Media

  • Genius launches Q+A for song pages

    Genius launches Q+A for song pages

    Genius, the service that lets users add annotations and context to other docs, has today announced the launch of Questions and Answers, or Q+A. Genius originally launched as a rap lyrics data trove, where users could add interesting context and insights about various rap lyrics. Eventually, the company expanded (and not without some growing pains) to all types of documents, like public… Read More

  • North Korea launches a Netflix-style streaming service called Manbang

    North Korea launches a Netflix-style streaming service called Manbang

    Some days, life just throws you a giggle. Today is one of those days. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) has announced a new Netflix-style on-demand streaming service. It’s called Manbang. In Korean, ‘manbang’ means ‘everything.’ In English-speaking countries, it has some different connotations. Obviously. The service is being… Read More

  • Watchable, Comcast’s app for cord cutters, adds original series

    Watchable, Comcast’s app for cord cutters, adds original series

    Comcast entered the cord cutting fray last fall with the launch of its online and mobile streaming service Watchable, which offered a variety of videos from popular websites like VICE and Vox, in an effort to reach the growing number of younger subscribers opting out of paying for cable TV. However, much of its content could be found elsewhere online, and there wasn’t really a… Read More

  • Amazon said to plan cut-rate streaming music for Echo devices

    Amazon said to plan cut-rate streaming music for Echo devices

    Amazon wants to do what it does best, selling subscriptions with a competition-beating value prop. This time around, it hopes to provide a subscription music streaming service for $4 or $5 per month, with the catch being that only Amazon Echo owners would be able to use it, according to a new report from Recode. A cut-rate rival to Spotify, Apple Music et al. might be an interesting offer… Read More

  • Newsela rolls out Library to help students read beyond the news

    Newsela rolls out Library to help students read beyond the news

    When Newsela was created in 2012, the edtech startup aimed to help students master reading at their own pace, specifically with news articles adapted to different reading levels. The company’s app has racked up 800,000 teachers, and 7.7 million students as users and counting, according to Newsela CEO and co-founder Matthew Gross. But when it comes to teaching English Language Arts, the… Read More

  • Amazon’s latest original pilots now streaming, including ‘The Tick’

    Amazon’s latest original pilots now streaming, including ‘The Tick’

    Want to sit in judgement of original content and decide its fate? Now’s your chance — Amazon’s latest slate of original TV show pilots is available for streaming, and it includes I Love Dick, a Kevin Bacon-starrer adapted from the novel by Chris Kraus; The Tick, yet another incarnation of the comic character who first graced TV in a much-beloved three-season animated series… Read More

  • AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Verizon’s Marni Walden are coming to Disrupt SF

    AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Verizon’s Marni Walden are coming to Disrupt SF

    AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is no stranger to the stage at Disrupt, but his job’s gotten a lot bigger in recent months with the acquisition of Yahoo. So Armstrong will be with us again at Disrupt SF. He’ll be joined by his boss Marni Walden, Verizon’s executive vice president and president of product innovation and new business. The two of them led Verizon’s effort to buy… Read More

  • Frank Ocean drops <em>Endless</em> visual album on Apple Music

    Frank Ocean drops Endless visual album on Apple Music

    It’s finally here. After four years without a new album and a few weeks of cryptic teasing, Frank Ocean has finally released… well, something. In the same vein as Beyonce’s Lemonade, Ocean released a visual album called Endless exclusively on Apple Music. It’s about 45 minutes long, and is an interesting (and long-awaited) prequel to the Boys Don’t Cry album. Read More

  • Dexter, the betaworks-backed platform for building bots, raises $2.3 million in seed

    Dexter, the betaworks-backed platform for building bots, raises $2.3 million in seed

    Dexter, the betaworks-backed company that helps people build integration-based apps, has today announced the close of a $2.3 million seed round. The funding round was led by Rakuten Ventures, with participation from Social Starts and betaworks. Dexter lets developers build integration-based apps without all the messy work of building the actual infrastructure. Using plug-and-play blocks… Read More

  • CNN is launching a drone-based news collecting operation

    CNN is launching a drone-based news collecting operation

    CNN has been using drones to gather video for some time now, having employed aerial vehicles to cover such recent key stories as the Flint, Michigan water crisis and the floods that ravaged Louisiana. Unmanned aerial vehicles were also put to work during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and town halls. The cable news network is looking to double-down on the technology… Read More

  • Gawker.com will shut down next week

    Gawker.com will shut down next week

    Gawker.com, pioneering web publication and the brainchild of Nick Denton, will be shut down as of next week, according to Gawker itself. The closure of the site comes after Univision’s winning bid for the Gawker Media company, which was forced into bankruptcy following a successful lawsuit by Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan) funded by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel. Univision’s bid… Read More

  • The New York Times to shutter its news summary app NYT Now

    The New York Times to shutter its news summary app NYT Now

    After struggling to find a sustainable business model and sizable user base, The New York Times today announced it will shut down its news summary application NYT Now. The publisher claims that the innovations developed in the app have now been incorporated into the Times’ other digital platforms, including its flagship NYTimes app. Specifically, the main app has the same curated… Read More

  • Marvel’s TV universe expands with ‘Runaways’ order from Hulu

    Marvel’s TV universe expands with ‘Runaways’ order from Hulu

    Pretty soon, there will be a Marvel universe version of every kind of content, and the next genre up for inclusion is the teen drama. Hulu has placed an order for an adaptation of Runaways, the Marvel Comics series featuring a rag-tag bunch of teenagers trying to be heroes in the face of the ultimate arch-nemeses – their parents. Runways is relatively young by Marvel lore standards… Read More

  • Apple is making another Apple Music documentary with Cash Money Records

    Apple is making another Apple Music documentary with Cash Money Records

    Cash Money Records will sound familiar if you’re a fan of Drake, Lil Wayne or Nicki Minaj — they all share the same record label. An Instagram photo with Apple Music executive Larry Jackson and label co-founder Birdman started a rumor yesterday. Bloomberg confirmed that Apple and Cash Money Records will work together on some exclusive content. While Jackson has been in charge… Read More

  • Univision wins auction to acquire Gawker Media

    Univision wins auction to acquire Gawker Media

    Univision has won the auction to acquire Gawker Media’s websites and business. Recode broke the news, reporting the acquisition price was $135 million and would cover all seven of Gawker’s websites. The company’s founder Nick Denton confirmed the deal in an email to reporters: Gawker Media Group has agreed this evening to sell our business and popular brands to Univision… Read More

  • Peter Thiel’s moral sleight of hand

    Peter Thiel’s moral sleight of hand

    Earlier today, we started seeing rumblings about a New York Times op-ed from famed entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel — an op-ed where he’d lay out the case against Gawker. Thiel, of course, quietly poured $10 million into the lawsuit by Terry Bollea, a.k.a. Hulk Hogan, which bankrupted Gawker Media. Thiel’s financial involvement wasn’t revealed until after… Read More

  • Twitter reportedly in talks with Apple to bring its app and NFL games to Apple TV

    Twitter reportedly in talks with Apple to bring its app and NFL games to Apple TV

    The New York Times reported yesterday that the Twitter app may be coming to Apple TV — and with it, Twitter’s live streaming content. If the two companies reach a deal by fall, Apple TV users could potentially watch Twitter’s live coverage of NFL games on their screens, since a deal between Twitter and the NFL to live stream the games has already been signed. In an email… Read More

  • Twitter introduces ‘promoted stickers’ for brands, with Pepsi as first partner

    Twitter introduces ‘promoted stickers’ for brands, with Pepsi as first partner

    Twitter made its stickers for photos available to everyone at the end of last month, and now the company has quickly followed that up with the launch of its first branded stickers. Read More

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