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Greycroft closes $175 million third fund

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Greycroft Partners, which made a pretty penny on exits such as Huffington Post and Buddy Media, announced it has completed its third fund, which closed at $175 million. The New York-based venture capital firm (see disclosure below) with offices in Los Angeles, said the fund was oversubscribed but it held...
Greycroft closes $175 million third fund

Amazon.com backs WhoSay to help celebs manage Twitter and Facebook posts

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Amazon.com is among the backers participating in a $12 million financing round for WhoSay, an online service that helps musicians, athletes and other celebrities better manage their Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr accounts. Comcast Ventures led the round with existing investors Greylock Partners, Amazon and High Peaks Ventures also participating. Comcast...
Amazon.com backs WhoSay to help celebs manage Twitter and Facebook posts

Morning lowdown: New York Post, Jonah Lehrer, ESPN

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning… Jonah Lehrer, self-borrowing and the problem with “big ideas” (paidContent) New York Post pivots on iPad strategy, dropping paywall (Forbes) Is Cue the cure for information overload? (Bloomberg Businessweek) Bing ties Yellow Pages for most accurate local data (Search Engine...
Morning lowdown: New York Post, Jonah Lehrer, ESPN

Open secret: Rhapsody tops $35 million in quarterly revenue, gets closer to profit

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Rhapsody, the subscription music service based in downtown Seattle, has been a private company since spinning off from RealNetworks as a standalone venture. That means Rhapsody doesn’t report its quarterly numbers publicly. But Rhapsody’s financial results are actually revealed in an ongoing series of little-noticed footnotes in RealNetworks’ regulatory filings with...
Open secret: Rhapsody tops $35 million in quarterly revenue, gets closer to profit

The Ingram 5: Media's top innovators

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As the media industry continues to undergo unprecedented disruption, thanks to the web and the democratization of distribution that it provides, everyone is searching for the secret to success. Does it come from controlling the platform, as Amazon and Apple do, or in being as open as possible and adapting to...
The Ingram 5: Media's top innovators
BBC may redefine commercial online efforts

Time Warner CEO Thinks YouTube's $100 Million Content Investment Is "Cute"

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Much has been made of Google's foray into original content with its $100 million investments in its bid to compete with television. But as Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes pointed out at this week's Business Insider's IGNITION conference, Google's content investments are essentially chump change - nowhere near enough to...
Time Warner CEO Thinks YouTube's $100 Million Content Investment Is "Cute"

Crossing the newspaper chasm: Is it better to be funded by readers?

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Both the Financial Times and the New York Times have either already crossed or are close to crossing an important threshold: namely, the point at which revenue from reader subscriptions exceeds the revenue they get from advertising. For an industry that has been as dependent on ad revenue as the...
Crossing the newspaper chasm: Is it better to be funded by readers?

The morning lowdown 4-17-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning… Online TV site Hulu adds original programming (NYT) Google Drive detailed: 5 GB for free, launching next week for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS (The Next Web) Content payment system Piano takes more funding to go global (paidContent) Court tosses...
The morning lowdown 4-17-12

Amazon is reportedly planning to launch its Kindle e-readers in Brazil and Japan

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Separate reports indicate that Amazon may soon launch its Kindle e-readers in Brazil and in Japan, PaidContent notes. This would be one more step in the Kindle’s global rollout, following its recent launch in Italy and Spain. As we reported, Amazon has also recently started to ship its Kindle Touch...
Amazon is reportedly planning to launch its Kindle e-readers in Brazil and Japan

Rafat Ali 2.0: Meet Skift, the Travel Industry's Version of PaidContent

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What do you do after you build and sell a pioneering digital media startup? Take two years off, and start building another media startup. That’s the short version of Rafat Ali’s story. The slightly longer version: The guy who started PaidContent in 2002, sold it to the Guardian in 2008...
Rafat Ali 2.0: Meet Skift, the Travel Industry's Version of PaidContent
Olympics could be playing havoc with Netflix streaming activity

Social TV's Big Week: Flingo's $7M Funding Follows Super Bowl

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Two days after social TV made a splash at the Super Bowl, yet another new entry in that field, Flingo, announced that it has secured $7 million in series A funding from August Capital.  Best known as the company started by BitTorrent co-founder Ashwin Navin, Flingo develops software for...
Social TV's Big Week: Flingo's $7M Funding Follows Super Bowl

The Morning Lowdown 3-2-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) throws weight around in TV negotiations (NY Post) »  Broadcasters Sue To Stop $12 Streaming Service Aereo (paidContent) »  AT&T (NYSE: T) Ends All-You-Can-Eat (Wall Street Journal) »  Zynga and the perils of becoming a...
The Morning Lowdown 3-2-12

Podcast: Who's afraid of podcasts as a business? Not Earwolf

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Podcasts are an awesome way to connect your content with audiences, and they are especially good for doing so in an increasingly mobile world — but they aren’t necessarily awesome at generating money. Slate runs some of the best podcasts in the news business, but during a recent Reddit “Ask...
Podcast: Who's afraid of podcasts as a business? Not Earwolf

paidContent 50: Who's up and who's down

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There is no doubt who the biggest dog on the digital-media block is. Google (again) tops our paidContent 50 list. It accounted for a full quarter of the total digital revenues on the list. But the Mountain View firm’s growth came not from successful expansion into new revenue lines like social...
paidContent 50: Who's up and who's down
Digital First Media is working on paywalls, even though it really doesn't want to

The Morning Lowdown 3-8-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  U.S. Warns Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), Publishers (WSJ) »  The iPad Lowdown (paidContent) »  TheComplete.me wants to be the Pinterest of dating (GigaOM) »  Among Online Entrepreneurs, Subscriptions Are All the Rage (New York Times) »  Getty Images licenses...
The Morning Lowdown 3-8-12

NTT DoCoMo hopes to expand content game with Buongiorno buyout

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Japanese mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, is making a play at the Italian firm Buongiorno, a mobile content provider that boasts two billion customers across 57 countries. The €224 million offer must still be approved by Italian regulators, and would reflect a purchase price of €2 per share for the...
NTT DoCoMo hopes to expand content game with Buongiorno buyout
MarketWatch founder Larry Kramer is the new publisher of USA Today

Rental History: Netflix Settlement Leads To Changes In Privacy Policy, But Who Benefits?

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For some of you this will be news, for some, a reminder. But the long and short of it is that Netflix has been forced to change its approach to user privacy, specifically in regard to how long it stores rental history for those who have unsubscribed. Netflix was forced...
Rental History: Netflix Settlement Leads To Changes In Privacy Policy, But Who Benefits?
Does social beat search, or does “peacocking” get in the way?

The Morning Lowdown 3-23-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Play mulls movie sales (CNET) »  Music wars: Spotify heading for Ireland and Australia as Rdio gears up in Europe (paidContent) »  Can Hunger Games save soundtracks? (WSJ) »  German copycats clone Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN)...
The Morning Lowdown 3-23-12

The morning lowdown 7/9/12: Kindle Fire rumors, Shades of Grey numbers and more

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning… Young tablet owners more willing to pay for news (paidContent) Amazon’s next Kindle Fire will ship in Q3 with improved display (All Things Digital) 20 million shades of green: Racy book hits milestone (WSJ) Newspapers are running out of time...
The morning lowdown 7/9/12: Kindle Fire rumors, Shades of Grey numbers and more

paidContent 2012: fads vs. the future

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paidContent 2012: “At the Crossroads” features the best minds in global media who will debate how to make money from content and create scalable, sustainable media enterprises. Now in its third year, this one-day, highly interactive forum looks at the biggest opportunities in digital media and chats with the most...
paidContent 2012: fads vs. the future

U.S. State Department pulls plug on big Kindle contract

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Well, here’s a very peculiar story with an odd twist. Two months ago we reported that the U.S. Department of State had planned to award a 5-year, $16.5 million contract to Amazon.com to put tens of thousands of Kindle electronic readers into educational centers around the world. The goal was to...
U.S. State Department pulls plug on big Kindle contract

The Morning Lowdown 3-27-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  You can buy the Harry Potter e-books now—here’s what you need to know (paidContent) »  Why Mike Daisey isn’t done apologizing for his lies (GigaOM) »  The future of magazines should look a lot like Spotify (PandoDaily) » ...
The Morning Lowdown 3-27-12

4 Years After PaidContent's $12.5 Million Acquisition, Rafat Ali Is Founding A New Media Company, Skift

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In 2008, Rafat Ali sold his tech media company, PaidContent, to the Guardian for about $12.5 million.Now he's behind the wheel of a new startup, Skift. This time he has a cofounder, Frommer.com's former Head of Content, Jason Clampet, and the two are disrupting an even bigger industry: travel.Skift is...
4 Years After PaidContent's $12.5 Million Acquisition, Rafat Ali Is Founding A New Media Company, Skift

Ray Bradbury wasn’t a digital dinosaur; e-backlist coming

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Ray Bradbury was right about so many things and spellbinding about so many others that it almost hurts to write this: Ray Bradbury was wrong when it came to reading. But then I also get to tell you this: he changed his mind. HarperCollins is in the midst of preparing...
Ray Bradbury wasn’t a digital dinosaur; e-backlist coming

Apple Has Declared War On Developers Who Cheat Their App's Ratings (AAPL)

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Now that there are more than a 500,000 apps available in the Apple app store, and companies are spending tens of thousands of dollars to advertise apps, transparency around sales and quality is important. As such, Apple has issued strong warnings against using download bots or similar methods for...
Apple Has Declared War On Developers Who Cheat Their App's Ratings (AAPL)
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