Stories for Jun. 12, 2012

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Twitter’s hiring of editorial staff to curate real-time information around news events through “hashtag pages” may not be a direct competitor for media companies, but the areas of overlap are growing — and so is its attractiveness to the advertisers that media entities desperately need. Read more at GigaOM »

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Despite steep declines for DVD sales and domestic theater admissions, Pricewaterhouse Coopers says that shortened release windows, the proliferation of streaming, and of course, China, will help the global movie business grow about 3 percent a year through 2016. Read more »

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Mark Malkoff recently watched 252 Netflix movies in one single month to figure out how far he could take the company’s unlimited streaming plan. That instantly gained him notoriety as Netflix’s most obsessive user – and an invitation to the company’s campus in Los Gatos, Californa. Read more at GigaOM »

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Once a Google Android exclusive, Amazon released an iOS version of its Cloud Player app for iPhone and iPod touch devices. The free software provides streaming and download access to audio files on Amazon servers either purchased from Amazon’s music store or later uploaded by customers. Read more at GigaOM »

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New data from PwC’s media report projects that e-books will make up 50 percent of the U.S. trade book market by 2016. What will happen in the rest of the world during that time? PwC gave paidContent an exclusive look at the new report’s e-book data. Read more »

Stories for Jun. 11, 2012

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Since the sign-off of its Starz deal in February, Netflix’s streaming service has been largely devoid of new blockbuster movie titles. Can the arrival of top-grossing films like Thor, Transformers 3 and Immortals kickstart Netflix’s sluggish subscriber growth … and stock price? Read more »

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Apple didn’t disappoint during its annual conference for software developers on Monday, unveiling a meaty new update to iOS, new MacBooks including a brand-new category of MacBook Pro, and a few new tidbits about Mac OS X Mountain Lion at the 2012 Worldwide Developer’s Conference. Here’s […] Read more at GigaOM »

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Google said it has reached a deal with French authors and publishers to sell digital copies of out of print books. The deal ends a six year legal dispute and could make France the first country to implement a national strategy for digitizing its literary output. Read more »

Cut the Cord: All you need to know to drop cable (GigaOM Books cover)

Here at GigaOM, we’ve followed the tectonic shifts happening in publishing pretty closely. And sometimes, when something presents a really disruptive opportunity, we dive in ourselves. Today, we’re announcing our latest project, GigaOM Books. Read more at GigaOM »

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Political junkie heaven Politico is expanding during this election year — but not to cover the elections. Instead, it’s hiring 20 journalists to beef up Politico Pro in coverage of the economy and military — and 20 more business staffers to make it all pay. Read more »

Stories for Jun. 10, 2012

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As promised, hactivist group Anonymous organized demonstrations on Saturday in 16 cities throughout India, protesting the governments Internet laws and the ISPs’ blocking of popular file-sharing sites. Protesters donned Guy Fawkes masks and amassed at cricket grounds and other outdoor landmarks from Chennai to Delhi. Read more at GigaOM »

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