TV Content wars, blackouts could spur M+A

July 19, 2012

Dish customers: No 'Breaking Bad' for you! (Photo: Reuters)

 

Evercore analyst Bryan Kraft believes the prolonged blackout that has left DirecTV’s 20 million subscribers without MTV, Comedy Central or Nickelodeon for a week, could lead to some industry consolidation.

Twist – a new app for the punctuality-challenged

July 18, 2012

The minds of Silicon Valley have yet to find the cure for tardiness, but they have figured out a way to make being late less rude.

Mayer can’t save Yahoo – because Yahoo can’t be saved

By Kevin Kelleher
July 18, 2012

Yahoo eats CEOs. The perennially ailing company lures talented managers into the corner suite of its Silicon Valley headquarters, then it sucks their good reputations out of their veins and casts them aside. They inevitably pass through the revolving door an empty shell of their former selves.

Finally, a reason to exclaim Yahoo!

July 17, 2012

Forget the cloud wars, the tablet wars and whither Digg. The summer tech news doldrums just got a jolt. Now we have a real story.

With Openbucks investment, Jerry Yang goes a little less Yahoo, a little more show-me-the-money

July 17, 2012

Let one Ms. Marissa Mayer worry about how to turn around Yahoo, the struggling Internet company he co-founded. Jerry Yang,  43, has focused his attention to an increasingly hot field: online payments.

African Web video service Iroko raises more funds, targets cable TV

July 16, 2012

A store in Nairobi, Kenya selling Nollywood movies (Photo: Reuters)

Iroko Partners, an online distributor of African movies and music, has raised another $2 million in its latest round of funding from a Swedish venture capital group as it seeks to take the service to cable and satellite TV partners in the U.S. and Europe.
The Lagos, Nigeria-based company raised the funds from Sweden’s Kinnevik, an early investor in Groupon Inc. Iroko previously raised $8 million from U.S.-based hedge fund Tiger Global in April as investors in emerging markets seek to tap into one of the fastest growing movie businesses in the world.

Survey: VCs more confident investing domestically, in IT sectors

July 16, 2012

If every cloud has a silver lining, the silver lining for global venture capitalists during the current economic gloom appears to be cloud computing, according to results of a confidence survey from Deloitte and the National Venture Capital Association released Monday.

50 shades of like

July 13, 2012

We are losing our faith in TV news as fast as those high-speed chases it’s so happy to show us. At the same time, we’re driving like maniacs on the social-media highway, letting it all hang out with the top down.

Ad startup SessionM nabs big clients, expands

July 12, 2012

Advertisers have long sought to grab the attention of the notoriously inattentive mobile user. And Lars Albright is seeking to provide just that by “gamifying” mobile ads.