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Why it’s so hard to legally stream new movies online: A chat with Efe Çakarel of Mubi

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At the LeWeb conference in London earlier this week, Efe Çakarel of Mubi took to the stage and most people expected him to talk about the latest from his video on demand service. What he delivered instead was an insightful talk about working outside of Silicon Valley. Naturally there were...
Why it’s so hard to legally stream new movies online: A chat with Efe Çakarel of Mubi

PayPal poised to unveil redesigned digital wallet at SXSW

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PayPal has been at the payments business for 13 years but hasn’t done much to overhaul the consumer experience of its digital wallet. But the company is poised to launch a wholly redesigned payment system, which it will provide a sneak preview of next week at South by Southwest in...
PayPal poised to unveil redesigned digital wallet at SXSW
Mobile-and-social app analytics firm Swrve raises $6.25M (exclusive)

Redbox inks deal to keep Universal’s Blu-ray and DVDs in its kiosks for two more years

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Redbox have announced a multi-year agreement that will see Universal Blu-ray and DVD discs continued to be made available at Redbox’s kiosks 28 days following their initial release. Universal Studios Home Entertainment is the home video unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios...
Redbox inks deal to keep Universal’s Blu-ray and DVDs in its kiosks for two more years

Turner Is Close To Buying Bleacher Report For $200 Million (TWX)

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Turner, Time Warner's cable network, is in the final stages of buying Bleacher Report for $200 million, All Things D's Peter Kafka reports. Bleacher Report is a network of sports sites built on content contributed by freelancers and users. It's headed by ex-Yahoo, CEO Brian Grey. In April, we reported...
Turner Is Close To Buying Bleacher Report For $200 Million (TWX)

Kayak Redesigns Travel Search Portal ; Now Consistent With Mobile UI

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After redesigning its iPad app and consolidating the app with its iPhone cousin, travel search company Kayak is updating the UI for its web search portal today. The aim with the redesign is to create a more universal and comprehensive consumer experience across all Kayak platforms: web, mobile web and...
Kayak Redesigns Travel Search Portal ; Now Consistent With Mobile UI
Microsoft's Windows Phone chief doesn't see the need for a Surface Phone just yet

Eyeing An IPO, Kayak 2011 Revenue Up 32 Percent To $225M; Net Income Up 21 Percent

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Travel search giant Kayak just posted new revenue numbers for the fourth quarter and full year 2011 in a new S-1 filing with the SEC. As we heard last September, Kayak put its IPO plans on hold until market conditions improve. Now that the markets are more stabilized, it should...
Eyeing An IPO, Kayak 2011 Revenue Up 32 Percent To $225M; Net Income Up 21 Percent

Microsoft: Expect 100,000 Win 8 apps by Feb. 1; 400M devices by July

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Microsoft has set some ambitious goals for Windows 8--400 million devices in customer hands by next July and more than 100,000 applicationsstocked in the Windows Store by the end of January, according to a top Microsoft sales exec. That's according to a Beet.TV interview with Keith Lorizio, Microsoft's vice...
Microsoft: Expect 100,000 Win 8 apps by Feb. 1; 400M devices by July
Flipboard founder backs slowly away from Twitter's board

Is a cheaper, ad-supported Kindle Fire on the way?

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Amazon is trying to sell ads that would appear on the Kindle Fire’s welcome screen, AdAge reports, at prices of at least $600,000 for a two-month campaign. Does that mean a cheaper, ad-supported Kindle Fire is coming soon? Amazon already sells ad-supported Kindles with special offers at lower prices. The...
Is a cheaper, ad-supported Kindle Fire on the way?

As Expected, FTC Announces Close Of Google Investigation With No Antitrust Charges, But Minor Tweaks To Biz Practices

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It appears that the rumors from last month were entirely accurate. The FTC more or less has admitted that it can't find any real antitrust problems with Google, but did get Google to agree to a few minor tweaks in how it operates -- which lets the FTC declare victory....
As Expected, FTC Announces Close Of Google Investigation With No Antitrust Charges, But Minor Tweaks To Biz Practices

PayPal wants to be here, there and everywhere

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PayPal is the granddaddy of the online payments space. It was the remora of eBay until the auction giant bought it in 2002. Last year, PayPal processed $119 billion in transactions and accounted for 38% of eBay’s revenue. In the past year, eBay’s stock (+52%) has well outperformed Google (+11%),...
PayPal wants to be here, there and everywhere

Redbox Instant by Verizon launches its $8/month Netflix rival this month, with 3 majors on board

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Redbox Instant by Verizon, a joint venture between Redbox and Verizon Communications, has just unveiled more specifics around the soon-to-launch service, with various deals in place with major Hollywood studios, channels and device manufacturers. Redbox Instant will launch as a beta service this month, landing with an $8.00 per-month subscription...
Redbox Instant by Verizon launches its $8/month Netflix rival this month, with 3 majors on board

Why Do VCs Still Love Social Media?

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Illustration by David Schwen Social network users aren't there to buy stuff. They're there to communicate with others. We use the phrase social media, but they're really communication services, not media properties. I remember meeting Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley four or five years ago and thinking, This guy is in...
Why Do VCs Still Love Social Media?
Event Management Giant Cvent Scoops Up Seed Labs To Help It Go Mobile

Netflix Sees Overseas Losses Doubling To $118 Million This Quarter

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Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) expects overseas losses to double in just three months, as it spends more and more on vital local video content and marketing. In Q4, its overseas costs doubled to $89 million, while revenue rose by a third to $29 million. International loss came in better than...
Netflix Sees Overseas Losses Doubling To $118 Million This Quarter

Carrier IQ gives its remote smartphone diagnosing tool a global release

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Carrier IQ has let customer service reps diagnose smartphones from afar with its IQ Care software for a while, but now the solution has been given a worldwide release. By wielding IQ Care (and asking a phone owner's permission, we're assured), technicians can see device-specific stats such as a...
Carrier IQ gives its remote smartphone diagnosing tool a global release

FORMER TV EXEC: Here's The Incredibly Stupid Way Cable Companies Are Screwing Up Their Businesses

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I moderated a panel on the future of television this afternoon. I'm a big believer in the future of video-based storytelling (a.k.a., TV), but I think the TV industry as it currently exists is headed for trouble. Why? Because consumer TV viewing habits are changing. And, eventually, when consumer habits...
FORMER TV EXEC: Here's The Incredibly Stupid Way Cable Companies Are Screwing Up Their Businesses
Hulu: we reduced the number of ads this month, more cuts coming

AmEx Nabs Former Boku CTO And Amazon VP To Head Consumer Software Group

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American Express has hired an experienced payments exec and technologist to help lead and scale product management for consumer products. Erich Ringewald, the former CTO of mobile payments platform BOKU, is joining AmEx as vice president of Software Product Management for the U.S. Consumer Services business. Ringewald was one of...
AmEx Nabs Former Boku CTO And Amazon VP To Head Consumer Software Group
Amazon adds 'Parks and Recreation' to Prime Instant Video, with more popular NBCUniversal content

Vizio officially announces $99 Google TV “Co-Star” for July

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While we already got a look at its Google TV plans during CES earlier this year, Vizio made things official today for its “Co-Star” Google TV streaming box giving it a $99 price tag and pre-order date set for July. The Co-Star goes a little bit beyond the typical Google...
Vizio officially announces $99 Google TV “Co-Star” for July

Microsoft Support for HTML 5 Helps Break A Logjam But Does It Matter?

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The news broke yesterday about the Microsoft General Manager who said that that the "future of the Web is HTML 5." But it's important enough for us to write about even if in the long run it still does not solve the issues with earlier versions of the Internet Explorer...
Microsoft Support for HTML 5 Helps Break A Logjam But Does It Matter?
Futuristic startup super charges your possessions into digital life

Kayak's IPO Moves Forward, Prices Shares At $22-$25

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Kayak’s perpetually-delayed IPO finally moved forward today, as the company has officially announced it has priced its shares between $22 and $25, and will begin trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol “KYAK.” It the most recent SEC filing, the company said it’s going to offer 3.5 million shares,...
Kayak's IPO Moves Forward, Prices Shares At $22-$25

Is Microsoft Going To Make Its Own Phone? Probably Not Any Time Soon, Says Exec (MSFT)

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One of the biggest questions facing Microsoft's mobile business now is whether or not it'll decide to go it alone and make its own smartphones.  Speaking at AllThingsD's mobile conference this morning, Windows Phone's corporate vice president Terry Myerson appeared to shoot down any speculation that a Microsoft-made phone was...
Is Microsoft Going To Make Its Own Phone? Probably Not Any Time Soon, Says Exec (MSFT)

Microsoft is making a mistake by passing on a Surface Phone

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Microsoft may, repeat may, be whipping up a smartwatch, but according to the company's Windows Phone honcho, a self-made Surface smartphone isn't in the cards quite yet. Speaking at the AllThingsD Dive into Mobile conference, vice president Terry Myerson said flat-out that he doesn't see a reason for Microsoft...
Microsoft is making a mistake by passing on a Surface Phone

Beginning Tuesday, Expect to See a Lot Fewer Spammy Actions on Facebook

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If there’s one thing I hate about Facebook, it’s reading about my friends’ every single action. The launch of Open Graph in 2011 made this possible, as developers began to create apps that automatically posted your app activity to Timeline, the News Feed and the activity ticker. It was awful....
Beginning Tuesday, Expect to See a Lot Fewer Spammy Actions on Facebook
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