Stories for May. 17, 2012
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With the rise of social platforms and emergence of new mobile and connected devices, we have entered the post-search world and companies are finding ways to organize information around “knowledge” and “interests.” Today, Twitter is introducing a way to follow others based on interests. Read more »

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The Oracle of Omaha acquired his hometown newspaper in January and just snapped up dozens more in a $142 million deal. This is supposed to be the fastest declining industry in America. What is Warren Buffett up to? Read more »

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Urban Airship is investing big in its infrastructure, scaling its push messaging platform to deliver 100,000 messages a second. As Airship begins to refine push marketing to take into account location, time and context, it’s becoming critical it deliver notifications in volume and in real time. Read more »

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Wall Street Bull
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With huge anticipation around Facebook’s IPO, we decided look at how other digital media companies that have gone public over the past year have fared. Most have had a bumpy ride — and only one has had steady gains since its stock-market debut. Read more at GigaOM »

TV everywhere
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An agreement between Viacom and Time Warner Cable ends a year-long court fight and lets the No. 2 cable service stream channels like MTV and Comedy Central on iPads. But will it finally kick-start the kind of wide-scale dealmaking needed to make TV Everywhere a reality? Read more »

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Ki Mae Heussner is the newest member of GigaOM New York team. Along with Ryan Kim and our PaidContent colleagues, we are ramping up coverage in the big city. Our focus is the startup ecosystem, changing media landscape and the movers & shakers. Read more at GigaOM »

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Morning Lowdown
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Here are some of the stories people are talking about this morning: paidContent 2012: Just a few days to go (paidContent) …
Media General to sell most of its newspapers to Warren Buffett’s group (Poynter) … Read more »

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As much as things change, one goal remains the same: the creation and evolution of sustainable business models that will support quality media, entertainment and information across platforms — and paidContent 2012 is all about meeting that goal. Read more »

Stories for May. 16, 2012

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Turner Networks was looking to augment its digital portfolio with a proven producer of low-cost internet video. Funny or Die was looking for a little old-media reach and muscle to help it grow. Why their partnership could signal a coming acquisition wave of independent video producers Read more »

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Speaking at an investor event in Boston Wednesday, Netflix CFO David Wells said online viewing of Nickelodeon content probably has very little to do with the double-digit ratings drops on the linear Viacom channel. He compared the ongoing discussion to the “global warming debate.” Read more »

Stories for May. 15, 2012

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As cable’s most powerful programming brand, you’d expect that ESPN would spend the day of its upfront presentation bolstering its still-very-lucrative linear TV model. But the Disney-owned sports media titan spent Tuesday hyping social media plans and shooting down rumors about Apple TV authentication. Read more »

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Broadcasters are hopping made at Dish Network and Charlie Ergen about their new commercial-deleting DVR feature. Some might look back on litigation with ReplayTV with some regret. Broadcasters failed to get the anti-commercial-skipping ruling they were seeking at the time. Read more »

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Spotify has now 20 million monthly active users, according to new estimates based on publicly available Facebook data. The company’s growth has accelerated ever since its Facebook integration launched – but it’s success isn’t extraordinary: Long forgotten music services like Imeem were once just as popular. Read more at GigaOM »

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