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Peter Kafka / Recode:
New FCC chair Ajit Pai quietly removed a proposal to force pay-TV operators to open-source their set-top boxes from the FCC's agenda last week   —  The cable guys win one, courtesy of a Trump appointee.  —  Looks like the cable guys won't have to open their boxes after all.
Jan 31, 2017, 1:25 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Facebook says it will promote longer videos with high completion rates in News Feed   —  Because that's what's on TV.  —  You know how mobile + social is supposed to = short attention span?  —  No more, says Facebook: It says it is going to start rewarding video makers who create longer clips.
Jan 26, 2017, 2:25 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Timehop CEO Jon Wegener, who announced he was leaving last week, lands at Snap Inc. to work on product   —  Jonathan Wegener will work on product.  —  Last week, Jonathan Wegener, the CEO of Timehop, a social photo app that once showed a lot of promise, announced he was leaving the startup.
Jan 18, 2017, 2:40 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Facebook to start testing mid-roll video ad format and, like YouTube, share 55% of the revenue with video publishers   —  Mark Zuckerberg has been building a video empire.  Time to turn it into a business.  —  Facebook wants to show more ads to people who watch its videos …
Jan 9, 2017, 10:15 AMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Magic Leap's VP of communications Andy Fouche leaves firm for Andy Rubin's new startup   —  This time it's PR head Andy Fouche, who departs a week after a devastating article.  —  The chief PR executive for Magic Leap, the much-hyped augmented reality startup, is leaving the company less …
Dec 14, 2016, 4:15 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Facebook is in talks with TV shows and video producers about licensing content including original, licensed, scripted, unscripted, and sports programming   —  The company says it wants to “kickstart” its video efforts.  —  Facebook, which has long relied on other people to provide it with content …
Dec 14, 2016, 12:10 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Comcast's NBCUniversal will handle ad sales for Apple News in exclusive deal starting in January; Apple says Apple News now has over 70M unique users   —  It's an exclusive deal, but publishers can still sell their own.  —  Apple is bringing in help to boost its News app.
Nov 7, 2016, 12:55 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple to unveil its new TV guide Thursday, aggregating available content and using deep links to ease searching; sources say Netflix won't be included   —  It's an easier way to find and watch video on Apple TV.  —  Apple plans to unveil its new version of a TV guide tomorrow during a product event in California.
Oct 26, 2016, 8:35 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
The New York Times acquires online consumer guide The Wirecutter, founded by former Gizmodo editor-in-chief Brian Lam; sources say NYT will pay more than $30M   —  The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter, a five-year-old online consumer guide.  The Times will pay more than $30 million …
Oct 24, 2016, 11:40 AMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Why AT&T would want to buy Time Warner: content packaged with data connections, a shrinking DirecTV business, and competition with Verizon, Facebook, and Google   —  AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is busy, so we'll answer for him.  —  More than 16 years ago, AOL bought Time Warner for $160 billion …
Oct 21, 2016, 10:15 PMIn context

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