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CHART OF THE DAY: The Reason Yahoo Bought Tumblr (And The Reason To Be Skeptical) (YHOO)

TV Makers Sony, Vizio Give Google TV a Second Go

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Google’s first efforts to bring Internet (okay, YouTube-centric) content to television sets has become the stuff of lore. Google TV didn’t work onstage during its debut! Logitech stopped making its Google TV box, calling it “a mistake”! And sales were “slightly negative.” But it was evident at January’s Consumer Electronics...
TV Makers Sony, Vizio Give Google TV a Second Go

The Daily is laying off 50 employees, yanking some original content

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Rupert Murdoch’s iPad newspaper The Daily is laying off 50 of its 170 employees and condensing its sports and opinion sections. The news was first reported by Peter Kafka at All Things Digital. In a blog post, Daily editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo confirmed the changes to the sports and opinion sections. The...
The Daily is laying off 50 employees, yanking some original content

YouTube CEO: The Future of Content Is Niche Channels

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The way consumers access and consume media is changing rapidly, YouTube head Salar Kamangar believes, and YouTube is evolving to accommodate it. “We’re entering the third wave of media,” Kamangar said during an on-stage interview with AllThingsD‘s Peter Kafka in Laguna Nigel, Calif., Tuesday. “The first wave was the...
YouTube CEO: The Future of Content Is Niche Channels

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)

MYTHBUSTING: Facebook Is Actually Fantastic Marketing Platform (FB)

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Much of the skepticism surrounding Facebook has to do with doubts about its viability as a marketing platform. But let's stop ignoring two crucial facts: Facebook is actually an incredibly valuable marketing platform. John Coleman, CEO of The VIA Agency recently told us that Facebook's "platform" – the free stuff, like...
MYTHBUSTING: Facebook Is Actually Fantastic Marketing Platform (FB)

Video sharing service Vine reportedly to launch as standalone iOS app soon, play nice with Twitter

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Contrary to reports from earlier today that the video service Vine would be a built-in Twitter service, All Things D’s Peter Kafka is now stating that it will be a standalone app available in Apple’s App Store. The app, which was rumored but never confirmed to have been acquired by...
Video sharing service Vine reportedly to launch as standalone iOS app soon, play nice with Twitter

Google Is About To Invest $50 Million In Vevo At A $500 Million Valuation (GOOG)

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Google's YouTube is looking to make a $50 million equity investment in Vevo, Bloomberg reports. Vevo is a streaming platform that lets you watch music videos from famous artists. Last month, Peter Kafka at AllThingsD reported that Google was about to buy a chunk of its rival video platform, but...
Google Is About To Invest $50 Million In Vevo At A $500 Million Valuation (GOOG)

Yahoo reportedly moving forward with Tumblr acquisition as its board mulls $1.1B all-cash offer

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According to Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka of AllThingsD, Yahoo’s board will meet in two days time on Sunday to vote to approve a $1.1 billion cash offer for Tumblr, the popular blogging service and social destination. That the offer is to be all cash is surprising, given that Yahoo’s stock has enjoyed a renaissance in...
Yahoo reportedly moving forward with Tumblr acquisition as its board mulls $1.1B all-cash offer

Amazon CEO Bezos in shareholder letter: Authors are our customers, too

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Amazon released its 2012 annual report (PDF) Friday, and as usual it is accompanied by a letter to shareholders (PDF) from CEO Jeff Bezos. The letter focuses on the things that Amazon does to “improve our services, adding benefits and features, before we have to.” A few tidbits: “Prime Instant Video...
Amazon CEO Bezos in shareholder letter: Authors are our customers, too

Music startups aren't dead -- they're just changing

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For those of us who work in digital music, this week has delivered a nasty one-two punch to the gut. First David Pakman (eMusic, N2K, MyPlay) posted the text of his testimony during US Congressional hearings on his blog.  It focused on how prohibitively expensive it is to license music from...
Music startups aren't dead -- they're just changing

KA-CHIRP! Twitter Mobile Ads Beat Desktop Ads For The First Time This Year

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Twitter CEO Dick Costolo told a crowd at a conference put on by the Economist today in San Francisco that Twitter's mobile ad revenues had beat its desktop revenues. For at least one day, at any rate. Here's the exact quote, via Peter Kafka at AllThingsD (emphasis added): Even though...
KA-CHIRP! Twitter Mobile Ads Beat Desktop Ads For The First Time This Year

Dish chairman says Hopper ad-skipper is about tech, not leverage over broadcasters

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Dish Networks Chairman Charlie Ergen denied that the satellite TV company’s DVR that lets users wipe out commercials is simply a tool to pressure broadcasters to lower transmission fees. “We don’t want to pay retransmission money but it’s not a leverage game.  It’s really that tech has changed,” Ergen told...
Dish chairman says Hopper ad-skipper is about tech, not leverage over broadcasters

Where's Amazon Going With Music, Movies and TV Shows? Ask Media Boss Bill Carr.

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It’s no secret that Amazon has very big ambitions when it comes to digital media. But the company doesn’t ever say much about them, save for the occasional Jeff Bezos product rollout. But here’s the guy to ask: Bill Carr, who heads up Amazon’s digital music and digital video...
Where's Amazon Going With Music, Movies and TV Shows? Ask Media Boss Bill Carr.

Dish's Charlie Ergen on Ads, Wireless, Cord-Cutting, Culture and Blockbuster (Video)

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Dish chairman Charlie Ergen has a lot to say, and if you missed the livestream of his punchy and wide-ranging interview at D: Dive Into Media, you really missed out. Here’s the full video of Ergen’s interview with Peter Kafka. And here’s our coverage of what he said (but again,...
Dish's Charlie Ergen on Ads, Wireless, Cord-Cutting, Culture and Blockbuster (Video)

YouNow Gives Stage to Internet's Wannabe Stars, Leaves Judgment in Your Hands

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Shows like “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” have unearthed some great (and not so great) talent. But not everyone gets their 15 minutes in the TV spotlight, so a service called YouNow is looking to provide it to the rest of the world with a talent...
YouNow Gives Stage to Internet's Wannabe Stars, Leaves Judgment in Your Hands

The Onion Gets User Responses To Twitter Ads

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The team over at the Onion, in their infinite wisdom, have hit the streets to poll average Twitter users about their take on the company’s new advertising program. So far it appears as though the company has received mixed feedback (as illustrated in the photo below). Thanks to Peter Kafka...
The Onion Gets User Responses To Twitter Ads

Social Media Companies Have Absolutely No Idea How to Handle the Gaza Conflict

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(Screencap: Twitter) After announcing their intention to attack Hamas on Twitter, the Israeli Defense Force began military operations in Gaza yesterday. The Alqassam Brigades, Hamas’s military arm, also has a Twitter account, and the two have been engaging in a sparring match on the platform that elevates typically meaningless Twitter...
Social Media Companies Have Absolutely No Idea How to Handle the Gaza Conflict

Booting Up: The What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Facebook Marketing Event Edition

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What will Facebook announce at its big marketing event today? Peter Kafka has some ideas. [AllThingsD] But Mashable thinks it has to do with these new Facebook Timeline pages for brands. [Mashable] "Arianna Huffington seems to enjoy fucking with TechCrunch in her leisure time." At least that's Michael Arrington's theory....
Booting Up: The What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Facebook Marketing Event Edition

The Real Reason Everyone Is Suddenly Quitting AOL Again (AOL)

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AOL CTO Alex Gounares is leaving the company. So is the top engineer in the Huffington Post Media Group, Tim Dierks, according to a report from Peter Kafka. An ex-AOLer explains the timing and says we should expect more departures:  February is bonus time at AOL. I haven't heard anything, but...
The Real Reason Everyone Is Suddenly Quitting AOL Again (AOL)

AOL Sells Its Patents To Microsoft For $1 Billion: Microsoft Now Owns Netscape IP

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Just a few weeks ago, we had mentioned reports that AOL was looking to sell its patents. Sometimes, those kinds of things take a while, and may even involve auctions and whatnot. However, it looks like AOL got the deal done quickly, selling over 800 patents to Microsoft for just...
AOL Sells Its Patents To Microsoft For $1 Billion: Microsoft Now Owns Netscape IP

Details of Twitter Ad Platform Emerge

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Peter Kafka of All Things Digital has come out with some more details, which he says come from "people who have been briefed by the company", about Twitter's expected advertising platform. According to Kafka, the platform will be primarily search based, distributed via third-party applications and will appear in the...
Details of Twitter Ad Platform Emerge

ESPN Retools Radio App, Launches on iPad

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Rabid sports fans are about to get even less productive at work. ESPN has reengineered its streaming radio app to offer improved sound quality, push alerts for when a favorite program is going live, and content-caching for listening to podcasts without an Internet connection. It’s also launching the app for...
ESPN Retools Radio App, Launches on iPad

LEAKED: How Twitter Is Creeping Towards $1 Billion In Revenue And Snagging Massive Advertising Accounts

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Twitter has been having a lot of success with advertisers; at this rate it won't be long before it generates $1 billion. Peter Kafka at AllThingsD obtained eight slides Twitter uses to pitch big advertisers and sell them multi-million-dollar campaigns. Twitter still has to educate a lot of brands about...
LEAKED: How Twitter Is Creeping Towards $1 Billion In Revenue And Snagging Massive Advertising Accounts

Twitter's Michael Sippey Explains the Prescient Vine Acquisition (Full Dive Video)

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At its heart, Twitter is the simplest of products, but these days, the company’s product head Michael Sippey oversees all sorts of things: search and relevance, discovery, and new forays into short-form video and music. Speaking at our D:Dive Into Mobile conference in April, Sippey noted that his world is...
Twitter's Michael Sippey Explains the Prescient Vine Acquisition (Full Dive Video)

Police Arrest Man for Not Using Twitter [Peter Kafka, All Things Digital - 11/22/09]

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Police Arrest Man for Not Using Twitter [Peter Kafka, All Things Digital - 11/22/09]

Apple And Sony Reach Agreement, Giving iRadio Full Record Label Support, Report Claims

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Apple’s rumored iRadio support has just scored a major win, signing up remaining holdout Sony Music according to a new report from AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka. This follows reports earlier this week that talks had successfully resulted in arrangements with Warner Bros. and Universal, which should mean Apple is in a...
Apple And Sony Reach Agreement, Giving iRadio Full Record Label Support, Report Claims

This Week In AllThingsD Video: Google Now, Aereo and BYOD

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The staff of AllThingsD made a few appearances on video and radio this week: Arik Hesseldahl talked about the growing BYOD trend on Southern California Public Radio KPCC, Take Two. Peter Kafka joined Brian Leher on his popular CUNY TV show to talk about Aereo and cable TV (Peter’s segment...
This Week In AllThingsD Video: Google Now, Aereo and BYOD
Ahead of House of Cards premiere, Netflix asks investors to fund new original content

Down a CEO, Hulu said to hold talks with potential buyers

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Hulu has held talks with parties that could purchase it, Reuters reported today, leaving the online video giant in a period of uncertainty. The company’s recent removal of its CEO adds to the doubt. Precisely what the future of Hulu is when its long-term leadership and home are questions isn’t...
Down a CEO, Hulu said to hold talks with potential buyers
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