Stories for Jun. 15, 2012

Late this morning, the Wall Street Journal began streaming an interview with a haggard-looking David Axelrod to browsers and mobile devices across the land. The senior adviser to President Obama was appearing on the inaugural episode of “DC Bureau,” the latest addition to the Journal’s ever-expanding collection of live video offerings. Read more »

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YouView logo, chairman Kip Meek, CEO Richard Halton
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For what its worth at this point, the much delayed big UK IPTV joint venture YouView may finally be ready to meet a version of its revised and somewhat arbitrary target of launching in time for the London 2012 Olympics. Read more »

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Stories for Jun. 14, 2012

broken tv

This week, both Dailymotion and Metacafe got acquired, ending the independence of two sites that at one time went head-to-head with YouTube, competing for the attention of users uploading their homemade videos. This made us wonder: Whatever did happen to all those other once-promising YouTube competitors? Read more at GigaOM »

What do you get when you hire over-educated writers and ask them to make a muck-raking tabloid for professionals? In the case of Breaking Media, you get a lucrative audience of badly-behaved lawyers and bankers. Read more »

Cord cutting / cutting the cord
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Briefing investors on the value proposition offered by the Barry Diller-backed Aereo, Barclays media analyst Anthony DiClemente questions the savings — and fundemental value proposition — of replacing pay TV with over-the-top services. Read more »

ABC News iPad Evening Edition

The distinctive three-dimensional globe is giving way to a new three-edition iPad app strategy for ABC News. The new version relies not on ideas about what iPad users might want — as was the case when it first launched in July 2010 — but on nearly two years of usage. Read more »


Conservative media icon Matt Drudge has long had a regular cast of villains — from global warming to the Obama administration — that appear on his website. In the last year, Google appears to have joined the ranks of these in-house bugbears. Read more »

Stories for Jun. 13, 2012


The deal adds movies and TV shows from one of Hollywood’s most essential content libraries, including Moonstruck, Silence of the Lambs, Rain Man and Thirtysomething. Amazon has now licensed 18,000 movies and TV episodes for its subscription streaming service. Read more »


Readability, a web and mobile app that lets users save content to read later, is ending the publisher payment program it launched in February 2011. Surprisingly, many readers paid — but most publishers didn’t collect the funds. Read more »

Stories for Jun. 12, 2012
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