Amid Sales Chatter, Pandora (P) CEO McAndrews is Notably on New York Times' (NYT) Board of Directors Feb 11, 2016 02:49PM

The New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT) broke a story about Pandora (NYSE: P) working on a potential move to sell itself. While the news is a rumor, there is one notable point to be made about the story: Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews is a director for the New York Times.

According to McAndrews' bio on the NYT website, he has been a director since 2012.

Whether or not this means the story is more plausible now is still up in the air. But, the relationship between the two... (continue reading...)

Dish, Fox settle litigation over Hopper ad-skipper Feb 11, 2016 02:07PM

By Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp (NASDAQ: DISH) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ: FOXA) on Thursday said they have ended nearly four years of litigation over the Hopper, a Dish device that lets viewers skip over commercials when playing back shows.

In a joint statement, the companies said Dish agreed to turn off its AutoHop commercial-skipping feature on Fox programming until seven days after the programs first air.

... (continue reading...)
Ennui About Tablet Ownership Remains Rampant - GWI (AAPL) (GOOG) Feb 11, 2016 02:35PM

Is the tablet already passé? According to one report, the answer could be "yes."

Global Web Index conducted a recent survey. The firm found that around 45 percent of online adults globally now own a tablet and about 35 percent use the device to get online. Despite the usage and ownership, only 4 percent view a tablet as their "most important" device. The number moves to 11 percent for tablet owners specifically.

However, the low results could present a growth problem for... (continue reading...)

Instagram (FB) Plans to Add View Counts for Videos Feb 11, 2016 02:15PM

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) Instagram is adding a new feature to let users know just how popular they really are: video view counts.

While Instagram started as a photo filtering app, the platform has embraced the video just as much as the mobile public has. This could be a move for Instagram to improve the content users submit as they strive for more and more view counts.

The following was posted to the Instagram blog on Thursday:

Over the next few weeks, you’ll start to see... (continue reading...)

Netflix (NFLX) Announces Completion of Cloud Migration Feb 11, 2016 12:08PM

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) posted the following to its Media blog today:

Our journey to the cloud at Netflix began in August of 2008, when we experienced a major database corruption and for three days could not ship DVDs to our members. That is when we realized that we had to move away from vertically scaled single points of failure, like relational databases in our datacenter, towards highly reliable, horizontally scalable, distributed systems in the cloud. We chose Amazon... (continue reading...)

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