- Adios, Dora: Netflix is starting to take Viacom shows offline paidContent.org - 12 hours ago
Dora, Diego, Spongebob, Blue's Clues and a number of other kids TV shows were taken offline by Netflix this week as the company's deal with Viacom is expiring.
- Apple ebook anti-trust trial set for 9-12 days in early June paidContent.org - 13 hours ago
Apple and the federal government met on Thursday for a final hearing before their trial, which is set to begin on June 3, and features several high profile witnesses.
- Why scoops and objectivity matter less and less — because context is everything paidContent.org - 15 hours ago
Journalism has been evolving away from just a repetition of facts or events and towards context and analysis, research shows -- but this evolution has also created tension for media companies because it ...
- Twitter unveils new multi-screen deals with “Twitter Amplify” @ paidContent.org - 19 hours ago
Twitter is rapidly expanding its "multi-screen" ad offerings through a range of new partnerships with sports, news and other media companies.
- Amazon: victim or aggressor? Issue will frame Apple ebook trial @ paidContent.org - 19 hours ago
Apple and the federal government are about to go to trial over an alleged conspiracy to fix ebook prices -- but recent court filings show that Amazon will play a large role in determining the outcome.
- Six book publishing lessons from Open Road Media’s first three years @ paidContent.org - 21 hours ago
When Open Road Media launched in 2009, the idea of an all-digital publisher was still fairly new. Nearly four years later, it's encountering more competition as publishers of all sizes hone their digital ...
- Amazon pushes forward with Kindle Fire HD’s international expansion @ paidContent.org - 21 hours ago
Amazon is making its Kindle Fire HD tablets broadly available internationally, with preorders shipping in June. The tablets were already available in Europe and Japan.
- The NYT illustrates how not to take a compliment — send a cease-and-desist notice instead @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 6:06 PM EDT
The New York Times' legal response to a startup whose software allows publishers to replicate the look of the NYT's Snow Fall feature goes so far above and beyond a simple cease-and-desist it becomes ridiculous....
- Twitter does the two-step, gets serious on security with new authentication feature paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 3:47 PM EDT
Twitter has finally joined other leading tech companies in offering two factor authentication. The move comes after high profile hacking incidents at the AP and other news outlets.
- Netflix may roll out 16 original shows, stand-up comedy specials next year paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 3:20 PM EDT
Netflix continues its competition with HBO by going into the stand-up comedy space. Altogether, the company may launch up to 16 original shows next year.
- Instructions on how to transform a comment troll into a human being @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 12:18 PM EDT
Comment trolls are often used as an example of why blog comments are a waste of time, but a recent series by the Climate Desk showed how they can quickly be turned into human beings.
- Zite adds 7 new publishing partners; updates iOS app with Google Reader-inspired features paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
Personalized social reader Zite is updating its iOS app with more Google Reader-inspired features, and also added seven new publishers to its publisher program.
- Soo Meta, the Storify for online video storytelling, launches to the public @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
Soo Meta redefines video storytelling by turning Storify-like content curation into great-looking video slideshows. The platform even allows producers to add polls and quizzes to their videos.
- Twitter tool lets brands sign up customers inside a tweet @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Twitter's latest ad product provides a call to action right inside a tweet -- showing the company is finally creating marketing tools closer to the "bottom of the funnel."
- Penguin agrees to $75 million class action settlement in ebook pricing lawsuit @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 10:52 AM EDT
Penguin has agreed to pay $75 million to settle the ebook pricing lawsuit with consumers and states. Meanwhile, Apple and the Department of Justice are set to go to trial on June 3.
- Amazon’s new Kindle Worlds gives authors a way to sell fan fiction without legal hassles @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 9:40 AM EDT
Amazon Publishing is launching Kindle Worlds, a publishing platform that lets authors sell fan fiction based on properties like Gossip Girl . Amazon Publishing retains the rights to the works and will ...
- Top jobs of the week in digital media @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 22, 2013 5:55 AM EDT
Looking for a job in digital media? Each week we highlight some of the most interesting positions posted to paidContent’s job board. Check out the latest gigs at media companies across the country.
- pC LIVE Podcast: How to monetize digital content: Advertising or paywall? @ paidContent.org - Tue, May 21, 2013 9:12 PM EDT
From paidContent LIVE 2013, a re-broadcast of our panel featuring MLB Advanced Media, News Corp., Atlantic Media and ProPublica discussing digital monetization strategies.
- Yahoo swears it isn’t going to screw up Tumblr — but how realistic is that promise? @ paidContent.org - Tue, May 21, 2013 2:47 PM EDT
Fans of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer say she shouldn't be blamed for the company's history of failed acquisitions -- but there are plenty of other reasons to be skeptical about Yahoo's $1.1-billion Tumblr deal....
- From Cronkite to Couric: Internet Archive gets $1 million to expand TV news collection paidContent.org - Tue, May 21, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
The Internet Archive recently launched an ambitious project to collect and index all broadcasts since the start of television. This week it got a major boost.
- Brow.si wants to make mobile websites behave like native apps paidContent.org - Tue, May 21, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
The platform could give publishers a new tool in their quest to monetize online content. Not only does it let mobile websites issue push notifications, but it also introduces new real estate for ads.
- Six finalists in the book discovery Publishing Hackathon; winner to be announced at BEA @ paidContent.org - Tue, May 21, 2013 9:21 AM EDT
The six finalists of the Publishing Hackathon held over the weekend in New York focus on discovering books in new ways -- whether it's by browsing book jackets or getting recommendations based on your ...
- Knewton teams up with Macmillan to bring adaptive learning beyond K-12 and higher ed paidContent.org - Tue, May 21, 2013 9:00 AM EDT
Knewton, a New York-based adaptive learning startup, has partnered with education publisher Macmillan.
- Why racist, nasty comments are better than none at all @ paidContent.org - Tue, May 21, 2013 7:45 AM EDT
Many publishers treat obnoxious comments as a problem to be solved -- Above the Law takes the opposite approach, and embraces readers as they are.
- Flickr gets revamp — with 1 TB of photo storage free — and Yahoo gets new NYC office @ paidContent.org - Mon, May 20, 2013 5:28 PM EDT
More news from Yahoo on Monday: The company is revamping photo-sharing service Flickr and is also opening a New York City office. Tumblr's employees, however, will remain at their current office.
- Flickr gets revamp — with 1 TB of storage space free — and Yahoo gets new NYC office @ paidContent.org - Mon, May 20, 2013 5:28 PM EDT
More news from Yahoo on Monday: The company is revamping photo-sharing service Flickr and is also opening a New York office.
- Buying Tumblr might make Yahoo cool — but buying Pinterest might have made more sense paidContent.org - Mon, May 20, 2013 3:17 PM EDT
There are plenty of reasons why the announced Yahoo Tumblr deal makes sense for those companies. But Marissa Mayer might have seen a much greater payoff from acquiring Pinterest instead. Here's why.
- Pay TV is hurting, and even skeptics now admit cord cutting could be at fault paidContent.org - Mon, May 20, 2013 1:45 PM EDT
Pay TV providers in the US lost subscribers for the first time ever over the 12 months ending in March. Especially alarming is the slowing growth of lower-priced offers.
- Marissa Mayer: Some Tumblr users “may never come to Yahoo,” and that’s OK paidContent.org - Mon, May 20, 2013 10:25 AM EDT
In an investor call Monday morning, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said Yahoo and Tumblr's audiences really don't overlap. She said that's fine: Yahoo users will be exposed to more Tumblr content, and Tumblr ...
- New York Times CEO calls digital pay model “most successful” decision in years @ paidContent.org - Mon, May 20, 2013 9:07 AM EDT
In a speech to Columbia business school graduates, the CEO of the New York Times described the company's role in media disruption.
- Yahoo officially acquires Tumblr for $1.1 billion, promises “not to screw it up” @ paidContent.org - Mon, May 20, 2013 8:17 AM EDT
Yahoo has officially acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion, the companies announced Monday morning. Tumblr will be operated as a separate business, with David Karp remaining CEO.
- Yahoo officially acquires Tumblr for $1.1 billion @ paidContent.org - Mon, May 20, 2013 8:17 AM EDT
Yahoo has officially acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion, the companies announced Monday morning.
- Report: Yahoo’s board agrees to pay $1.1 billion for Tumblr @ paidContent.org - Sun, May 19, 2013 1:53 PM EDT
Yahoo's board has agreed to pay $1.1 billion for Tumblr, according to reports.
- Distort puts a new twist on slow-mo, and on Revision3′s production paidContent.org - Sun, May 19, 2013 3:00 AM EDT
The upcoming Rev3 series Distort offers not only rich, compelling footage shot at high frame rates, but the on-camera presence of former Rev3 employees, who've struck an unusual deal for distribution.
- How to make Twitter the ultimate news ticker @ paidContent.org - Sat, May 18, 2013 1:30 PM EDT
Recent events, tragic and triumphant, emphasize the social web's role as a central source for disseminating breaking news. But getting the facts right continues to be a challenge, and a solution requires ...
- Why Yahoo acquiring Tumblr for $1 billion makes a certain horrible kind of sense @ paidContent.org - Sat, May 18, 2013 11:41 AM EDT
Fans of the social-blogging network might not like the idea much, but a $1-billion acquisition of Tumblr would arguably solve a number of problems for Yahoo -- and do the same for Tumblr CEO David Karp....
- Report: Yahoo eager to close $1.1 billion cash deal for Tumblr by Sunday evening @ paidContent.org - Fri, May 17, 2013 8:25 PM EDT
Tumblr might become part of Yahoo as early as Sunday night, according to a report that suggests Yahoo's board of directors is set to consider a $1.1 billion offer for the startup.
- Crowdfunding a crack scandal — did Gawker go too far? @ paidContent.org - Fri, May 17, 2013 5:20 PM EDT
Gawker has just taken checkbook journalism to a whole new level -- asking the public to help buy a video tape that is likely to bring down the mayor of a major city.
- Binge-watching forces “One Life to Live,” “All My Children” to cut back on new episodes paidContent.org - Fri, May 17, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
When soap operas "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" moved online, it wasn't clear how fans would watch them. It turns out that most viewers are binge-watching -- so the soaps' ...
- Parakweet uses natural language processing to find value in your tweets @ paidContent.org - Fri, May 17, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
Looking for a book suggestion? Culling information from your Twitter feed and turning that into accurate recommendations is harder than it looks, but Parakweet is looking to use natural language procesing ...
- When can a book be digital-only, and when does it need to be print too? paidContent.org - Fri, May 17, 2013 8:24 AM EDT
Book publishers discussed digital-first and digital-only initiatives at the Making Information Pay conference this week.
- Yahoo wants to buy Tumblr. Will Facebook swoop in at the last minute? @ paidContent.org - Fri, May 17, 2013 1:32 AM EDT
Yahoo wants to buy Tumblr. We hear Facebook might spoil the party. But the question is: is Tumblr the fountain of youth that Yahoo badly needs or will this be case of a pathetic old-middle aged guy hanging ...
- How Google Music wants to take on Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody @ paidContent.org - Thu, May 16, 2013 3:11 PM EDT
Google launched its own music subscription service Wednesday. Currently, it's not very different from all the other services out there. So how does it want to compete?
- Is sensor journalism feasible, or even ethical? Columbia’s Tow Center hopes to find out @ paidContent.org - Thu, May 16, 2013 1:06 PM EDT
Journalists and organizations now have the ability to use sensors to collect their own real-time data and report on it. The practice raises both practical and ethical questions, Columbia's Emily Bell said ...
- Google CEO Larry Page: Do as I say, not as I do paidContent.org - Thu, May 16, 2013 1:00 PM EDT
Google CEO Larry Page, who has been suffering from vocal cord issues, showed up at the end of the Google I/O keynote and spent some time talking about his vision of technology and took questions from the ...
- Producer of The Ring and Mulholland Drive releases new horror movie as an iOS app paidContent.org - Thu, May 16, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
Neal Edelstein, producer of hit movies like The Ring and Mulholland Drive , has a new film project: A film delivered in chunks directly through an iOS app.
- Publishers to testify against Apple in price-fixing trial @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 15, 2013 2:02 PM EDT
Apple's exposure in a closely-watched price-fixing case over ebooks looks more serious as the CEOs of major publishers -- which have already settled with the government -- will testify about Apple's role ...
- AT&T CEO: A subsidized mobile internet is coming to an operator near you @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 15, 2013 11:59 AM EDT
Content providers will soon pay mobile carriers to exempt their traffic from consumers' mobile data plans, says AT&T's Randall Stephenson. That may seem like a good deal for consumers but in the long-term ...
- New Yorker launches “open-source anonymous inbox” built by Aaron Swartz @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 15, 2013 11:15 AM EDT
The New Yorker has launched Strongbox, an open-source software system that allows users to submit confidential documents to the magazine anonymously. Strongbox was built by Aaron Swartz before his death....
- Startup site Tech Cocktail raises $2.5M from Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project @ paidContent.org - Wed, May 15, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
Tech Cocktail, a company that covers startup-related news and organizes events, has received $2.5 million from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project, which aims to revitalize downtown Las Vegas.