Media

  • Google, Advertising Lead $86B Of Online Media Sales In H1

    Google, Advertising Lead $86B Of Online Media Sales In H1

    Strategy Analytics has today published a rundown of how online media revenues performed in the first half of 2014 — looking specifically at how 44 of the biggest publicly-listed companies fared the first half of this year. Altogether, this group pulled in $85.9 billion in digital media revenues in the first half of 2014, a rise of 17% on the same period a year ago. And, perhaps… Read More

  • Apple’s Best Apps Of 2014 Include Elevate And Threes, Best Of iTunes Lauds Taylor Swift

    Apple’s Best Apps Of 2014 Include Elevate And Threes, Best Of iTunes Lauds Taylor Swift

    Apple has launched its annual Best of iTunes year-end lists, which include Elevate, a brain training app for iPhones and iPads, as well as Threes, the addictive puzzle game. On the media side, Taylor Swift’s 1989 takes Best Album, which isn’t surprising given it was a massive success, as well as the focal point for a debate about the merits of the streaming model of distribution. Read More

  • SwiftGate And The Future Of Music Crunch Network

    SwiftGate And The Future Of Music

    At last the dust is settling around SwiftGate. For those of you who missed (or avoided) the saga, it all began in early November when Taylor Swift pulled all of her music off Spotify. Spotify lightheartedly conceded, but battle lines were drawn in the press as music experts stunned by her move began questioning the company’s future. Read More

  • Platform Or Publisher? Whatever You Call It, It’s The Future Of Media Crunch Network

    Platform Or Publisher? Whatever You Call It, It’s The Future Of Media

    There has been a sea change in the way content today is being created, distributed and consumed. The distinction between publishers and platforms online has never been more uncertain. This ambiguity has only been compounded by the emergence of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter as new content distribution platforms along with hybrid players like Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and… Read More

  • Update: Sonos Sells Off $130M In Secondary Equity To Stave Off IPO For Its Smart Speakers

    Update: Sonos Sells Off $130M In Secondary Equity To Stave Off IPO For Its Smart Speakers

    Suddenly, music is a business again. After years of wallowing in the post-Napster/iTunes era, streaming is beginning to take hold and everyone’s phone is now an iPod. So while Sonos has been in the smart home audio business since 2002, now’s the time to push for mainstream adoption. So to stay focused on its business and push back the need to IPO or get acquired, Sonos just did… Read More

  • The Grid Raises $4.6M For Its Intelligent Website Builder

    The Grid Raises $4.6M For Its Intelligent Website Builder

    The team behind The Grid is developing a website builder that uses artificial intelligence to automatically create new sites based on the content you provide. The company ran one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a software product earlier this year, but the team also went out to raise a larger fundraising round. Read More

  • Opera Buys AdVine To Expand Its Mobile Ad Network In Africa

    Opera Buys AdVine To Expand Its Mobile Ad Network In Africa

    Opera — the Norway-based company that develops data-compressed web browsers, app storefronts, and other cloud-based services for mobile and other platforms — has made another acquisition to build out Mediaworks, its mobile advertising subsidiary. It has bought AdVine, a mobile ad network based in Cape Town, South Africa. This is Opera’s first acquisition in the… Read More

  • Bullying The Bullies

    Bullying The Bullies

    Humans haven’t quite gotten the hang of human rights, let alone social media. Combined ignorance of the two leads people to spew hate from the safety of an Internet connection, writing their bigotry into the public record. Now these moments are being put display for public shaming by a Tumblr seeking justice against racists. It’s a form of cybervigilantism. But is there a… Read More