    Lobster Wants To Be The Google Of User Generated Content

    Lobster, a marketplace for licensing user-generated content, is now launching a universal search feature that allows brands and publishers to search for user-generated content across multiple social platforms. The search functionality allows users, usually corporate marketers, digital agencies or publishers, to run a search across various social media for specific imagery and then request… Read More

  • SoundCloud Steps Up Revenue Drive In Deal With Zefr, YouTube’s Content Tracking Partner

    SoundCloud Steps Up Revenue Drive In Deal With Zefr, YouTube’s Content Tracking Partner

    Audio streaming platform SoundCloud, now on the road to monetizing more of the tracks on its platform through ads and paid subscriptions, is adding a key partnership into the mix to help track what gets played and when: it is now working with Zefr to identify content posted and listened to on the platform. Today’s announcement is light on detail — Zefr notes in a statement… Read More

  • YouTube Confirms Plans For An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Service

    YouTube Confirms Plans For An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Service

    Confirming reports from last fall, YouTube announced today its plans for an ad-free, subscription-based service by way of an email sent out to YouTube Partners. The email details the forthcoming option, which will offer consumers the choice to pay for an “ads-free” version of YouTube for a monthly fee. The additional monetization option requires partners to agree to updated terms… Read More

  • Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Popcorn Time, the service sometimes referred to as the “Netflix for pirates” because of the way it makes it easy to stream pirated content to your PC or mobile device, is now getting a lot easier for iOS owners to use. According to new reports, the service is being made available by way of an iOS application that no longer requires users to jailbreak their iPhone or iPad in order… Read More

  • Xbox One Gets Over-The-Air TV Powers In The U.S. And Canada

    Xbox One Gets Over-The-Air TV Powers In The U.S. And Canada

    Xbox One owners have a new way to get TV on their console: The game machine supports over-the-air TV now for those in the Xbox One Preview program, and in the coming months for everyone else, provided that you also pick up an $80 Hauppauge WinTV-955Q TV tuner and an HDTV antenna. Xbox is also working with Hauppauge to make it even cheaper to get on board, with a $60 tuner panned for… Read More

  • Hands-On With The New Roku 3

    Today we got our first chance to sit down with the new Roku 3 to put it through its paces. As you can see in the video, the new hardware driving the box has gotten a noticeable bump in performance. It’s a vastly superior experience if you’re moving up from an older Roku or a competitor whose hardware hasn’t gotten an upgrade in a few years (looking at you, Apple TV). Read More

  • Haystack TV Scores $1.7 Million For Its News Service Aimed At Cord Cutters

    Haystack TV Scores $1.7 Million For Its News Service Aimed At Cord Cutters

    One of the problems with cutting the cord today is that you lose access to a variety of news channels and programs, and there are few resources in the streaming world that can take their place. A company working to address this problem, Haystack TV, has now raised $1.7 million in seed funding for its personalized news service aimed at specifically cord cutters. But you don’t… Read More

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