Posts Tagged ‘street-journal’

Why Al Jazeera’s Cable Move Could Cost Much More Than $500 Million

January 4, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Al Jazeera could have been the first really serious player to make a big bet on Web video news. Instead, it’s placing a giant bet on cable TV . Why? I asked yesterday, and many of you replied. Thanks! Your answers break down into two basic schools of thought:* Al Jazeera wants to be on American cable TV because of optics. That is: Its Qatari owners think being on American cable TV will validate it as a Very Serious News Operation, like CNN — just being on YouTube won’t cut it. So according to this line of thought, Al Jazeera will spend anything to make that happen — even $500 million for a cable network many thought was worth far less.

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Intel’s Push Into Web TV Hits Delays

January 2, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Intel Corp.’s effort to develop an Internet-based TV service and associated hardware is taking longer than expected, people familiar with the company’s plans say, in part due to delays in reaching content agreements with media companies. The chip maker’s surprise interest in the crowded pay TV business was disclosed last March by The Wall Street Journal, which reported Intel had told media companies it hoped to launch a service by the end of 2012. The timing now seems uncertain. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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New York Makes Subway Arrival Times Available to Mobile Apps

December 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

There are plenty of apps that offer up info on New York’s popular subways. But, until today, none offered exact train arrival times. New York is now serving up that information via mobile apps for seven of its lines, with plans to add more lines over time. The Metropolitan Transit Agency on Friday offered up an iOS test app for the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and S shuttle lines. The data will also be on its Web site and in a feed that can be used by other app developers. “This is what generations of dreamers and futurists have waited for,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Joseph J. Lhota, in a statement. Well, I’m not sure about that. Those in San Francisco and other places have long had that data, but it’s still useful that it is coming to one of America’s busiest public transit systems. “The ability to get subway arrival time at street level is here,” Lhota said. “The days of rushing to a subway station only to find yourself waiting motionless in a state of uncertainty are coming to an end. Now, you can know from the comfort of your home or office whether to hasten to the station, or grab a cup of coffee as part of a leisurely walk.” MTA says its Subway Time app can handle 5,000 requests per second, and builds on the countdown clocks that are already in place inside many subway stations. But, as The Wall Street Journal explains , the task of expanding this feature to cover the entire system is formidable. The real-time train location information comes from new computer-connected sensors that were installed along the first set of lines at a cost of more than $228 million over 11 years. Adding such sensors across the remaining two-thirds of the system will take years and hundreds of millions more. And a separate project to extend cell service to underground stations won’t be completed until 2016.

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Hulu’s Employee Owners Are Just Employees Again, Which Means Some May Be Ex-Employees Soon

December 26, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Hulu’s employees used to be owners, too. But those days are over, so they’re going to have be happy with a paycheck and some bonuses. That’s the upshot of a new long-term incentive plan I’m told the video site is prepping. It’s meant to replace the equity stakes Hulu’s employees cashed out earlier this fall. And it should be going into effect soon. The move is a small but symbolic: Hulu used to be a start-up, and the people who worked there had the potential for a big payout if things went really, really well. But investor Providence Equity Partners sold its stake in the site in October , and that let Hulu employees sell too. The company’s value doubled, to $2 billion, in five years, so many of them did do well. But not sit-on-a-beach-and-count-your-money well. Now, it’s purely a Big Media asset — Hulu is co-owned by Comcast, Disney and News Corp

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News International CEO Tom Mockridge to Step Down at Year’s End

December 3, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The head of News Corp.’s News International unit is stepping down at the end of the year, the company said on Sunday. Tom Mockridge, a 22-year company veteran, took over as head of the unit in July 2011, following the resignation of Rebekah Brooks , in the wake of the PhoneGate hacking scandal. Rupert Murdoch. News Corp. (which owns this Web site) said Sunday that Mockridge was leaving to pursue “outside interests.” Mockridge was seen as a candidate for the top spot at News Corp.’s soon-to-be-spun-off publishing arm. However, that job appears headed to Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson.

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News Corp. Set to Name WSJ Editor as Publishing Company’s CEO

December 2, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

News Corp. plans to name Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and editor in chief of Dow Jones, as chief executive of its publishing company as early as next week, according to people familiar with the matter. Other details, such as senior executive appointments, board members, and the name of the publishing company may also be announced but a final decision hasn’t been made, these people said. Gerard Baker, currently Mr. Thomson’s deputy, is expected to succeed him as managing editor of the Journal.

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Report: News Corp. taps Thomson to run publishing division

December 1, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top News: Appointment of Wall Street Journal exec to be formally announced next week

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On Google, a Political Mystery That’s All Numbers

November 4, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Google’s quest to guess what we want before we want it has produced an unusual side effect: a disparity in the results the company presents about the presidential candidates. A Wall Street Journal examination found that the search engine often customizes the results of people who have recently searched for “Obama” — but not those who have recently searched for “Romney.” Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Opening New Windows

October 17, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

“This is going to be the first time in a decade and half that [companies are] actually going to have to teach someone to use Windows.” – Stephen Kleynhans , a Gartner Inc. analyst. quoted by the Wall Street Journal

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Quartz Shoots for Tablet and Mobile Readers, but Doesn’t Arm Itself With an App

September 24, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After a summer of buzz, Quartz, Atlantic Media’s new business news site, lights up today. Pro Tip 1: If you want to see what the fuss is about, head over to qz.com , not quartz.com. The latter will only help you if you’re interested in tubing and rod . Pro Tip 2: Even though Quartz makes a big deal of targeting tablet and smartphone users, don’t bother looking for it at Apple’s App Store or Google’s Android Market . Instead of producing apps for the new publication, Quartz expects you find its stuff the old-fashioned way — on the Web, via a WordPress-produced site. Paradoxically, that puts Quartz on the leading edge of digital publishing, or at least in the middle of digital publishing chatter. There’s a lot of talk about “ Web apps” instead of “native apps” , and “responsive design” right now, and Quartz highlights both concepts. In English: Instead of asking readers to download an app to get its stuff on tablets or phones, Quartz will work on the mobile Web browsers those machines already have. And it will publish a single Web site, which will configure itself depending on the kind of device and screen size each reader uses. Duh. Right? Except that just two years ago, the entire publishing world was consumed with the iPad, and tablets in general, and the notion that device-specific apps would allow them to break free of the tyranny of the free Web’s economics. Instead of giving away their stuff online, publishers argued/hoped, they could sell discrete bundles of programming and content via Apple, and hopefully Google and other platforms. But both publicly   and privately, many publishers now concede that they’ve been underwhelmed with apps. The road for brand-new titles launched as apps has been even rockier . So the Quartz staff say they decided early on at they would give away their content, and they would do it on the Web. “It seems very clear that the Web is far more suited for sharing of news and articles, and we want everybody to access our stuff,” says senior editor Zachary Seward*. “It sounds sort of silly to say this, but anyone can navigate directly to any of our stories. You can’t do that in the app store world.” Seward showed me a preview of the approach over the weekend, but I was looking at it via MacBook, not iPad, so I can’t vouch for the way the site will display on mobile screens.

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