Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Hulu to launch banner ads, which will appear after viewers pause video, in Q2 2019; hopes all non-disruptive ads will comprise 50% of ad revenue within 3 years — Just to get this out of the way: Yes, Hulu is introducing an ad unit that will show up when you pause a video. But no, the ad won't be a video.
Discussion: Digiday, /Film, AdExchanger, Hulu, Mashable, Fast Company, The Verge, Adweek, Gizmodo and 9to5Mac
Tim Peterson / Digiday: Hulu will run on-screen banner ads when people pause shows
Hoai-Tran Bui / /Film: Hulu is Now Planning to Run Ads When Users Pause Videos
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger: Hulu Hits Play On Pause Ads
Jeremy Helfand / Hulu: Hulu Unveils New Pause Ad Experience
Matt Binder / Mashable: Hulu will soon show ads when you pause a video
Jared Newman / Fast Company: Hulu knows video ads on pause would make you throw your TV out the window
Julia Alexander / The Verge: Hulu will soon show users ads when videos are paused
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo: Hulu Is Experimenting With a Charmin Bear Chilling on Your Pause Screen
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Penske Media has bought the 49% of Rolling Stone that it didn't already own, from minority owner BandLab Technologies — Last week, Penske Media Corporation signed a deal to purchase the rest of the magazine, following a majority takeover in 2017. — Over the past few years …
Facebook says it removed 262 Pages, 356 accounts, three groups, and 162 Instagram accounts tied to Iran for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior — Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Wrap, TechCrunch, CNN, The Hill, @jank0, @martyswant, @martyswant, Engadget, The Verge, CyberScoop, Mashable and Business Insider, more at Techmeme »
Anna Hensel / VentureBeat: Twitter froze suspicious accounts linked to Iran, Russia, and Venezuela ahead of 2018 U.S. midterms
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch: Facebook just removed a new wave of suspicious activity linked to Iran
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN: Facebook and Twitter remove thousands of fake accounts tied to Russia, Venezuela and Iran
Janko Roettgers / @jank0: Interesting bit coming out of that Facebook call about take-downs of pages from Iran: Facebook was tipped off by Twitter on this.
Marty Swant / @martyswant: Facebook says it's removed 783 “pages, groups and accounts” for engaging in coordinated activity tied to inauthentic accounts ties to Iran. Many of these were localized for more than a dozen countries around the world in a way that pretended to be local users sharing fake news.
Marty Swant / @martyswant: At least 2 million users followed at least one of the fake accounts, with about $30,000 spent on ads on Facebook and Instagram. (Not all of the 2 million saw posts and events, so it's a mix of organic and paid reach.)
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop: Facebook removes nearly 800 pages for magnifying state media throughout the Middle East
Jack Morse / Mashable: Twitter suspends thousands of accounts for potential ties to ‘foreign information operations’
Rob Price / Business Insider: Facebook and Twitter just took down hundreds of fake accounts from Iran and elsewhere …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter says it removed thousands of malicious accounts that originated in Iran, Russia, and Venezuela for spreading disinformation about the 2018 midterms — Twitter revealed Thursday that it had removed thousands of malicious accounts thought to have originated in Iran …
Carlos Monje Jr / Twitter: 2018 U.S. midterm elections review
Ben Collins / NBC News: Twitter and Facebook say they removed thousands of troll accounts in run-up to 2018 midterms
Katie Paul / Reuters: Foreign efforts to influence 2018 U.S. elections on Twitter ‘limited’: company
Kathryn Krawczyk / The Week: Thousands of Twitter trolls tried to use Russia's 2016 techniques on the 2018 midterms
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
A look at the legal grounds for Locast's existence and its role in the relationship between broadcasters and cable, satellite companies — Want to watch the Super Bowl and other network TV for free? A start-up called Locast will let you, and (so far) the big broadcasters aren't trying to stop it.
Discussion: @edmundlee, Fast Company, Multichannel News, @ronlieber, The Verge and @mathewi
Edmund Lee / @edmundlee: This guy is daring the major broadcast networks to sue him with his free streaming service. They'd rather people just not know it exists, so I wrote about it: http://www.nytimes.com/...
Jared Newman / Fast Company: How to watch Locast: A brief guide to the free local TV streaming service
@ronlieber: Intellectual mischief! An antenna on a Trump building!! All the networks were too cowardly to comment — ALL OF THEM!!! What a delight. http://twitter.com/...
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge: Locast lets you stream local TV for free
Jeremy Littau / Wired:
Monopolistic thinking and lack of attention to the internet's role in distribution has decimated media, but foundation journalism, subs, and community can help — LAST WEEK, LAYOFFS at BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Gannett landed like consecutive punches. The news signaled a difficult year ahead …
Discussion: @jeremylittau, @wired, @lenfestinst, @mayerjoy, @benwhitelaw, @tomrosenstiel, @ash_detroit and @jeremylittau
Jeremy Littau / @jeremylittau: So one thing I gave some limited attention to in my thread last week was how the distribution model changed and broke the media economy. I wanted a chance to go deeper on that problem and the lessons for new media economies. My latest from @wired is here: http://www.wired.com/...
@wired: Last week, @JeremyLittau wrote this excellent thread in the wake of all the media layoffs. Today, he followed it up with an in-depth look at how the industry got here and where it should go next: https://buff.ly/2UvDuQq https://twitter.com/...
Lenfest Institute / @lenfestinst: Smart column from @JeremyLittau on the history and future of local journalism: “Rebuilding local media starts with figuring out what people truly want and need from their news, now that the excess has been stripped away” https://www.wired.com/... pic.twitter.com/MNQOtPGuqJ
Joy Mayer / @mayerjoy: Insightful piece from @JeremyLittau in @WIRED (with a #TrustingNews shoutout). https://www.wired.com/... pic.twitter.com/it0sSN6BdR
Ben Whitelaw / @benwhitelaw: “Remaking news systems, particularly for local news, starts with listening. Some of the most promising news innovations of the past decade.. have built their entire strategy around audience engagement and community needs” - @JeremyLittau https://www.wired.com/...
Tom Rosenstiel / @tomrosenstiel: . @claychristensen wrote the book. And industry after industry keeps proving it. @ClarkGilbert
Ashley Woods Branch / @ash_detroit: This is fantastic. Does BuzzFeed's layoffs have anything to do with replicating the bundling strategy of newspapers? Can a digital media company succeed supporting a national security desk AND user-generated Disney quizzes?
James Walker / Press Gazette:
NewsGuard, whose trustworthiness ratings are available on Chrome and Edge, improves its rating of the Daily Mail from red to green to indicate its accuracy — US news website rating tool Newsguard has changed its verdict on Mail Online after originally declaring the UK's most-read news website failed …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @markdistef and @niemanlab
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab: NewsGuard changed its mind about The Daily Mail's quality: It's green now, not red
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: And thereby making the tool ridiculous. http://twitter.com/...
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Evgeny Lebedev has sold ~20% of Lebedev Holdings, which has a ~90% stake in the Evening Standard, to a company in the Caymans; a Saudi investor may be the buyer — London newspaper refuses to reveal identity of new financial backer — An anonymous offshore investor has taken a 20% stake …
Discussion: Financial Times, Press Gazette, Jon Slattery, @adambienkov, @professorshaw and @michaelpmdavis
Financial Times: Filing: In December, Evgeny Lebedev sold ~20% of Lebedev Holdings, which has a ~90% stake in the Evening Standard, to a company registered in the Cayman Islands
James Walker / Press Gazette: Unnamed investor snaps up 20 per cent stake in Evening Standard through Cayman Island company
Jon Slattery: NewsGuard, whose trustworthiness ratings are available on Chrome and Edge, improves its rating of the Daily Mail from red to green to reflect its accuracy
Adam Bienkov / @adambienkov: London's only dedicated newspaper, which is edited by a former Conservative chancellor, and owned by Russian oligarchs, is now partly owned by a mystery investor hiding behind a company based in the Cayman Islands. http://www.ft.com/...
Tamsin Shaw / @professorshaw: Dark money. It should be a legal obligation to disclose ownership of these off-shore companies. NYC just made it a condition of doing real estate deals. Don't know how they'll sell all those new luxury condos on the west side now (prices are going down) but transparency is good. http://twitter.com/...
Mike Davis / @michaelpmdavis: “It's disturbing that people can secretly buy our newspapers and exert their influence from the shadows. #Anonymouscompanies, like the one that now owns 20% of the #EveningStandard's parent company, should be a thing of the past,” - @Ava_L_ @Global_Witness http://www.theguardian.com/...
Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
US district court rules that Syria is liable for the killing of Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin, awards $300M+ in damages — Syria ordered to pay $300m over death of Sunday Times journalist in ‘targeted’ shelling in 2012 — The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has been held liable …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette: US judge rules Assad regime liable for killing of Marie Colvin and awards $300m in damages to war reporter's family
Madison Darbyshire / Financial Times: US court finds Syrian government liable for Marie Colvin killing
Robin Lustig / @robinlustig: A huge victory for Marie's family — and a welcome reminder to governments tempted to start doing business again with Assad. http://www.theguardian.com/...
Nicholas Kristof / @nickkristof: Marie Colvin was one of the greatest and most courageous war correspondents, murdered by Assad's government in Syria. Finally, there is accountability. http://twitter.com/...
Nader Hashemi / @naderalihashemi: “Marie dedicated her life to fighting for justice on behalf of the victims of war & ensuring that their stories were heard. This case is an extension of her legacy, & I think she'd be proud of what we achieved today.” http://www.theguardian.com/... @radwanziadeh @im_PULSE @NickKristof
Hayley Barlow / @hayley_barlow: “It's now officially murder. Marie Colvin's death wasn't an accident.” “Today's verdict gives us hope for a serious look at what this regime was up to. I feel a huge sense of relief.” Photographer Paul Conroy @reflextv on Syria found guilty. pic.twitter.com/CXIC7qOBnL
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: CBS board wants company to grow, first through a merger with Viacom, possibly followed by Discovery acquisition; CBS hoping to find CEO by end of March — The CBS board has decided the company needs to get bigger, but merging with Viacom is not enough for Shari Redstone …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times and Variety
Jared Newman / Fast Company:
Free ad-supported streaming services are on the rise as consumers reach subscription overload and premium services move away from licensed video — People who pooh-pooh the cord-cutting phenomenon love to argue that the cost of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu really adds up …
Discussion: Forbes, Light Reading, TechCrunch, MediaPost, Multichannel News and Tubefilter
Jeff Baumgartner / Light Reading: Wow, Free OTT Video Sure Costs a Lot
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Free streaming service Tubi plans to invest $100M+ on content in 2019, expand internationally
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost: AVOD Platform Tubi Is Profitable, Ad Revenues Soar
Daniel Frankel / Multichannel News: Tubi Takes $25M Loan, Prepares to Spend More Than $100M on Content
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Ultraviolet, the cloud movie locker that launched in 2011 with support from major Hollywood studios, is shutting down on July 31 — Ultraviolet, a cloud movie locker once hailed as Hollywood's best bet to get consumers hooked on digital movies, is shuttering.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Multichannel News, Variety, The Wrap, /Film, Engadget, @jank0, @robtrench, The Verge, PCMag India, ScreenRant, @jank0, @awallenstein, MacRumors, @jank0 and 9to5Mac, more at Techmeme »
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Cloud movie locker UltraViolet is finally closing
Daniel Frankel / Multichannel News: UltraViolet Digital Locker Finally Succumbs to Disney, Set to Close July 31
Todd Spangler / Variety: Walmart's Vudu Warns Customers to Not Unlink UltraViolet Accounts Ahead of Shutdown
Ryan Friedman / The Wrap: UltraViolet Digital Movie Locker to Shut Down Later This Year
Janko Roettgers / @jank0: DECE president Wendy Aylsworth didn't want to paint this as a victory of Disney's Movies Anywhere service when I talked to her, but the truth is that Disney ultimately prevailed.
Rob Trench / @robtrench: It took 7 years for Ultraviolet to go from being proclaimed “the future of home entertainment” to being quietly shut down. At least there's a few months left to use those digital codes. http://variety.com/...
Barbara Krasnoff / The Verge: How to safeguard your UltraViolet library
Adam Smith / PCMag India: Cloud Movie Locker Ultraviolet Is Shutting Down
Mitchell Corner / ScreenRant: UltraViolet Movie Cloud Locker Shutting Down In July
Janko Roettgers / @jank0: Then again, cloud locker services are being dwarfed by video subscription businesses. Ultraviolet has 30 million users, Netflix has 140 million paying subscribers.
Andrew Wallenstein / @awallenstein: A failure for what was once touted as the path to the future for the home entertainment biz... ...and a testament to Disney's market clout. http://twitter.com/...
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors: UltraViolet Digital Movie Locker Service Will Close on July 31, 2019
Janko Roettgers / @jank0: I still remember having lunch with Mitch Singer in 2012, back when Sony was pushing Ultraviolet hard. Back then, it always sounded like major retailers would be just around the corner.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York Media recognizes the New York Magazine Union, with about 180 full-time and part-time staff across Vulture, Intelligencer, the Cut, and more — New York magazine's editorial employees have unionized amid stalled talks to sell the iconic title and its popular web sites.
Discussion: @nyguild and @nymagunion
@nyguild: Congrats to our newest members at @nymag, who were officially certified today! @NYMagUnion #guildproud http://twitter.com/...
Max Willens / Digiday:
How BuzzFeed is reorganizing and charting a path to a sustainable business, according to sources and a memo CEO Jonah Peretti sent to employees Tuesday night — The next version of BuzzFeed is being whittled into focus. — Over the past week, the venture-backed publisher has been gripped by a very public multi-day round of layoffs.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times: The BuzzFeed Layoffs as Democratic Emergency
Matt Pearce / @mattdpearce: “To make up for some of the loss in manpower, BuzzFeed will lean more heavily on unpaid contributors and editorial fellows to make quizzes... The publisher will look to hire freelancers to help with increased demand for video output.” http://digiday.com/...
@freeblackgirl: Big sigh. “To make up for some of the loss in manpower, BuzzFeed will lean more heavily on unpaid contributors and editorial fellows to make quizzes,” sources said. “BuzzFeedwill look to hire freelancers to help with increased demand for video output.” http://digiday.com/...
Parker Molloy / @parkermolloy: Facebook's changes, especially over the past 2 year or so, have just gutted media. And as much as conservative commentators with a persecution complex would like you to think that this is an example of Facebook targeting them, it's really not a partisan thing. http://twitter.com/...
@dansinker: Another way to think about this is that it was a poor business decision to build around platform exploits. http://twitter.com/...
Leigh Giangreco / @leighgiangreco: At some point interns are going to have to boycott this nonsense so it doesn't hollow out our industry. Also, unpaid internships that “offer college credit” like the one I did at @USATODAY with @AmericanU should absolutely be illegal. http://twitter.com/...
Claire M. Caulfield / @caulfieldcm: An important reminder to all those college students out there: no matter what the application or acceptance letter says, just because a company offers you an internship/fellowship doesn't mean they're interested in your professional development. http://twitter.com/...
Jack Mirkinson / @jackmirkinson: cool, non-exploitative way to run a business! http://digiday.com/... http://twitter.com/...
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: This is an eye-opening line re: BuzzFeed layoffs: A source says the company “does not expect the layoffs to reduce its overall editorial output” http://digiday.com/...
@digiday: Cuts to employees responsible for some of BuzzFeed's most memorable successes stunned many employees http://digiday.com/...
Bill Grueskin / @bgrueskin: This @maxwillens piece on Buzzfeed has so much, esp this: “The changes Facebook made to its news feed had a substantial impact. Stories that once reliably gathered 200,000 visits through Facebook were suddenly lucky to get 20,000” https://digiday.com/... h/t @DavidClinchNews
Matt Pearce / @mattdpearce: Something that got a bit lost in the BuzzFeed layoffs — BuzzFeed is apparently cutting 15% of its *budget,* not 15% of its staff, which is even worse. http://nymag.com/...
Rafi Schwartz / Splinter:
Leaked audio from a BuzzFeed all-hands staff meeting indicates CEO Jonah Peretti acknowledged the layoff process was “terrible” and criticized company leaks
Leaked audio from a BuzzFeed all-hands staff meeting indicates CEO Jonah Peretti acknowledged the layoff process was “terrible” and criticized company leaks
Discussion: New York Times, @skiscontent, @mlcalderone, @jasonshevrin and @libbycwatson
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times: It's Not the Stuff of a Playful BuzzFeed Quiz
Sushil K / @skiscontent: It's ridiculous for news organizations or managers to be surprised or disgruntled about leaks, which, when it doesn't involve them, is their bread and butter. http://twitter.com/...
Michael Calderone / @mlcalderone: “In an afterthought, Peretti admitted that ‘I also could imagine that little speech that I just shared being leaked,’ adding that “the ironic leak is one of the great genres of leaks.'” http://splinternews.com/...
Jason Shevrin / @jasonshevrin: “leaks make it harder for the company to be transparent” is a hell of a take https://splinternews.com/...