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Google Wants 100,000 Users to Change Passwords
MarketWatch
Google said that it is requiring almost 100,000 users to change their passwords after their credentials were found on a Russian bitcoin forum. The 2% of users whose current credentials were posted will be prompted to change their passwords upon their next login.

Apple Hires Fashion Marketer Ahead of Watch Debut
Advertising Age
Apple's latest hire has a background in fashion. Marcela Aguilar, senior global director-marketing communications at Gap, will be joining Apple as director-global marketing communications. Aguilar will come on board as the company gears up to roll out the Apple Watch.

Google Guys No 2 on VF 'New Establishment' List
Vanity Fair
Elon Musk has been named the No. 1 "disrupter" on Vanity Fair's 20th annual New Establishment list of top figures in the Information Age. Musk bested Larry Page and Sergey Brin (No. 2), Jeff Bezos (No. 4) and Shane Smith (No. 22). Rupert Murdoch is No. 1 among "powers that be."

YouTube Plans Major Ad Push Touting Teen Drama
Wall Street Journal
Google plans to launch a major advertising campaign promoting the new season of "Video Game High School," one of the most successful scripted series on YouTube. The teen drama, which has attracted 84 million views, was one of the first projects shot at YouTube's studio in Los Angeles.

Apple Introduces Bigger iPhones, Watch, Mobile Pay
USA Today
Apple unveiled new two new larger screen iPhones, a new mobile payments system and its long-rumored smartwatch — the Apple Watch — during a press event in Cupertino, Calif. The watch will come in three editions when it arrives in early 2015. "It all looks like really cool stuff."

Apple iTunes Releases U2's New 'Songs' for Free
New York Times
As part of what CEO Tim Cook called "the largest album release of all time," Apple made U2's new "Songs of Innocence" available for free on iTunes, just after the band performed a new song at the company's product event. The deal that led to the release was carefully negotiated.

Microsoft Near Deal to Buy 'Minecraft' Maker Mojang
Wall Street Journal
Microsoft is said to be serious talks to buy Mojang, the Swedish company behind the popular "Minecraft" videogame, in a deal valued at some $2 billion. "Minecraft" could reinvigorate the Microsoft's 13-year-old Xbox game business by giving it a cult hit with a legion of young fans.

Netflix Plans 'Slowdown' in Fight Over Net Neutrality
Deadline
On Wednesday, several major tech companies — including Netflix, Kickstarter, Mozilla and Reddit — will include slow-moving icons on their websites to illustrate what they believe could happen if the Federal Communications Commission doesn't impose tougher regulations.

TMZ Video Leads to Termination of Ravens' Ray Rice
USA Today
The elevator video of Ray Rice slugging his then-fiancιe Janay Palmer was posted by TMZ at 4 a.m. ET Monday. By lunchtime, it was a full-fledged national scandal. Then, just after 2 p.m. ET, the Baltimore Ravens announced they had terminated the running back's contract.

NFL Surpasses All Other TV Programming on Twitter
Wall Street Journal
The National Football League rules TV. So it’s not surprising that it rules social TV. In fact, when it comes to delivering an audience on Twitter, the NFL beats the rest of the prime time schedule. The NFL took all 10 spots on Nielsen's weekly Twitter ranking of sports programs.

TiVo's New Mega DVR Can Store 26,000 Hours of TV
New York Post
A new DVR capable of recording an astounding three years of standard-definition TV is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday. The DVR, from TiVo, will hold about 26,000 hours of TV programming — and could render erasing shows to make room for new recordings a thing of the past.

Netflix to Join Internet Protest on US Net Neutrality
Reuters
Netflix will join Reddit, Kickstarter and thousands of other websites on Wednesday in an online protest that calls for strong U.S. rules to ensure equal treatment of Internet traffic. The sites will display a spinning icon that represents a slow-loading Internet, with a link to more information.

Twitter Staffers Targeted in Threats from Islamic State
Mashable
A Twitter account linked to the Islamic State extremist group has called out specific assassination targets in the U.S. for the first time — Twitter staffers. One tweet read: "The time has arrived to respond to Twitter's management by directly attacking their employees."

Amazon Offers Phone for 99 Cents to Boost Adoption
Bloomberg
Amazon has cut the price of its Fire smartphone to 99 cents with a two-year contract through AT&T, seeking to boost adoption of the device six weeks after it went on sale. Amazon made the price change a day before Apple is slated to hold an event to announce new phones.

Facebook's Value Tops $200 Billion on Mobile Ads
Bloomberg
Facebook's market value exceeded $200 billion to put it among the world's biggest corporations, as investors bet on the company to capitalize on the future of mobile advertising. The rise in Facebook's stock boosted CEO Mark Zuckerberg's wealth to $34.5 billion.

Spotify Video Ads Land First Buyers as Debut Nears
Advertising Age
Spotify will soon roll out video advertising for marketers, including a mobile product that lets listeners watch a video ad in exchange for a half hour without any further commercial interruption. The music-streaming service will begin testing the video ads in the fourth quarter.

Twitter Tests Ability to Buy Products Within Tweets
CNET
Twitter is testing a new way for mobile shoppers to purchase items. A small percentage of U.S. users will see a "Buy" button within tweets, the company announced. "This is an early step in our building functionality into Twitter to make shopping from mobile devices convenient."

Yahoo Rolls Out Publishing Tool with Content, Ads
Next Web
Yahoo has launched Yahoo Recommends, a publishing tool that offers personalized content recommendations and native advertising. The Internet company believes it can help visitors discover more of a publisher's content while helping them monetize it as well.

Flipboard to Acquire Photo-Video App Ultravisual
Re/code
Flipboard has purchased Ultravisual, a small Brooklyn-based app maker that offers elegant photo and video creation and collaboration software for Apple's iPhone iOS. Ultravisual is often compared to Facebook's Instagram, with perhaps a little of Tumblr mixed in.

Piano Media, Press Plus Digital Paywall Firms Merge
New York Times
Two of the biggest companies helping news organizations set up digital paywalls have merged. Slovakia's Piano Media has bought Press Plus, its American counterpart. Kelly Leach, who recently resigned as publisher of the Wall Street Journal Europe, will run the merged company.

Facebook Mimics YouTube with New Video Features
Variety
Facebook, already a huge distributor of Internet video, continues to roll out new ways to the social service an even more attractive outlet for video-content publishers. The social network this week plans to launch a pair of YouTube-like features, aiming to build "a compelling offering."

YouTube Says 'Fancy' Wins as Song of the Summer
Mashable
"Fancy." "Wiggle." "Problem." "Rude." "Happy." "Anaconda." Songs with titles containing only one word ruled summer playlists, especially on YouTube, where they were among the most-streamed videos. Rapper Iggy Azalea's massive hit "Fancy" secured the top spot this season.

Groupon, LivingSocial Help Connect with Music Fans
Associated Press
Groupon is becoming the place for music fans to scoop up discounts on concert tickets, CDs and more for top-name acts. From big-name acts Arcade Fire to faded performers such as Color Me Badd, the industry is turning to Groupon and LivingSocial to help sell products.

Twitter: We're the Ultimate Companion to Television
Re/code
Katie Jacobs Stanton, Twitter VP of global media: "Twitter is the ultimate companion to television. Our users have been able to transform the service into this second-screen experience while watching live TV. Deep engagement on Twitter provides great value for broadcasters."

Netflix Testing Short-Form Content for Mobile Users
Gigaom
Netflix is considering adding two- to five-minute-long clips to its catalog to give the company's growing number of mobile users some bite-sized content to watch, according to design manager Dantley Davis. Netflix is testing a "Have five minutes?" content row to its mobile app.

AOL to Push 'Road Devil' Full-Screen Ads for Mobile
Wall Street Journal
AOL has introduced a new mobile full-page ad placement, dubbed the Road Devil Interstitial, which it hopes the online advertising industry will embrace as a new premium ad unit. AOL hopes the ad format will appeal to big marketers and help charge higher ad prices.

Google Settles In-App Purchase Suit for $19 Million
CNET
Google has agreed to pay $19 million to consumers to settle a case about children making purchases within programs on the Internet giant's mobile app store. The Federal Trade Commission accused Google of unfairly billing customers by not getting authorization from parents.

Yahoo Valued at $11 Billion as Alibaba Prepares IPO
Wall Street Journal
Yahoo's core business — recently thought by some analysts to be near worthless — is now being valued at more than $11 billion. Some of the mystery around Yahoo's valuation was lifted when Alibaba said it would sell shares in its IPO at an estimated price of up to $66 apiece.

Reddit Valued at $500 Million in New Funding Round
Re/code
Reddit, the social news website with a big web footprint, is said to be raising a big funding round. Sources said the site has reached a preliminary agreement to sell less than 10% of the firm for more than $50 million, valuing the company at of upwards of $500 million.

Microsoft Overhauls Venerable Internet Portal MSN
USA Today
Microsoft has unveiled an overhaul to MSN to make the web portal more of a hub. Soon, the company will introduce a variety of MSN apps. Users will be able to set a watch list of stocks in MSN Money, sports teams in MSN Sports and recipe collections in MSN Food & Drink.

Apple Invites Fashion Editors, Bloggers to Big Event
Reuters
Apple has invited several top fashion editors and bloggers to its Tuesday launch gala, further evidence that the iPhone maker is preparing to take the wraps off a smartwatch. The company is forging closer ties to the fashion world as it plots its foray into wearable technology.

Netflix Suspends 'Sesame Street' in Contract Dispute
Fortune
Anyone hoping to stream "Sesame Street" on Netflix is out of luck because of ongoing contract negotiations. PBS's deal with Netflix is said to have recently expired before the two parties renewed their contract. The blackout has ruffled the feathers of many Big Bird aficionados.

Vevo Taps CBS Interactive Veteran as Product Chief
MediaPost
Vevo has named David Rice to the new post of chief product officer. Reporting to CEO Rio Caraeff, Rice will oversee product development for the music video platform. Rice most recently served as SVP of CBS Interactive's games division. He is also a veteran of Yahoo.

YouTube May Be Worth $40 Billion - More Than Twitter
Adweek
YouTube, broken out from Google's overall business, is potentially worth more than Twitter, with a valuation up to $40 billion, according to an analysis by Jefferies. The report looked at the growth of digital video advertising and YouTube, a top beneficiary of this segment.

Google's Smith Named US Chief Technology Officer
Washington Post
The White House announced that it has named its next chief technology officer. She is Megan Smith, a Google exec with decades of experience in Silicon Valley. The Obama administration also named former Twitter lawyer Alexander Macgillivrayas as deputy U.S. CTO.

Apple's Cook Says iCloud to Add User Security Alerts
MarketWatch
Apple said it is planning additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts, but denied that a lax attitude toward security had allowed intruders to post private photos of celebrities on the Internet. CEO Tim Cook has given his first interview on the subject.

IAC's Vimeo to Make Push at Toronto Film Festival
New York Post
Execs from Barry Diller's video platform Vimeo are heading to the Toronto International Film Festival to persuade filmmakers to distribute their works on the advertising-free destination and set their own prices. Vimeo recently started a $10 million fund to help filmmakers.

AOL's HuffPost Hires Former NFL Player Stallworth
Daily News
The Huffington Post has reached into the NFL's ranks for its latest writer hire: former pro football wide receiver Donte Stallworth. The online news site has tapped Stallworth as a politics fellow. Stallworth came under fire in 2009 for his comments about 9/11 conspiracy theories.

Roku, TiVo New Devices Make Cord Cutting Plausible
New York Times
Promising new devices — two Roku smart televisions and a specialized TiVo made specifically for cord-cutters — make life without cable possible and even easy. After years of complex Internet-to-TV setups, it seems the technology has finally caught up with the dream.

Facebook Market Cap Tops $200 Billion for First Time
Mashable
Facebook's stock opened at $77 a share on Wednesday, pushing the company's market cap above $200 billion for the first time. That's roughly double what Facebook's market cap was when it went public in May 2012. The stock surged in late July after Facebook soundly beat estimates.

Twitter Exec Hints of Improved Search, Group Chats
Wall Street Journal
A souped-up search engine. An improved algorithm. Group chatting. These appear to be among Twitter's priorities to make its service more relevant and easier to use — an issue that has plagued the company since its IPO last year — per remarks by financial chief Anthony Noto.

Yahoo Style Magazine Bows in Time for Fashion Week
Adweek
Yahoo Style has launched, just in time for New York Fashion Week. The new digital magazine hopes to offer viewers another avenue for exploring fashion, pop culture and style. Editor in chief Joe Zee said users would find all the features they would expect in a print publication.

Netflix Calls on Warner Bros' Batman for Global Push
Financial Times
Netflix has secured exclusive global rights to Warner Bros.' new Batman series "Gotham" as the video streaming company ramps up its international business. It is the first time the company has signed a deal with a studio to stream a TV show in all of its territories.

Amazon Prime Video Offers Fall's Best New TV Show
Time
"Transparent" premieres all 10 episodes Sept. 26 on Amazon Prime Video. "It's a nuanced, gorgeous first half-hour, brilliantly performed and laced with melancholy and humor. You could confidently put it up against the best HBO or Showtime pilots of recent years."

Report: Online Video Taking Traditional TV Ad Dollars
Deadline
Advertisers are shifting spending to online video at the expense of traditional TV programming that isn't "essential," according to MoffettNathanson Research's Michael Nathanson. Execs should expect "a continued shift in TV budgets towards online video and display."

YouTube Launches Fan Funding for Indie Creators
ZD Net
YouTube has launched a donation feature for its channels, which could act as a crowdfunding tool to help get entrepreneurs off the ground. The new feature may encourage more independent content creators and brands to take to YouTube and invest time in growing their fan base.

Google Voted Most- and Least-Liked Brand in Media
The Drum
Google has topped the list of both most and least liked media brand in the annual I-MIS industry reputation survey. The analysis of 50 media and tech brands in the report found that many media brands were liked and disliked in equal measure by their industry colleagues.

Apple Denies iCloud Breach in Celebrity Photo Hack
USA Today
The embarrassing leak of intimate photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebrities wasn't caused by any breach of Apple's electronic systems, the tech giant said. "We have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack."

Yahoo: It's Put Up or Shut Up Time for CEO Mayer
CNNMoney
After years of waiting, Yahoo will soon be able to cash in on its stake in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba. CEO Marissa Mayer now has to figure out what to do with the windfall. "The question may not be 'Can Mayer turn Yahoo around?' but 'Will she have the time to do so?'"

AOL Brand CEO Lyne Steps Down to Oversee Fund
Re/code
Susan Lyne, the longtime media exec who has been CEO of AOL's brand group from early 2013, is stepping down from that role to run a venture fund inside the company aimed at women-led digital startups. The fund will initially have about $10 million to $12 million to invest.

IAC's About.com Rolls Out New Look, Native Ads
Crain's New York
About.com, the online network of "expert" guides that dates back to the dawn of the web, has relaunched. The top-to-bottom redo is aimed at making its sites, on subjects ranging from travel to health to tech, easier to navigate, while also giving the property more of an identity.

Groupon Nips at OpenTable with Time-Based Deals
TechCrunch
Groupon is adding a feature that will let businesses offer deals to users to be redeemed at a specific time in the day. The daily deals website said that the ability to set up and buy time-based deals is being rolled out first to restaurants and other food and drink businesses.

Reddit Eyes Monetization with New App for Interviews
Variety
Reddit is entering the mobile app category with one devoted to its most popular attraction, the Ask Me Anything interviews. The app simplifies AMAs to make them easier to read and ask questions in real time, as well as browse other AMAs and be notified of trending interviews.

Facebook Talked Ice Buckets More Than Ferguson
USA Today
The Ferguson, Mo., protests dominated Twitter for days last month. But Facebook users engaged with the Ice Bucket Challenge viral fundraising phenom more than twice as much as they did the Ferguson protests. Facebook lets users "sit inside the world they want to sit inside of."

Amazon's Bezos Replaces Washington Post Publisher
Washington Post
Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is replacing publisher Katharine Weymouth with Politico's first CEO, Fred Ryan, a former Reagan administration official now charged with continuing to build the reach of the legendary media brand's journalism through new digital initiatives.

YouTube Views for Top Channels See Major Growth
Guardian
The monthly view-count for the top 100 YouTube channels has grown by 80.5% over the last year, according to data from online video industry site Tubefilter and analytics firm OpenSlate. The big winner from that growth is PewDiePie, the alter ego of Swedish gamer Felix Kjellberg.

Report: E-Sports Drawing Real Crowds, Big Money
New York Times
The games industry is turning its ambitions toward the lucrative world of professional video game competition, widely known as e-sports. The games mostly attract young males, a group that is hard to reach with TV ads. Games are becoming "a major mass media platform."

Apple Erects Mystery Structure for Product Launch
KPIX
The mystery behind Apple's new product launch announcement on Sept. 9 is deepening with the building of a secretive structure at the site of the planned announcement. Security guards are shooing people away from the three-story structure, which is wrapped in white.

Alibaba Preps US IPO Launch for Early Next Week
Wall Street Journal
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to launch its U.S. IPO early in the week of Sept. 8, as the company aims to complete its months-long dialogue with U.S. regulators. The launch will kick off a deal that could raise more than $20 billion and be the world's largest in years.

Yelp, Demand Media on Goldman's M&A Short List
MarketWatch
Goldman Sachs analysts led by Heath Terry said there have been some $50 billion in U.S.-based Internet mergers and acquisitions so far this year — and more deals are likely. Among the Internet companies seen as possible targets: Yelp, WebMD, TrueCar and Demand Media.

Netflix Acquires NBC's 'The Blacklist' in Record Deal
Deadline
In what is believed to be the biggest subscription video-on-demand deal for a TV series, Netflix has acquired the rights to hit NBC drama "The Blacklist" in a deal that will net $2 million per episode. Season 1 is expected to debut on the streaming service next weekend.

Hulu Didn't Know 'Like' Button Sent Data to Facebook
MediaPost
Hulu said in court papers that it is entitled to prevail in a lawsuit accusing the company of violating privacy law by allegedly sharing users' personal data with Facebook. The suit centers on charges that Hulu wrongly shared information with Facebook via the "Like" button.

YouTube Tweaks Video Pages in Minor Site Facelift
Next Web
YouTube has received an ever so minor redesign. The information pane underneath the videos has been tweaked slightly. Other elements also appear to have been cleaned up, such as the related videos section. Many elements appear cleaner and flatter than before.

Google's Smith Eyed for US Chief Technology Officer
Bloomberg
Google exec Megan Smith is close to heading to the White House. Smith, who was most recently a VP at Google's X lab, is said to be a top candidate for the role of U.S. chief technology officer. Smith would become the third person to fill the job of "chief geek-in-residence."

Apple's Giant iPad Has Few Fans Among Tech Insiders
MarketWatch
Apple is reportedly developing an even larger iPad in an effort to reverse a recent slowdown in sales of the device. But some tech insiders don't believe in the viability of such a product. "As you increase the screen size, you decrease the mobility of the product."

Rovio 'Angry Birds' Maker CEO to Exit as Sales Stall
Reuters
Finland's Rovio, the maker of the "Angry Birds" mobile game, said it has hired Pekka Rantala from beverage maker Hartwall to take over as its new CEO by the beginning of next year. Current CEO Mikael Hed, son of board chairman Kaj Hed, will join the company's board of directors.

Twitter Suspends Parody Account of JPMorgan CEO
CNNMoney
Twitter is known for short-lived phenomena, and here's another one: a parody account for JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon only lasted about 24 hours before being suspended. The account popped up Wednesday afternoon under the Twitter handle @JPMorganCEO.

Google's YouTube: The New Hollywood Hit Factory
Businessweek
With summer TV ratings falling, the domestic movie box office down sharply, and upfront sales of TV advertising weak, a slew of mergers, acquisitions and investment has shaken the YouTube cosmos. Big media companies are jostling for a piece of the action.

Netflix to Screen Its First Original Series from France
C21Media
Netflix has expanded its international footprint with an order for its first original series from France. "Marseilles," a political drama, has received an eight-episode straight-to-series order and will debut exclusively in all Netflix territories in late 2015.

Amazon's Third Season of Shows Signals Huge Push
CNBC
Amazon's latest wave of original pilot shows launches Thursday, as the company intensifies its push into original streaming content, challenging rivals like Netflix and HBO. The three half-hour comedies and two hour-long dramas in this pilot season are packed with big names.

Apple's iWatch Expected to Arrive in Early September
Silicon Valley Business
Apple is expected to unveil its long-rumored wearable device on Sept. 9 alongside two new iPhone versions — about a month earlier than previous reports expected. The wristwatch will utilize the HealthKit health and fitness feature that Apple unveiled at its developers donference in June.

Alibaba Profit More Than Amazon, EBay Ahead of IPO
Bloomberg
Alibaba has been described as a mixture of Amazon and eBay during the preparation for its U.S. initial public offering. In the last quarter, Alibaba earned more than those companies combined. Alibaba may kick off its roadshow meetings to market the share sale next week.

Facebook Targets Ads Based on Cell Signal Strength
Advertising Age
Advertisers can now target their Facebook ads based on how strong someone's phone signal is when they visit the social network. That means advertisers can limit data-heavy ads like video to people on strong connections and run light-bandwidth text ads for those who aren't.

Google Extends Local Ads on Smartphones to Desktops
Bloomberg
Google has extended a mobile-advertising feature to the desktop, its most significant ad service to debut on smartphones before moving to computers, as the search provider rolls out technology for different platforms. The ads show what products are available nearby.

Twitter Opens Its Analytics Dashboard to Everyone
TechCrunch
Twitter launched an analytics dashboard in July, open only to advertisers and verified users. The microblogging company has now expanded access to the service to all Twitter users. "Check it out, and let us know what you think!" tweeted engineer Ian Chan.

Alibaba Hires New York Times Veteran for Global PR
Capital New York
Robert Christie, former communications chief of the New York Times Co., has joined Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba as VP of international media. In his new role, Christie will be "responsible for managing media relations for the company outside of Greater China."

Netflix, Dish File Objections to Comcast Mega Merger
Philadelphia Inquirer
Netflix and Dish Network are among the groups opposing the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal, based on documents filed right up to the deadline with U.S. regulators. According to Netflix, Comcast could become able to block new online video firms from "reaching critical mass."

Take-Two Interactive: Lohan Sued Us for Attention
Associated Press
The maker of the "Grand Theft Auto" video games said Lindsay Lohan sued to get attention when she asserted the games' latest installment features a character based on her. In Manhattan court papers, Take-Two Interactive said it wants the "Mean Girls" star to pay its legal fees.

Yahoo Searches for New Office Space in Los Angeles
Re/code
Yahoo is said to be looking at new office space in Los Angeles, including a complex in Hollywood, to consolidate its operations in Southern California. The hunt for a more tony address may reflect CEO Marissa Mayer's aggressive emphasis on media, including original content.

Google Acquires 'Star Trek' Visual Effects Firm Zync
TheWrap
Google has acquired visual effects firm Zync, a cloud rendering company with credits such as "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Looper" under its belt. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the tech giant said that Zync will be added to the Google Cloud Platform team.

Apple to Prepare New 12.9-Inch iPad for Early 2015
Bloomberg
Apple suppliers are said to be preparing to manufacture the company's largest-ever iPad, with production starting by the first quarter of next year. The new iPad is expected to have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally. Current iPads have 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays.

Facebook, Twitter Users 'Shy Away' from Opinions
Associated Press
People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. The study suggests that Facebook and Twitter might actually encourage self-censorship.

Snapchat Gets $10 Billion Valuation; Still No Revenue
Wall Street Journal
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is said to have agreed to invest in Snapchat, an ephemeral messaging service, at close to a $10 billion valuation. Snapchat is in the process of raising a large investment round that would make it one of the most valuable tech startups.

Pinterest Adds New Dashboard to Entice Advertisers
Re/code
Pinterest has a new strategy for getting brands on its service: Show, don't tell. The online inspiration and discovery company has unveiled a new analytics dashboard, providing potential advertisers with a glimpse of their mobile and audience analytics for the first time.

Twitter Aims to Expand Ad Network Across Europe
Financial Times
Twitter plans to expand its advertising system across Europe, more than doubling the number of countries it is available in across the continent, as the company strives to reach profitability. The move will allow thousands of businesses in the region to access Twitter's ad products.

Yahoo Brings Native Ads to Other Publisher Sites
Advertising Age
Last year Yahoo adopted the low-hanging-fruit version of native advertising. Unlike BuzzFeed's sponsored listicles or the New York Times's brand-penned posts, Yahoo's native Stream Ads resemble Facebook's Sponsored Stories in that they refashion ads as content links.

Facebook Takes Steps Against 'Click Bait' Articles
New York Times
Facebook has adjusted the way users see articles on its site to reduce what it called "click bait." The move is the latest development in a battle between the social networking giant and some news sites, which try to use the Facebook algorithm that ranks articles to their advantage.

Netflix Shares Reach All-Time High Ahead of Awards
CNBC
Netflix shares hit an all-time high on Monday as investors awaited the results of the Emmy Awards, where the company nabbed a record 31 nominations, in hopes that the streaming-video firm would beat cable and network shows, take home the statue and adds more subscribers.

Amazon Could Be ESPN of Video Games in Twitch Deal
Associated Press
Amazon hopes to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant has agreed to buy streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million, as it seeks to take part in video gaming's growth as a spectator sport. "Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenom."

TiVo's New Box Targets Cord Cutters, Aereo Refugees
Fast Company
TiVo has swooped in to seize what it sees as a market opportunity, with a new box aimed at folks who get their TV via antenna rather than cable or satellite. The TiVo Roamio OTA has the ability to record four shows at once and enough hard-disk space for 75 hours of HD video.

Amazon Greenlights Another Batch of Kids TV Pilots
CNET
Amazon Studios, the Hollywood arm of the e-commerce giant, has cleared five more kids TV pilots for production, joining a panoply of children's programming for the service. Like Netflix, its bigger rival in subscription streaming video, Amazon seeks to create more programming.

Aereo Loses Appeal for Cable-TV Service Recognition
CNET News
Aereo's fight for survival was dealt a setback when a federal court rejected the streaming TV service's argument that it should be recognized as a cable-TV service. The shuttered company will have to take its case to a federal district court to continue its cable-TV defense.

Netflix to Premiere Journo Foley's Final Film This Fall
New York Post
James Foley's legacy as a freelance photojournalist will live on. On Oct. 24, Netflix will premiere Foley's final piece, "E-Team," in which he served as one of the film's cameramen. The documentary debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to rave reviews.

Twitter Spreads Ferguson News Before TV Networks
Financial Times
The story of the protests in Ferguson, Mo., was told first on Twitter with almost 1 million tweets sent before CNN had spent a single minute reporting them, according to Pew Research Center. Twitter shows that social media is intruding even further into the territory of TV.

Facebook to Launch 'Mentions Box' at Emmy Awards
Mashable
Facebook will debut the Facebook Mentions Box, an interactive device that celebrities will wield to answer questions from fans from the red carpet at the Emmy Awards. Celebs will shake the device, causing a question to appear on the screen. The celeb will then record a video response.

IAC Making Moves to Own Online Dating Marketplace
SF Gate
Online dating has become a saturated marketplace in which one behemoth — Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp — has staked out a near monopoly. IAC counts heavyweights Match, OkCupid and Tinder among its portfolio. The company "owns online dating; they have been very aggressive."

Amazon Prepares Ad Program in Challenge to Google
Wall Street Journal
Amazon has been gearing up to directly challenge Google's dominance of the online advertising market, developing its own software for placing ads online that could leverage its knowledge of millions of web shoppers. Amazon may begin testing the new platform later this year.

Twitter Expected to Unveil 'Buy' Button Within Tweets
Re/code
Twitter's long-awaited plan to let users make purchases right from a tweet is said to be nearing, with payments startup Stripe having a role. Later this year, Twitter is expected to unveil "buy" buttons within tweets, allowing shoppers to enter payment data without leaving the service.

Report: Most Digital Media Use Is Within Mobile Apps
TechCrunch
U.S. users are spend the majority of their time consuming digital media within mobile apps, according to a new study from comScore. The finding means that mobile apps — including No. 1 app Facebook — eat up more of our time than desktop usage or mobile web surfing.

YouTube to Add Pac-12 Channel for International Fans
TechCrunch
The Pac-12 conference plans to launch a live YouTube channel for international fans, featuring 24/7 coverage of the conference's sports teams. Fans in 27 countries will be able to watch live games, studio shows and re-broadcasts of games for $100 per year or $15 per month.

Google Ventures Invests in Virtual-Reality Firm Jaunt
Variety
Google Ventures has taken a stake in virtual-reality tech startup Jaunt, which is building a system for 360-degree 3D viewing of movies, TV shows and video games. Jaunt's cinematic VR system captures video using algorithms and computational photography.

EBay Mulls Spinoff of PayPal as Soon as Next Year
The Information
Activist investor Carl Icahn's quest to compel eBay to spin off its PayPal unit ended with a whimper in April. But the maneuvering seems to be just beginning. EBay is said to be telling contenders for the job of PayPal CEO that it is considering spinning off the payments business.

SoundCloud Streaming-Music Site Adds Advertising
Los Angeles Times
SoundCloud, a popular destination for music on the web, has gone commercial. The Berlin-based company said it will start placing ads on its service as part of an effort to generate revenue, some of which will go to record labels and artists that sign up for its program.

Twitter in Censorship Dilemma Over Graphic Images
Bloomberg
While Twitter has taken pains to remove images of the death of James Foley, the journalist who was beheaded by Islamic militants, some photos of the body of Michael Brown, the teenager who was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., remain on users' streams.

AOL's HuffPost Bashed for Crowdfunding Journalism
The Awl
AOL's Huffington Post said it plans to continue on-the-ground reporting from Ferguson, Mo., in an effort crowdfunded by its readers. "But can't AOL — a large, sprawling media company that owns a lot of things that generate a lot of revenue — find the money somewhere?"

Yahoo Updates Android App with Digital Magazines
Next Web
Yahoo has updated its Android app with integration of the company's digital magazines: Yahoo Food, Yahoo Tech, Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Movies, Yahoo Beauty and Yahoo Health. Lately, the Internet giant has been pushing very hard to get its mobile apps up to snuff.

Netflix's 'Orange' Pirated More Than 60 Million Times
GigaOm
"Orange is the New Black" isn’t just popular with Netflix's 50 million subscribers: Episodes of the show were downloaded from P2P networks 60.8 million times in the second quarter of this year. The distinction made "Orange" the third-most popular TV show on file-sharing networks.

Twitter, Facebook Push Back at ISIS Propaganda
Associated Press
The Islamic State group has turned its social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. But there are signs of pushback, from companies censoring objectionable content and users determined not to let it go viral.

B&N, Samsung Unveil Reading-Focused Nook Tablet
Associated Press
Barnes & Noble and Samsung have unveiled a new tablet device that will replace the bookseller's own Nook tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will sell for $179, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. For the first time, the Nook will have a camera.

Amazon to Launch Drone Package Deliveries in India
Economic Times
India is expected to be the launch-pad for Amazon's plan to deliver packages using drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles. The online retailer will debut its drone delivery service with trials in Mumbai and Bangalore, cities where it has warehouses, according to sources.

AOL's Huffington Post Preps Debut of Edition in India
Adweek
HuffPost India, a partnership between the Huffington Post and the Times of India, plans to launch Nov. 25. "It's a critical market for any global media company," said founder Arianna Huffington. "It's a market of incredible growth, and an obvious market for us to go to."

Medium to Launch Its Own Music Magazine Next Month
Re/code
Medium, the startup led by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, has begun preparing its next foray into web publishing: a digital magazine dedicated to stories about music. Medium's music publication will be edited by Jonathan Shecter, best known as the co-founder of The Source.

Apple Stock Hits Record High Ahead of New iPhone
CNNMoney
Apple's mojo isn't just back, it's on fire. The tech behemoth's stock closed at the highest price in the company's history — $100.53 a share — on Tuesday. Investors are salivating over demand for the next iPhone and cheering Apple's newfound willingness to spend its cash horde.

Yahoo Live Streams Swift in Original Content Move
TheStreet
Yahoo tried to appeal to Swifties — the teenage (and older) army of rabid Taylor Swift fans — by hosting a live stream event on Monday of Swift introducing her latest single. Yahoo is tiptoeing into original web content creation, and this is just the latest tier in its plan.

App Developers Seek Boost from Celebrity Tie-Ups
Financial Times
App developers are increasingly looking to pair up with the likes of Kim Kardashian as they seek ways to stand out in a crowded marketplace. Analysts expect a flood of celebrity-endorsed and Hollywood-branded apps, as stars aim to extend their franchises into the digital world.

Snapchat Looks to Bring in News Content, Sell Ads
Wall Street Journal
Snapchat, the mobile app that creates vanishing messages, could soon be a service for disappearing videos, news articles and advertisements. The startup has held talks with advertisers and media companies about a service that would show content and ads to its users.

Microsoft Ex-CEO Ballmer Steps Down from Board
CNET
Steve Ballmer has cut his remaining official tie with the company he ran for 14 years, resigning from Microsoft's board of directors. In February, Ballmer stepped down as CEO. Since then, he has kept a low profile — his biggest news being his purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Google's Pivotal IPO Launches Decade of Big Bets
Associated Press
Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape much of the world in its orbit. And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further. His vision is that Google's products and services will become the control center of people's lives.

YouTube Removes Video Showing Journalist's Death
BuzzFeed
A video uploaded to YouTube by Islamist militants purports to show the beheading of a man believed to be U.S. journalist James Wright Foley. The clip was removed after about 20 minutes. YouTube policies "prohibit content like hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts."

Twitter to Remove Images of Deceased Individuals
Wall Street Journal
Twitter said it will remove images of deceased individuals at the request of family members, "in order to respect the wishes of loved ones." The move comes a week after Robin Williams's daughter said she quit the platform after being sent disturbing photo-shopped images of her father.

Facebook's 'News Problem' Exposed by Ferguson
BuzzFeed
Twitter in the past week has been dominated by second-by-second coverage of the Ferguson, Mo., protests and police clash, following one of the year's most important domestic news stories. Facebook, meanwhile, has largely been dominated by "viral news and buckets of ice water."

Netflix Paying Time Warner Cable for Faster Streams
GigaOm
Time Warner Cable has signed a direct interconnection deal with Netflix, making it the fourth of the big four U.S. ISPs to sign paid peering deals with the streaming video provider. Time Warner confirmed the deal happened in June and the implementation has been rolling out this month.

Google Moves to Target Children Under 13 Years Old
Wall Street Journal
Google plans to offer accounts to children under 13 years old for the first time, a move that will take the world's largest Internet search provider into a controversial and operationally complex new market. Google is trying to establish a new system that lets parents set up accounts for kids.

YouTube Preps Rollout of Subscription Music Service
The Verge
Google has been rumored to launch a YouTube-branded subscription music service for months, and now we're getting a look at what it might entail. The service is expected to be called YouTube Music Key, and will offer ad-free playback and the ability to save songs and videos.

Vevo's Owners Call Off Sale of Music Video Website
New York Post
Vevo is off the block. The owners of the popular music and video streamer have ended the sales process after deciding that the five-year-old property is poised for continued rapid growth. New York-based Vevo now has plans for a global roll-out. "This could be highly valuable."

Twitter Tinkers with Feeds Aiming to Find New Users
Re/code
Twitter has started surfacing tweets this weekend that users never actually said they wanted to see, a strategy intended to introduce users to new content they wouldn't otherwise discover. The social network is showing users tweets that have been favorited by those they follow.

Report: Consumer Appetite for New Apps Declining
Financial Times
Smartphone owners' waning appetite for new apps has cast a shadow over what has been a tech market hotspot, fueling mobile developers' concerns that their days of growth are coming to an end. Almost a third of users do not download any apps for their devices in a typical month.

Netflix Chief Hastings Says Don't Give In to Big ISPs
Wired
Netflix's Reed Hastings: "This is the reason we have opposed Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Comcast has shown the ability to use its market position to require access fees. A combined company would have even greater incentive to wield this power."

Aereo: TV Broadcasters Seek Nationwide Shutdown
MediaPost
A coalition of TV broadcasters has asked a judge to prohibit Aereo from operating its streaming video service anywhere in the country. The broadcasters say the Supreme Court's decision against Aereo requires the company to shut down. "Aereo is an adjudicated infringer."

Google Summer 'Camp' Draws Elite to Sicilian Resort
New York Times
Google held an elite conference in early August at a golf resort in Sicily, with a guest list of CEOs, investors and celebrities. On the agenda were discussions of global issues, along with relaxation by the Mediterranean Sea. Attendee Arianna Huffington tweeted: "Buona sera, Sicily!"

Netflix Edges Past HBO in Revenue from Subscriptions
USA Today
Emmy nominations aren't the only place where Netflix is beginning to eat HBO's lunch. The streaming video service edged past HBO in subscription revenue last quarter, earning $1.146 billion to the cable network's $1.141 billion. "We're honored to be in the same league."

StyleHaul Multichannel Network Eyed by Amazon, Fox
Variety
StyleHaul could be the next multichannel network to get snapped up by big media. Over the past several weeks, the female-focused style-and-beauty outlet has been approached about a potential acquisition by suitors including Amazon, 21st Century Fox, Hearst and Conde Nast.

YouTube Acquires Mobile Video App Startup Directr
Wall Street Journal
Google said its YouTube unit has acquired Directr, a mobile-video app used by small businesses to create marketing videos. The acquisition is the latest example of Google seeking to add tools for small businesses to encourage them to run more advertising across its sites.

Vevo Online Music Video Hub Faces Doubts Over Sale
Billboard
Vevo, on the block as it eyes life post-YouTube, is said to be worth a minimum of $650 million in a sale. But many are balking at the price tag, given the music video hub's ultimate value without YouTube's valuable display ad dollars. "I don't think they're going to be able to sell it."

Yahoo Former Chief Levinsohn Joins Scout Media
Adweek
Scout Media, a men's sports and lifestyle digital publisher, has appointed Ross Levinsohn to executive chairman. Levinsohn served as CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media for 18 months before exiting in June. The veteran exec is also known for his tenure at Yahoo.

Microsoft Xbox Shops Home for Entertainment Studio
Hollywood Reporter
Microsoft may have decided to shutter its nascent Xbox Entertainment Studios. But it's not necessarily game over for the operation. XES is said to be shopping for a new home and has had preliminary talks with Warner Bros. about becoming a stand-alone entity based at the studio.

Google to Acquire Social City-Guide Maker JetPac
Reuters
Google plans to buy JetPac, a startup that designs social travel apps. San Francisco-based JetPac uses pictures from various social networking sites to create city guides. "We look forward to working on exciting projects with our colleagues at Google," said a posting on JetPac's website.

Yahoo Acquires Web Ad-Malware Detector ClarityRay
Globes
Israeli startup ClarityRay, which develops tools to help web publishers circumvent ad blockers and combat theft of ad space, has been sold to Yahoo for $15-to-$20 million in cash. "Advertising is an essential part of our business here at Yahoo, and we're committed to getting it right."

IAC Acquires Teen Suicide-Linked Website Ask.fm
Financial Times
Barry Diller has bolstered his portfolio of Internet companies with the acquisition of Ask.fm, a social networking site that has been criticized for not doing more to prevent bullying. It was linked with teenage suicides, which led to a number of advertisers pulling their campaigns.

AOL to Tap Bond Market for Potential Acquisitions
Wall Street Journal
AOL plans to tap the convertible bond market to raise $300 million, a move that will give it additional firepower for use in potential acquisitions. Until recently the company relied on cash generated from internal operations and asset sales to fund growth, including last year's buy of Adap.tv.

Yo App Could Turn Out to Be Bigger Than Twitter
Wall Street Journal
The next iteration of the Yo app will let users send a link along with their "Yo." And a forthcoming service that lets any person connect an RSS feed to Yo means every blogger, website and media outlet on earth will be able to send push notifications to their followers, including links.

Twitter Creator Dorsey Tweets from Ferguson Protest
St Louis Post-Dispatch
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and co-creator of Twitter, sent tweets from Ferguson, Mo., on Friday night. Dorsey, a native of St. Louis, posted Vine videos of people walking on West Florissant Avenue. In one post, he noted, "People's cameras outnumber and outbroadcast the cameras."

Facebook Tests Tag to Distinguish Satirical Articles
Ars Technica
Facebook has begun running a test showing the text "Satire" in front of links to satirical articles in the related articles unit in its news feed. "This is because we received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units."

BuzzFeed Valuation Tops Tribune's After Investment
Bloomberg
BuzzFeed has raised $50 million on a bet its mix of animal lists and serious news is more valuable than the coverage produced by established media like the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. The investment from venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has propelled its valuation.

Apple TV Stalls as Cable Companies 'Drags Their Heels'
The Information
Apple's long-discussed, all-in-one box for accessing live and on-demand TV is not expected to launch this year. Company engineers are said to be working off timelines that now assume a rollout next year. Apple employees have said cable companies are "dragging their heels."

IAC's Aereo Writedown Leads to First Net Loss in Years
Bloomberg
Shares in Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp fell after reporting its first quarterly loss in more than four years as the company wrote down its investment in Aereo. IAC said the largest portion of the writedown was for its stake in the Internet-TV startup, which has halted operations.

Twitter to Acquire Image Search Startup Firm Madbits
TechCrunch
Twitter has acquired New York-based image search startup Madbits for an undisclosed amount. Madbits said it is "primarily interested in the task of image search, and the creation of intelligent, dynamic image sets, to automatically organize large databases of images."

Google Adds Ratings to Merchant Search-Results Ads
Wall Street Journal
Google has begun prodding merchants to provide more data to make its search results more effective — and more like Amazon. The Internet giant said it will add ratings to its so-called product-listing ads, which are used by merchants to sell their wares via Google search pages.

BuzzFeed Developing a Mobile App for Serious News
Advertising Age
BuzzFeed has begun developing an app to highlight the viral publisher's more serious reported news stories. The company is in the "embryonic stage" of building the app and is looking for a journalist to lead the effort. "It's going to be one of the most fun jobs in journalism."

Apple TV Set-Top Box Adds CNBC, Fox Now to Lineup
CNET
Apple has grown its lineup of channels on its TV set-top box, this time with CNBC, Fox Now and two regional channels. Apple TV has been adding more content as the company fights a handful of competitors — including Roku, Amazon and Google — in the streaming-media device market.

Netflix, AT&T Enter Peering Deal to Reduce Buffering
Mashable
Netflix has reached an agreement to give its streaming service direct access to AT&T's network, with the goal of reducing buffering when subscribers watch shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." The so-called peering deal went into effect on Tuesday.

Hulu Former CEO's Startup Eyes Talent on YouTube
VentureBeat
Jason Kilar, former CEO of Hulu, is working on a new video startup called Vessel, which has a business model that might make YouTube sweat. Vessel is said to be targeting top talent on premium YouTube channels. It might be able to promise content partners a larger payout.

Google Sued by Former F1 Boss Over Sex Party Photos
Guardian
Max Mosley, the former head of Formula One, has launched a legal action against Google in the U.K., demanding that the search engine remove images of him at a sex party. The high court challenge could set a significant legal precedent in the control of online privacy.

Twitter Shares Soar After Company Trumps Forecasts
CNBC
Twitter shares jumped sharply after the social media company easily topped earnings and revenue expectations. The company reported revenue of $312 million, an increase of 124% year-over-year. "There's a lot of room for expansion, a lot of room for multiple revenue sources."

Amazon Tests New Homepage Design Pushing Brands
Fast Company
Amazon has unveiled a new homepage design to select users, placing a new emphasis on the company's biggest brands: the Kindle e-book platform, its Fire tablets and smartphones, and the Prime subscription service. So far, not everyone is "blown away" by the new look.

Electronic Arts Tests Games Subscription on Xbox One
Bloomberg
Electronic Arts has started testing a monthly subscription service that lets players download games to Microsoft's Xbox One consoles. Under the beta test, players can buy a $4.99-a-month membership for unlimited access to four titles, including "Madden NFL 25" and "Battlefield 4."

Microsoft Gives Staff Sneak Peek at New 'Selfie' Phone
Reuters
Microsoft's hardware chief is said to have given employees a sneak peek at a "selfie" phone featuring a 5 megapixel forward-facing camera at an internal meeting this week. The 4.7-inch screen "selfie" phone, plus another high-end Windows phone, are expected to launch soon.

IAC/InterActive Unit Agrees to Buy Princeton Review
New York Times
Barry Diller's IAC is betting on the business of test preparation. The company's online tutoring unit, Tutor.com, plans to buy the Princeton Review, whose test preparation guides are familiar to students studying for the SAT and other tests, from Charlesbank Capital Partners.

Amazon, Alloy Team Up for Digital Publishing Imprint
New York Times
Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a book packager and division of Warner. Bros Television Group, have collaborated on a new digital publishing imprint for young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The imprint, called Alloy Entertainment, has released its first three titles.

Yelp Adds Video Feature in Mobile App to Lure Users
USA Today
User-generated business review company Yelp has added a video feature to its iPhone app. The feature, which allows users to showcase business aspects like ambiance, lighting or noise level in 3-to-12 second videos, is an upgrade on a photo feature that already existed for users.

Medium Blog Platform by Twitter Guys Runs First Ads
Advertising Age
Medium's latest "collection" — the blogging platform's term for a digital publication — has brought something new to the site: advertising. The sponsorship by BMW is the first attempt by Medium, created in 2012 by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, to generate revenue.

Contently Launches Arm for Investigative Journalism
Forbes
Contently, which helps build "plumbing" for brand publishing, has launched a nonprofit arm for investigative journalism. Contently.org is "our way of planting trees," said co-founder Shane Snow. "We've always considered ourselves a tech company that cares about the future of media."

Rhapsody, T-Mobile to Battle Music-Streaming Giants
New York Post
Rhapsody, as it surpasses the 2 million-paid-subscriber mark, plans an aggressive marketing push with T-Mobile that includes an all-you-can-eat, advertising-free music service for $3.99 a month. The service, called Rhapsody UnRadio, aims to put pressure Spotify and Pandora.

Netflix: No Comment on Possibility of Adding 'Seinfeld'
Bloomberg
The Internet was all in a tizzy last week after Jerry Seinfeld alluded to the possibility of "Seinfeld" becoming available for streaming on Netflix. The classic sitcom's current syndication deals for both cable and broadcast TV expire this fall. A spokesman for Netflix has declined to comment.

Hulu to Stream New WGN America Drama 'Manhattan'
Zap2It
WGN America's "Manhattan" has struck a deal with Hulu, making the site the exclusive home for online viewing. New episodes will be available on the subscription-based Hulu Plus a day after they air on WGN America, with all of season one later available for binge viewing.

Zillow to Acquire Trulia for $3.5 Billion as 'Stars Align'
TheStreet
Zillow has announced it is buying Trulia $3.5 billion in an all-stock transaction that is designed to make the combined entity the largest in online real estate advertising. "We're both media brands," said Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. "In terms of timing, the stars aligned."

AOL Teams with Havas for Programmatic Ad Buying
Wall Street Journal
France's Havas is teaming up with AOL in a programmatic ad-buying service, giving both companies a chance to enhance their presence in what many see as the hottest sector of advertising. Such services are becoming increasingly popular as a cost-efficient way to target web surfers.

Google, MediaCom Prep Training Program for Mobile
The Drum
MediaCom and Google plan to create a training program designed to prepare the WPP agency's planners and strategists for all mobile-centric opportunities including wearable tech. The program will launch in the U.K. before rolling out to other territories including the U.S.

Google Deal Spending Reaches $4.2 Billion in First Half
Bloomberg
Google more than tripled spending on acquisitions in the first half of the year to $4.2 billion, as the Internet giant ramps up to expand its services. "These acquisitions generally enhance our expertise in engineering and other functional areas, our technologies and our product offerings."

Apple Near $30 Million Deal to Acquire Radio App Swell
Re/code
Apple is said to be close to acquiring the Pandora-for-talk-radio app Swell, in a deal worth about $30 million. The acquisition comes as part of a string of content apps that Apple has picked up over the last couple of months, including the book-recommendation service BookLamp.

Amazon Launches Video Shorts to Boost Product Sales
Variety
Amazon has expanded into short-form video, launching a destination stocked with 100,000 free clips aimed at driving up e-commerce sales, as well as generating incremental revenue through video ads. Clips in the new Video Shorts section include movie and TV trailers.

Vevo Owners Seek to Sell Control of Music-Video Site
Re/code
The owners of Vevo, the music-video website, want to find a new investor to take control of the company. But before they can get that, they are trying to figure out how to rework the money-losing business so a new owner has a chance of turning a profit. "The thing is worth less than zero today."

Netflix Bolsters Offerings in Push for Documentaries
New York Times
Netflix has picked up exclusive rights to the documentary "Virunga," as part of a broader push to include more cause-related documentaries in its lineup. The film, about the battle to protect a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will debut on Netflix this year.

YouTube: Cooking-Food Is Fastest-Growing Genre
New York Times
The British website Sorted Food has one of the most popular cooking channels on YouTube, with revenue expected to reach $3.5 million this year. While still not as popular as comedy or gaming, cooking and food is the fastest-growing genre on YouTube, according to owner Google.

Sarah Palin Channel Launches Online at $10 a Month
Variety
Sarah Palin has unveiled a new subscription-based Internet network that promises direct access to her and her supporters. The Sarah Palin Channel, which costs $9.95 per month to access, was created with Tapp, the online-video venture formed by Jeff Gaspin and Jon Klein.

Facebook's Zuckerberg Wealthier Than Google Guys
Bloomberg
Mark Zuckerberg is now richer than Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page. The Facebook chairman added $1.6 billion to his fortune Thursday after the social networking giant closed at a record. "He's just getting started. He's going to become the richest person on the planet."

Apple Analyst Claims iPhone Maker Likely 'Obsolete'
CNBC
Apple could be "obsolete" in three years, due to increasing competition and "make-believe" valuations, according to Pedro de Noronha, managing partner at Noster Capital. "It's a very competitive landscape. They might become obsolete, as we've seen with dozens of tech companies."

Yahoo Investors Hope Alibaba Will Buy the Company
New York Post
Forget about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and her plans to turn around the ailing Internet company. Thanks to an intriguing report making the rounds of Wall Street, investors are hoping that Alibaba or another Asian savior will swoop in with an offer to buy the Sunnyvale, Calif., tech company.

Google Buys Game-Livestreamer Twitch for $1 Billion
VentureBeat
Google has signed a deal to acquire Twitch, a San Francisco-based, game-livestreaming company, for $1 billion. Google's YouTube division is reportedly in charge of the acquisition. The deal underscores the value of live streaming and the rise of competitive gaming as a spectator sport.

Netflix in Talks to Stream Iconic TV Sitcom 'Seinfeld'
The Verge
Jerry Seinfeld has confirmed that he is in talks to bring his comedy series "Seinfeld" to Netflix. Speaking in a Q&A session on Reddit, the comedian acknowledged that "conversations are presently taking place," when asked if the show would be brought to the streaming service.

AOL Names Video Sales Head Amid NewFronts Haul
Advertising Age
After a few relatively quiet months following its splashy NewFronts event in April, AOL's video operation is making noise again. The company said that half of its original video slate — eight of 16 shows — have been sold. AOL also named Marta Martinez as head of global video ad sales.

Amazon's Losses Increase as Ambitious Bets Pile Up
New York Times
Amazon has announced quarterly losses that were nearly double Wall Street's predictions. It also warned that the next quarter would be worse. As the firm keeps selling vast quantities of goods, skepticism is increasing. "It's hard to have $20 billion in revenue and not make money."

Pandora Loss Widens on Higher Costs Despite Growth
Wall Street Journal
Pandora Media said its second-quarter loss has widened as higher costs offset the Internet radio provider's continued revenue growth. Pandora frequently reports quarterly losses as robust listener growth has brought with it higher royalty costs for the songs the music service plays.

Twitter Fills Movie Theater Seats, Nielsen Study Says
Variety
According to a new study by Nielsen, 87% of Twitter users said their most recent decision to see a film in the theater was influenced by tweets. Twitter users are also a captive audience for movie information, with an estimated 65% of users saying they follow a film-related account.

YouTube Music Head Quits in Setback to Paid Service
Wall Street Journal
Chris LaRosa, YouTube's product manager in charge of music, will be leaving Google this Friday to join a startup. People who work with LaRosa describe his exit as a huge loss. LaRosa is the second person in charge of YouTube's music service to leave over the past 12 months.

Yahoo Enlists Icahn, Wall Street Biggies for Tumblr Blog
San Jose Business
Yahoo has tapped financial celebrities like Carl Icahn to launch a contributor commentary site on its Tumblr blogging platform, creating competition with a harder business angle for LinkedIn's Influencer program. Each of the bloggers will publish original content on their Tumblr page.

Facebook Officially a Mobile Company After Ad Boom
CNN Money
It wasn't long ago that Facebook was widely seen as having a "mobile problem." Those days are gone. Facebook has reported that mobile ads accounted for about 62% of its advertising revenue in the second quarter, up from just 41% a year prior. Its shares are up more than 30% this year.

Twitter Says Its Workers Are Mostly White, Mostly Male
Fortune
Men account for 70% of Twitter's employees and 90% of its tech staff, the social messaging company said in its first report detailing the demographic make-up of its workers. Meanwhile, 59% of Twitter's employees are white and only 12% identify as something other than white or Asian.

Storyful Social News Startup Adds Edit, Ad Staffers
FishbowlNY
News Corp. has added to its team at Storyful, the social news startup it purchased late last year. Among other moves, Mandy Jenkins has been named editor of Storyful's open newsroom. Jenkins comes to Storyful from Digital First Media, where she helped head up Project Thunderdome.

NowThis News Drops 'News' as Coverage Broadens
Next Web
When mobile video news service NowThis News launched two years ago, its typical clip was one- to two-minutes. Now, even a minute can seem like an eternity. And so NowThis has largely moved to 15-second videos. It also dropped "News" from its brand to reflect a broadening of its coverage.

Foursquare Rolls Out New App, Logo in Rebranding
USA Today
Foursquare has announced a major rebranding, shifting its app away from "checking in" at locations and focusing more on helping users search for nearby places. It also trotted out a new logo. The company's re-brand aims to better compete with local search platforms like Yelp and Google Places.

Reddit Lets Anyone Create a Blog for Breaking News
Next Web
Reddit has launched its own live-blogging platform, Reddit Live. During its beta period, only Reddit employees were able to create live streams and authorize trusted "reporters" to contribute. Now, anyone can use Reddit Live and submit their ongoing threads to a dedicated subreddit.

Apple Gets Patent for New Smartwatch Called 'iTime'
USA Today
Apple's new smartwatch will apparently be called "iTime." The company has received a patent approval for a "mobile electronic device," complete with diagrams and a moniker for the new gizmo, called iTime, in familiar Apple fonts. The watch is expected to be launched in October.

Google to Face U.S. Privacy Lawsuit Over User Data
Reuters
A federal judge has rejected a bid by Google to dismiss a privacy lawsuit claiming it commingled user data across different products and disclosed that data to advertisers without permission. The lawsuit arose after Google created a single, unified policy letting it merge user data.

LinkedIn Pays $175 Million to Buy B2B Marketer Bizo
Silicon Valley Business
LinkedIn said it will pay $175 million to acquire Bizo, a startup whose marketing platform helps businesses identify, reach and engage with their target audiences online. The deal is the second in as many weeks for LinkedIn, which last week bought Newsle for an undisclosed amount.

Apple Gears Up for Rollout of Large-Screen iPhones
Wall Street Journal
Apple is said to be planning for its largest initial production run of iPhones, betting that larger-screen models will lure consumers now attracted to similar phones from Samsung and others. The company is reportedly having suppliers prepare for 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays.

Facebook, Twitter Visited by Hillary for Virtual Q&As
NBC Bay Area
Hillary Clinton visited Silicon Valley on Monday, including the headquarters of Facebook and Twitter, to promote her new memoir, "Hard Choices." Clinton did an online question-and-answer session with Facebook, then traveled to Twitter's headquarters to conduct a similar interview.

Netflix's 50 Million Users Face a Flood of New Shows
Businessweek
Netflix has spent more and risked more to become a real competitor to HBO in programming while maintaining a technology edge over everyone. The company's letter to shareholders lists a cavalcade of forthcoming shows. "You have to feel gobsmacked after digesting Netflix's list."

Aereo Reveals Subscriber Numbers for the First Time
Re/code
Aereo generated lots of attention from the media world in the run-up to its Supreme Court case this spring. Consumers may have been less interested: Paperwork filed with the U.S. Copyright Office this month indicates that the startup ended 2013 with 77,596 subscribers.

Facebook Hires NBA Exec to Run Sports Partnerships
Crain's New York
Facebook has hired National Basketball Association exec Dan Reed to head up sports strategy and partnerships for the social network. Reed will expand Facebook's partnerships with leagues, teams and athletes, and help the company deepen its relationships with content creators.

YouTube Star Sued by Record Label Over Copyrights
Reuters
Michelle Phan has won millions of Internet fans for teaching them how to look like Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie. But dance music label Ultra Records is not one of them. Ultra is suing Phan for copyright infringement, alleging she used their songs in her videos without a license.

Yahoo to Acquire Mobile Analytics, Ad Platform Flurry
Re/code
Yahoo has entered a deal to buy mobile analytics and advertising platform company Flurry. Founded in 2005, the San Francisco startup describes its focus as “optimizing the mobile experience for developers, marketers and consumers through personalized ads and mobile analytics."

Facebook Launches Save-It-for-Later Feature 'Save'
CNET
Facebook gets it: Sometimes, there's just too much stuff in your feed to keep up. So, the company has launched a feature called "Save" to allow customers to mark things they would like to see later. Music, movies, articles and other items can be placed in the "Save" list.

Twitter Is 'Hated' by Prince Harry for Privacy Invasion
Telegraph
Prince Harry has told children he "hates" Twitter because he regards messages and images posted on the service as an invasion of privacy. "I'm not on social media but I used to be." Ironically, he made the comments at a school where children are being trained as "digital champions."

Pinterest Ramps Up E-Commerce with New Feature
ClickZ
Pinterest has continued to boost its e-commerce services. Now, when users search for their favorite categories, they can follow a range of related interests. For example, if a user searches for "outdoors," related topics like "camping" and "hiking" will appear at the top of the page.

Google Seen Best Positioned for Transition to Mobile
Reuters
Google is the best positioned of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile and increased local advertising, according to analysts. The Internet giant last week posted its 18th straight quarter of 20%-plus revenue growth. Google earns most of its revenue from advertising.

Yahoo to Release Weinstein Film Ahead of Theaters
Los Angeles Times
Yahoo has struck a deal with the Weinstein Co. to release the film company's "One Chance" ahead of its theatrical debut this fall. The pact is the latest in a series of moves by Yahoo that illustrate its intentions to be a major player in the digital video space.

Machinima Video Network Exec Leaves for New Gig
TheWrap
Sanjay Sharma, a top exec at Machinima, is said to have left the online video company to take a new job. Sharma has been at Machinima since the beginning, an EVP who shaped strategy for one of YouTube's first giant networks. His next move remains unclear at the moment.

YouTube Stars Sell Target to Millennials for College
New York Times
Target, the discount retailer, has begun using YouTube celebrities to reach young consumers shopping for apparel, electronics and home furnishings for college. "You have to go where the millennial generation is," and YouTube is their "go-to place for video content."

Netflix Partner Says Verizon Slows Streaming Speeds
CNN Money
Level 3, a firm Netflix and others pay to deliver traffic to Internet service providers, has accused Verizon of refusing to upgrade its infrastructure to boost lagging streaming speeds. Netflix has complained that some broadband companies are allowing streaming speeds to slow down.

Samsung to Move 'Next Big Thing' Team to New York
CNET
Samsung plans to relocate the team that dreamed up its "Next Big Thing" marketing campaign to New York and New Jersey, closer to its U.S. headquarters, as part of an effort to consolidate operations. Most execs will be moved to a new facility in New York's Meatpacking District.

Google May Turn New York Pay Phones Into Hotspots
Bloomberg
Google is said to be among several tech companies considering a plan that uses pay-phone locations to give New Yorkers free wireless Internet access. The Internet giant was among 50 attendees at an informational meeting in May for the project. Bids for the proposal are due Monday.

Facebook Scammers Prey on Malaysia Airlines Victims
Mail Online
The names and photos of Malaysia Airlines plane crash victims have been exploited by online scammers who have set up fake Facebook tribute pages to drive traffic to a dodgy external website. The pages baited people to click on another website to view footage of the disaster.

Yo Mobile App's Investors Include Mashable Founder
TechCrunch
Yo, the simple app that just sends a "yo" to your friends, has closed $1.5 million in seed funding with a $10 million valuation and is finally ready to talk about its investors. They include Betaworks, Mashable's Pete Cashmore and the founders of China's Tencent, among others.

Craigslist Runs Video Clip of New Gyllenhaal Movie
TheWrap
The first video clip of Jake Gyllenhaal as his character in the forthcoming film "Nightcrawler" has surfaced online in a bizarre place — Craigslist. Or perhaps it's not a bizarre place and simply the kickoff of a clever viral marketing campaign. The clip appears in a Craigslist "job wanted" ad.

Google Eyes Expansion of Fast Broadband to Britain
Telegraph
Google has held talks with a British company called CityFibre, with a goal of extending its Google Fiber project outside the United States for the first time. The discussions broke down amid concerns from CityFibre that an existing partnership with BSkyB would be threatened.

Netflix, Disney in Exclusive Canadian Deal for Films
World Screen
Netflix has inked a deal to become the exclusive Canadian subscription TV service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from Disney. The pact kicks off in 2015 and will cover new titles. Films will be available on Netflix about eight months after the end of the theatrical run.

Facebook Launches an App Only for Famous People
Mashable
Facebook has rolled out a new app for celebrities and public figures, making it easier for them to interact with fans. The app, Facebook Mentions, lets users see what fans are saying in a dedicated feed and start Q&As. The app is only available for public figures with verified pages.

Microsoft to Shut Down Xbox Entertainment Studios
Re/code
Microsoft will close its Xbox Entertainment Studios, as part of a company-wide restructuring, ending an ambitious foray into original video programming. The Santa Monica, Calif., operation will be shuttered as the tech giant focuses on strengthening its core business in video games.

YouTube's New Content Push: Investing in Its Stars
Wall Street Journal
As YouTube's home-grown stars seek bigger stages, Google wants a share of the benefits. The video website is said to have approached many of its top video-makers, offering to fund programming in return for a portion of the proceeds when creators distribute the content elsewhere.

Twitter to Unveil New Metrics Showing User Breadth
Wall Street Journal
Twitter is expected to unveil new metrics that it hopes will illustrate its reach and shift its perception from a social network to a broadcast platform in the likeness of Google's YouTube. Twitter's moneymaking successes have been overshadowed by faltering user growth.

Facebook Tests 'Buy' Button for Online Purchases
Associated Press
Facebook has begun testing a "Buy" button in its latest effort to help businesses boost their sales through the social network. The button will let people buy products directly from businesses without leaving Facebook. A "Buy" button appears at the bottom of sponsored ads.

Amazon Unveils Kindle Unlimited Subscription Service
Associated Press
Amazon has rolled out a new subscription service for Kindle devices that will allow users unlimited access to thousands of books and audiobooks for $9.99 a month. The Kindle Unlimited service will give users the ability to read as much as they want from some 600,000 Kindle books.

Pinterest Lawsuit Over Its Creation OK'd to Proceed
Daily News
A Manhattan judge has given the green light to a lawsuit by a lawyer who claims his former business partner stole the idea for Pinterest. Theodore Schroeder can now proceed with his charge that Brian Cohen "misappropriated" his idea for a virtual bulletin-board social network.

BuzzFeed Sees Pinterest as Untapped for Referrals
Forbes
Just two years after BuzzFeed started explicitly producing content intended for sharing on Pinterest, the bulletin-board social network has become the social-news website's second biggest source of social referrals, beating out runner-up Twitter. "Pinterest is huge. But it's untapped."

Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Over the Next Year
Associated Press
Microsoft plans to eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as the company works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. The software and electronics giant said that of those jobs, about 12,500 professional and factory jobs will be cut.

Google Seen Likely to Become Trillion Dollar Company
CNBC
Google has the potential to hit a trillion-dollar market cap in the next 10 years, according to one tech investor. Jim Breyer, founder and CEO at Breyer Capital, expects the search engine giant to join Facebook in gobbling up smaller companies and continuing to grow rapidly.

YouTube Star Phan Offers Advice on Building a Brand
Wall Street Journal
When Michelle Phan was in college, her goal was to finish with a job. But just in case she made her own safety net: a YouTube channel where she could share beauty tips. It would be the beginnings of her artist's portfolio. Phan now has millions of fans and her own makeup line.

Yahoo Struggling to Land Top Brands for Native Ads
Wall Street Journal
During Yahoo's second quarter earnings call, CEO Marissa Mayer repeatedly expressed disappointment with the company's ability to pull in premium advertising spending. On the flip side, she touted the fact that 40% of Yahoo's display ad inventory sold is now native ads.

Apple Could Pay $400 Million in Lawsuit Over E-Books
CNET
Apple has agreed to pay $400 million to consumers hurt by e-books price-fixing, but only if the company's appeal of the original antitrust ruling doesn't succeed. The tech giant last month said it had agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit, brought by attorneys general in 33 states.

Amazon Tests 'Unlimited' E-Book Subscription Service
GigaOm
Amazon has begun to test an e-book and audiobook subscription service called "Kindle Unlimited" that would cost $9.99 a month. According to web pages that were pulled down, it would offer access to over 600,000 titles. The service would compete with the likes of Scribd and Oyster.

Google Working to Design Typeface for Digital Devices
New York
Google has spent years trying to create the perfect fonts for its many Android devices. And now, as the Internet giant installs Android into cars, TVs, wristwatches and other platforms, the company is attempting an audacious task: making a typeface that looks good on all of them.

Slingbox Makes Streaming Cable TV Easier Than Ever
Wired
EchoStar has announced a new entry-level Slingbox as well as a rebranded version of the higher-end Slingbox 500. The former, the Slingbox M1, will be the cheapest Sling-branded way to stream from a home TV to a laptop or mobile device. The main feature it adds is Wi-Fi connectivity.

AOL Aims to Bring Web-Like Direct Response Ads to TV
Wall Street Journal
AOL has patented a new advertising service aimed at helping TV ads work more like the web. The Internet company claims its new service will let advertisers gauge whether TV ads are driving consumers to the web, the phone or into stores to make their purchases.

Social-Media Stocks Wobble Again After Fed Warning
Bloomberg
Internet and biotechnology stocks, at the center of almost every volatility scare the U.S. stock market has seen in 2014, were back in the lurch yesterday. Valuations for smaller biotechnology and social media stocks are stretched, the Federal Reserve said. "They're priced for fantasy land."

Twitter Sued for Age Discrimination by Former Staffer
SF Weekly
Peter Taylor has filed a lawsuit against Twitter for wrongful termination, claiming that a "substantially younger" supervisor made derogatory comments about his age. Taylor, who is 57, said he was dismissed without notice despite performing his duties in an "exemplary manner."

Google, Novartis Team Up for 'Smart' Contact Lens
USA Today
Google has teamed up with pharmaceutical giant Novartis to develop a "smart" contact lens intended to replace reading glasses for people who can't read without them and glucose monitors for those with diabetes. "These are issues that have been unmet medical needs."

Yahoo's Mayer 'Not Satisfied' with Quarterly Results
Forbes
On the eve of her second anniversary as CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer has unwrapped a birthday present she would probably rather leave in the box: A lousy quarter of financial results. Falling short even of Wall Street's pessimistic expectations, Yahoo reported $1.08 billion in revenues.

Microsoft Forecast to Overtake Yahoo in Digital Ads
Reuters
Microsoft is expected to surpass Yahoo for the first time in the $140.2 billion worldwide digital advertising market, according to estimates by eMarketer. Microsoft's global ad revenue share for 2014 is forecast at 2.54%, edging ahead of Yahoo's share of 2.52%.

Apple, IBM in Major Hardware, Software Partnership
CNBC
Apple and IBM have entered a partnership that could make Apple — traditionally a consumer brand — a major player in the business market. IBM plans to create 100+ business apps exclusively for iPhones and iPads. In return, IBM will sell Apple products to its clients worldwide.

Facebook, YouTube Targeted by British Spy Agency
Independent
British intelligence agency GCHQ has the tools to manipulate online traffic, infiltrate computers and spread messages on Facebook and YouTube, according to newly-published documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden. The tools are "operational, tested and reliable."

Google Forms Team to Hunt Web Threats, Hackers
MarketWatch
Google has set up a special team to take on hackers and other threats on the Internet. The company's new initiative, dubbed "Project Zero," aims to hunt cyber-threats and identify potential vulnerabilities on the web that could be exploited by "criminal or state-sponsored" perpetrators.

Amazon in Talks with Publisher Simon & Schuster
Wall Street Journal
Hachette isn't the only book publisher facing down Amazon. The online bookseller is also in talks with Simon & Schuster, said Les Moonves, CEO of the publisher's parent CBS. "Amazon has a definite point of view about what should be done in the publishing business."

LivingSocial Names eBay Veteran Thakar Next CEO
Washington Business
LivingSocial has named its next CEO: Gautam Thakar, an eBay exec who heads the e-commerce giant's Shopping.com. He is slated to replace outgoing chief Tim O'Shaughnessy by mid-August. His appointment comes half a year after O'Shaughnessy announced plans to step down.

Yahoo's YouTube Competitor to Offer Free Concerts
New York Times
Yahoo and concert promoter Live Nation have teamed up to offer free live video streams of a different concert, featuring top acts like Dave Matthews Band, each day for an entire year. The ambitious effort could help establish Screen, Yahoo's video site and competitor to YouTube.

Amazon Lets Viewers Binge Watch New Video Series
Re/code
Last year, Amazon followed Netflix's lead and launched its own web video shows. Now, as it prepares for a second season, Amazon is taking another page from the Netflix playbook: Its new show "Transparent" will release its entire season in one go, letting viewers "binge" as much as they want.

Google, Netflix Call for Equal Rules on Internet Traffic
CNET
Major web companies including Google, Netflix, Amazon and Facebook have called on U.S. regulators to establish rules requiring all web traffic be treated the same way, weighing in yet again on Net neutrality issues as federal officials consider new rules governing the open Internet.

Yahoo CEO Mayer Covets Huffington Post -- Not AOL
Re/code
Will Yahoo, which will soon get "piles of cash" from its investment in Alibaba, pursue an often-rumored merger with AOL? Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is said to find the idea of such a deal "small, uninspiring and backward-looking." Still, Mayer reportedly covets AOL's Huffington Post.

IAC Acquires Dating, Media Assets of HowAboutWe
Bloomberg
IAC/InterActiveCorp has acquired the dating and media assets of This Life's HowAboutWe service, which suggests things to do on romantic outings. Barry Diller's IAC, which runs dating sites such as Match.com and OKCupid, is seeking to keep its edge in online dating.

LinkedIn Acquires Contact Alert Platform Newsle
Mashable
LinkedIn has acquired Newsle, a web app for surfacing news about people in your network. The startup, which had raised more than $2 million in funding, uses algorithms and natural language processing to highlight news about your connections on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Issuu Startup to Become 'YouTube for Magazines'
Wall Street Journal
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Issuu has raised $10 million in funding to help magazine publishers make their content available to digital audiences via mobile apps, websites and social media. Publishers use the startup's software-as-a-service to render their content "fully digital."

Google's CEO Talks Privacy with Elite in Sun Valley
Bloomberg
Larry Page zeroed in on a timely subject when he addressed privacy at Allen & Co.'s annual dealmaking retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho. The Google CEO, whose company makes money gathering data on users' Internet behavior, will collect more information with release of Google Glass.

Hulu Enters $80 Million Deal to Stream 'South Park'
New York Times
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the boy-men behind "South Park," have announced a three-year deal to give Hulu exclusive rights to stream the huge back catalog of the animated comedy, as well as the current season's episodes immediately after they are broadcast on Comedy Central.

YouTube Mulls Funding to Boost Premium Content
Reuters
YouTube is said to have embarked on a new round of talks with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content. The move underscores Google desire to complete YouTube's transition into a website sporting more polished content to secure higher-priced advertising.

BitTorrent to Try a Paywall, Crowdfunding for Media
New York Times
BitTorrent, whose software is often used for illegal file-sharing, plans to team up with film producers and musicians to charge for downloads. First up is "Children of the Machine," a pilot for a prospective series. BitTorrent aims to become "the leading place for independent content creation."

Netflix Picks a Fight with Internet Service Providers
Washington Post
Reed Hastings has been thinking a lot about broadband providers, as Netflix spearheads a lobbying effort to get regulators to monitor how ISPs charge web firms like his to move data around the Internet. Interconnection charges, he said, could become "like retransmission fees."

Yahoo Buys Startup RayV to Bolster Video Streaming
CNET
Yahoo has taken its push into online video one step further. The company has acquired Israeli startup RayV, whose technology will help Yahoo stream its new entertainment efforts to viewers. RayV specializes in streaming high-quality video to online and mobile audiences on a large scale.

Instagram, Vine Help Create New Generation of Stars
New York Times
Social media talent agencies have sprung up to help the "stars" of Instagram, Vine, Pinterest and other websites make money by connecting them with brands wanting to advertise to their audiences. Some of these personalities could "graduate to being the next Jimmy Fallon."

Apple iTunes Bypassed by Country Music Star Brooks
Associated Press
Garth Brooks has finally embraced digital music, but he's doing it his own way. One of the last big-name musicians still refusing to put his music on Apple's iTunes, Brooks said he will make his music available for download — but only through his own website, garthbrooks.com.

Amazon, Hachette Execs Outline Positions in Dispute
New York Times
Books don't just compete against books, according to an Amazon SVP. "Books compete against Candy Crush, Twitter, Facebook, streaming movies and newspapers you can read for free. It's a new world. It's so important not to simply build a moat around the industry."

Facebook, Twitter Set Records for World Cup Final
Wall Street Journal
After the 2014 World Cup final, most soccer fans are focused on the numbers 1 and 0 — the score line by which Germany defeated Argentina. But Facebook and Twitter are pointing to much larger digits that illustrate how big a hit the tournament has been among their users.

Yahoo High-Level Female Exec Sued for Harassment
San Jose Mercury News
Maria Zhang, a top Yahoo exec helping to lead the company's mobile-content efforts, has been named in a lawsuit filed by a woman working under her who accused the supervisor of harassing her. In her complaint, Nan Shi claimed she was promised "a bright future at Yahoo."

Google Names French Journalist to Advisory Council
Guardian
Google has launched a dedicated page for its advisory council on the "right to be forgotten" case, inviting the public to submit comments on the European ruling and how the search giant should apply it. The 10 council members include Sylvie Kaufmann, editorial director at Le Monde.

Yahoo, AOL CEO Late-Night Talk Stirs Speculation
Business Insider
Thursday night, two reporters working the Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley spotted Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong having a "deep conversation" at a bar. One reporter said the two had "very nearly shut down" the establishment. "What's the deal?"

Netflix to Challenge Cable Giants Over Internet Pipes
Washington Post
The world of TV is dominated by big, entrenched players: broadcasters such as ABC and CBS, and cable companies such as Comcast. Standing in the middle is Netflix, which has begun to flex its muscles in Washington, D.C., challenging the cable companies that control the pipes.

YouTube: DeGeneres Beats Out Fallon in Influence
Wall Street Journal
Since taking over "The Tonight Show" on NBC, Jimmy Fallon has become an even bigger YouTube phenomenon. But it's Ellen DeGeneres who delivers the most influential and consistent audience on YouTube, according to the latest data from analytics firm OpenSlate.

Google Preps $100 Million European Startup Fund
Wired UK
Google Ventures, the venture capital arm of Google, plans to bankroll entrepreneurship across Europe with a sizeable investment fund based in London. The $100 million fund will invest in European technology companies, with the aim of helping develop firms across the continent.

Amazon Faces FTC Lawsuit Over Kids' App Charges
Associated Press
The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over charges that the company has not done enough to prevent children from making unauthorized in-app purchases. The move had been expected since last week, when Amazon said it wouldn't settle with the FTC.

Microsoft CEO Lays Out 'Unique Strategy' in Memo
Seattle Times
A new 3,000-plus-word memo, along with Satya Nadella's interviews with news media, marks the first time the CEO has talked in depth about his direction for Microsoft and represents a honing of the broad themes he has laid out since taking the top position in February.

Yahoo CEO Draws Attention Over Alibaba Cash Plan
MarketWatch
Yahoo will kick off the tech earnings season next week and once again the focus will be on its prized stake in Alibaba, the Chinese online powerhouse gearing up for an initial public offering. With the IPO drawing near, analysts are asking: What will Yahoo do with that Alibaba cash?

Aereo Sees Business Path to Survival as Cable System
Wall Street Journal
Aereo, the online video company that was widely expected to go out of business after losing its case with the Supreme Court, has signaled it sees a path to survival if it is classified as a cable system. In its ruling, the high court described Aereo as "highly similar" to a cable system.

Exposι: Sex Workers Enjoying Boom in Silicon Valley
USA Today
Call girls have been the entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley that no one talks about. But with money flowing from the tech industry, their business is booming. The Internet makes their work more "efficient." Had Google exec Forrest Hayes not overdosed, "no one would have ever known."

YouTube to Run Series Based on Patterson's Books
New York Times
James Patterson has struck a deal with Collective Digital Studio to turn his best-selling young adult fantasy series "Maximum Ride" into an online series for YouTube. Collective is a production company and multichannel network with nearly 700 YouTube channels.

Netflix Acquires U.S. Rights for New CBS Drama 'Zoo'
Reuters
Netflix has acquired the exclusive U.S. video-on-demand rights for the CBS drama "Zoo," set to release next summer. The full season will be available to U.S. Netflix members immediately after its broadcast on CBS. "Zoo" is based on the best-selling novel by James Patterson.

Google Exec's Death Turns Torrid with Call Girl Arrest
San Jose Mercury News
It was a camera-caught crime of callousness — an unconscious Google Glass exec left to die on his luxury yacht with a fatal fix of heroin coursing through his veins. Police said the woman who injected the drug stepped over his body and finished a glass of wine before fleeing.

Google Promises to Fix Search Results for 'America'
Hollywood Reporter
Google has responded to charges that it has been dragging its heels while failing to fix a search problem that has made it difficult for users to locate theaters playing the new movie "America." "Our systems have unfortunately confused the title of the movie because it's a common term."

Yahoo Veteran Levinsohn Joins Board of DramaFever
Wall Street Journal
Ross Levinsohn, former interim CEO of Yahoo, has been named to the board of DramaFever, a video website offering subtitled Korean dramas. DramaFever is enjoying explosive growth in the United States. And its viewers aren't just Korean Americans or expats, the company said.

YouTube in Effort to Add 12,000 Live Concert Videos
CNET
YouTube said it has worked with Music Vault, which hosts live music videos, to bring 12,000 concert clips to users of the video-sharing site. Included in the collection are 50 years of music that encompass legendary artists like Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and James Brown.

Netflix Hires Nickelodeon Veteran for Kid Programs
World Screen
Netflix has brought in Brian Wright, most recently senior VP of live-action development at Nickelodeon, to spearhead its efforts with kids' and family programming. Wright will have oversight of exclusive live-action, animated and preschool series for Netflix and Netflix Kids.

Amazon Aims to Attract Hachette's Authors in Dispute
New York Times
The confrontation between Amazon and Hachette has grown meaner, as the combatants drop all pretense that this is a reasonable dispute. Amazon has proposed giving Hachette's authors all the revenue from their e-book sales on Amazon as the parties continue to negotiate a new contract.

Twitter Sets Sports Match Record with Germany-Brazil
Bloomberg
Germany's 7-1 victory over soccer World Cup hosts Brazil triggered the highest-ever number of tweets during a sports match, according to the messaging service. "With 35.6 million tweets, #BRA v #GER is the most-discussed single sports game ever on Twitter."

Google Founders Brin, Page Speculate on the Future
MediaPost
Sergey Brin and Larry Page have given a rare interview, during which the Google co-founders discussed their company's early days and current projects. The duo were asked to speculate on Google's future, as the Internet giant moves into self-driving cars, healthcare and other areas.

Amazon Studios Chief Says TV Networks Will Evolve
Wall Street Journal
Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios: "Even as on-demand TV viewing grows, there will always be a way to tune into a channel. But in 10 or 20 years I'm not convinced that the flow of content when I tune in is going to be the same as your flow. It could be customized for you, Pandora-style."

Microsoft, Alibaba Chiefs Aren't Expected at Sun Valley
New York Post
Alibaba chief Jack Ma was invited to Allen & Co.'s retreat of media and tech bigwigs in Sun Valley, Idaho, but has not confirmed his attendance. The confab has skewed more heavily toward tech than media in recent years. Even so, there will be some notable absences in the tech world.

Google, ABC Build 'Unique' Programmatic Ad Exchange
Adweek
Google's private programmatic exchanges can now book premium ad space like mastheads for brands. It is working with ABC to promote the show "Rising Star" using an exchange that only places ads in prominent positions, ones that are not typically associated with automated buying.

YouTube Revenue Seen Below Estimates at $3.5 Billion
Mashable
YouTube brought in $3.5 billion in 2013, according to a new report, a number that comes in below many estimates by analysts. The Google-owned, user-generated video site is profitable, but its overall income isn't quite as high as the $5 billion number that had been widely floated.

Twitter Names New VP to Liaison with Media Industries
Variety
Less than a month after the departure of Twitter media chief Chloe Sladden, the social media giant has found her replacement. Katie Jacobs Stanton, previously VP of international market development, will step into a new role as VP of global media. Stanton steps into a highly visible role.

Twitter's Ad Team Sees No Turmoil as Revenue Roars
New York Times
Twitter's management team overseeing revenue, led by Adam Bain, has thrived as top execs running other parts of the company have resigned or been pushed out. Twitter said it expects to post up to $1.25 billion in revenue this year, nearly double the amount it took in last year.

Aereo Moves FilmOn to Become a 'Cable Company'
Philadelphia Inquirer
The U.S. Supreme Court decided on June 25 that Aereo — and, thus, Alki David's FilmOn — violated copyright laws by transmitting free broadcast-TV signals over the Internet. David said he has no plans to shutter his FilmOn operation, quickly registering it as a "cable company."

YouTube Shames Internet Providers for Slow Videos
Quartz
YouTube has begun pinning the blame of blurring and buffering online videos on Internet service providers, much like Netflix. "Experiencing interruptions?" reads the message underneath a choppy YouTube video. Clicking "find out why" takes users to information about ISPs.

Netflix Outpaces Amazon for Top Movies, TV Shows
Variety
Netflix has continued to outpace Amazon's subscription-video service in content licensing, delivering substantially more of the top 50 movies and top 75 TV shows from the last few years, according to an analysis by Piper Jaffray & Co. "Netflix is still leading by a wide margin."

Amazon Pushes McDonald's Off Top 10 Retailer List
Chicago Tribune
Amazon has cracked the top 10 in Stores magazine's annual ranking of the 100 largest U.S. retailers, a first for an online-only company. Amazon muscled its way from the No. 11 spot to No. 9, pushing past Safeway, which dropped to No. 10, and McDonald's, which fell to No. 11.

Apple Hires Swiss Watch Exec for Launch of iWatch
CNBC
Apple is said to have hired the sales director of luxury Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer to help with the launch of its new iWatch, as the tech giant intends on using the prestigious "Swiss made" label to market its new gadget. Apple is expected to release the iWatch later this year.

Samsung, Apple Phones Eyed Amid Terrorism Fears
Mail Online
The United States has declared that it will not allow mobile phones — especially Apple iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy — onto U.S. bound planes from some airports in Europe, the Middle East and Africa if they are not charged. The new measure comes amid terrorism concerns.

Nielsen: Music Downloads Drop as Streaming Soars
New York Times
The rapid growth of streaming music services appears to have come at the expense of traditional sales, with downloads now joining CDs as a format in decline. According to Nielsen, 53.8 million digital downloads have been sold so far this year, down 11.6% from the first half of 2013.

YouTube in U-Turn Over Blocking Indie Music Labels
Financial Times
YouTube has postponed a plan to block certain record labels from its video platform, following an outcry and growing scrutiny from European regulators. Two weeks ago, the company warned it would start taking down videos from labels that refused to sign its new licensing terms.

Google Reinstates Deleted Links to Newspaper Stories
Wired UK
Google has reversed its decision to remove several links to articles from the U.K.'s Guardian following action it took under a new process for dealing with European "right to be forgotten" requests. According to a Guardian spokeswoman: "It remains an unclear situation."

Report: World Cup Sets U.S. Live Streaming Record
Financial Times
The World Cup has become the most streamed live sporting event in the U.S., as Americans tuned in to this year's tournament on smartphones, tablets and computers in record numbers. With most matches airing during business hours, fans are increasingly turning to devices to keep up.

Study: Millennials Spend More Time on Smartphones
Wall Street Journal
Some 77% of adult millennials own a smartphone and the average owner spends 14.5 hours a week using his or her device texting, talking and on social media, according to a study from Experian Marketing Services. Marketers are already increasing their spending on mobile ads.

Twitter's Vine Faces World Cup Video-Clip Takedowns
CNET
Vine, the Twitter-owned, six-second video loop service, allows for lightning-fast creation of sports highlights. However, soccer's governing body, FIFA, and its rights-holding partners ESPN and Univision, are firing off takedown notices over World Cup clips as quickly as they can find them.

Google Bans Adult Ad Content with 'Intent to Arouse'
CNBC
Google plans to exit the adult-content advertising business. News rules prohibit any promotion of websites that feature "graphic acts with intent to arouse." Some observers wonder if the move could foreshadow bigger changes: "Will they block adult content from search results?"

Take-Two's 'Grand Theft Auto' Sued by Actress Lohan
Associated Press
Lindsay Lohan has sued the makers of the "Grand Theft Auto" video games. The actress said the latest installment used her image and created a character based on her without permission. Game maker Take-Two Interactive and subsidiary Rockstar Games decline to comment.

Facebook to Acquire Video Ad Tech Company LiveRail
Reuters
Facebook has acquired video advertising company LiveRail, in the social network's latest step to make video ads a bigger part of its business. LiveRail's technology pairs video ads with the videos that appear on many websites, such as the sites for the ABC and A&E networks.

Yahoo to Ax Writers, Delete Thousands of Web Articles
Press Gazette
Yahoo plans to shut down its Contributor Network website, resulting in articles by hundreds of writers from over the last two-and-a-half years being deleted from the Internet. One affected writer said: "This is the work of hundreds of writers going up in smoke. It's hugely disrespectful."

Google Alerts British News Outlets About Deleting Links
New York Times
A week after Google started to remove links to online content in Europe, some examples of the type of information that is to be taken down have emerged. A number of British media outlets say Google has informed them of articles that will no longer turn up in European searches.

Apple, AOL CEOs Among Attendees Set for Sun Valley
TheWrap
The annual Sun Valley conference is shaping up to be a heavy-duty gathering this year, with industry leaders such as AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg among those scheduled to attend.

Aereo CEO Calls Fans to Action After Big Court Loss
CNET
Aereo couldn't win in the U.S. Supreme Court, but it could still succeed in the court of public opinion. Just days after saying it would temporarily pause operations, the startup's CEO, Chet Kanojia, called on fans to speak out for the service, telling them to contact elected officials.

Netflix Hits Record High Amid Viewer Gain Prediction
Bloomberg
Netflix shares rose to a record high after Goldman Sachs recommended the stock, saying profit margins will expand as the Internet service signs up new customers. "Netflix could reach 62 million international subs by 2017, driving over 20% margins in that business."

Google Adds to Musical Chops with Deal for Songza
Associated Press
Google is fine-tuning its digital music strategy with the acquisition of Songza, a service that creates soundtracks tailored for people's changing moods. The deal come as more people listen to music through Internet connections on their smartphones, tablets and personal computers.

Twitter Names Former Goldman Exec Financial Chief
Reuters
Twitter has named Anthony Noto as CFO, putting the well-regarded former Goldman Sachs exec who led its successful November IPO in charge of finances. Twitter shares rose as much as 4.8% after the messaging service announced its latest upper-management shakeup.

Facebook's User Test Faces Probe by UK Regulators
Bloomberg
Facebook is being investigated by the U.K. Information Commissioner's Office after a study showed a psychological experiment influenced what users saw in their news feeds, raising fresh privacy concerns. A company researcher apologized for the test in January 2012.

Yahoo's Tumblr in Shakeup as CEO Takes Bigger Role
VentureBeat
Tumblr chief David Karp plans to take a more active role in managing the company's product teams, an internal email has revealed. As a result, former VP of product Derek Gottfrid is out of the company. Gottfrid "was a key part" of the Tumblr's deal with Yahoo.

Amazon Denies E-Book Clout in Dispute with Hachette
Wall Street Journal
A senior Amazon exec has defended the company against criticism that it is using its clout in e-books to bully publisher Hachette into onerous contractual terms, saying the online retailer is fighting for better prices for customers. Amazon's dispute with Hachette is in its third month.

IAC Suspends Tinder Exec After Claim of Harassment
Associated Press
IAC/InterActiveCorp has suspended a co-founder of its popular dating app Tinder in the wake of a lawsuit accusing him of harassing a female exec of the West Hollywood, Calif.-based company. The lawsuit claims that Tinder's founders engaged in "atrocious" discrimination.

Google, Disney Top Global List for Brand Perception
The Drum
Google is on top of the global top 100 companies when rated by brand perception, research from FutureBrand has found, up from third place when listed by financial worth. Apple, which was first on the list by financial worth, fell to fourth place when rated by perception.

Apple CEO Marches with Staffers in Gay Pride Parade
Time
Tim Cook joined more than 4,000 of his Apple employees marching in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade on Sunday. Apple's showing, under the slogan "Apple Pride," was one of the strongest corporate presences at the march. The tech giant has long sided with the LGBT community.

Yahoo Revives NBC's Cancelled Sitcom 'Community'
Associated Press
Yahoo said it is giving the sitcom "Community" a sixth season online. The Internet company and Sony Pictures Television announced that cast members including Joel McHale and Gillian Jacobs will come along, as the axed NBC series moves to Yahoo Screen this fall.

Facebook's Apologies Add Up as It Squeezes Users
New York Times
Facebook apologized after it came to light that the social network manipulated users' news feeds. But this is hardly the first time the company has apologized. Over its 10-year history, Facebook has repeatedly pushed users to share more data, then publicly conceded it overstepped.

Google to Shutter Social Network Orkut in September
CNET
Google has announced plans to shut down social network Orkut at the end of September. The service launched in 2004, the same year as Facebook, and is a hub for online interactions and photo sharing. The site never quite won over U.S. users, but found success in India and Brazil.

Twitter to Buy Mobile Ad Tech Firm Tap Commerce
Re/code
Twitter is said to be acquiring Tap Commerce, a New York-based mobile advertising technology firm. The purchase price is believed to be about $100 million. Tap is in the business of "re-targeting" — convincing customers to reopen all those mobile apps they have downloaded.

Rdio Acquires Recommendation Firm TastemakerX
Billboard
Rdio, after announcing that it would "transition away" from the Spotify-owned Echo Nest for its algorithmic recommendations, has announced the acquisition of the consumer-facing TastemakerX, a recommendation platform founded in 2011. Rdio will absorb the firm's entire team.

NowThisNews Buys Video Distributor Cliptamatic
TechCrunch
NowThisNews, a startup looking to reinvent video journalism for the mobile and social era, has acquired a company in a similar space, Cliptamatic, a platform that helps content owners distribute video to social media in real-time. Cliptamatic raised north of $2 million a few years prior.

Apple CEO Cook 'Outed' as Gay by CNBC Show Host
USA Today
A CNBC segment about gay CEOs turned awkward after one of the show's hosts seemingly outed Apple chief Tim Cook. "I think Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he is gay at the head of Apple, isn't he?" said host Simon Hobbs. He quickly followed with "Oh dear, was that an error?"

Google Glass Faces Ban at Movie Theaters in Britain
Independent
If you've just acquired a Google Glass headset, don't show it off at the movies. U.K. cinemas are to ban the headsets over fears that the gadgets can be used to make pirate copies of Hollywood blockbusters. Google made a prototype of its hi-tech eyewear available in Britain just last week.

Facebook Under Fire Over Psychology Study of Users
Financial Times
Facebook angered users after a report revealed that a psychology study was conducted on hundreds of thousands of its members without their awareness or consent. The 2012 study found that those who were exposed to fewer positive stories were more likely to write negative posts.

Akamai: World Cup Hits Record for Online Streaming
Associated Press
Thursday's concurrent U.S. vs. Germany and Portugal vs. Ghana World Cup games hit a peak of 6.8 terabits per second in online streaming traffic, according to Akamai Technologies. That rate of consumption is a new high for a live-streamed sporting event, Akamai said.

YouTube Stars Mull Transition to Traditional Media
Los Angeles Times
YouTube stars need the deep pockets of the TV industry to create costly long-form content, according to performers speaking at a VidCon panel discussion. "Long-form content on a sustained basis requires traditional media." The Internet and TV "will merge at some point."

Yahoo Target Fullscreen Network in No Rush to Sell
TheWrap
Yahoo is said to have submitted a bid to buy Fullscreen, a company that creates content for YouTube channels. But Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos is in no hurry to sell. "The goal was always to create the next great media company and not to sell to the last great media company."

Apple Testing New iWatch with Professional Athletes
Mail Online
Apple's forthcoming iWatch is expected to monitor the sweat of its wearers as they exercise. It has also been claimed that Apple is recruiting sports stars to try the wearable device, including basketball's Kobe Bryant, who was recently spotted at the tech giant's Cupertino campus.

Xinhua's Digital Arm Preps $241 Million Public Offering
Wall Street Journal
China's state-run Xinhua News Agency is on track for an initial public offering of its digital arm, as Beijing seeks to transform its staid propaganda organs into modernized entities. Xinhuanet plans to use the proceeds to fund new-media tech development and other projects.

Aereo Buys Broadcasters Time Amid Service 'Pause'
USA Today
In ruling against Aereo, the Supreme Court may have bought broadcasters more time. Even with Aereo announcing that it would "pause" operations, questions linger as to what similar — but legal — alternatives will come to consumers who want to divorce cable and still get reliable local TV.

IAC Near Deal to Acquire Dating Startup HowAboutWe
Business Insider
Barry Diller's IAC, which owns dating properties Match.com, OkCupid and a majority stake in Tinder, is said to be close to acquiring HowAboutWe, a New York startup for singles. The deal is expected to close on Monday, at which point a number of HowAboutWe employees could lose their jobs.

Apple, Google Regarded as Media Stocks by Investors
Investor's Business Daily
The media industry is in constant flux. But no doubt the biggest change is that Apple and Google have become an accepted part of the media industry. "As media companies, they're undervalued. They're both doing revolutionary things in the 'delivery' definition of media."

Yahoo Bids $250 Million to Buy YouTube's Fullscreen
Sky News
Yahoo is said to have submitted a bid of about $250 million to acquire Fullscreen, a company that creates content for thousands of YouTube channels. Yahoo is believed to be facing competition to buy Fullscreen from the Chernin Group. Also, Comcast and AOL have expressed interest.

Google's YouTube Unveils New Features at Confab
Mashable
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has announced a series of new features for both fans and creators at Vidcon, including a massive crowd-sourced translation effort, a virtual tip-jar that supports contributions up to $500 and a mobile app from which YouTubers can manage their videos.

Hulu's Talks to Resurrect Sitcom 'Community' Collapse
TVLine
It's looking less likely that "Community's" six-seasons-and-a-movie destiny will be fulfilled. Hulu is said to have abandoned talks to acquire the cult comedy, which was cancelled by NBC last month after five seasons. The streaming video service was reportedly the only viable suitor.

Aereo's TV Alternatives Require More Money, Savvy
Bloomberg
For cord cutters who want to ditch their cable service, watching broadcast TV on a computer or tablet is still possible even if Aereo disappears. Companies like TiVo and SiliconDust USA make products that work with TV antennas to turn live programs into digital bits and bytes.

TiVo Report Sees Growth of 'Super-Binging' Viewers
WorldScreen
Binge-viewing is the "preferred method of consuming entertainment content," according to a new survey of TiVo subscribers. TiVo's survey also found that many people are engaging in "super-binges," where an entire TV season or more is watched over multiple days.

Report: Tablets Are 'Go To' Device for TV, YouTube
The Drum
Almost half of all British adults now have a tablet, compared to 32% only a year ago, according to research from Kantar Media. The device is often used for catching up on TV programs, films, YouTube or gaming. "Tablets have rapidly become part of our digital lives."

Study: Users Spend Most Digital Time on Mobile Apps
CNET
Time spent on mobile apps is at an all-time high, according to comScore. For the first time ever, time spent on mobile apps is higher than any other digital medium, coming in at 51%. Plus, of all the app categories, digital radio is where people spend the most amount of time.

Google Starts Scrubbing Search Results in Europe
MarketWatch
Google has started removing results from its search engine under Europe's new "right to be forgotten," implementing a landmark ruling by the European Union's top court that gives individuals the right to request removal of results that turn up in Internet searches for their own names.

Barnes & Noble to Spin off Struggling Nook Reader
CNET
Barnes & Noble said it will break apart into two companies, separating its retail bookstore unit from its struggling Nook Media business. "We have determined that these businesses will have the best chance of optimizing shareholder value if they are operated separately."

AOL On Track For Its Own 'House of Cards' Moment
The Drum
AOL could be on track for its own "'House of Cards' moment," as the Internet company continues to drive its original content strategy. "We are doing a long-form series of 20 episodes. That’s the first time we have done it. AOL has never invested so much in original production."

YouTube Seeking to Become (a Little) More Like TV
Fortune
How do you take the best parts of the traditional TV process and apply them to the Internet? YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki explains: "If you look at traditional media, they spend a lot of time selecting who is successful on their platform. The process that we have is much more open."

Google Showcases Android TV, Smartwatches, Cars
CNNMoney
Google has unveiled a new watch, as well as ways for Android to be used for TV and cars at its annual I/O conference. The company, as widely expected, showcased its new smartwatch-ready "Android Wear" software. Google said there are now 1 billion monthly users of Android globally.

Yahoo to Charge Only for Ads People Actually See
Advertising Age
Yahoo's adoption of viewable-only impressions is notable amid industry efforts to hold the floor under online ad rates and undo the reality that most online display ads are never seen. But the company's new viewability product is limited compared to others already available.

Facebook Hires Time Inc Veteran for Influencer Post
Re/code
John Cantarella used to run high-profile websites for Time Inc. Now he has a new job: Getting high-profile people to post on Facebook. Cantarella is going to be Facebook's head of global influencer partnerships. The big idea: Convince famous people to use Facebook more.

Aereo Loses Supreme Court Battle with Broadcasters
CNBC
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled TV startup Aereo violates copyright law by using tiny antennas to provide subscribers with broadcast network content via the Internet. The 6-3 vote cast Aereo's immediate future into doubt. "We did try but now it's over," said key investor Barry Diller.

Apple TV Adds Channels Led by ABC News, AOL
TheVerge
Apple TV owners are getting a few new options for content, led by ABC News and AOL. The former offers both live and on-demand news feeds, mixing in original programming and live hourly updates. AOL is bringing 900,000 videos, including clips from the Huffington Post.

Netflix Users in Europe Won't See 'House of Cards'
Hollywood Reporter
Netflix, which plans to launch in six new countries in the fall, won't be able to provide access to some of the buzz-generating U.S. shows it counts on to drive subscriptions. Sky Deutschland and CanalPlus already hold some exclusive rights to Netflix's signature show "House of Cards."

Hulu Former CEO Preps Video-Focused Firm Vessel
Variety
Jason Kilar, the former CEO of Hulu, has announced his next venture: Vessel, a startup building a multimedia service with a strong focus on video, whose investors include Amazon's Jeff Bezos. Other backers will include Benchmark and Greylock Partners.

CBS Interactive Former Execs Land Funds for Startup
TechCrunch
Former CBS Interactive execs Fouad ElNaggar, Peter Yared, and Charles Christolini have attracted $3 million in funding for their startup, Sapho, which aims to "reinvent how employees access information." The firm, still in stealth mode, touts itself as "built by a CIO, for CIOs."

Google to Unveil TV Set-Top Box at Developer Confab
Wall Street Journal
Google is said to be planning to unveil a new TV set-top box as it races Amazon, Apple and others to control digital content in the home. During its developer conference Wednesday, the Internet search giant is expected to show off at least one set-top device.

YouTube Contract with Indie Record Labels Is Leaked
CNET
The contract at the center of a disagreement between YouTube and independent record labels has been published online, confirming that the massive video site requested the smaller labels automatically give up their royalty rate if a major label agrees to something lower.

Facebook Building At-Work Version of Social Network
TechCrunch
Facebook is said to be building an at-work version of the social network, currently referred to as FB@Work. The goal, according to a source, is to make work "more fun and efficient." A spokesperson for Facebook said the company has "nothing to add at this point."

Yahoo's Mayer Says Sleep Blunder Was 'Unfortunate'
Bloomberg
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said she apologized and did "feel really badly" for being late to a dinner with advertisers last week in Cannes, France, in her first public comments since facing criticism over the incident. "I think the dinner is unfortunate how much attention it's gotten."

Twitter Tests Ways to Add Commentary to Retweets
Mashable
Twitter has been testing a new feature that will give users more space to comment when they are retweeting another user. "Retweet with Comment" surfaces the retweeted message as an image, leaving users with just under 140-characters to share their own thoughts.

Facebook Still Popular Among Teens, Survey Says
Wall Street Journal
Not long ago, the conventional wisdom about Facebook was that the youngest users were using it less. But a new survey by Forrester Research suggests the opposite. Nearly half of teenage respondents said they are using Facebook more than they were a year ago.

Yahoo's Mayer Among Invited Guests to Sun Valley
Bloomberg
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is said to be among the invited guests at this year's Allen & Co. conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. Yahoo has a 23% stake in Alibaba, whose planned IPO in August is likely to be a major topic of discussion at the retreat of media, entertainment and tech execs.

Google's Search Updates Devastate Some Websites
CNBC
Whether you're a startup or publicly traded, there could be a danger in letting your business rely too heavily on Google search for website traffic. The Internet giant periodically — and without notice — upgrades its search algorithm, which can be unintentionally devastating to some sites.

Upworthy Releases Tool to Tackle Website Clickbait
Forbes
Upworthy excels at getting readers to click on headlines and share articles. Now, the viral-with-a-purpose publisher aims to cleanse the web of content that exists primarily to be clicked on or shared. Upworthy is releasing an open-source code to measure "attention minutes."

Yahoo CEO Leaves Ad Execs Cold by Late Arrival
Wall Street Journal
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reportedly showed up nearly two hours late to a dinner with top advertisers at the Cannes Lions ad festival last week. Mayer told attendees that she had fallen asleep, some of the people said. Several dinner attendees "ended up leaving before she arrived."

Twitter Poaches People.com Editor for Social News
Adweek
Five months after Vivian Schiller left NBC for Twitter, the social media company has hired away another exec from a traditional outlet. Janice Morris, People.com's editor in chief, revealed in a tweet that she is leaving to team up with Schiller to build Twitter's news operation.

Yahoo Hires Daily Newser for Breaking News Desk
Capital New York
Yahoo has been poaching talent from legacy media outlets for much of the past year, and in its latest grab, the online portal turned content producer took a dip into New York's tabloid pool. Daily News digital editorial director Lauren Johnston has been hired as a managing editor.

Aereo Decision Could Be Turning Point in Cord Cutting
USA Today
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the legality of the Aereo streaming service could drive more people to cut the cord. The court is expected to rule before the end of the month — and as early as Monday — on whether Aereo is breaking the rules by streaming live network TV stations.

Netflix Globe-Spanning Series 'Sense8' Reveals Cast
Deadline
Daryl Hannah and "Lost" alum Naveen Andrews will be among the 14-member international cast members of "Sense8," a sci-fi drama series due next year from Netflix. The ambitious project will match the global nature of its story with a production spanning nine locations and four continents.

YouTube Coming to TV Set-Top Boxes via the Cloud
GigaOm
Cable TV subscribers have started to get access to YouTube and other online video services, thanks to cloud-based technology that has brought apps to legacy set-top boxes. A new partnership with a local cable provider in Hungary is bringing a YouTube app to cable boxes.

Google Eyes New Screens at I/O Developer Confab
Wall Street Journal
Three weeks after software programmers converged on San Francisco for Apple's developer conference, a similar crowd will descend this week for Google's version. Google's I/O confab will touch on TVs, cars, watches and thermostats, all of which host some version of Google's software.

Apple Plans Multiple Designs for Smartwatch Debut
Wall Street Journal
Apple is said to be planning multiple versions of its smartwatch, likely to be launched in the fall, as the company tries to counter wearable devices from rivals such as Google and Samsung. The new wrist device from Apple is expected to include health and fitness-tracking sensors.

Facebook, Twitter, Google Score During World Cup
Associated Press
Twitter and Facebook lit up in a World Cup frenzy last week as millions of people around the world turned to social media services to share in the ups and downs of the matches in the global event. Google, meanwhile, tracked more than 641 million searches related to the World Cup.

Twitter CEO to Pursue 'In-the-Moment' E-Commerce
The Drum
Social media websites and their media partners should explore new methods of e-commerce if they are to thrive in an evolving market, according to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo. Twitter is "media in the moment," he said. "So if you want immediacy, we are the best platform."

LinkedIn Aims to Be Definitive Professional Publisher
Beet.TV
LinkedIn will become the "definitive professional publishing platform," according to CEO Jeff Weiner. The social network for business people sees video as an increasingly important component of its content strategy. "Video is a natural extension of LinkedIn as a publisher platform."

Amazon's Bezos Hopes to Create Digital Newspaper
Politico
Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post, reportedly wants to create a worldwide digital newspaper that readers can access on their Kindle e-readers. "Bezos has invested significantly in the Post's newsroom budget, as well as in research and development."

Yahoo Building Digital Magazines; Hires NBC Newser
New York Times
Yahoo has begun developing digital magazines on topics like food, beauty, movies and travel, in an effort to attract more advertising. In some cases, the editors even help write native ads. Also: Yahoo has hired NBC News veteran Michael Isikoff as chief investigative correspondent.

Google, Facebook Nab TV Dollars at Cannes Ad Fest
New York Post
Silicon Valley's courting of top advertising execs at the annual Cannes Lions festival is paying off. Tech players are said to be getting attendees who control the big bucks to shift their ad dollars from TV to digital. "This year is the tipping point," said AOL CEO Tim Armstrong.

Netflix Inches Closer to TV Network with Handler Deal
CNET
Netflix has taken its push for original content in a new direction, signing a deal with Chelsea Handler to debut a talk show in 2016 on the online video service. The category of a "late night"-style talk show shifts Netflix into a territory more akin to a typical TV network.

YouTube Latino Video Network MiTu Raises $10 Million
Re/code
MiTu, a Latino-focused YouTube network, has raised $10 million in a round led by Upfront Ventures. Some of the investors who had previously put $3 million into the company, including Shari Redstone's Advancit Capital, are back as well. MiTu aggregates videos aimed primarily at Latinos.

Twitter Snaps Up Video-Sharing Startup SnappyTV
CNET
Twitter has acquired real-time video-sharing service SnappyTV. The startup works with broadcasters and organizations to clip, edit and distribute video across a variety of digital platforms, including social networks and mobile devices, in near real time.

Google Buys Ad, Wireless Firms in Fresh Deals Surge
Bloomberg
Google has bought two firms to boost its advertising and wireless activities, as part of an acquisition binge. The Internet giant has acquired video-advertising provider MDialog, as well as wireless startup Alpental Technologies. Google disclosed at least five purchases last month.

Apple iWatch Production Expected to Kick Off in July
Reuters
Taiwan's Quanta Computer is said to be starting production of Apple's first smartwatch in July. The watch, which company followers have dubbed the iWatch, will be Apple's first foray into a niche category that many remain skeptical about, especially as to whether it can drive profits.

Facebook, YouTube Lead Media Habits of Teenagers
Mediaite
Facebook still reigns at No. 1 in both total adoption and daily usage among teenagers, according to a new survey by Niche of high-school graduates' media use. Also, 73% of teens surveyed don't read BuzzFeed, 84% don't read Reddit, and 96% don't read Mashable or Gawker.

Yo One-Word Mobile Messaging App Raises $1 Million
CNNMoney
A new mobile app called Yo lets users interact with friends in zero characters. In place of a message, users send and receive push notifications with one simple greeting: "Yo." If you don't get it, don't worry. "In the beginning, I didn't get it either," said creator Or Arbel.

Snapchat Lures Brands with Customized Photo Filters
Mashable
Snapchat has discovered a new way to entice brands to its service — customizable photo filters. The ephemeral messaging app is testing a new feature that allows brands to add their logo to images or videos they send out. The ability to add a logo could convey legitimacy.

Netflix Signs Handler for 'Updated' Talk Show, Specials
USA Today
Chelsea Handler, who will end her E! late-night comedy talk show "Chelsea Lately" in August, has signed a deal with Netflix for stand-up specials and, in 2016, a new talk show with a format to be decided. "I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch," said Handler, explaining her move.

Tumblr Expands Ad Presence Across Owner Yahoo
ClickZ
Tumblr has taken a big step toward boosting its advertising revenue. The Yahoo-owned blogging website will promote sponsored posts across Yahoo properties, including content streams, article pages, image galleries and digital magazines. Tumblr was acquired by Yahoo in May 2013.

Amazon Unveils Shopping-Ready 'Fire' Smartphone
Reuters
Amazon's new smartphone seeks to offer shoppers instant gratification by recognizing thousands of products, TV shows and songs and allowing users to immediately buy them — on the e-commerce giant's own website. The phone joins Amazon's "Fire" lineup of devices.

Google to Reveal Operating System for Automobiles
Automotive News
Google is said to be planning to unveil its first in-car operating system at its software developer conference in San Francisco next week, intensifying its race with Apple to become the leader in dashboard computing. The Internet giant's system is known internally as Google Auto Link.

Facebook Goes Down After 'Something Went Wrong'
CNET
Facebook went down for around half an hour early Thursday morning, frustrating would-be users of the social network around the world. "We experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly."

Apple's Beat Headphones Banned at the World Cup
Reuters
Beats headphones are a favorite among top soccer players. But soccer world governing body FIFA's licensing deal with Sony means players can't wear the headphones when they are in World Cup stadiums for matches. Marketing experts say that only amplifies their appeal.

YouTube: The Dominant Media Platform in Five Years
The Drum
YouTube will be the dominant platform in which we consume media in half a decade, dwarfing current TV giants, said Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, speaking at Cannes Lions. "The barrier of entry into the business is lower than ever before, and that is a great thing."

Yahoo's Mayer Takes Heat for Presentation at Cannes
USA Today
Spinning and selling is expected at Cannes Lions. Yet, a presentation from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer was flagged by some attendees as an excessively hard sell. Audience members took to social media to criticize Mayer: "Am I at a sales pitch??" She should "know your audience."

Twitter: We're Impacting TV Viewing, Ad Campaigns
World Screen
Twitter and Starcom MediaVest Group have unveiled the first results from their Social TV Lab initiative, which finds that the microblogging service is impacting the way consumers watch TV. Using Twitter along with a TV advertising campaign "increases brand awareness."

Facebook Exec: We're All About Creativity, Branding
Wall Street Journal
Facebook's message to advertisers at Cannes is clear: It's a great platform for creativity and branding. The social network shipped its creative team off to the festival this week to create campaigns live on-site with various partners, including Nestlι, JWT, 360i and FCB Brazil.

BuzzFeed CEO: Legacy Ad Effectiveness is Declining
Marketing Week
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti, speaking on a panel at Cannes Lions: "We are seeing the decline of effectiveness in legacy advertising where banner ads, TV and print ads are having to charge more and deliver less because the attention is shifting to social and mobile."

AOL's Armstrong Sees Arianna Reupping at HuffPost
Guardian
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: "Huffington Post has turned into a mega media brand. It now has tentacles in multiple areas of media." Founder Arianna Huffington "is really visionary about where the world's going. I think her contract is up next year. My expectation is that she will renew."

Amazon Phone to Provide Direct Line to Consumers
Bloomberg
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants control of the smartphone home screen so he can put more of the company's music, movies, games and other offerings squarely in front of consumers. Amazon will unveil its first foray into the handset market at an event in Seattle.

YouTube to Launch Music Service Amid Indie Dispute
Associated Press
Google's YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company has acknowledged after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists' music videos. Independent labels are "not happy, obviously."

YouTube's Top Draw Plays Games, Earns $4 Million
Wall Street Journal
Felix Kjellberg, a 24-year-old better known as PewDiePie, is by far YouTube's biggest draw. He has built a base of 27 million subscribers using an unorthodox approach to playing video and mobile games. In 2013, his operation pulled in the equivalent of $4 million in advertising sales.

Facebook Threat Appeal Heading to Supreme Court
Fast Company
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of a Pennsylvania man sentenced to nearly four years in prison for threatening remarks he made online toward his wife, an FBI agent and former coworkers. The case is likely to have broad implications for social media.

TheDirty Gossip Site Wins Cheerleader Lawsuit Appeal
Associated Press
A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader should not have been allowed to sue the gossip website TheDirty over online posts about her history, an appeals court has ruled. The ruling further strengthens broad immunities enjoyed by Internet providers for content posted by third parties.

Hot Or Not Returns to Overheated Online Dating Market
BuzzFeed
Hot or Not, the once massively popular — and cruel — website for rating strangers' "aesthetic" accomplishments, is relaunching in the U.S. after getting a mobile makeover. The rating game, owned by U.K.-based Badoo, helped spawn services ranging from Facebook to Tinder.

Netflix Orders Animated Children's Series from Mattel
Hollywood Reporter
Netflix has ordered a film and accompanying animated series based on the popular Mattel doll franchise Ever After High. The 12-episode kids series, which will be preceded by a movie titled "Ever After High Spring Unsprung," is set to roll out in all Netflix territories in early 2015.

Twitter Reimagines the Selfie at Cannes with 'Dronie'
CBS SF
Twitter took the selfie to new heights with the premier of its drone-mounted camera "Dronie" at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The drone recorded several zoom-out self-videos with Twitter employees and celebrities before publishing them on Vine.

Apple Settles E-Books Pricing with States, Consumers
Bloomberg
Apple has reached a settlement with U.S. states and consumers seeking damages over the company's fixing of electronic book prices, avoiding a trial in which it faced as much as $840 million in claims. The trial set for July involved cases related to a ruling last year.

YouTube to Block Indie Labels Amid Music Launch
Financial Times
YouTube is about to begin a mass cull of music videos, after a number of independent record labels refused to sign up to the licensing terms for its new subscription service. The Google-owned company will start blocking videos "in a matter of days," said content head Robert Kyncl.

Aereo: We Use 'Beautiful Symphony' of Technologies
Broadcasting & Cable
Aereo continues to take its arguments to the public as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs allowing the company to charge for access to free TV-station signals without having to pay broadcasters. Aereo said it uses a "symphony" of technologies to provide "seamless access."

Apple's Beats Ad to Be Talk of Cannes Lions Festival
Bloomberg
When Beats by Dr. Dre wanted to promote its headphones in time for the World Cup, it didn't rely on a 30-second TV spot. Instead, it created a mini-movie, "The Game Before the Game," featuring top soccer players. The film racked up 9 million views on YouTube in just one week.

Google Puts ESPN World Cup Highlights in Search
TheVerge
Google and ESPN have teamed up to pair World Cup highlights with search queries related to the tourney. ESPN clips will appear whenever you search for a particular team, match ("Brazil vs. Croatia") or the World Cup itself. The clips won't require cable credentials or any authentication.

Netflix-Verizon Spat Faces Probe by U.S. Regulators
CNNMoney
Verizon and Netflix have been feuding over which company is to blame for slow streaming speeds. Now, U.S. government regulators are stepping in. Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler said he has directed his staff to gather information on the dispute.

Yahoo Beauty to Go Live with Text, Video Content
WWD
Yahoo Beauty is ready for its close-up. The web giant is relaunching its beauty vertical Monday as part of its digital relaunch. Helmed by Bobbi Brown, the digital beauty magazine will "go live" with 100 to 150 "tiles," which is Yahoo-speak for content that ranges from written to video.

YouTube Runs World Cup TV Ads Touting Vice, Maker
Advertising Age
YouTube is taking its latest marketing push to the world's stage. Two months after debuting its first TV spots promoting YouTube creators, Google's video service will air ads during every World Cup match. The ads will promote channels for Vice News and Maker Studios.

Facebook Will Use Browsing History to Target Ads
USA Today
Facebook will now use personal data gathered from your activities elsewhere on the web to more precisely target advertisements on the social network. Given Facebook's extensive reach, the move has alarmed privacy advocates who want regulators to review the matter.

Google to Collect User Health Data with 'Google Fit'
Forbes
Google is said to be planning to launch a new health service called Google Fit to collect and aggregate data from popular fitness trackers and health-related apps. The Internet giant is expected to launch the service later this month at the Google I/O conference for developers.

Twitter Sees Two Top Execs Resign as Growth Lags
Reuters
Twitter has announced the abrupt departure of two execs, including the COO who was responsible for the social media company's efforts to revive flagging user growth. Ali Rowghani departed after clashing with CEO Dick Costolo. Hours later, VP of media Chloe Sladden also resigned.

Apple Bringing Split-Screen Multitasking to the iPad
9to5Mac
Apple is said to be planning to supercharge the functionality of its iPad device with a new split-screen multitasking feature. The feature is expected to allow users to run and interact with two apps at once. Up until now, each iPad app is only usable individually in full-screen view.

Netflix Unveils New Logo with Redesign of Website
SlashGear
Click onto Netflix on your mobile and you won't notice anything is off. Log on with your laptop, however, and you will be met with a new color palette — or, rather, a mostly desaturation of colors. Gone is the old logo, and in its place stands one that is subtly different, if not more modern.

YouTube's Honda Channel is Bad News for Cable
Wall Street Journal
Honda plans to build a new YouTube channel that it hopes will become a destination for young music fans, using money it previously devoted to advertising on cable TV. Honda will pack the channel with music content, signing up Clear Channel's iHeart Radio, Vevo and others.

Google Exec: Computers Will Become Like Humans
CNBC
Thanks to artificial intelligence, computers will be able to read at human levels by 2029 and will also begin to have human characteristics, according to Ray Kurzweil, Google director of engineering. "The ability to tell a joke, to be funny, to be romantic, to be loving, to be sexy."

Alibaba Rivals Amazon with U.S. Shopping Website
UPI
Alibaba is increasing its presence in the U.S. market by launching an online shopping website called 11 Main, aiming to take on Amazon, Etsy and eBay. The site has already invited 1,000 upscale specialty stores as it looks to bring the "main street" shopping experience online.

Amazon Launches Prime Music Streaming Service
USA Today
Amazon is adding music to the mix. On Thursday, after much speculation, the online retailer is launching a streaming service called Prime Music, at no additional cost for Amazon Prime members who pay $99 a year. Those members will gain access to more than 1 million songs.

AOL, HuffPost in Deal with Messaging App Tango
Reuters
Tango, the popular mobile messaging app, has struck deals with media companies to distribute content, in a new effort to differentiate itself in mobile messaging. Its content providers so far include Vevo, Spotify, Dailymotion and AOL properties such as Huffington Post.

Twitter Mulls Major Shakeup of Top Management
Re/code
Twitter is mulling a shakeup of its top execs, including a possible shift in the duties of its COO Ali Rowghani. The company is said to have already made some moves to shift responsibility from Rowghani, who at one point was considered one of Twitter's most valuable assets.

Facebook's News App Struggling to Gain Traction
Upstart Business
Facebook's news app Paper appears to have something in common with traditional newspapers — not many people are reading it. Facebook has responded to a report of dismal usage numbers: "We've been pleased with Paper's progress so far. We haven't started to focus on growth."

Google Acquires Satellite Maker Skybox for $500 Million
Associated Press
Google is buying Skybox Imaging in a $500 million deal that could serve as a launching pad for the Internet giant to send its own satellites to take aerial pictures and provide online access to remote areas of the world. Google has made some 250 acquisitions in the past decade.

Amazon Stops Advance Orders for Warner Home Videos
New York Times
Amazon customers who want to order new Warner Home Video features, including "The Lego Movie" and "300: Rise of an Empire," are finding it impossible to do so. The retailer's refusal to sell the movies is part of its effort to gain leverage in yet another confrontation with a supplier.

Facebook, Twitter Brace for Global Fever of World Cup
Associated Press
This year's World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio De Janeiro. Twitter and Facebook are adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup — the planet's most widely viewed sporting event.

Cisco Says TV, Smart Devices Will Take Over Internet
Mail Online
Desktop computers are losing their grip on the Internet — and your TV, fridge, car and mobile phone are the future of how we go online, according to Cisco. By 2018, global Internet traffic will be almost evenly split between PCs and "other" gadgets, the network firm claimed.

Netflix Chief Hastings to Join Ranks of Billionaires
Forbes
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings built a streaming video juggernaut that claims over 48 million subscribers in more than 40 countries. Now he's profiting from it. In Netflix's 2014 surge over $400 a share, Hastings broke through the 10-figure barrier to billionaire status for the first time.

Aereo Online Fans Want Company to Win Court Case
Multichannel News
According to a study from research firm Peerless Insights, 46% of online respondents want Aereo to win its court battle with broadcasters, while only 15% said they thought the Supreme Court should rule in favor of broadcasters. The rest of the respondents had no answer.

Netflix Shareholders Reject Split of Chairman, CEO
MarketWatch
Netflix shareholders have voted against a nonbinding resolution to split up the company's CEO and chairman positions. "Netflix has demonstrated extraordinary long-term success under the leadership of Reed Hastings and the board," said a company spokesman.

Aereo Pushes 'Access' Definition in YouTube Video
Multichannel News
Aereo has launched a YouTube video billing its online TV service as "reinvented TV antennas" that are "smart, incredibly small and remotely located." The Supreme Court is expected to rule in the next three weeks on whether Aereo is violating broadcasters' copyrights.

Amazon Takes On PayPal with New Payment Service
CNNMoney
Amazon has launched a service allowing customers to automatically pay recurring charges, like monthly subscription fees or phone bills. The effort represents a new front in the e-commerce giant's assault on eBay, which owns the online payments service PayPal.

PayPal President Marcus to Leave eBay for Facebook
Associated Press
David Marcus, head of eBay's PayPal unit, plans to leave the company on June 27 to join Facebook, where he will lead mobile messaging products. Marcus said his role at PayPal was becoming too much of a management position and he preferred to focus on building products.

Facebook's Instagram to Expand Ads Outside U.S.
Bloomberg
Facebook's Instagram will add advertising in Canada, the U.K. and Australia later this year as CEO Mark Zuckerberg seeks to generate more sales from mobile users. The photo-sharing app started to gradually introduce advertising six months ago. "The results have been positive."

Google to Launch 'Nearby' Smart Tracking Feature
Mail Online
Google is said to be preparing a "smart tracking" system that will know if you are near friends, shops or even home appliances. Called Google Nearby, the new feature for Android handsets will even allow stores to send targeted ads depending on which part of store you are in.

Yahoo Mobile Buying Spree About Playing 'Catch-Up'
CNET
Yahoo mobile chief Adam Cahan said the company is "rounding the corner" on its mobile and monetization efforts. The Internet giant's mobile moves, which include buying companies, have been about getting up to speed. "We need to catch up." Yahoo is "late to the game."

Sony's PlayStation TV Set for North America, Europe
Associated Press
Sony is bringing its PlayStation TV to North America and Europe this fall. The $99 video- and game-streaming device will let users stream video, older PlayStation titles and games for Sony's PlayStation Vita system to any TV. The "micro-console" debuted last November in Japan.

Microsoft Shifting Emphasis of Xbox One to Games
New York Times
A year ago, Microsoft promoted its Xbox One as a home entertainment system — for playing games, watching TV and more. Now, though, the tech giant has shifted the conversation back to games, announcing a lineup of almost two dozen titles to be released on the console this year.

Google in Talks to Buy Music Streaming Firm Songza
New York Post
Larry Page is moving fast to build his search giant's street cred in the rapidly growing music streaming business. Page's Google is said to be in talks to acquire Songza, a 6-year-old Long Island City-based music curation and streaming service with 5.5 million active users.

Apple's Beats Launches Global World Cup Campaign
Campaign
Beats, the headphone company recently bought by Apple, has launched a global brand campaign starring soccer stars including Cesc Fabregas and Luis Suarez ahead of the World Cup. Beats will roll out several versions of the campaign in nine countries and five different languages.

Netflix Shareholders to Vote on Split of CEO-Chairman
New York Times
At Netflix's annual meeting on Monday, shareholders are due to vote on a proposal by two public pension funds to separate the roles of chairman and CEO. Both positions are held by co-founder Reed Hastings. Separating the two roles has become a popular corporate governance issue.

Hulu Taps MTV Series Developer as Head of Originals
Broadcasting & Cable
Hulu has named Beatrice Springborn as the online video company's new head of originals. Springborn will fill the void left by Charlotte Koh, who departed in April. Springborn previously was with Storyline Entertainment, where she developed the upcoming MTV series "Happyland."

YouTube Stars Take to the Stage, Backed by Old Media
New York Times
As YouTube personalities grow in popularity and prove more than flashes in the pan, traditional media businesses, particularly concert promoters, are rushing to capitalize. DigiTour Media, a Los Angeles startup, last month attracted Ryan Seacrest and Advance Publications as investors.

Vine, Instagram Celebrities Attract Lucrative Ad Deals
New York Times
Popular stars of social media platforms like Vine and Instagram are making advertising deals with companies trying to reach their audiences. "People don’t sit around watching prime-time TV waiting for ads to appear anymore. They watch online or even through the Twittersphere."

Social Media 'Threats' Could Head to Supreme Court
Associated Press
When do messages posted on Facebook or sent in emails cross the line from free speech to threats that can be punished as a crime? The Supreme Court has been asked to clarify the First Amendment rights of people who have used violent or threatening language on electronic media.

Netflix, Verizon War of Words Heats Up Over Speed
USA Today
Verizon's war of words with Netflix has escalated, as what began with a tweet is now pulling in lawyers. The telecom giant sent a cease-and-desist letter to the streaming service, saying Netflix must stop telling customers that Verizon's network is to blame for slow downloads.

Aereo Arrives on Chromecast Ahead of Court Fight
Time
Aereo, the Internet TV streaming upstart currently embroiled in a historic Supreme Court showdown with broadcast companies, is finally available for Google Chromecast. Its arrival on the Internet giant's streaming media dongle comes one week after its intended debut.

Samsung, Barnes & Noble Team Up on Tablet Design
CNET
Barnes & Noble and Samsung said they will launch co-branded tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will feature Samsung's hardware and customized Nook software from Barnes & Noble. The first of the devices, sporting a 7-inch display, will hit U.S. stores in August.

Twitter Acquires Namo Media to Bolster Mobile Ads
Bloomberg
Twitter has agreed to buy San Francisco-based Namo Media as the microblogging website seeks to bolster its reach in mobile advertising. As Twitter competes with Facebook and Google in the market for mobile ad dollars, the purchase of Namo brings technology for native ads.

Pinterest Takes on Google, Facebook with Ad Tool
Wall Street Journal
Pinterest is rolling out a marketing tool that could help it take advertising dollars from Google and Facebook. A new ad system will let marketers bid to display "promoted pin" messages. The system is geared toward small businesses that will pay when someone clicks on an ad.

Tumblr to Hold Q&A Interview with President Obama
WebProNews
The White House has held Q&A sessions on Twitter and Facebook, and President Obama has even sat down for a Reddit AMA. But on June 10, for the first time ever, Obama will answer user questions on Tumblr. CEO David Karp will forward questions to the president.

Google in the Market for Streaming Music Service
New York Post
Google is said to be in the market for a streaming music service and has been quietly surveying the landscape as the sector explodes. Although there are no official talks, "they've been having discussions with banks about how they're shaping their future music strategy."

Twitter Weighs Acquisition of Online Music Service
Financial Times
Twitter has considered buying Spotify and Soundcloud in recent months — a move that suggests the company is willing to attempt its largest acquisition to secure new sources of growth. Twitter has "weighed deals worth billions of dollars" as it seeks to add a music service.

Vevo Goes on Sale After Failed Bid for Independence
The Information
Vevo, the leading purveyor of online music videos, is for sale. The company and its bankers have begun taking meetings with a veritable who's who of media and tech companies that have signaled they could be buyers. Vevo hired Goldman Sachs and Raine Group earlier this spring.

YouTube Dispute Leads Music Labels to Seek Help
New York Times
Indie music groups, angry with YouTube's demands over licensing terms for a planned subscription music service, have asked regulators in Europe and the United States to intervene. YouTube is "shooting themselves in the foot with their attempt to strong-arm independent labels."

U.S. Mulls Updating Music Accords for Internet Age
Reuters
The Justice Department is considering changing or scrapping agreements it reached with music licensing giants ASCAP and BMI more than 70 years ago to freshen them up for the Internet age. Publishers and songwriters typically use the two not-for-profits to collectively license works.

Amazon to Hold Launch Event Amid Phone Rumors
CNBC
Amazon said it will hold a launch event on June 18 in Seattle, amid ongoing speculation that the company is preparing its own smartphone. A website for requesting invitations displayed a close-up of a device with Amazon branding. However, the size of the device was not clear.

Google Introduces Ad Exchange for Premium Video
Wall Street Journal
Google plans to build a marketplace for top web video publishers to sell their advertising inventory. The new venture, Google Partner Select, comes as more marketers shift their ad dollars from TV to the web. The big question is, do media companies want or need Google's help?

YouTube Network The Whistle Buys Sports Service
Variety
The Whistle, a sports multichannel network on YouTube, has acquired the Lacrosse Network in another instance of consolidation in the space. The Whistle has raised $10 million from investors including Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman and former Oxygen Media head Gerry Laybourne.

Microsoft Xbox Adds HBO Go, Dozens of Other Apps
PCMag
Microsoft has announced dozens of apps that will soon make their way to Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles globally. The list includes Twitter, Vine, HBO Go, ShowTime Anytime, and Comedy Central. The new apps — 45 in total — are scheduled to launch by the end of the holiday season.

Kohlberg Kravis Buys Internet Brands for $1.1 Billion
New York Times
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has agreed to buy Internet Brands, which operates a portfolio of websites and software, in a bet that it can help the company expand its services. Internet Brands owns websites like Lawyers.com, CarsDirect.com and ApartmentRatings.com.

Facebook Acquires Mobile Data Plan Outfit Pryte
Reuters
Facebook is acquiring Pryte, a Finnish company that aims to make it easier for mobile phone users in under-developed parts of the world to use wireless Internet apps. The world's largest social network is primarily interested in the team behind Pryte, led by CEO Markku Makelainen.

Netflix Blames Verizon for Slow Streaming Speeds
Re/code
In April, Netflix signed a web traffic deal with Verizon. Now it is telling customers that Verizon's pipes — and, presumably, other Internet providers' as well — aren't up to snuff. Netflix has posted a message blaming Verizon for slow speeds: "The Verizon network is crowded."

Netflix Nabs Pulitzer-Winner for Communications Post
Broadcasting & Cable
Anne Marie Squeo, a former exec with 30 Point Communications, has joined Netflix as director of corporate communications. Earlier in her career, Squeo was a journalist with Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, where she shared a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

Apple Takes On Snapchat with Disappearing Messages
New York Post
Apple said it will start offering disappearing texts — just like those of popular messaging app Snapchat. The next version of Apple's operating system for mobile devices, due this fall, will let users send pictures, audio snippets and even videos through its iMessage texting app.

Google Glass Unveils Fancy Designer Frames, Shades
Mashable
Google has announced a new collection of frames and shades for Google Glass, created in a collaboration with fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg. Five new frames and eight new shades will be available through the Google Glass website and Net-a-Porter starting June 23.

MySpace Uses 'Blackmail' in Effort to Win Back Users
Mashable
MySpace wants you back — even if it requires a little blackmail. The social network has emailed users old photos of themselves in hopes of enticing them to return to MySpace. The emails include one or two old photos and a line that reads, "The good, the rad and the what were you thinking ..."

Spotify in Talks with Vodacom Over Music Deal in Africa
Bloomberg
Spotify is said to be in talks with Vodacom on a partnership that would mark the music-streaming service's first foray into the African continent. Vodacom plans to offer its wireless customers subscriptions that include a limited amount of free data to access Spotify's music library.

Twitter Investor Sentiment Sours as Growth Slows
MarketWatch
Twitter shares are a little more than $6 from their IPO price after its fourth monthly loss. Investor sentiment has soured after the company reported disappointing user-growth numbers, though some analysts have argued that worries about the social network's base may be overblown.

Google to Announce Android TV at I/O Conference
GigaOM
Google is said to be planning to announce the launch of Android TV at its developer conference in San Francisco in June. Android TV won't be another device, but rather a platform that manufacturers of TVs and set-top boxes can use to bring streaming services to the television.

YouTube: Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Hits 2 Billion Views
Associated Press
It's 2 billion and counting for Psy and his irrepressible "Gangnam Style." The South Korean pop star's surprise hit has become the first YouTube video to surpass 2 billion views. No other video comes close to "Gangnam" on the streaming service's list of top videos.

Instagram Breaks Record for 'Kimye' Wedding Photo
Associated Press
A photo of reality-TV star Kim Kardashian kissing rapper Kanye West on their wedding day has set a record for the most likes on Instagram. The picture, shared from Kardashian's account, received 1.96 million likes, becoming the most popular post on the photo-sharing site.

Amazon, Mattel Unit Plan 'Content Hub' for Children
New York Times
Amazon will team up with Mattel's Hit Entertainment to offer episodes of the children's TV show "Fireman Sam" and the opportunity to buy tie-in toys, books and games, side by side. Until now, Amazon has kept the video streaming and retail sides of its business separate.

EA in $40 Million Video-Game Settlement with Athletes
Associated Press
A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay college football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded video games made by Electronic Arts. The payouts could go to more than 100,000 athletes, including current players.

Google Gets 12,000 Take-Down Requests in Europe
Wall Street Journal
Google is said to have received more than 12,000 requests in Europe from individuals looking to delete certain Internet search results linked to their own name in the initial hours after posting an online form to take the requests. The request rate reportedly hit 20 per minute.

Apple-Beats Deal Gives Optimism to Music Industry
Associated Press
Music industry execs have been abuzz about what Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats might mean for a business thought to be in irreversible decline. Industry execs expect changes that are generally positive — though maybe not for every artist trying to make a living.

Pirate Bay Founder Arrested for Copyright Violations
Reuters
Peter Sunde, one of the founders of Pirate Bay, has been arrested in Sweden to serve a sentence for copyright violations after being on the run for two years. Launched in 2003, the file-sharing website provided links to music and movie files stored on other users' computers.

Microsoft Former CEO Wins Bidding War for Clippers
Los Angeles Times
Steve Ballmer is said to have won a bidding war for ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, with a $2-billion offer that would set a record price for an NBA team. The former Microsoft CEO's bid was higher than one from a group that included David Geffen and Guggenheim Group execs.

Apple to Pay Less for Beats Music Streaming Service
Wall Street Journal
Apple is said to be paying slightly less than $500 million for the Beats Music streaming service, and more than $2.5 billion for Beats Electronics in its $3 billion deal. The breakdown offers insight into Apple's thinking for the most expensive acquisition in its history.

Hulu, Netflix Seen as 'Good Value' by Consumers
MediaPost
According to Hub Entertainment Research, 64% of users say free, ad-supported websites such as Hulu either are of excellent or good value. The study also said Netflix is growing as an alternative to DVR usage. Now, 18% say DVRs are a "default" when it comes to TV programming.

Netflix Slams Comcast's Bid for Time Warner Cable
CNBC
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the video streaming service should not have to pay Internet providers to deliver its content and criticized Comcast's $45 billion deal for Time Warner Cable. "Comcast would love to be the post office and be a monopoly and collect on everything."

YouTube Challenges ISPs by Rating Their Speeds
Fortune
YouTube has launched the latest challenge to Internet service providers by rating their performance in different cities. The Google online video service's "Video Quality Report" gave users a look at which providers in their area offered the best speeds for streaming video.

Vimeo Joins Netflix, Amazon with Original Series
CNET
"High Maintenance," a popular web series that launched in 2013, will become the first original show available exclusively on Vimeo. The series has already aired 13 episodes on the video website. Vimeo has ordered another six episodes to premiere later this year.

Netflix Picks Up More 'Dragon' from DreamWorks
CNNMoney
Netflix has furthered its relationship with DreamWorks Animation, picking up two new seasons of the children's TV show based on the "How to Train Your Dragon" film franchise. The deal comes a year after DreamWorks committed to bring 300 hours worth of programming to Netflix.

Amazon Preps Music Service with 'Newish' Songs
BuzzFeed
Amazon is said to be planning expand its Prime membership offerings by adding a music service made up of old and newish songs for subscribers to stream on demand. The service, due to debut in June or July, will restrict its catalog to songs that are "six months old and older."

Spotify Debuts in Brazil Amid Talk of Public Offering
Billboard
Spotify is now available in Brazil, the music streaming service's 57th market. The news comes shortly after Spotify revealed a paying subscription base of 10 million out of 40 million monthly active users. There has been much speculation of a possible Spotify IPO.

Google Bows to European Union Ruling on Privacy
Financial Times
A "right to be forgotten" ruling against Google risks damaging Internet startups, said CEO Larry Page. His remark comes as Google bows to a European Court of Justice decision, introducing an online form to give anyone in Europe a way to ask the company to censor links.

WhatsApp Emerges as Big Share Driver for Publishers
Digiday
Publishers tend to focus their social media strategies around Facebook and Twitter. But perhaps they are ignoring WhatsApp at their own peril. WhatsApp has 400 million users who send 50 billion messages a day, according to the State of the Internet report from Mary Meeker.

Twitter Co-Founder Dorsey Says He is Still a 'Punk'
CNNMoney
Before he was a billionaire, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was a blue-haired punk with a tattoo on his forearm and a pierced ear. Dorsey has taken out the earring and the blue hair is gone, but don't call him corporate. "I'm still a punk," said Dorsey. The punk scene is "amazing."

Apple Still on the Prowl for Acquisitions After Beats
Financial Times
Even before the ink was dry on his $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, Apple chief Tim Cook said he was "on the prowl" for more deals. "We look for companies with great people, and we certainly found that in Beats. These guys bring us an incredible set of knowhow and skills."

Hulu in Talks to Revive Cancelled Sitcom 'Community'
Deadline
Hulu is said to be in talks with "Community" producer Sony Pictures Television for a sixth season of the sitcom, which was cancelled by NBC this month. Sources stress that conversations are preliminary. Such a high-profile deal would make a statement for the video website.

Amazon Defends Its Tactics in Battle with Hachette
Fast Company
Amid rising social-media clamor about Amazon's face-off with Hachette, the notoriously shy online retailer has confirmed via press release that it was indeed playing hardball with the publisher. "Unfortunately, we have been unable to reach mutually-acceptable agreement on terms."

Google Reveals Lack of Diversity Among Employees
USA Today
In a rare glimpse behind the tech curtain, Google has released its diversity figures. Some 83% of the Internet giant's tech workers internationally are male. In terms of racial makeup, the company overall is 61% white. "We're not where we want to be when it comes to diversity."

Snapchat CEO 'Mortified' by Leaked Fraternity Emails
Los Angeles Times
Evan Spiegel found himself in the middle of a PR nightmare after Valleywag, a Gawker blog, published the Snapchat CEO's fraternity emails from his days as a Stanford University student. The emails featured graphic language. They "no way reflect who I am today," said Spiegel.

Twitter CEO Explores Possibility of Entering China
Re/code
Dick Costolo doesn't expect Twitter's service to be unblocked in China anytime soon, but he admitted that the company is working on figuring out what kind of service it could launch there down the road. The CEO said Twitter is in the "very beginning stages of conversations."

Netflix to Purchase Rights for Sony Animated Films
CNBC
Netflix has agreed to buy the earliest home-video rights to Sony's animated films, transferring ownership from pay-TV network Starz. Netflix's deal is the latest in a series of high-profile content acquisitions the video streaming company has made to attract new subscribers.

Apple Cutting Purchase Price of Beats to $3 Billion
New York Post
Apple's biggest deal in the company's history just got a little cheaper. The tech titan is expected to announce its acquisition of Beats Electronics this week — at the slightly reduced price of $3 billion. Reports earlier this month about the deal had put the price at $3.2 billion.

Facebook's WhatsApp Deal Faces Review in Europe
Wall Street Journal
Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp faces a potential antitrust review in Europe, an unexpected twist to a $19 billion deal that has been approved in the U.S. but raised concerns among European telecoms. The deal is the biggest acquisition of any startup in recent years.

Microsoft Former CEO Eyes Los Angeles Clippers
New York Times
Steve Ballmer is said to have had a weekend meeting with Rochelle Sterling, who co-owns the Los Angeles Clippers. The former Microsoft CEO has joined a growing list of people who have expressed an interest in buying the basketball team, which could sell for $1 billion or more.

Yahoo Plots YouTube Rival for Launch This Summer
Advertising Age
Is there room for another YouTube? Yahoo is said to be ramping up talks with video producers and plans to launch a rival to Google's video service this summer. For video creators dissatisfied with YouTube, Yahoo has a compelling pitch: more generous revenue-sharing deals.

YouTube Network Fullscreen Preps Subscription Site
Tubefilter
Fullscreen is said to be building a subscription-based, premium video-on-demand service, targeting a millennial audience. The destination will be a kind of competitor to Hulu and Netflix, comprised of programming from creators both inside and outside of Fullscreen's network.

Google Unveils Prototype of Its Own Self-Driving Car
Circa
Google has unveiled its first ever self-driving car. The automobile has neither a steering wheel nor pedals. The Internet giant said it will construct around 100 prototypes with on-road testing beginning by fall. The car will "take you where you want to go at the push of a button."

Apple iPhones Frozen by Hackers Seeking Ransom
Telegraph
Owners of Apple iPhones and iPads have been targeted by hackers who are freezing the devices and demanding ransoms of up to $100 to unlock them. The majority of the attacks have taken place in Australia, although there are reports of users in Britain being affected.

Spotify Asks Users to Change Passwords After Attack
Reuters
Spotify will ask some of its 40 million users to re-enter their passwords and upgrade their software in coming days after detecting unauthorized access to its internal systems and data. The music streaming service said it found evidence of attackers accessing one user's data.

Twitter, Omnicom Strike $230 Million Mobile Ad Deal
Wall Street Journal
Omnicom has announced a mobile-focused deal with Twitter, worth $230 million over the next two years. The deal will integrate Omnicom's programmatic ad buying unit Accuen with Twitter's ad exchange MoPub. It will also give Omnicom a "first look" at "new opportunities" from Twitter.

Twitter's Users Are in Asia While Revenue is in U.S.
Businessweek
Twitter's user growth will drop below 10% in the U.S. next year, and more than 40% of the service's users will live in Asia in five years, according to a report by eMarketer. "It's much easier to make money from advertising in the U.S. than in the countries where Twitter is growing fastest."

Google's YouTube Removes Video After Shootings
New York Times
As news spread of shootings in California that left seven people dead, YouTube removed a video that the police have connected to the rampage. The website was seemingly caught between making information available to all and spreading material that could be dangerous.

Twitter OKs Block of Tweets Seen as 'Blasphemous'
Sky News
Twitter has agreed to block tweets in Pakistan that were regarded as "blasphemous" or "unethical." Five requests were made by Abdul Batin, from Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority, who wants the microblogging website to censor accounts and tweets.

Yahoo Unhappy with Couric's Low-Wattage Interviews
Daily News
Katie Couric's role as global news anchor at Yahoo is said to be under scrutiny by the Internet company's honchos, including CEO Marissa Mayer, who are wondering why the star journalist host isn't bringing in big-name interviews. Couric's TV talk show ends in June.

AOL Preps Project for Investing in Startups in Israel
Reuters
AOL plans to start a program in Israel to help startups, and will invest at least $100,000 in as many as 10 projects at a time. The Internet giant's new Nautilus project is meant to give "maximum freedom to entrepreneurs" and "grant them access to all the tools of a global company."

Apple in Push for Jetsons-Style Home Automation
Financial Times
Apple is said to be readying a new software platform that would turn the iPhone into a remote control for lights, security systems and other household appliances. The tech giant plans to take on Google and Samsung and make a "big play" in smart-home technology.

Hulu Near Deal with CTC to Air Russian TV Shows
Bloomberg
CTC Media, the largest publicly traded TV company in Russia, said it is near a deal for Hulu to carry its shows online, helping it expand to more devices and markets. A deal with Hulu would give Moscow-based CTC access to millions of potential U.S. viewers.

Netflix in Talks for 'Wet Hot American' TV Series
Variety
Cult classic "Wet Hot American Summer" could finally make its long-awaited resurrection, courtesy of Netflix. The 2001 comedy, which boasted a who's who of up-and-coming comedic stars playing campers at a fictional camp, may be turned into a prequel for the streaming service.

Google Backs Netflix in Battle with Comcast, Verizon
Wired
Netflix is paying Comcast for a direct connection to the Internet service provider, and it is doing much the same with Verizon. But Google believes this kind of arrangement shouldn't involve money. The tech giant lets Netflix inside its ISP, Google Fiber, and it doesn't charge a penny.

Netflix in Talks for Series on Life of Queen Elizabeth II
Fansided
Netflix and Sony Pictures Television are in negotiations over a new exclusive series, "The Crown," focusing on the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The series would span over 20 hours and be split into two seasons on the streaming network, similar to "House of Cards."

Facebook Exec Rants About Current State of Media
WebProNews
Facebook product management exec Mike Hudack has posted a 461-word teardown of the current state of media. CNN has become "the network of kidnapped white girls," he wrote. "Our nation's newspapers have been almost entirely hollowed out. It's hard to tell who's to blame ... "

Amazon Escalates Battle Against Publisher Hachette
New York Times
Amazon, under fire for discouraging customers from buying books from Hachette, has escalated the battle. The retailer has begun refusing orders for coming Hachette books, including J.K. Rowling's new novel. The paperback of Brad Stone's Jeff Bezos book is now "unavailable."

Google Developing Tablet with Advanced 3D Imaging
Wall Street Journal
Google is said to be developing a new, cutting-edge tablet as it continues to experiment with advanced vision capabilities for mobile devices. The device is expected to be equipped with advanced software that can capture precise three-dimensional images of objects.

Twitter Experiments with New Video-Sharing Feature
Re/code
Twitter appears to be experimenting with a new product that could encourage more people to use it as a video platform — a feature that makes it easy to embed, display and play clips on phones. It is possible for Twitter to even create a YouTube-like video-sharing platform.

AOL Pushes Into Linear TV with PrecisionDemand Buy
MediaPost
AOL is pushing to become a player in the "programmatic TV" buying space, announcing yet another acquisition — advanced TV audience targeting platform PrecisionDemand — which will be integrated into its Adap.tv system. The deal is seen as significant for several reasons.

Amazon Prime Adds HBO Shows Including 'Sopranos'
CNET
Amazon Prime members in the United States can now catch a full lineup of HBO shows, films, miniseries and specials at no extra cost. Amazon has even cooked up a special page called the HBO Collection through which Prime subscribers can stream their favorite HBO selections.

YouTube Stars Enter Book Deal with Simon & Schuster
New York Times
A division of Simon & Schuster, the Atria Publishing Group, has teamed with Hollywood's United Talent Agency to create an imprint to publish books by Internet-based entertainers. Five deals have already been made with YouTube stars like Shane Dawson and Justine Ezarik.

Facebook to Recognize, Share User Music, TV Shows
Reuters
Facebook will add technology to its mobile apps that recognizes the music, movies or TV shows its users are enjoying, in the company's latest move to give prominence to media and entertainment on its social network. The new feature must be activated by the user and is off by default.

Twitter Shareholders Share Worries at Annual Meeting
Wall Street Journal
Twitter execs tried to assuage investors at the company's first shareholder meeting that employees still believe in the business despite its stock tumbling more than 50%. "I'm very worried," said one shareholder. "The message is the employees don't believe in the company."

Google's Shopping List May Include Music, Messaging
CNBC
Music and messaging companies may make the most sense for Google as it gets ready to go on a potential global buying spree. The Internet giant has said it will need as much as $30 billion of overseas profits to help pay for acquisitions. One buy that could make sense is Spotify.

Spotify Widens Lead with 10 Million Paid Subscribers
USA Today
Spotify said it has topped 40 million active users, and the number of users paying for a monthly subscription has topped 10 million. The music streaming service's users have streamed 12 billion hours of music. "We're widening our lead in the digital music space," said CEO Daniel Ek.

EBay Asks Users to Change Passwords After Breach
Associated Press
EBay has asked users to change their passwords after a cyberattack compromised a company database containing customer names, passwords, email addresses and other data. The company said that there is no evidence that any financial or credit card info was stolen.

Yelp Allowing Users to Add Video Clips to Reviews
Business Insider
Yelp will add a video feature to its app that will let users upload short clips in the same way that they would upload photos. The idea is to help reviewers fully capture the atmosphere of a restaurant, store or other small business, better than they could with photos alone.

Netflix Set to Expand in Six More European Countries
Hollywood Reporter
Netflix will launch in six European countries by the end of 2014. The expansion will extend the streaming service to France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg. Netflix is already available in 40 countries and boasts some 48 million members worldwide.

Samsung to Launch Video-Streaming Service in Asia
CNET
Samsung has unveiled plans to launch a video-on-demand streaming app in Southeast Asia. The mobile app will let users rent an entire season of curated TV shows, but is limited to U.S. and U.K. programs at launch. The service will cost $6.50 per season for 30 days.

Redbox Sales Plateau Amid Rise of Online Streaming
Wall Street Journal
Redbox is the nation's largest DVD rental business, with more than 40 million customers. But after years of expansion, the company is slowing its kiosk installations. "There are no more good locations left." Plus, Redbox is contending with the growing popularity of online streaming.

Google Beats Out Apple Among Most Valuable Brands
Adweek
Google, Apple, IBM and Microsoft are the highest rated companies in terms of brand value, according to a study commissioned by WPP. After three years of owning the top spot, Apple slipped to No. 2. Its brand value fell due in large part to its recent lack of innovation.

Twitter Walks Away from Possible Buy of SoundCloud
Re/code
It looks like Twitter won’t be buying SoundCloud, after all. The messaging service is said to have let an exclusive negotiating period with the music-sharing service expire, and is no longer in discussions. Multiple news outlets have reported that the talks are now off.

Yahoo Near Deal to Buy Video-Streaming Firm RayV
Wall Street Journal
Yahoo is said to be close to finalizing an acquisition of video-streaming startup RayV. An acquisition would be one of several web-video deals negotiated by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer in recent months as she aims to turn her video site, Screen, into a viable rival to Google's YouTube.

Google Eyeing Up to $30 Billion in Foreign Buyouts
Associated Press
Google has revealed that it has earmarked $20 billion to $30 billion for the acquisition of foreign companies and technology rights held outside the United States. The Internet giant nearly pulled off a major acquisition late last year, according to the letter to U.S. regulators.

Microsoft Says Latest Tablet Will Replace Laptops
CNBC
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has unveiled the latest version of the company's tablet, the Surface Pro 3. Microsoft claims it is the first true laptop replacement. Regarding specs, the 12-inch screen is larger than previous versions, while weighing less, coming in at 1.76 pounds.

Pinterest Opening Up Data Firehose for Marketers
Wall Street Journal
Following Twitter and Facebook, Pinterest will now allow marketers to ingest data from its service to help them better understand and interpret user activity on the site. The company will give a handful of third-party marketing providers access to data on how its users interact.

Shutterstock Expands Into Music Licensing Services
Crain's New York
Shutterstock, the stock image marketplace that has been expanding into video, has launched a music licensing business. It aims to take advantage of growth in video production by helping producers add soundtracks. "Everything from Kickstarter video campaigns to motion pictures."

Amazon Creates Section Devoted to E-Book Singles
Thin Reads
Amazon has quietly developed a new section on its website called Short Reads that could spark a surge in consumption of e-book singles. Short Reads appears to be dedicated to short fiction and nonfiction, with most pieces priced from 99 cents to $1.99. "This could be a big deal."

Simon & Schuster Strikes Deal with E-Book Services
Wall Street Journal
Simon & Schuster has agreed to make available some 10,000 older titles to e-book subscription businesses Oyster and Scribd. Both upstarts extend to books the all-you-can-eat subscription-style offerings that have proved popular through services such as Netflix and Spotify.

Apple Predicted to Tap Iovine to Run Content Business
Billboard
Apple is expected to buy Beats Electronics, with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre said to be taking senior roles at the company. Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson has speculated that Iovine could be tapped to run Apple's content business and help the company launch a TV product.

Netflix Exec Predicts What TV Will Look Like in 2025
Wired News
In the future, Netflix will know exactly what you want to watch, even before you do. You won't have to spend time browsing through lists of shows on your television. That's according to Neil Hunt, Netflix chief product officer. It's one of the many predictions he laid out for the future of TV.

Hulu Plus to Run Classic Anime Series 'Sailor Moon'
CNET
"Sailor Moon," a '90s Japanese anime series about teen girls who use their superpowers to save the world from evil, is coming to Hulu Plus. Customers will be treated to all 200 of the show's episodes, and Hulu will make an entirely new "Sailor Moon" series starting this fall.

Facebook to Roll Out 'I'm a Voter' Feature Worldwide
Reuters
When Americans voted to renew President Obama's lease on the White House in 2012, more than 9 million citizens took to Facebook to click the "I'm a Voter" button. The social media site plans to offer versions of the feature worldwide for a slate of national elections this year.

Twitter Mulls Buying Audio-Sharing Firm SoundCloud
Re/code
Twitter may try to buy its way out of its growth problem by making another move into music. The company is said to be considering a deal to acquire SoundCloud, a free service that lets users upload and share audio files. SoundCloud describes itself as the "YouTube for audio."

Google Buys Corporate Mobile-Device Manager Divide
Associated Press
Google has acquired Divide, a startup that helps companies manage the mobile devices that employees increasingly rely upon to get their work done. The deal is part of Google's effort to widen corporate usage of smartphones and tablets running on its Android operating system.

BuzzFeed: What's Next After Turning Down Disney?
Fortune
After turning down Disney's acquisition offer, BuzzFeed is said to be working on plans to go public. An IPO would likely not happen until 2015, as most companies that want to go public this year have already hired bankers. One thing BuzzFeed has ruled out is selling to another company.

Google in Talks to Buy Video-Streaming Service Twitch
Wall Street Journal
Google is said to be in talks about a possible acquisition of Twitch, a fast-growing live video-streaming service. Twitch is the most popular Internet destination for watching and broadcasting video-game play. For Google, Twitch would be a potential boost to its YouTube video service.

Apple Expected to Announce Buy of Beats Electronics
Reuters
Apple is expected to announce as early as this week a $3.2 billion agreement to buy Beats Electronics, the music-streaming service and headphone maker founded by music producer Jimmy Iovine and rapper Dr. Dre. "Apple is about two years late, behind Spotify."

Twitter: Russia's Internet Regulator Threatens Block
Financial Times
Russia's Internet regulator has threatened to block Twitter, in the most detailed warning on the options Moscow is considering in its efforts to tighten restrictions over the Internet. "We can block Twitter or Facebook in Russia tomorrow within a few minutes. We will do what we have to."

Yahoo-AOL Merger Would Be Good Idea, Analyst Says
TheStreet
An AOL merger with Yahoo makes sense, according to CRT Capital Group analyst Neil Doshi. AOL's programmatic advertising platform makes it an enticing takeover target for Yahoo, which is expected to profit handsomely when half of its stake in Alibaba is sold later this year.

Facebook Working on Chat App to Take On Snapchat
Financial Times
Facebook is going head to head with rival Snapchat in the video-chat app market as the social networking group scrambles to win back users from the ephemeral messaging app. Facebook reportedly has been working for several months on the app, known internally as Slingshot.

Internet Week Celebration to Kick Off in New York City
Metro
New York mayor Bill de Blasio will give the keynote speech at Internet Week New York, when the convention opens Monday. This year's gathering comes as the city seeks to assert itself as the east coast answer to Silicon Valley. The seventh annual fest features more than 200 events.

Google: Euro Digital Players Demand Anti-Trust Probe
AFP
The Open Internet Project, which includes 400 players in Europe's digital markets, has lodged a complaint with the European Commission against alleged anti-competitive abuses by Google. The group accused the Internet giant of abusing its "insurmountable" market share.

Facebook: Unilever Tries Social Network's Video Ads
Wall Street Journal
Facebook users have begun seeing a new video ad depicting girls looking at themselves in a mirror. The ads, by Unilever for Dove products, are the first video spots on Facebook by a consumer-packaged-goods company. Unilever is "convinced" that Facebook is "a great platform."

Amazon to Unveil Three Original Shows for Children
Variety
Amazon will launch its first three original TV shows for children this summer, but will offer just the first six episodes of each, with additional installments slated to debut later in 2014. Amazon could benefit from effectively breaking each 13-episode series into two seasons.

Pinterest Raises $200 Million to Help Battle Google
ReadWrite
Pinterest has raised $200 million from investors in a deal that values the company at $5 billion. The visual search engine, which raised a $225 million round last fall with the same investors, faces a very well-funded rival in Google. Pinterest could become "the search engine of tomorrow."

Yahoo Movies Relaunches as Magazine with Articles
Next Web
Yahoo has relaunched its Yahoo Movies website as a digital magazine. Yahoo Movies now features first-look movie trailers, behind-the-scenes scoops and red-carpet galleries. Yahoo is promising articles, interviews with Hollywood stars, exclusive live-stream events and more.

Google Names Time Magazine Veteran New UK Chief
Telegraph
Eileen Naughton has been named managing director of Google's U.K. advertising sales operation. The New York-based Naughton has led the Internet giant's U.S. display ad business, selling space on websites including YouTube. She is a former president of Time magazine.

Pinterest Tests Q&A Feature Among Select Pinners
TechCrunch
Pinterest has begun testing a new Q&A feature. "We're always gathering feedback from pinners to make pins more useful," said a spokesperson. “We’re currently testing the ability to ask and answer questions in a more structured way on pins, with a small group of pinners."

Twitter: Preferred Social Media Platform for Terrorists
The Wire
While YouTube "has become a significant platform" for terrorist groups, according to a report from the Woodrow Wilson Center think tank, Twitter "has emerged terrorists' favorite Internet service to disseminate propaganda and enable internal communication."

Internet of Things Will Mushroom by 2025, Report Says
USA Today
If you thought the world was wired today, wait until 2025. Our bodies, homes and workplaces will be sensor-filled, spawning both big leaps in quality of life and questions about privacy, according to a report by the Pew Research Center and Elon University's Imagining the Internet Center.

Hulu Hires Away Netflix Exec as Head of Marketing
Wall Street Journal
Hulu has hired away a top marketing mind from online video rival Netflix. Jenny Wall will become the head of marketing at Hulu. Wall spent a year and a half at Netflix where she helped market high profile original shows like "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black."

Amazon Chief: How to Make Good TV for the Web
Fortune
Amazon Studios director Roy Price: "We've put out 24 pilots in the last year, which is more than a typical broadcast network will do per year. It's all about providing value for customers. Part of the purpose of original content is to get people to really engage with the service."

Google Hit by Hackers in Advanced Phishing Attack
CNBC
Hackers have targeted Google users' passwords in a new advanced phishing scheme that is difficult to detect and block, security experts said. The attack began a couple of days ago and has managed to spread fast. "We haven't spotted this type of phishing attack. It's enhanced."

Twitter Adding 'Mute' to Silence Annoying Tweeters
USA Today
Twitter plans to roll out a mute feature that will allow users to control the type of updates moving through their primary feed. When an account is muted, its activity no longer appears on a user's feed. Mute is something of a toned-down version of Twitter's block function.

Yahoo Acquires Snapchat Messaging App Rival Blink
TechCrunch
Blink, a messaging app that lets users share self-destructing messages, has been acquired by Yahoo. The app competed in an increasingly crowded space alongside Snapchat, as well as newer entrants. Blink will be shut down and its team members will be joining Yahoo.

Twitter Analytics Firm SocialRank Wins Media Investors
Hollywood Reporter
Twitter analytics startup SocialRank has attracted the support of some big-media backers. The New York firm has raised more than $1 million in seed funding from investors that include Shari Redstone's Advancit Capital, which counts News Corp. veteran Jonathan Miller as a partner.

Hulu, Netflix Poised for Changes on Microsoft's Xbox
Ars Technica
Microsoft is said to be planning to make a change to the Xbox Live Gold paywall for streaming media services. Users of Xbox 360 and Xbox One reportedly will soon no longer need a paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold to access Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media apps.

Netflix Keeps Getting Faster for Comcast Subscribers
Washington Post
Three months ago, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for faster and more reliable Internet service. It seems to be working. Comcast customers now get Netflix content faster than customers using most other Internet providers. Only Cox and Cablevision provide faster service.

Google: EU Says Citizens Have 'Right to Be Forgotten'
CNET
In what could turn out to be one of the biggest shake-ups to online privacy legislation, the top European Union court has decided that people can ask Google and other online entities to edit or erase certain online search results, allowing citizens a "right to be forgotten."

Yahoo Unveils Mobile-First Image-Rich Native Ads
Wall Street Journal
Yahoo said in February it planned to give up on banners for mobile advertising, and that it would focus on selling what it called "in-stream" ad units instead. The company has revealed what those ads will actually look like, launching what it called "mobile-first image-rich native ads."

Facebook Mulls China Sales Office Amid Blockade
Wall Street Journal
Facebook said it is considering opening a sales office in China to serve advertisers based there. China, which blocks its 1.35 billion citizens from accessing Facebook, is a strategic hurdle in the way of the social networking giant's long term goal of connecting the world.

Twitter Doesn't Need to Be Facebook to Make Money
MarketWatch
Twitter, whose inability to add users at a faster pace has dampened enthusiasm on Wall Street, does not have to be as big as Facebook to make money, according to SunTrust analyst Robert Peck. "Merely narrowing the monetization gap would justify significant stock."

Pinterest Moves to Make Money with Promoted Pins
Bloomberg
Pinterest is finally turning on the money spigot. Advertisers can now pay to more prominently display their pins, which are the pictures of products that get shared through the site. Pinterest has been experimenting with the ads, called promoted pins, since October when it raised $225 million.

EBay Founder Eyes $50 Million for News Startup
USA Today
EBay founder Pierre Omidyar has earmarked $50 million for the digital news company he plans launch. Called Digital First Media, the startup's marquee hire so far is Glenn Greenwald, who led the way in publishing documents revealing U.S. government surveillance leaks.

Wolff: Digital Media 'Pretty Damn Bleak' in 2014
Digiday
Author and media iconoclast Michael Wolff: "There's going to be a consolidation in digital publishers. From Business Insider to BuzzFeed to Gawker. It looks like everybody is going to try to sell themselves to Yahoo. So that's the question: How dumb is Yahoo?"

Hulu Former CEO Kilar Hints About New Startup
AllThingsD
Jason Kilar, the former CEO of Hulu, is starting a new company, referred to as The Fremont Project. Kilar and Rich Tom, his former CTO at Hulu, hint that the new company will be a "consumer-focused venture" and are looking to hire designers and developers.

IAC Mulls Sale of Daily Beast After Tina Brown Exits
Bloomberg
IAC chief Barry Diller is said to be considering selling the Daily Beast after the departure of Tina Brown, who helped start the news website in 2008. Brown is leaving the site to start a new venture, Tina Brown Live Media, which will build on her Women in the World conferences.

Aereo CEO Mulls Move Into Personalized TV News
Crain's New York
Aereo is focused on innovation, not lawsuits, according to founder-CEO Chet Kanojia. He talks of a possible move into "individualized" news programming that could make use of Aereo's one-to-one technology. The news product currently on TV "is not compelling."

Apple CEO Says 'Amazing New Products' Coming
ABC News
Apple reported that it sold 31.2 million iPhones for the three months ending in June, better than Wall Street's expectation amid a competitive market for smart phones. CEO Tim Cook promised "amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014."

Twitter: We Won't Rival Old Media or Hire Journalists
Financial Times
CEO Dick Costolo insists that Twitter does not want to compete with traditional media. "Twitter is increasingly breaking the news, but I don't think of us as a news organization because we don't and won't employ journalists. We will partner with existing media companies."




 

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