Facebook brings ads Instant Games

Facebook brings ads Instant Games

Facebook advertisers have access to some new real estate. The company has been testing interstitial ads – along with “rewarded video” ads – within Instant Games. The service, which lets users play games with their friends within News Feed and Messenger, is now testing ads with select game developers. According to a new blog […]

Blaming cord-cutters, Verizon loses 18,000 Fios subs in Q3

Blaming cord-cutters, Verizon loses 18,000 Fios subs in Q3

Cord-cutting is hitting the pay-TV industry hard. The latest evidence is Verizon’s Q3 progress report: The telco lost a net 18,000 Fios Video subs in the corner, compared to a net gain of 36,000 during last year’s Q3. By the end of the third quarter, the company had 4.6 million Fios Video subs. In a […]

Twitter cracks down on harassment with new policy updates

Twitter cracks down on harassment with new policy updates

As Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey signaled on Friday, the company is set to introduce new anti-harassment rules. The policy updates will cover tweets that contain non-consensual nudity; hate symbols and imagery; unwanted sexual advances; tweets that glorify violence; and tweets from violent groups. The updates are set to roll out over the next few weeks. […]

Nielsen debuts streaming-measurement product

Nielsen debuts streaming-measurement product

From their inception, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video have kept their data private, leaving industry analysts to guess at just how many viewers are watching. Nielsen now says it can change all that. The company announced a measurement product that measures streaming viewership through an audio signature. And even though Netflix reaches only […]

NBCU, Snap partner on new content studio

Snap Inc. fires 18 members of its recruiting division; will slow hiring

NBCUniversal has a new digital content studio deal with Snap with a focus on made-for-mobile video. The content created will be developed and produced for Snapchat Shows. Leading the venture is NBCU’s Lauren Anderson, the former SVP of primetime programming at NBC, who introduced the new digital streaming experience. “By combining the best-in-class creative expertise […]

Just In: FCC’s Pai: fake news not in our jurisdiction

FCC’s Pai: fake news not in our jurisdiction

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai weighed in on the never-ending Trump-versus-news-outlets spat on Tuesday at an event fittingly titled The Future of Telecom Law. He told the gathering at the Mercatus Center/AT&T event in Washington D.C. that “under the law, the FCC doesn’t have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on […]

Netflix beats subscriber expectations in Q3

Netflix beats subscriber expectations in Q3

Netflix beat Wall Street’s expectations in Q3, adding 850,000 streaming subscribers in the U.S. and another 4.45 million internationally. Analysts had predicted 784,000 net U.S. additions and 3.62 million overseas. The streaming giant narrowly beat expectations on revenue as well, earning $2.99 billion in the quarter – a 30% year-over-year increase. Wall Street had projected […]

Facebook buys teen-oriented social app tbh

Facebook brings ads Instant Games

Facebook has acquired tbh, an app that lets users create anonymous polls. The app – geared toward teens – is still only active in a handful of U.S. states. Nonetheless, it’s been downloaded by over five million people. In September, tbh (its name is well known web abbreviation of “to be honest”) reached the top […]

Fandango to acquire MovieTickets.com

Fandango to acquire MovieTickets.com

NBCU’s Fandango has reached a deal to acquire MovieTickets.com, its longtime rival in the movie-ticketing space. The MovieTickets.com site will continue to exist, and the company’s team will continue to be based in Boca Raton, Florida. Terms of the deal – expected to close by the end of the year – weren’t disclosed. The acquisition […]

Qualcomm files lawsuit to halt iPhone sales in China

Qualcomm files lawsuit to halt iPhone sales in China

In its ongoing patent war with Apple, chipset-maker Qualcomm is seeking to cripple the tech giant’s sales in the world’s most populous country. As first reported by Bloomberg, Qualcomm has filed a lawsuit against Apple in a Beijing intellectual property court. The suit claims patent infringement; according to a Qualcomm spokeswoman, the company is seeking […]

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