• Perihan Abou-Zeid of Qabila Media Productions

    Content Wants To Be Free, And Qabila Media In Egypt Is Making It Happen [TCTV]

    We’re very lucky at TechCrunch to get some really interesting and brilliant visitors. When I step foot into the office, I never know who’s going to show up next. Today, we had a great group of folks come in that are part of GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology). In our San Francisco office, we were able to speak with some cool up and coming entrepreneurs from all… Read More

  • Following Big Mobile Redesign, StumbleUpon Brings New Pinterest-Like Look To The Web

    Following Big Mobile Redesign, StumbleUpon Brings New Pinterest-Like Look To The Web

    Veteran content discovery platform StumbleUpon has had a rough go of it over the last six months. In order to keep pace with sexy, young newcomers like Pinterest, StumbleUpon pushed a major redesign at the end of last year, introducing a new user experience and recommendation algorithms, as well as brand channels and a “Stumble” button, which took users to random (personalized)… Read More

  • If Content Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen, Says New Google Study

    If Content Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen, Says New Google Study

    New research out from Google, working with market analysts Ipsos and Sterling Brands, puts some hard numbers behind the often-noticed trend of how people in the U.S. are using a combination of phones, tablets, computer and TVs to consume digital content. While each of these has a significant place in our consumption today, their real power lies in how they are used together — in… Read More

  • Dan Bull’s Facebook Epic Rap Aims To Be Most-Torrented Single On Global Music Charts

    This is a few days old but it’s well worth revisiting if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s by English rapper Dan Bull and it’s about everyone’s favorite time-waster, TheFacebook. The best part? He also does a Twitter one. Give it a listen and then download it for free to help Bull hit the record books. Read More

  • Nielsen: U.S. Consumers The Most Likely To Pay For Content On A Tablet… Except When It’s News

    Nielsen: U.S. Consumers The Most Likely To Pay For Content On A Tablet… Except When It’s News

    As developers hunker down and get into the business of trying to work out how to get consumers to buy more of their product on mobile devices, some revealing numbers out from Nielsen on what people are willing to pay for on tablets already. The upshot: paid content, it seems, is alive and well, but some media categories are doing a lot better than others. Read More

  • A Tale Of Two Cities: Silicon Valley And Hollywood

    A Tale Of Two Cities: Silicon Valley And Hollywood

    Silicon Valley and Hollywood: so close geographically, yet so distant digitally and philosophically. You would think we’d understand each other better. In the Valley, we circulate pitch decks. In Hollywood, they shop around scripts. We strive for exits, while they sell distribution rights. They have record labels, we have venture capitalists. They have agents, we have recruiters. People… Read More

  • The surfeit of content: Life in the post-optical world

    As William Gibson said, “The future is already here – it is just unevenly distributed.” A few years ago I thought streaming video was an impossible dream. Networks were too slow, we said, and no one cared about streaming. A few us held the torch high and shouted in a stentorian voice “We shall stream!” but it was still not to be. We had TiVo, but that was… Read More

  • Google admits heavy-handed Chrome EULA a mistake, will retroactively fix

    Dramatization Floating around Twitter and Tumblr the past day or so has been the rather restrictive EULA that Google has in place for its Chrome Web browser. People were freaking out, as they do so often in today’s hypersensitive climate, because it looked like Google was making a legal claim to each and every bit you transmit while using the browser. Post to a message board or blog? Read More

  • Live from the Miss Playboy Mobile press conference

    Doug Aamoth and Peter Ha here in Hugh Hefner’s private loft on the 34th floor of the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Nine girls will be competing for the title of “Miss Mobile Playboy” as a kickoff to Playboy’s second generation of mobile content. Read More

  • Microsoft readies entertainment content for Xbox 360

    Microsoft has reportedly inked a deal with Hollywood producer Peter Safran to produce entertainment content for Xbox Live. Safran’s been tapped to produce genre-specific short episodes (less than 10 minutes) that appeal to 14- to 34-year old males. His client list includes Sean Combs, Nia Vardalos, and filmmakers Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. I know — I’m excited too! Read More

  • SanDisk to offer music on microSD cards, movies too?

    Those of you who like the feeling of a tangible object that holds your music purchases might be interested in what SanDisk is planning with its microSD cards. It’s giving away a free microSD card loaded up with 55 music tracks with the purchase of a new 8GB Sansa Fuze player. The company’s expected to announce more content offerings in the future. It could work, too, since… Read More