Report: Disney to launch movie download service with other major studios

Disney plans Star Wars and Marvel streaming series

Bloomberg reports that Walt Disney Co. is close to announcing a new movie download service. The service would reportedly enable consumers to buy films, and then store them in a digital “locker” to view on their devices. Bloomberg first wrote about Disney’s plan for a “Movies Anywhere” service in December, reporting that the entertainment giant […]

Report: Apple partners with Spielberg and NBCU

Report: Apple partners with Steven Spielberg and NBCU on original series

By all accounts, Apple has been making a furious push into the original content space. In June, the tech giant hired long-time Sony TV presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, placing the pair in charge of its original content efforts. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the company finally has a major project […]

Report: Russian political ads ran across Google’s ad products in 2016 Google

Report: Russian political ads ran across Google's ad products in 2016

First Facebook, then Twitter, now Google. As first reported by The Washington Post, the tech giant has learned that Russian entities purchased tens of thousands of dollars worth of political ads in 2016, which ran across platforms such as YouTube, Google Search, the DoubleClick ad network, and Gmail. According to the Post’s sources, the ads […]

Hulu lowers subscription price in new promotion

Sprint to offer Hulu access to subs

Less than a week after Netflix hiked subscription prices, Hulu has gone in the opposite direction – for a limited time, anyway. The service’s least expensive streaming plan, which includes ads, will now sell for $5.99 per month for new subscribers. The offer – which is only available through January 9 – is good for […]

AOL to shut down AOL Instant Messenger

AOL to shut down AOL Instant Messenger

If you’re a millennial, a part of your childhood is about to die. AOL announced it’s shutting down AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) on December 15. Users will have access to the service until that date. Afterwards, all of their data – including their buddy lists – will be deleted. The messaging service first launched in […]

Facebook launches beta version of Slack competitor

Report: Russian ads ran across Facebook's Audience Network

Facebook has released a beta version of Workplace Chat, a new desktop-based messaging service geared toward businesses. The app lets users send group and individual messages in a window that doesn’t get lost amongst web-browser tabs. (Yes, it’s basically a Slack competitor.) The new beta product is available for devices that run Windows 7 or […]

Netflix hikes prices – and its stock value

Netflix indefinitely suspends production of House of Cards' sixth season

Netflix just raised its prices for U.S. customers. New subscribers will now have to pay $10.99 for the service’s standard two-stream HD tier, a $1 increase over the previous fee. Likewise, existing subs will be moved to the new $10.99 rate over the coming months. In addition, Netflix is increasing the cost of its four-stream […]

Report: YouTube rushes out search algorithm changes to suppress conspiracy theories

YouTube lets musicians sell tickets directly to viewers

YouTube reportedly rushed out a significant change to the way its search algorithm selects videos. (The Wall Street Journal was the first to report to news; a source who spoke with Business Insider also confirmed it.) The update rolled out Wednesday night. The change is reportedly geared toward differentiating authoritative news clips from conspiracy theory […]

EU regulators step up tax fights with tech giants

EU regulators step up tax fights with tech giants

The EU is stepping up its tax battles with tech giants – and with its own member states. The European Commission ordered Luxembourg to recoup 250 million euros ($294 million) in taxes from Amazon. The Commission argued that Luxembourg had given Amazon a selective advantage by capping the amount of corporate taxes that the company […]

Verizon to lose media chief Marni Walden

Verizon to lose media chief Marni Walden

Marni Walden is headed for the exits at Verizon. The highest-ranking female executive at the telco, Walden has served as EVP and President of Global Media since 2015. She plans to vacate her current position on December 31, transitioning into a strategic adviser role. She’ll officially exit the company in February. During her tenure, Walden […]