Charter Reportedly Will Attempt to Purchase Time Warner Cable, Again

Charter Communications is reportedly poised to acquire Time Warner Cable in a second bid for the company. The companies could announce the purchase as soon as tomorrow. Comcast’s recent attempt to purchase the company went down spectacularly down in flames, with both Department of Justice and the FCC lined up to kill the merger of the No. 1 and No. 2 cable operators. Reportedly offering … Continue reading Charter Reportedly Will Attempt to Purchase Time Warner Cable, Again

Aereo to Rise Again as…TiVo?

Aereo was one of those things was too good last and that was way ahead of its time. It was a cloud-based streaming DVR for broadcast stations that attempted to skirt the fees cable operators paid to them by setting up miniature antennas that the service claimed it was using to capture the over the air transmissions. Smartphones and tablets could access it — if … Continue reading Aereo to Rise Again as…TiVo?

Facebook is Your New Ministry of Truth

As you’ve probably heard by now, Facebook entered into agreements with major news outlets to bring you, the web browsing public, Instant Articles. By major news outlets, I mean The New York Times, National Geographic, The Atlantic , The BBC and The Guardian to name a few. By web browsing public, I mean the people Facebook is trying to turn into being an all-Facebook-all-the-time sort of public…which … Continue reading Facebook is Your New Ministry of Truth

Why Does Verizon want AOL? Probably Not for its Dial-Up Customers

Verizon purchased AOL for $4.4 billion — and in what can only be described as a leap of faith, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam announced “AOL has once again become a digital trailblazer.” By digital trailblazer, McAdam probably doesn’t mean the 2 million dial-up subscribers that still use AOL. Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget — they’re all owned by AOL, not to mention the company’s homepage that … Continue reading Why Does Verizon want AOL? Probably Not for its Dial-Up Customers

Streaming Overtakes Downloads, Warner Music Reports

According to Warner Music Group, last quarter marked a milestone in the music industry. It was the first time any music company reported that its revenues in streaming audio overtook downloads. This follows a trend that streaming audio’s become more important to music companies than downloads. (Streaming revenues grew 33 percent according to the company.) The company is also pushing YouTube and Spotify to cut … Continue reading Streaming Overtakes Downloads, Warner Music Reports

Zynga Shuts Down Datacenters, Brings Cloud Back to Amazon

Like the saying goes, if you can’t be a good example, be a cautionary tale. The problem is, everyone thinks they’re a good example until they’re hip-deep in it, then they realize what they really are is the cautionary tale. Remember Farmville? Remember all those annoying games that made up most your feed on Facebook about five years ago? That was Zynga. In 2011, they … Continue reading Zynga Shuts Down Datacenters, Brings Cloud Back to Amazon

Meerkat Pivots to Facebook

Meerkats on the African savannah are known for their upright postures to scan the horizon for eagles and other birds of prey. In a way, Meerkat the app is looking for something as well, though in this case, it’s on the lookout for an ally instead of a predator. The app could use a friend. Though it was the first one off the lifestreaming-as-app block, … Continue reading Meerkat Pivots to Facebook

“No Seinfeld for you!”…if don’t have Hulu

What’s the deal with on-demand video? That’s a questions that Jerry, Kramer, Elaine and George are probably not as asking on their way to the bank to deposit their huge checks from Huiu. The streaming service (which, to the ire of of its Hulu Plus customers, still shows ads after they’d forked over $8 a month for the privilege) paid about $126 million for the … Continue reading “No Seinfeld for you!”…if don’t have Hulu

Questionable and Expensive Advice: Inside those “You Have Malware! Call Now!” Pop-Ups

If you’re the designated tech support in your family, you’ve probably had someone approach you about those pop-ups that warn about the doom and gloom that’s about to befall that person’s computer if they don’t call the number on the pop up right then and there. The warnings are as real as a three dollar bill and the offer of tech support is, of course, … Continue reading Questionable and Expensive Advice: Inside those “You Have Malware! Call Now!” Pop-Ups

Netflix to Shift to Content Ownership and Enter Production

House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and the newer seasons of Arrested Development may be the jewels in Netflix’s crown, but the streaming service doesn’t own the shows. It licenses the programs, meaning that older seasons of the series pop up on other competing services and the foreign rights are sold without the company seeing seeing any revenue. However, it looks Netflix will … Continue reading Netflix to Shift to Content Ownership and Enter Production