‘Star Trek Beyond’ points the 50-year-old franchise back at the stars

 Let’s start with the obvious: Star Trek Beyond a pretty good movie, but it doesn’t quite make it into the top tier of Trek films like The Wrath of Khan … Continue Reading →


Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News

 Roger Ailes has officially resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News, according to an announcement from parent company 21st Century Fox. The resignation follows a lawsuit alleging that Ailes sexually … Continue Reading →


Man behind web’s biggest illegal film site arrested following (legal) iTunes purchase

 Here’s a dose of irony for you this fine day: the internet just lost its most prolific source of illegal movies after its founder was nabbed after buying something legally, … Continue Reading →


Facebook throws shade at Snapchat’s anti-creepy business

 “They’re going to hit some challenges and marketers are gonna start to ask questions when they get out of the experimental budget phase”, Facebook’s head of ad tech said about … Continue Reading →


Google introduces speedier ads to its Accelerated Mobile Pages program

Google has been working to create a faster news reading experience through its Accelerated Mobile Pages project. Now it’s bringing something similar to online ads. AMP is an open framework for creating … Continue Reading →


Of course Hollywood is working on a Tinder movie

 It’s not quite Steve Jobs or The Social Network. Think Friends With Benefits. The writing team behind that 2011 Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis vehicle has been given the early thumbs-up from … Continue Reading →


Netflix’s overseas problem: still too expensive and still not enough content

 Netflix has an overseas problem. The company’s share price plunged 15 percent week after it reported poorer than expected user growth numbers. Read More


Netflix falls 15% after missing subscriber expectations

 Netflix reported earnings after the bell on Monday, seeing its shares quickly tumble 15% in after-hours trading after missing the mark on subscriber growth. In the second quarter of the … Continue Reading →


Will Oculus be for news in VR what Facebook is for news on the web?

 Facebook seems to want to replicate some the success of its established platforms with its more emerging ones: The FB job board has a listing for a “News & Media … Continue Reading →


Adweek acquired by private equity firm Beringer Capital

 Adweek is changing owners again. The ad- and media-focused industry magazine is being sold by MediaBistro Holdings to private equity firm Beringer Capital, with Beringer co-founder Brian F. Martin becoming … Continue Reading →


Netflix launches Flixtape so you can make ‘mixtapes’ of your favorites movies and shows

 Just in time for the weekend, Netflix today announced the launch of a new service called Flixtape, which the company describes as a way to make short playlists of your … Continue Reading →


Sean Parker’s Airtime video chat app now lets you watch Twitch streams with friends

 Airtime, the online video chat company from Sean Parker, is getting into the game watching segment after it added support for live-streaming service Twitch. Read More


Discors snags $1.2M to decomplicate the news

 Guns are bad (and good). The EU is great (and terrible). Mr. Trump is full of shit (and a genius). The news landscape is complicated and there is always another … Continue Reading →


eMusic’s new owner TriPlay launches eStories, a new audiobook service

 eMusic, the veteran digital music company that was acquired in 2015 by Israeli media startup TriPlay, is expanding its horizons. Today the company is launching eStories, an audiobook service that will … Continue Reading →


Apple is moving forward with its reality TV show ‘Planet of the Apps’

 Apple has been working on an unscripted TV series for a few months now. The TV show should be about the app economy, but it’s unclear how Apple is going … Continue Reading →


Twitter signs deal with Bloomberg to live stream financial news

 Twitter and Bloomberg Media have announced today that they signed a deal to live stream three Bloomberg shows, as well as the network’s markets coverage. The terms of the deal … Continue Reading →


Warner Brothers fined for paying YouTube celebs to promote game

 Warner Brothers was just found guilty of manipulating new media by paying prominent YouTube hosts to promote a video game. Read More


USA just dropped Mr. Robot’s season 2 premiere on social media

 The U.S. television network USA had the mother of all surprises in stock for fans of its award-winning TV show Mr. Robot. Completely unannounced, the network released the first 40-odd … Continue Reading →


OMG Digital is basically BuzzFeed for Africa

 OMG Digital, a West Africa-based startup founded by Prince Boakye Boampong and Jesse Arhin Ghansah, is on a mission to bring relatable content to African millennials. The two are currently participating … Continue Reading →


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We’ll Never Be Able to Look Away Again. Dallas and Minnesota Prove It

If you’ve logged onto Facebook over the last two days, you may well have watched someone die—possibly at the exact moment it happened. Death is now live. The post We’ll … Continue Reading →


DIY Co. launches JAM to help kids learn what they don’t in school, with a little help from Cartoon Network

 DIY Co., the education tech startup led by Vimeo designer and co-founder Zach Klein, has launched a new online learning platform for kids called JAM.com. The company also quietly closed a $4 … Continue Reading →


The Athletic is bringing subscription-based local sports coverage to a city near you

 High-quality local sports coverage isn’t dead. At least that’s the premise that The Athletic is building its business on. The young startup, part of Y Combinator’s Summer 2016 class, is … Continue Reading →


News discovery app SmartNews nabs another $38M, now valued at $500M-$600M

 As large platforms like Facebook and Apple position themselves as the new go-to places to read news, an independent app that started in Japan has landed a new round of funding to … Continue Reading →


Facebook needs a way to report content as “Graphic But Newsworthy”

 Mark Zuckerberg believes Facebook Live could illuminate wrongdoing in the world. Facebook still hasn’t explained the details of its policy on censorship of Live video. But today in response to … Continue Reading →


Amazon Echo users can finally choose Spotify or Pandora as default music service

 I love my Amazon Echo. And alongside checking the weather, I mostly use the voice-powered smart speaker to play music. That said, I’m not much of an Amazon Prime music … Continue Reading →


Facebook blames ‘technical glitch’ for temporary removal of Falcon Heights shooting video

 Facebook has denied censoring a viral video taken after a police officer fatally shot a man in his car in Minnesota. Lavish Reynolds pulled out her phone and began a … Continue Reading →


Facebook will test video downloads for offline viewing

 The developing world can’t join the age of social video since streaming sucks up too much costly data and is sluggish on slow connections. But Facebook wants to change that … Continue Reading →


Snapchat Memories is a searchable replacement for your camera roll

 Memories fundamentally shifts Snapchat to encompass the past rather than only being about the present. Yet by allowing you to modify previously shot content and add it to your story … Continue Reading →


IBM survey says ads are the biggest reason people consider canceling their streaming video services

 IBM’s Cloud Video division is releasing the results of a new survey looking at the behavior of subscribers to video-on-demand services like Netflix and Hulu. Perhaps the most interesting answers were about … Continue Reading →


Spotify > YouTube as audio streaming surpasses music videos

 Audio didn’t quite kill the video star, but it’s making a comeback. Americans are now on-demand streaming more songs as audio than they’re consuming through music videos. The shift highlights … Continue Reading →


AP Sports is using “robot” reporters to cover Minor League Baseball

The Associated Press on Thursday announced that it is now covering Minor League Baseball games nationally using artificial intelligence and software from Automated Insights, and data from MLB Advanced Media … Continue Reading →


What this year’s M&A activity tells us about media and entertainment

 With Dalian Wanda Group’s $3.5 billion acquisition of Legendary Entertainment in January, this year’s media and entertainment M&A activity kicked off with a bang that hasn’t slowed down. Comcast’s $3.8 … Continue Reading →


For everyone

 The imagination is a powerful thing, and what it creates may in fact be powerful beyond our imagining. That was certainly the case with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World … Continue Reading →


Amazon Prime Video gets exclusive deal for most PBS Kids shows

 Amazon Prime Video will be the exclusive subscription streaming service for the majority of PBS series for children, Amazon announced today. All episodes are now available to download and stream. … Continue Reading →


Apple might buy Jay Z’s Tidal music app

 If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. Apple is in discussions with Tidal about acquiring its music streaming app, which offers exclusives and early releases from big artists like Beyonce … Continue Reading →


NFL star Martellus Bennett on his new children’s book and app, Hey A.J.

 It’s not everyday that a 6 ft. 7 in. NFL star says he is going to spend his offseason designing and launching a new interactive children’s app. So to learn more, we sat down … Continue Reading →


Facebook throws out the news Paper

 Facebook Paper could have given publishers the reach they lost yesterday in the News Feed, but no one wanted the standalone news reading app. Facebook has pulled the Paper app … Continue Reading →


Spotify and Apple are staring each other down while flipping the bird

 Figuratively, of course. The companies are at it again, and this time it’s not only bothersome to the businesses themselves, but to the end consumer. Going to the next level … Continue Reading →


Video app Chosen doubles down on music video creation with access to 20M songs

 Started over a year ago by the ex-CEO of Beats Music, Chosen is a video creation app with a competitive element. Users create short clips on their phones, and can view … Continue Reading →


Hyper, the Mic-owned app for curated videos, comes to iPhones

 Hyper founder and CEO Markus Gilles said he has a simple goal — to create “the single best video app.” We covered the company last August when it launched its first … Continue Reading →