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  • Piano’s new Composer makes it easy for publishers to create a targeted paywall experience

    Piano’s new Composer makes it easy for publishers to create a targeted paywall experience

    Publisher tools and paywall company Piano is announcing a new tool that could give publishers more freedom to experiment with paywalls and other business models. The company was created last year from the merger of Tinypass and Piano Media. While the combined organization continues to offer a paywall system for publishers, CEO Trevor Kaufman has said that the issue is no longer a… Read More

  • Journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years in hacking case

    Journalist Matthew Keys sentenced to 2 years in hacking case

    Former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys was sentenced today to two years in prison on hacking charges. He faced a maximum sentence of 25 years. During his sentencing hearing, Keys tweeted, “This whole process has been exhausting.” Keys was convicted last October of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), in a bizarre case that led to the temporary defacement of a… Read More

  • Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Watch Facebook’s F8 conference here, plus what to expect

    Chatbots, Live video, and VR technology are all on the docket for Facebook’s F8 developer conference, and you can watch the livestream here at 9:30am PST with Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote starting at 10am. There’ll also be more streamed sessions all day today. Read More

  • MightyTV uses a Tinder-style interface to offer personal tips on what to watch next

    MightyTV uses a Tinder-style interface to offer personal tips on what to watch next

    Maybe it’s the modern-day equivalent of endless channel-surfing — turning on Netflix or some other streaming video service, then going through page after page of movies and TV shows, never quite settling on what to watch next. It’s even worse when you add another person, or a whole group, to the decision-making process. Suddenly you’re having loooooong conversations… Read More

  • Sling TV addresses one of its biggest problems with debut of a streaming service for multiple devices

    Sling TV addresses one of its biggest problems with debut of a streaming service for multiple devices

    Sling TV, the Dish-owned online streaming service that promises live TV via the internet, has been plagued with one serious problem since launch: you could only stream Sling TV to one device at a time. Today, the company is attempting to address that issue with the launch of a new “multi-stream” service, now in beta, that lets you stream live TV to up to three devices at a time… Read More

  • TheSkimm founders are coming to Disrupt NY 2016

    TheSkimm founders are coming to Disrupt NY 2016

    The biggest news of the day, with a hint of snark. That’s theSkimm, which tells you everything you need to know about current events, in an email newsletter geared towards millennials. TechCrunch is pleased to announce that theSkimm founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin will be on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in NYC. In just four short years, the former TV producers  built one of… Read More

  • Facebook’s Instant Articles is now open to all publishers

    Facebook’s Instant Articles is now open to all publishers

    As previously announced, Facebook today opened its Instant Articles format to all developers. Using Instant Articles, publishers can show Facebook mobile users a fast-loading and mostly distraction-free view of their posts while still also showing them a limited amount of their own ads (or use Facebook’s Audience Network to monetize their content) and measure pageviews through tools… Read More

  • Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

    Facebook launches video Rights Manager to combat freebooting

    There’s an epidemic of stolen videos on Facebook. Business Pages rip videos from YouTube, TV or other Pages, and then post them on Facebook as their own to gain more engagement and fans. This is known as “freebooting.” Video makers were pissed off about it because they were losing video views to others who didn’t have permission to use their clips. Slate sounded the… Read More