Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Comcast-Time Warner Cable Regulatory Review Will Be Raucous

February 13, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The proposed $44.5 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable will keep both public interest groups and regulators busy in the coming months. Expect a raucous and drawn-out transaction before regulators make their decision.

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Super Bowl: Fox’s Streaming Internet Audience Up 4% from CBS’s Last Year

February 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The game for many may have been a snoozer, but Fox Sports claims it set a new Internet streaming record for a sporting event with Super Bowl XLVIII — even though it amounted to just a fraction of the U.S. TV audience. The Fox Sports Go “preview” service delivered the Super Bowl stream to an... Read more

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Aereo Halts NYC Signups, Claiming Service Is at Capacity

January 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Aereo, the Internet TV startup facing a showdown with broadcasters before the U.S. Supreme Court, said it is no longer signing up users in its initial New York City market because it has no more antennas to rent out. The New York-based startup, whose investors include Barry Diller’s IAC, would not disclose how many customers... Read more

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Supreme Court to Consider Whether to Take Aereo Case Jan. 10

January 2, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Supreme Court may decide Jan. 10 whether to review broadcasters' case against Aereo. After the court meets on that day, it will announce days later whether it will put the case on its docket for 2014. Broadcasters, including TV owners Disney, CBS, NBCUniversal, Fox, Univision, Public Broadcasting Service, and Tribune, petitioned the Supreme Court to review their copyright infringement case against Aereo in October.

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NSA Struggles to Make Sense of Flood of Surveillance Data

December 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

William Binney, creator of some of the computer code used by the National Security Agency to snoop on Internet traffic around the world, delivered an unusual message at a recent privacy conference to an audience worried that the spy agency knows too much. It knows so much, he said, that it can’t understand what it has. “What they are doing is making themselves dysfunctional by taking all this data,” Mr. Binney said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Tech Stocks Hover Near 2013 Highs, Paving Way for 2014 IPOs Like Alibaba, Box and Dropbox

December 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

iStock Today, the tech sector got a pretty nice post-Christmas present, as stocks of many companies in the sector continued to remain near their highs for the year. And with 2013 seeing the most U.S. tech IPOs since 2000 — according to a recent report, there were 45 in the year — 2014 is looking to be another strong year for public offerings. Those include, though will not be limited to: Alibaba Group, which could exceed Facebook’s $16 billion outing; Box, the file-sharing site; Dropbox, the online storage upstart; Candy Crush maker King.com; Coupons.com, the digital couponing site; Lending Club, the peer-to-peer lending service; clean-tech firm Opower; and Internet dating company Zoosk. The impact of the upcoming IPOs has already been felt on existing issues, most especially Yahoo. Though some of the excitement around the stock has been due to the shimmery image of CEO Marissa Mayer, its continued core business declines have been largely ignored by investors in favor of its 24 percent stake in Alibaba. In contrast to Yahoo’s lagging results, the Chinese Internet giant’s performance has been spectacular, and it has had more than a halo effect on shares of the Silicon Valley company. Yahoo’s stock is close to its 52-week high — reached on Tuesday at $41.05 — and is up 104.6 percent in the year to date. Search giant Google is getting its bump from its own strong performance, up 57.6 percent for the year and hovering close to its $1,118 per share high. The same goes for Microsoft — despite all the uncertainty around the identity of its new CEO, the pending departure of Steve Ballmer has its shares up 40 percent for the year and also close to its nearly $39 high. Retail giant Amazon is up more than 60 percent, close to its $405 high

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Merry Christmas From ATD and the Gift of a YouTube Yule Log

December 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One of my favorite memories of Christmas as a kid was watching the annual yule log broadcast on TV, as I was sitting next to a real fireplace. I will readily admit that this holiday story is warped. Moving on! In the digital world of today, you can enjoy the tradition via the Internet. So, here’s a hour of a cracking fire on Google’s YuleTube, oops , YouLog, oops , YouTube:

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Rampant Returns Plague E-Retailers

December 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Free shipping and lenient return policies have given online retailing a huge boost. Now, chains are mining their order data to get shoppers to keep more purchases. Behind the uptick in e-commerce is a little known secret: As much as a third of all Internet sales gets returned, according to retail consultancy Kurt Salmon. And the tide of goods flowing back to retailers is rising. Shipper United Parcel Service Inc. expects returns to jump 15 percent this season from last year, making them a significant and growing cost for retailers. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Has Justine Sacco Been Fired Yet? Barry Diller’s IAC Isn’t Saying

December 21, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

IAC, the Internet media company run by Barry Diller, removed the name and contact info for communications director Justine Sacco after her racially charged tweet about AIDS and Africa spawned a massive wave of outrage on Twitter. But the company has not yet confirmed whether she has been fired for the offending tweet. On Friday,... Read more

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Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews

December 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This is my last column for The Wall Street Journal, after 22 years of reviewing consumer technology products here. So I thought I’d talk about the dozen personal-technology products I reviewed that were most influential over the past two decades. Obviously, narrowing so many products in the most dynamic of modern industries down to 12 is a subjective exercise and others will disagree. Though most were hits, a couple weren’t blockbusters, financially, and one was an outright flop. Instead, I used as my criteria two main things. First, the products had to improve ease of use and add value for average consumers. That was the guiding principle I laid down in the first sentence of my first column, in 1991: “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it’s not your fault.” Second, I chose these 12 because each changed the course of digital history by influencing the products and services that followed, or by changing the way people lived and worked. In some cases, the impact of these mass-market products is still unfolding. All of these products had predecessors, but they managed to take their categories to a new level. Some readers will complain that Apple is overrepresented. My answer: Apple introduced more influential, breakthrough products for average consumers than any other company over the years of this column.

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