Tag archives for Media

China gives the Penguin and Random House merger the all-clear

Penguin and Random House first announced their plans to merge last October, thus creating a colossal book publisher. Well, that deal has been given yet another big seal of approval with MOFCOM, the Chinese competition authority, giving the deal the go-ahead without conditions. Today’s news follows on from the US Department ...

India’s Flipkart shutters digital music store, says country’s download market ‘will not scale’

India’s largest e-commerce service Flipkart has announced it will shutter its digital music store Flyte next month, less than 18 months after it launched, claiming there is insufficient demand for paid downloads in the country. Flyte, which debuted at the end of February last year, sells DRM-free music but it will take ...

Microsoft stops charging developers to patch their video games on Xbox Live Arcade

Microsoft has confirmed that developers are no longer being charged to apply post-release patches to video games distributed through the Xbox Live Arcade digital marketplace. Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President for Xbox Live, confirmed to Polygon that Microsoft had ditched its fee policy for Xbox 360 Arcade titles in April 2013. Lawrence ...

Twitter enters a lucrative ‘strategic partnership’ with WPP, 2 months after its Starcom deal

Back in April this year, Starcom Mediavest Group entered into a media partnership with Twitter, giving it access to the social media platform’s data, and other ‘perks’ based around ads it buys on Twitter. Now, rival media behemoth WPP has announced a ‘global strategic partnership’ of its own with Twitter, which ...

Hulu Plus interface, search, and controls refreshed for Samsung Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and Roku

Hulu today announced a big revamp of its Plus app, including better search and simplified controls. The new experience, as the company calls it, has already been rolled out for Samsung Smart TVs, select Blu-ray players, and Roku set-top boxes, but will also be coming to the Nintendo Wii “soon.” Using ...

Can you predict someone’s taste in movies based on their taste in music? Apparently yes.

If you’re a heavy metal fan, you’re probably unlikely to own a copy of “He’s Just Not That Into You” on Blu-Ray (though TNW’s resident metalhead Alex Wilhelm tells us he owns several). But deeper correlations exist between one’s musical and cinematic preferences, say the folks at The Echo Nest. The Somerville-based research ...

The FT launches FastFT for live commentary on ‘market-moving news’. It’s like Twitter with context.

Earlier this year, Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, revealed plans for a new online service called FastFT, described as “short, sharp, informed takes on market-breaking news or market developments.” It was an intriguing-sounding proposition, and one that we can now get a clearer picture of with its launch today. FastFT’s ...