Stories for Jun. 27, 2012

Rupert Murdoch with some of his newspapers
photo: Roger Ressmeyer/CORBIS

The News Corp. board of directors is expected to decide within days whether to start the process that would split the publishing assets from the company. The board is meeting in New York this week in a session called to discuss the restructuring. A decision could […] Read more »

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Stories for Jun. 26, 2012

Y.E. Yang wins 2009 PGA
photo: AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

The PGA Tour is ending its production partnership with Turner Sports and will take control of its own digital destiny starting with the 2013 season. The parting is in the “it’s about us, not them” mold — but that doesn’t make it easier for Turner. Read more »


As basic cable original series prove to be important product differentiators for over-the-top services like Netflix, some of the networks that produce these shows are actually relying more on high-priced theatrical movie acquisitions to maintain or increase their subscriber counts and drive ad revenue Read more »

News Corp headquarters
photo: Getty Images / Mario Tama

Following numerous reports that News Corp is thinking of spinning off its publishing operations, the company issued a short statement that it is “considering a restructuring to separate its business into two distinct public companies.” Read more »

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With its video widgets now serving up half a billion recommendations a day for publishers ranging from the New York Times to USA Today, Taboola secures a Series C funding round of $10 million. Founder Adam Singolda says the money will be used for infrastructure. Read more »

British judge's court gavel with flag
photo: Andrey Burmakin / Shutterstock

Under new proposals from the British media regulator Ofcom, internet providers will start sending warning letters to those accused of illegal filesharing in 18 months — and will be forced to handed people’s data over to copyright holders after three successive hits. Read more at GigaOM »

Stories for Jun. 25, 2012


While upgrading Netflix’s stock rating to “neutral” from “sell,” Janney Montgomery Scott analyst Tony Wible said that slow-moving competition as well as studios’ “addiction” on licensing fees will benefit the subscription streaming service in the near term. As for the long-term, Wible’s still not a believer. Read more »

Sony Google TV

After disappointing sales of its first-generation Google TV product, Sony will launch an updated version of its Android-based set-top next month. It will also be the first to extend the platform beyond the U.S., with plans to debut it in Europe and Latin America. Read more »

20th Century Fox logo

Bad news for Netflix’s international aspirations, as Amazon-owned rival Lovefilm announced a U.K. rights deal to show 20th Century Fox movies on its streaming service. But with antitrust authorities hovering over the movies-on-demand market, things are still up for grabs. Read more »

Stories for Jun. 24, 2012
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These days, WordPress acts more like a development framework or a PaaS (Platform as a Service), says WooThemes CEO Adii Pienaar. And in the last year, several new services have sprung up to help make WordPress a platform in the truest sense of the word. Read more at GigaOM »

Weekend Plans

It was a busy week around our offices. You might have heard that we hosted our Structure 2012 conference. Nevertheless, between all the talk of clouds, SDNs and big data, I did manage to read some good articles and wanted to share those with you. Read more at GigaOM »

Stories for Jun. 22, 2012

TV everywhere
photo: Shutterstock / Angela Waye

According to research firm Parks Associates, only about a fifth of pay TV subscribers know that their cable, satellite or telco service provider offers products that let them view video content on digital devices over the internet. Read more »

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