Several start-ups hope to use the technology introduced by Bitcoin to give broader access to the data and algorithms behind artificial intelligence.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Thursday it would make changes to how it handles sexual harassment claims, a week after thousands of its employees around the world walked off their jobs to protest its response to such issues.
Public databases that shine a light on online political ads — launched by Facebook and Google before Tuesday’s U.S. elections — offer the public the first broad view of how quickly the companies yank advertisements that break their rules.
The Trump administration has been considering antitrust proceedings against Amazon, Facebook, and Google’s parent Alphabet.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Recode, a technology website that was among the first in a wave of journalist-led media startups, is being folded into sister site Vox.com. Vox Media publisher Melissa Bell said in a memo that Recode would relaunch as a section of Vox.com starting next year. Recode will continue to exist as a brand and business, and Recode’s staff will report to Vox Editor in Chief Lauren Williams, Bell said. Journal subscribers can read the full story here.
DIGITAL DEFEATS PRINT
In cities across America, you won’t be able to find even the most cursory election results in your Wednesday morning newspaper next week. Is this speeding up newspapers’ transition to digital — or just burning a bridge they still need to cross?
The social network, which reported slowing growth on Tuesday, has plans to reduce its dependence on News Feed.
Once reserved for reaching friends and family far and wide, social media platforms have become increasingly valuable for celebrities and businesses in expanding their reach and influence — providing a more direct, authentic voice for entities to connect with their audiences. For players across the TV industry, learning how to wield this social media influence is a key factor in their marketing mix.
Producers Sony Pictures Television are making the most (financially) out of Jeopardy. Netflix announced Monday that it has acquired 45 library episodes of the Alex Trebek-hosted quiz show, which will be available to stream for the first time on the service starting Tuesday. The announcement follows an August deal that Sony Pictures TV made with Hulu for 60 episodes of the syndicated game show.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The classic film-focused streaming service FilmStruck is shutting down after two years of operation. The service said Friday on its website that the last day of service will be November 29, and that it is no longer enrolling new subscribers. The joint venture between Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies offered […]
Fox News said today it will debut the new on-demand subscription-based service Fox Nation on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The service will be priced at $5.99 a month or $64.99 per year. Additionally, Fox Nation will present an exclusive pre-sale offer for consumers to become founding members of the service by purchasing limited edition packages beginning […]
TV stations are arming themselves with software that allows them to slice and dice social media to gauge audience interest in stories, share viewer feedback and even predict what stories will become larger issues in the future. Other software speeds social integration into newscasts.
While Google, Facebook and Twitter face scrutiny for spreading misinformation, Apple has avoided scandal by using people to pick what news to show. Is that good for publishers?
NBC News is joining the parade of traditional news outlets trying to capture the interest of a rising generation of news junkies who get their fix with mobile devices and streaming video. The network has been testing shows, including two hosted by Steve Kornacki.
Sling TV, DirecTV Now and other streaming TV services will continue their current growth trend over the next few years and expand their share of the pay TV market. That’s according to UBS analyst John Hodulik, who said that despite recent price increases, virtual MVPDs will account for about 25% of the video market by 2022.
Facebook is giving more details about who is spending the most money on political ads on its platform, and the leader this election cycle is … Facebook. Facebook calculated its political ad spending to be $12 million, for ads on the social network and Instagram. Those ads were, in general, related to getting out the vote and the latest changes to the platform to clean up political messaging. Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, who is running for the Senate, is the top candidate spender.
Chris Castallo will oversee unscripted TV development and executive produce series including Eco-Challenge and the streamer’s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn series.
Netflix said Monday it is tacking on an additional $2 billion in debt so it can continue to make original shows and movies and license content from others as it faces mounting competition from other streamers, including services expected next year from Disney and WarnerMedia.
Discovery’s $2 billion swing at the international golf market is taking shape, with its upcoming streaming service to be branded “GolfTV.” The OTT service will launch around the world at the beginning of 2019 and have live PGA Tour coverage in a raft of territories at launch. More territories will get the live coverage in the next four years as existing rights deals play out.
Facebook’s 2016 scandal on miscalculating video views is back in the spotlight thanks to a lawsuit from marketers that allege they were misled by the metric. The plaintiffs also claim Facebook knew of its error more than a year before disclosing it to advertisers. Yet while journalists debate whether the inflated metrics caused the “pivot to video” or not, ad buyers are rather unfazed by the litigation.
Hulu is hoping to boost its over-the-top live TV subscriber rolls by extending a special promo to Sprint’s wireless customers. Starting Oct. 19, Sprint customers can upgrade to Hulu With Live TV, which includes 50-plus local and national networks and access to thousands of on-demand titles, from their Sprint account.
Marketers who are suing Facebook over allegations of inflated video metrics say the company’s errors were worse than it previously acknowledged. “Facebook’s records also show that the impact of its miscalculation was much more severe than reported,” marketers allege in court papers filed in August, but only unsealed on Tuesday. “The average viewership metrics were not inflated by only 60%-80%; they were inflated by some 150% to 900%.”