Stories for May. 3, 2012
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YouTube 2012 Upfronts Presentation

Closing out the NewFronts alongside A-list talent ranging from Jay-Z to Virginia Madsen Wednesday night, top Google execs including Eric Schmidt and Robert Kyncl showed advertisers yet more premium YouTube channels. They also unveiled an ambitious TV-like promo campaign to let everyone know they’re around. Read more »

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photo: Angry Birds Rio Trailer

Book publishers have to make reading books as addictive and habit-forming as playing Angry Birds, Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit” (also known as “that book about how Target knew a teenager was pregnant before her dad did”) argues. Read more »

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Pinterest
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Pinterest is planning to roll out internationally. That could help it get ahead of copycat sites and gain users worldwide. To start, the company is seeking translators in French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Read more »

Stories for May. 2, 2012

Kim Dotcom THR3

In a 5,700-word cover story serving a not-so-sympathetic constituency, entertainment trade The Hollywood Reporter reveals Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom to be more of an aspiring tech-media mogul than swaggering international pirate. Friends, associates and attorneys describe the Motion Picture Association of America’s least favorite person. Read more »

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Google is doing everything it can to integrate the Google+ social network into all of its properties, so that it can become a “social layer” across the entire company. But that same behavior is irritating users like actor — and prominent Google+ user — Wil Wheaton. Read more at GigaOM »

Time Warner Center
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Hulu should require viewers to have a cable subscription, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes suggested in an investor call following the company’s Q1 2012 earnings report this morning. “We think Hulu authenticating makes sense,” Bewkes said. “We think Hulu is heading in the right direction now.” Read more »

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Comcast, the largest broadband provider in the US is getting bigger and bigger. During the first quarter of 2012, the company added 439,000 net new high-speed Internet customers to bring the final tally to 18.58 million and had broadband revenues of $2.32 billion. Read more at GigaOM »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: Time Inc. Shrinking Again (All Things D) … Twitter’s big problem: It still needs better filters (GigaOM) … Read more »

Stories for May. 1, 2012

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With initiatives like TV Everywhere and broadband usage caps, is the cable industry biting the hands of the streaming video companies that are driving its most vibrant prospect for growth? Why the cable industry might consider enabling Netflix and YouTube, not hindering them. Read more »

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Hoping to spark both the suddenly sagging U.S. TV market and Google’s struggling Android-based TV platform at the same time, consumer electronics maker LG has confirmed that it will release in the U.S. two new smart TV models based on Google TV software later in May. Read more »

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