• Sizzle To Fizzle: Deep Dive Into Networks' Lackluster Upfront
    Variety  estimates the five networks secured between $8.02 billion and $8.69 billion for their 2015-16 primetime entertainment schedules, the third consecutive upfront in which volume committed for primetime has fallen. If trends continue, ad commitments could dip below the $8 billion mark next year – the first time they would do so since recession-wracked 2009:
  • Maybe You Won't 'Like" To Tweet This: Social Networks' Growth Slowing Down
    Pew Research Center says social networks like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are all slowing down a lot  The percentage of Internet-using adults for Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest all increased, but just slightly, since 2014. But the percentage of U.S. adults on Twitter didn’t change at all. LinkedIn’s number actually decreased, from 28 percent to 25 percent.
  • Richard Branson Backs A Streaming. . . Doorbell
    Ring, a Santa Monica tech start-up that sells a doorbell with a video camera, announced a $28-million investment , mostly from business mogul Richard Branson and the venture capital arms of top home builder J.F. Shea Co. and big home insurer American Family Insurance Group.
  • The 'Hidden Tags' of YouTube
    YouTube has hidden the useful (and sometimes funny) video tags entered by the clip’s owner, since 2012.. But now, a browser extension Tags for YouTube, allows users to uncover hidden video tags and see what terms a video creator initially entered to describe the contents. Sometimes they're brutally honest
  • 'HuffPo' Partners With YouNow For Weekly Video Series
    In partnership with YouNow, Huffington Post is launching a weekly video series for millennials. Catering to young users’ consumption habits, the new show will let viewers stream live video footage, “primarily via their mobile phones,” Media Wire Daily reports. “Huffington Post has tested eight episodes to date and has already garnered 17,000 fans on YouNow.” 
  • Gamergate A Year Later, Women Still Fight For Themselves
    A year after Gamergate and the documentary, "GTFO" that documented harassment of women gamers, USA Today looks at how things changed. A year ago  nearly three-fourths of Internet users (73%) have witnessed online harassment, according to a Pew Research Center report. Some got rape threats. It's not much better today, the paper says. 
  • Hawaii State Employees Can't Watch Netflix, Hulu Anymore
    But YouTube is still okay, so the security guards at museum in the now-mechanized lighthouse at Kilaueua National Wildlife Refuge in Kauai will still have something to do.  
  • NBC Universal Takes $200M Stake In BuzzFeed
    Confirming rumors, Comcast’s NBCUniversal said today it will make a $200 million equity investment in Buzzfeed, a week after it plunked down the same amount for a stake in Vox. 
  • Comcast's New Content Portal To Offer Better Revenue Split For Partners
    For its forthcoming streaming portal -- that will compete directly against YouTube and Facebook -- Comcast plans to offer content partners a more attractive advertising revenue split than either rival. “The cable giant plans to allow the short-form video creators to keep 70% of the ad revenue they generate,” The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. “In contrast, Google Inc.’s YouTube and Facebook keep 45% of the ad revenue and give the rest to content creators.” 
  • Studios Drop Suit Against MovieTube
    Facing objections from Google, Facebook and other tech giants, the Motion Picture Association of America is withdrawing a lawsuit against the anonymous operators of various MovieTube sites. The tech firms accused the MPAA of “attempting to ‘resurrect’ the Stop Online Piracy Act by seeking an injunction on ‘non-parties in a lawsuit without proof that the nonparty was acting in concert with the defendant,’” The Hollywood Reporter writes.
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