Media

  • Canvs Raises $5.6M To Help TV Networks Track Viewers’ Emotions

    Canvs Raises $5.6M To Help TV Networks Track Viewers’ Emotions

    Canvs is a startup measuring emotion on social media, but CEO Jared Feldman insisted that we shouldn’t think of it as a social sentiment company. He said that’s because existing tools for measuring sentiment have earned something of a bad reputation. Where those tools are usually limited to classifying social media posts as good, bad or neutral, Canvs can classify a statement into… Read More

  • Facebook’s Newest Feature Is A Hub For Discussing And Following Live Sports Matches

    Facebook’s Newest Feature Is A Hub For Discussing And Following Live Sports Matches

    In its ongoing quest to be your hub for all things social and communication, Facebook is increasing its focus on sports after the social network announced a new feature to enable users to follow games and commentary around them. Read More

  • Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Health Website Greatist Raises $4.5M

    Greatist, a website promising “real facts and doable steps for your happiest life,” has raised $4.5 million in Series A funding. I wrote about the startup in 2012, when I said it was focused on “non-sucky health content.” In other words, it offered health and wellness advice targeted at millennial readers, presented with a distinctive editorial voice and based on… Read More

  • Gawker Is Raising Money To Fund Its Legal Battle With Hulk Hogan

    Gawker Is Raising Money To Fund Its Legal Battle With Hulk Hogan

    Gawker Media is raising outside funding, and for a specific purpose — it says it’s getting ready for its legal battle with Hulk Hogan. As first reported in the International Business Times, the company has called for an “extraordinary general meeting” of shareholders on Thursday, where it will discuss changing its capital structure to accommodate new… Read More

  • Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Puts The Focus On Individual Articles

    With its latest update, Magzter is unveiling a more article-centric way to browse its library of digital magazines. Seems like a pretty obvious move, right? Sure, there are people who still read magazines cover to cover (says the guy whose apartment is filled with back issues of Wired and The New Yorker), but as Magzter co-founder and President Vijay Radhakrishnan put it, most of us… Read More

  • Netflix Stock Surges After Beating Q4 Earnings And Global Growth Estimates

    Netflix Stock Surges After Beating Q4 Earnings And Global Growth Estimates

    Netflix just released its fourth quarter earnings report, sending the stock up more than 8 percent (as of 4:35 p.m. Eastern) in after-hours trading. The company reported revenue of $1.82 billion, up from $1.48 billion during the same quarter last year, and earnings per share of 10 cents. Analysts had been predicting revenue of $1.83 billion and EPS of 2 cents. So that’s a very slight miss… Read More

  • About.me Adds A Spotlight Button So Users Can Personalize A Call To Action

    About.me Adds A Spotlight Button So Users Can Personalize A Call To Action

    About.Me, Tony Conrad’s platform for an all-in-one digital profile, has made a few design changes to the site. Most notably, users will be able to add a spotlight button, letting users customize their call to action. Previously, users were able to link up their Facebook, Instagram, add an email and a website, but couldn’t single out a specific button based on their talents or… Read More

  • Real Customer Choice For T-Mobile’s Binge On Requires Transparency, Opt-In Crunch Network

    Real Customer Choice For T-Mobile’s Binge On Requires Transparency, Opt-In

    If you’ve been paying attention to technology news lately, you probably noticed the headlines about T-Mobile CEO John Legere and his anti-EFF mini-rant on Twitter. Legere was responding to a question we had asked about T-Mobile’s Binge On service: “Does Binge On alter the video stream in any way, or just limit its bandwidth?” But it apparently made him angry enough to… Read More

  • iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free

    iTunes Radio Is No Longer Free

    iTunes Radio will no longer be free, as of January 28. In an email to customers, Apple said that the Pandora-like service will only be available for Apple Music subscribers, which costs $9.99 per month. Apple will still be offering free radio, however. The Beats 1 listening channels, with live DJs, will remain in operation. (This is different than the Beats Music app, which was recently… Read More

  • Netflix Says It Will Crack Down On Customers Using VPNs To Access Its Global Catalog

    Netflix Says It Will Crack Down On Customers Using VPNs To Access Its Global Catalog

    Netflix went global earlier this month, and now the U.S. company has said it will crack down on customers who use VPN software to access content that is not available or licensed in their country. Read More

  • Buzzy Social App Stolen Shuts Down Amidst “Concerns” From Users

    Buzzy Social App Stolen Shuts Down Amidst “Concerns” From Users

    Amidst concerns over the gaming mechanics of a popular buzzy app called Stolen, its creators Hey Inc. has decided to shut down. They tweeted out the news today. Basically, the app allowed you to “own” peers with Twitter accounts, whether they signed up for the service or not. It was meant to be a fun game, but rubbed many people the wrong way. We've decided to shut down… Read More

  • Google Cardboard’s SDK Gets Spatial Audio Support

    Google Cardboard’s SDK Gets Spatial Audio Support

    When you think about virtual reality, you probably think about visuals and imagery and immersive far-off places. However, the key to a really fantastic immersive experience is not only what you see, but what you hear. And not just what you hear, but how you hear it. Google announced today that its Cardboard SDKs for Unity and Android now support spatial audio. Read More

  • As SoundCloud Signs UMG, CEO Ljung Says Subscriptions Are Coming This Year

    As SoundCloud Signs UMG, CEO Ljung Says Subscriptions Are Coming This Year

    As free music streaming continues to grow in popularity, one of the bigger services has hit an important milestone in its bid to build a profitable business. SoundCloud — the Berlin-based audio uploading and streaming site with some 175 million users — has inked a licensing deal with Universal Music Group. For SoundCloud, it marks another step away from potential lawsuits… Read More

  • Google Focuses On Virtual Reality With New Lead For Cardboard

    Google Focuses On Virtual Reality With New Lead For Cardboard

    According to a report by Re/Code, Google is doubling down on virtual reality, with its VP for product management, Clay Bavor, dropping his responsibilities for other apps like Gmail and Drive to focus solely on Cardboard and VR. Bavor has been with Google for over 10 years, so trusting this budding unit with him is a massive signal that Google is in it to win it as far as VR goes. Its success… Read More

  • Google I/O Will Hit Mountain View On May 18-20 At Shoreline Amphitheatre

    Google I/O Will Hit Mountain View On May 18-20 At Shoreline Amphitheatre

    We don’t have too many details yet, but Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai just let the world know where and when Google I/O will take place this year. The conference usually takes place in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, but it seems like the company wanted to bring it closer to them — and have it outdoors. Read More

  • 100M Live Broadcasts In, Periscope Streams New Life Into Your Twitter Feed

    100M Live Broadcasts In, Periscope Streams New Life Into Your Twitter Feed

    Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming app, has played around in the outskirts of Twitter, with nothing more than a screenshot and link being shared when you see a stream pop up in your timeline. That changes today as Periscope gets fully baked into the iOS version of Twitter and coming soon for Android and web. You might be asking “what took so long?” but since Periscope… Read More

  • T-Mobile CEO Apologizes For “Offending” EFF And Its Supporters

    T-Mobile CEO Apologizes For “Offending” EFF And Its Supporters

    After an aggressive response to his company, T-Mobile, being called out for being anti-net neutrality on its new “Binge On” product by the EFF, CEO John Legere has backtracked a bit. In case you missed it, he flippantly asked “Who the fuck is the EFF?” during a Twitter Q&A last week. EFF supporters told him. In droves. Here was his apology today, which is, of… Read More

  • Puppy Bowl Comes To Virtual Reality

    Puppy Bowl Comes To Virtual Reality

    Just like the Super Bowl, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl has become a tradition in my household. Every single year we’re treated to the most fluffy, cuddle-up-to-ity pups of all time. This year, Puppy Bowl XII will have a ton of extras in 360 degree video. Long live virtual reality. This year, the event will feature 84 puppies from 44 rescues across the United States and will… Read More

  • YouTube Will Join Netflix And Amazon With Support For HDR Video

    YouTube Will Join Netflix And Amazon With Support For HDR Video

    YouTube will be joining Netflix and Amazon with support for HDR (high dynamic range) video, the company announced this week at CES 2016. The news was briefly mentioned during an onstage conversation about 360-degree video taking place between Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s Chief Business Officer, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman, and VRSE CEO Chris Milk. Along with the news of a partnership between GoPro… Read More

  • Who The F Is The EFF? John Legere Wants To Know

    Who The F Is The EFF? John Legere Wants To Know

    Welp, it happened. T-Mobile CEO John Legere decided to field questions about the “Binge On” program the company launched. Is it great? Is it throttling? The EFF has its thoughts. The organization also decided to participate in Legere’s Twitter Q&A which led to this gem: .@EFF pic.twitter.com/pv6V4oOJwS — John Legere (@JohnLegere) January 7, 2016 “Who the… Read More