Report: Google plans Amazon Echo Show competitor

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

TechCrunch reports that Google has been working on its own version of the Amazon Echo Show, a smart speaker with an integrated seven-inch touch screen. Google’s new device will feature access to Google Assistant, as well as Google Photos, YouTube, and video calling. (The device is reportedly code-named “Manhattan”; hopefully the end results will differ […]

Report: Publishers are thinking beyond Facebook

Report: Russian ads ran across Facebook's Audience Network

According to a new report from Digiday, a number of publishers have been thinking beyond Facebook lately, and spending more time on other platforms. Facebook, while still a huge source of referral traffic for publishers, has been declining as a referral source as compared to Google. Some of Digiday’s sources say that Facebook’s monetization models […]

Netflix announces $400 million commitment to Canadian content

Netflix indefinitely suspends production of House of Cards' sixth season

Netflix is getting in touch with its neighbors to the north. Under a new agreement with Canada’s government, the L.A.-based streaming giant has agreed to invest a minimum of $500 million into original productions in the country over the next five years. (That’s in Canadian currency, by the way; it translates to about 400 million […]

Roku’s IPO gets rapturous Wall Street reception

Stocks soar as Roku beats expectations in Q3

Roku completed its IPO yesterday, and the streaming device-maker received a rapturous reception on Wall Street. Roku opened trading at $15.78 per share, roughly 13% higher than its $14 initial public offering price. Shares of the company ultimately rose over 50%, ballooning to over $21 in afternoon trading. The company’s valuation ultimately rose to just […]

Amazon rolls out new Fire TV, Echo devices

Amazon reportedly vies for rights to Lord of the Rings series

Amazon unveiled some new gadgets. The second-generation Echo, now on sale, costs $99. (Consumers can also choose to buy a three-pack of Echoes for $249.) The new Echo is smaller than the original, and comes with a gray fabric exterior. Amazon also rolled out the Echo Plus, a $150 device that includes a smart home […]

Hulu nabs rights to 30 Rock, other NBCU shows in new deal

Fox TV CEO Dana Walden joins Hulu's board

Hulu will soon be the exclusive SVOD home to 30 Rock, the Tina Fey-helmed sitcom that ran between 2006 and 2013. Hulu’s rights to the series come via a new deal with NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution. (NBCU is a part-owner of Hulu.) All episodes of the series hit Hulu on October 1. As […]

Report: Baidu-owned streaming giant iQIYI may soon go public

Report: Baidu-owned streaming giant iQIYI may soon go public

Bloomberg reports that iQIYI, the streaming service owned by Chinese search giant Baidu, may be destined for an IPO. Baidu is reportedly considering a U.S. share listing for the streaming platform; it could come as soon as next year. According to Bloomberg, Baidu would seek a valuation for iQIYI between $8 billion and $10 billion. […]

Twitter finally tests increased character limit

Twitter suspends verification program

Looks like Twitter is doubling its 140-character tweet limit. The company announced that it’s been testing 280-charcter tweets. “Our research shows us that the character limit is a major cause of frustration for people tweeting in English,” the company wrote in a blog post. Twitter says it will expand the character limit for all languages […]

Report: Mashable in talks for a sale

Mashable sells to Ziff Davis for only $50 million

Mashable may be up for sale. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the digital media company has been in “extensive” talks with German mass media company ProSiebenSat.1. This wouldn’t be new territory from ProSieben – the company also owns the digital media network Studio71. The Journal reports that Mashable, which remains unprofitable, […]

Netflix shares take hit as content creators launch own services

Netflix shares take hit as content creators launch own services

Something fascinating is happening on Wall Street: Netflix is taking a beating. The streaming giant’s stock fell by 4.86% on Monday, hitting $178.22. The fall came directly on the heels of an announcement from FX Networks: The company revealed that it would start selling FX+ – an ad-free on-demand service – through its cable partners. […]