Stories for Apr. 26, 2012


The U.S. House of Representatives surprised the tech industry Thursday by voting on, and passing, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) after having originally scheduled a vote for Friday. The bill was amended several times prior to the final vote. Read more at GigaOM »


While serving as News Corp. chairman and CEO five years ago, Peter Chernin helped secure a $100 million investment into Hulu by Providence Equity Partners. Now, Providence is walking away from Hulu with around $200 million and putting it into Chernin’s production company. Read more »

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Rupert Murdoch, Leveson Hearing, Day 2

News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch spent more than six hours this week answering questions — or not — in front of the Leveson Inquiry. But the story is far from over. Read more »


Separating streamers from non-streamers, new Bernstein Research study finds that availability of kids off-net programming on Netflix does indeed hurt the ratings of the channels the shows originate from. Conversely, “catch-up” viewing of serialized dramas like Mad Men seems to help linear television viewing. Read more »

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The new conventional wisdom is that Netflix won’t be able to grow its subscriber base fast enough to keep up with escalating content acquisition and foreign expansion costs, and a new wave of streaming competition will soon over-run the company. Here’s why that won’t happen. Read more »

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The cloud is changing the way we live, work and do business around the world. Join us for the 5th annual Structure conference, June 20–21, in San Francisco, as we bring together the leaders innovating, shaping and defining the ongoing cloud computing evolution. Read more at GigaOM »

Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: WordPress Is Now A ~$50 Million Business, But It Still Won’t Take My Money (SplatF) … Daily Dot, Editor-in-Chief Part Ways (Mashable) .. Read more »

Stories for Apr. 25, 2012

James Murdoch

It’s Murdoch week at the Leveson inquiry — hours of viewing pleasure for snarky dart throwers as first James Murdoch and then his father Rupert (Wednesday at 10 a.m. London time), take center stage at the hearings on “the relationship of the press with the public, police and politicians.” Read more »

Stories for Apr. 24, 2012

AOL On Network

Joining the ranks of digital companies which have organized their premium video holdings into hubs of curated program channels, AOL announced Tuesday the launch of the AOL On Network. The company will sift through a library of over 320,000 short-form videos to create 14 channels. Read more »


Should the New York Times charge hedge funds or large financial institutions more for early access to market-moving stories like its Walmart exposé? Reuters blogger Felix Salmon says yes, but doing this would fundamentally change what the New York Times and its journalism are all about. Read more at GigaOM »

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The internet is supposed to be about the end of intermediaries. Then why are middlemen so successful? For years, aggregators have ruled the content space and now a new breed of brokers is using technology to redefine the interaction between readers and publishers. Read more »

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