Media

  • In Big Media Push, Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4B [Memo From AOL CEO Tim Armstrong]

    In Big Media Push, Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4B [Memo From AOL CEO Tim Armstrong]

    So this just happened. AOL, owner of TechCrunch, is getting acquired: U.S. carrier Verizon said in a statement that it is buying the company for $4.4 billion, or $50 per share. We’ve just been sent an internal memo about the deal that we are embedding below. Read More

  • Periscope Decouples From Twitter To Let New Users Sign Up With A Phone Number

    Periscope Decouples From Twitter To Let New Users Sign Up With A Phone Number

    I’m not sure about you, but most of my friends in real life — aka people I didn’t meet through the internet or work — don’t actually use Twitter. It makes sense, therefore, that Periscope — the super-shiny-new-fangled-live-streaming-service that Twitter bought and is pushing hard right now, has decoupled from its parent and can now be used by those who do… Read More

  • “Who’s Viewed Your Posts?” LinkedIn Adds Analytics To Its Publishing Platform

    “Who’s Viewed Your Posts?” LinkedIn Adds Analytics To Its Publishing Platform

    LinkedIn, the social network for the working world, has been on a mission to add different services to its platform to expand the ways that people use it beyond looking for jobs and basic networking. One of these, a publishing platform for people to write and share blog posts about work life and other professional subjects, is today getting a boost: a new analytics tool so… Read More

  • Meerkat Founder On Getting The Kill Call From Twitter

    Meerkat Founder On Getting The Kill Call From Twitter

    Meerkat founder Ben Rubin has criticized Twitter for only giving the live streaming startup two hours’ notice before pulling the plug on access to its social graph. Speaking onstage with TechCrunch’s Josh Constine here at Disrupt NY, Rubin said: “Big platforms should take leadership coming from courage and not fear.” He added that getting a call from Twitter with just… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Instant Video, Plus Rentals And Downloads, Come To JetBlue

    Amazon Prime Instant Video, Plus Rentals And Downloads, Come To JetBlue

    Amazon Prime members who are also frequent travelers will now have another new benefit coming to them as part of their annual membership. The company this morning announced it has inked a deal with JetBlue to bring Amazon Prime Instant Video to the airline, allowing customers to watch tens of thousands of movies and TV shows that will be made available over JetBlue’s high-speed… Read More

  • The Next Apple TV Could Get A Touch-Friendly Remote Redesign

    The Next Apple TV Could Get A Touch-Friendly Remote Redesign

    Apple’s next Apple TV is rumored to be breaking cover in just a few short weeks at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference it hosts in San Francisco, and said device could also come bundled with a redesigned remote control. The remote redesign will include a touch pad, according to the New York Times, which would allow people to scroll and navigate. Read More

  • Over-The-Air HDTV Makes Xbox One A Near-Perfect Cord-Cutting Console

    Over-The-Air HDTV Makes Xbox One A Near-Perfect Cord-Cutting Console

    Microsoft announced support for over-the-air TV broadcasts, including HD content, early in April. I’ve been using the setup since, after enrolling in the Xbox One Preview program and receiving a Mohu Leaf indoor HDTV antenna and a Hauppauge 955Q USB TV tuner to take it for a test ride. The end result is that, for me at least, Xbox One is closer than ever to achieving its vision of being… Read More

  • Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

    Meerkat Launches Its Android App To All

    Live video streaming app Meerkat beat Twitter’s own Periscope to market on iOS, and now it’s available on Android for all, with no Periscope app for Google’s mobile OS to be seen. The Meerkat app for Android carries a “Beta” label, as did a previous version that was locked down only to a select group of invitees, but it doesn’t appear to have that many… Read More

  • Nielsen Will Begin Measuring Video Ads On Roku

    Nielsen Will Begin Measuring Video Ads On Roku

    In further proof of the rise of streaming video services and the cord-cutting trend in general, TV measurement firm Nielsen today said it would begin to track viewing data and audience demographics across Roku’s 10 million+ devices, including its media players and Roku TVs. The move is being heralded as an industry-first by the two firms, as it will allow advertisers to measure… Read More