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  • Getting Orwell Wrong

    Getting Orwell Wrong

    I was ready to come to Amazon’s defense (and I will, eventually). In their long letter to the writing community, they made some excellent points. They inflamed our passions, gave us historical context for our discontent, and then quoted none other than George Orwell on the disruptive nature of paperbacks and the need for evil publishers to crack down on upstart, low-priced alternatives. Read More

  • ‘Survivor’ Creator Conrad Riggs Hired To Produce A ‘House Of Cards’ For Amazon Prime

    ‘Survivor’ Creator Conrad Riggs Hired To Produce A ‘House Of Cards’ For Amazon Prime

    To fight Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video needs must-see TV you can’t get anywhere else. That’s why a source confirms that Amazon has hired Conrad Riggs, co-creator of Survivor and The Apprentice, “to make their House Of Cards.” Netflix credited “House of Cards” with providing “a halo effect on our entire service” that included subscriptions… Read More

  • EyeEm Partners With Foursquare And The Huffington Post For Latest Photography Challenges

    EyeEm Partners With Foursquare And The Huffington Post For Latest Photography Challenges

    Photo-sharing service EyeEm is announcing today that it is partnering with Foursquare and The Huffington Post to get photos taken by its users in front of more people with the introduction of two new competitions in its iOS and Android apps. Read More

  • Yahoo Snags Netflix Exec To Be Its CIO

    Yahoo Snags Netflix Exec To Be Its CIO

    Yahoo announced this morning that it has hired Mike Kail, formerly of Netflix, to take on its chief information officer role, along with the title of senior vice president of infrastructure. Kail’s background in video is fitting, given Yahoo’s recent attempts to bolster its video content efforts. Yahoo also recently hired Alex Stamos to be its chief information security officer. Read More

  • Thousands Can Fact-Check The News With Grasswire

    Thousands Can Fact-Check The News With Grasswire

    We all know you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet. But with Grasswire, you can at least “refute” it. Austen Allred’s new venture allows news junkies to confirm and refute posts about breaking news. The “real-time newsroom controlled by everyone” divides posts into popular news topics, such as the Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine and the… Read More

  • Justin.tv Shuts Down To Let The Company Focus On Twitch

    Justin.tv Shuts Down To Let The Company Focus On Twitch

    It seemed inevitable, but the day has finally come: Justin.tv, the life-streaming service that birthed (and was quickly overshadowed by) the game broadcasting service Twitch, has closed its doors. From here on out, their focus is solely on Twitch. Read More

  • Rhapsody Acquires SoundTracking And Exfm To Boost Music Sharing And Discovery

    Rhapsody Acquires SoundTracking And Exfm To Boost Music Sharing And Discovery

    Rhapsody, the stalwart music streaming service with 2 million paying subscribers, today acquired Schematic Labs, makers of “Instagram for songs” app SoundTracking, and Exfm, a social music discovery service that had been shut down since May. Read More

  • Google News Gives Publishers More Control Over How It Indexes Their Sites

    Google News Gives Publishers More Control Over How It Indexes Their Sites

    While European publishers have a rather contentious relationship with Google News, U.S. publishers have no such qualms and are more than happy to be indexed by the search giant’s crawlers. And starting today with the launch of the Google News Publisher Center, those publishers will get a bit more control over how Google’s robots see their sites. Read More

  • Shazam Debuts A Mac App That Listens From Your Menu Bar

    Shazam Debuts A Mac App That Listens From Your Menu Bar

    After a partnership with Apple that includes integration in Siri in iOS 8, music identification service Shazam is getting even cosier with Cupertino with a new Mac app available now. The app is free on the Mac App Store, and installs as a menu bar application that runs in the background, listening to the music being played around your computer (or through its speakers) and identifying them via… Read More

  • Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement

    Netflix And AT&T Sign Peering Agreement

    Netflix has signed a peering agreement with AT&T that will see the video streaming service pay the ISP for direct connection to its network. Previously, Netflix signed similar agreements with Comcast and Verizon. Interconnection agreements do not deal with how content moves across the network of an ISP, but instead focus on how it gets onto the network. In short, Netflix customers… Read More

  • A TV Show About Online Videos Shows Us We’re In A Weird Place With Content Right Now

    A TV Show About Online Videos Shows Us We’re In A Weird Place With Content Right Now

    A TV show devoted entirely to showing nothing but online videos is now the No. 1 syndicated show in the nation. You may have seen it on HLN or one of your local channels: It’s on all Cox, Scripps and Raycom stations coast to coast and will soon be syndicated throughout about 91 percent of the country. The show gets over 2 million viewers for each half-hour episode. Comparing some of… Read More