Vivendi says it will acquire an 80% stake in Dailymotion, the second-largest video site (but light years behind YouTube). It is not well known in the U.S. because it mainly prospers in Europe. Vivendi will pay $241 million U.S. to the French owners, Orange. ...Read the whole story
At least for the moment, a privacy-related Facebook class action suit in Europe appears to have run aground. “A regional court in Austria, where the suit was originally filed, ruled … it
inadmissible, with the court saying it has ‘no jurisdiction’ over the matter,” TechCrunch reports. “The group now hopes to appeal and send the case to a higher court.”
In a rejection of net neutrality principles, regulators in Europe have agreed to create a two-tiered Internet, Ars Technica reports. Regulators have proposed a set of rules that will allow telecoms to create online fast lanes for “specialized services.” The rules also will allow telecoms to exempt services of their choosing from consumers' data caps.Read the whole story...
It already looks like Google's European search antitrust case will roll on for some time yet, thanks to a host of new complainants and some pertinent criticisms of the concessions Google has put on the table, but here's another voice calling for the Commission to reject that deal.Read the whole story...
ForbesLife.com covers the world of luxury and is expected to leverage content from Forbes staff writers and more than 150 expert contributors based around the globe - including journalists who have written for The New York Times, Vogue, Esquire, The New Yorker and more. Content on the site is divided by channel topic, such as: Travel, Cars & Bikes, Style, Planes & Boats, Homes, Watches & Jewelry, Tech, Food & Drink, Arts, and Video.Read the whole story...
IPC Media will undergo a rebrand by parent company Time Inc. to become Time Inc. UK, the company has announced. According to Time Inc. chairman and CEO Joe Ripp, the move will allow the company to better leverage its global presence. IPC Media counts more than 60 brands among its portfolio, including Country Life, What's on TV and Woman.Read the whole story...
Everyone knows that BuzzFeed does lists and quizzes and videos you like to click on and share. Some people know that BuzzFeed also does reporting from far-flung places, and some delicate, thoughtful features. But not many people know that BuzzFeed also does business reporting. This is a bit of a frustration for Peter Lauria, the veteran reporter BuzzFeed brought in from Reuters to launch its business section last year. But he's plugging away at it, turning out a combination of scoops, GIFs and analysis.Read the whole story...
Are you being party to butchery if you watch an ISIS beheading video made with the very hope you will watch it and slickly composed to impart the greatest impact when you do? Is viewing these videos abetting evil? On a lesser note, are you participating in a shameful violation of privacy if you view nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others that were pilfered and posted by computer hackers?Read the whole story...
A profusion of similar "takes" erupts online after almost any major news event - and the driving force behind that phenomenon is the fact that readers are in control of the process now, not editors or writers. Is that good or bad? Good question.Read the whole story...
EU antitrust regulators have launched an investigation into Facebook's proposed WhatsApp acquisition, asking communication rivals whether it would monopolise the market or drive up prices. Watchdogs have sent questionnaires to EU brands and telecom providers asking them what impact the deal could have.The $19bn acquisition is Facebook's most expensive deal to date. The EU Commission's findings are scheduled to be published in early October.Read the whole story...
Yelp funded a new study, unveiled this weekend, which concludes that Google potentially "degrades" its search results, to the detriment of users. "Our findings suggest that Google is -- in some instances -- actually making its overall product worse for users in order to provide favorable treatment to Google content," states the paper, which was co-authored by legal scholar and longtime net neutrality proponent Tim Wu and Harvard Business School's Michael Luca. ...More
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