Broadband companies shift to usage-based plans; Best Buy founder considers a buyout.
Sweeping effects as broadband moves to meters [THE NEW YORK TIMES]
Here in South Texas, Time Warner Cable customers have been given the online equivalent of a scale in the bathroom, a "usage tracker" that adds up all the household's Facebooking and YouTubing. Customers who sign up for a light plan of 5 gigabytes of broadband — that's the equivalent of two high-definition movie downloads — are rewarded with a $5 discount each month if they don't go over. If they do, they pay $1 for every additional gigabyte.
The many sides of Jack Dorsey [WIRED]
In addition to his full-time job as CEO and unofficial chief design officer of Square -- one of the Valley's hottest startups, which recently sought a valuation of $4 billion -- he also serves as executive chair of Twitter, which launched in 2006 by springboarding off his idea that brief sneezes of communication could deepen human interaction. As the driving force behind the two startup darlings—and as a man who is often mentioned as the spiritual successor to Steve Jobs -- Dorsey is in major demand by media bookers, angel investment prospects, and event organizers seeking edgy marquee names to engrave on trophies. (One recent honor: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Film Festival.)
Zynga gets physical [FORTUNE]
The San Francisco-based company has begun signing offline branding deals with everything from toy-makers to apparel retailers to television studios. It's unclear if the company hopes such efforts will generate significant revenue, but it certainly believes that its brands can have life beyond desktops and mobile devices.
On Orbitz, Mac users steered to pricier hotels [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]
Orbitz Worldwide Inc has found that people who use Apple Inc.'s Mac computers spend as much as 30% more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.
Using a series of highly sophisticated cyber attacks to target high balance accounts, criminals have been able to successfully bypass physical "chip and pin" authentication and use server-based fraudulent transactions to steal money from a number of accounts in Europe. The attacks originated in Italy, using SpyEye and Zeus malware to transfer funds into fraudulent accounts.
Winamp's woes: how the greatest MP3 player undid itself [ARS TECHNICA]
"There's no reason that Winamp couldn't be in the position that iTunes is in today if not for a few layers of mismanagement by AOL that started immediately upon acquisition," Rob Lord, the first general manager of Winamp, and its first-ever hire, told Ars.
Outfits like NimbleTV and Aereo want to finally fulfill the promise of web TV. But disrupting the massive home-entertainment industry won't be easy.
FORTUNE -- Since the advent of the Internet, web TV has perpetually lingered over the horizon. Years after major cable companies unveiled "TV everywhere" initiatives and giants Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), and Microsoft (MSFT) began peddling hardware to beam the Internet to televisions, the merging of the Net MOREJessi Hempel, writer - Jun 8, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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Netflix, which owns 60% of the digital movie market, thinks the next step is to offer exclusive video content that can't be found anywhere else. The content in question? A new series, House of Cards, directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey. The company reportedly outbid Netflix MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 16, 2011 5:00 AM ET
When the cable providers and the companies providing the shows fight over fees -- as Cablevision and News Corp currently are -- the viewers lose. But those who enjoy their business bare knuckled definitely win.
As the "Cablevision vs. News Corp." feud escalates, more than three million subscribers remain without Fox programming. Cablevision blames News Corp. for demanding an extortionate increase in retransmission fees; News Corp. argues Cablevision isn't negotiating MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 18, 2010 1:26 PM ET
As cable companies take on Netflix and Hulu with TV Everywhere, they'd do well to remember that where video content is concerned, a polished interface is part of the package, and the main area where they've been beat.
At a time when more than 21 million people now regularly stream film or television content from services like Netflix Instant and Hulu, cable companies still think they have the consumer by the eyeballs, MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 14, 2010 3:29 PM ET
News Corp. vs Cablevision. Cablevision vs. Disney. The list goes on and on. An updated tally of cable licensing deals gone horribly awry.
As the Cablevision and News Corp. feud continues, more than three million subscribers remain without Fox programming. Cablevision blames News Corp. for demanding an extortionate increase in retransmission fees; News Corp. argues Cablevision isn't negotiating in good faith. Regardless of which party is at fault, the cable MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 3, 2010 11:41 AM ET
The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, GA, is one of the hottest tickets in sports. Unless you know someone on the inside, plan on paying thousands for entry onto the hallowed grounds.
Or, you could spend that money on a 3D-ready television and let Augusta National's famous azaleas and manicured fairways come to you. Starting today, 3D coverage of the tournament will be broadcast live on Comcast (CMCSA), which is also MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Apr 8, 2010 10:15 AM ET
In the battle over home video distribution, the Hollywood studios may finally be realizing they have to give up some control, or risk losing millions.
Earlier this month, Disney (DIS) announced that it is renewing its licensing agreement with Starz Entertainment, giving the premium movie provider behind the Starz and Encore movie channels exclusive pay-TV rights to show content from Walt Disney Studios.
But this deal was a little different than MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Mar 21, 2010 11:16 PM ET
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