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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Amazon hopes to launch unlimited, ad-free, $4-$5/month Echo-only music streaming service in September, has yet to finalize deals with labels   —  Spotify, Apple Music and everyone else cost $10 a month.  Amazon wants to charge half of that.  —  Amazon wants to launch …
Aug 22, 2016, 7:35 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Univision acquires Gawker Media for $135M; Denton says employees will continue work under new ownership “disentangled from the legal campaign”   —  Sold!  —  Univision has won the auction for Gawker Media.  —  The TV network and digital publisher has agreed to pay $135 million …
Aug 16, 2016, 6:17 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Source: Arianna Huffington is leaving the Huffington Post because Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo threatened her website's status as a dominant property   —  Arianna Huffington surprised the media world this morning when she announced that she was leaving the Huffington Post, one of the most powerful properties in digital publishing.
Aug 11, 2016, 11:15 AMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Apple is talking to TV firms about building a TV guide for Apple TV and iOS, letting viewers browse available in-app content, play shows with one click   —  Tim Cook doesn't want to sell you TV anymore.  He wants to tell you what's on TV.  —  Last year, Apple shelved its plan to sell you TV.
Aug 4, 2016, 4:20 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Time Warner buying 10% of Hulu for $583M, will join Hulu's new pay TV service, says Time Warner CFO during earnings call   —  This TV package is different from the rest.  —  After months of talks, Time Warner is buying a chunk of Hulu, the web TV service.  —  The deal means Time Warner …
Aug 3, 2016, 8:20 AMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
In letter to Apple's general counsel, Spotify says Apple won't approve app update in move to “diminish competitiveness” of Spotify on iOS   —  “We cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon.”  —  Spotify says Apple is making it harder …
Jun 30, 2016, 1:05 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Twitter Ventures invests in SoundCloud; sources say investment is $70M in a round valuing SoundCloud at about $700M   —  Twitter wanted to buy the company a couple years ago; now it has invested $70 million instead.  —  Two years ago Twitter thought about buying SoundCloud, but ended up walking away from the music service.
Jun 14, 2016, 5:35 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Gawker files for bankruptcy, sources say it already has a firm bid from Ziff Davis for under $100M, will fight Thiel/Hogan case and continue operations   —  Gawker and Nick Denton say they won't pay Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel $140 million.  —  Peter Thiel is getting closer to his goal …
Jun 10, 2016, 1:35 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Facebook hires CollegeHumor's Ricky Van Veen as head of global creative strategy   —  Goodbye, Barry Diller.  Hello, Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Last year, Ricky Van Veen argued that Mark Zuckerberg is the most powerful person in the world.  —  Now he's going to work for him.
Jun 8, 2016, 6:20 PMIn context
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Nomura research: installs of apps from the top 15 publishers dropped 20% YoY in May 2016 in the US, up 3% elsewhere; Snapchat and Uber saw downloads double YoY   —  Your phone is full of apps, and you're done downloading new ones — unless they're Snapchat or Uber.
Jun 8, 2016, 12:50 PMIn context

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