AOL chases views with a new video-centric design
AOL has been building up its video chops as it has tried to move beyond the online-access-subscription business into an ad-based one. But the site hasn’t quite kept up visually. Now, it’s trying to make the site a better showcase for its video.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1GVOaxw
Opinions & Analysis
Why Re/code, an 18-month-old tech news startup, really sold to Vox — even though it was generating $12 million
Last week, Jim Bankoff’s Vox Media acquired an 18-month-old tech publication, Re/code.
Business Insider http://read.bi/1FScezh
Online Ad Spending to Pass TV Spots This Year, Consultant Says
Online advertising spending will exceed outlays for broadcast television spots this year, according to a report released Monday by FTI Consulting Inc. So-called core online advertising, defined as money spent on search engines and digital sources not affiliated with traditional media, will climb 11 percent to $41.8 billion this year, Washington-based FTI said in a statement.
Streaming Video News
ABC Family Uses Virtual Reality to Promote New Series ‘Stitchers’
Ever wanted to solve a murder mystery firsthand? Then get ready to bust out your VR goggles.
Vimeo Launches Subscription Video Feature
Just as YouTube seems poised to launch a subscription video business, competitor Vimeo has unveiled new tools that allow creators to charge for recurring content.
How Netflix Manages Security in the Age of DevOps
At Netflix Inc.NFLX -0.20%, engineers deploy code thousands of times per day. To maintain this pace, the streaming media company uses a method of software development that promotes close collaboration between engineers and product deployment called DevOps.
Paula Patton Joining Adam Sandler, David Spade In Netflix Comedy ‘The Do Over’
Paula Patton is making a deal to join Adam Sandler and David Spade in The Do Over, the Steve Brill-directed comedy that will be the second film in the multipicture pact Sandler and his Happy Madison made with Netflix.
VR Expo Is Returning to Los Angeles This Summer
Here’s another sign that the virtual reality space is heating up: Trade shows for VR companies are getting bigger by the month. Case in point: The Virtual Reality Los Angeles Summer Expo, hosted by the Virtual Reality Foundation, is coming to the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 29.
Dish’s Sling TV Taps Digital Entrepreneur Ben Weinberger as Chief Product Officer
Sling TV, the Internet TV unit of Dish Network, has hired Ben Weinberger — previously CEO and co-founder of recommendations-tech firm Digitalsmiths, which was acquired last year by TiVo for $135 million in cash — as senior VP and chief product officer.
Mashable Taps Reality TV Veteran to Head Video Division
In yet another example of an editorial company turning to the potentially lucrative branded video business, Mashable has tapped a reality television veteran to heads its new Mashable Studios division.
Apple, Feeling Heat From Spotify, to Offer Streaming Music Service
With its dominant position in music threatened by a decline in download sales, Apple Inc. is preparing to launch a direct rival to Spotify AB and other popular services that let users stream songs instead of buy them.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1Jhxi6m
Venture Beat http://bit.ly/1K6X7Fc
GameFly’s new streaming service wants to be Netflix for games
We still don’t have a true Netflix for games, but that isn’t stopping companies from trying. The latest is GameFly — the rental service that sends you games in the mail — which today is launching a new video game streaming service. As part of the announcement GameFly revealed that it has acquired streaming company Playcast, which will power the new service.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1JmLBVv
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1BH4yvZ
The Inside Story of Google’s Bizarre Plunge Into VR
David Coz worked in Google’s Paris office, but what he really wanted was a job at the mothership in Silicon Valley. Last spring, the French-born Coz turned up at Google headquarters in Mountain View hoping to chat about his latest project with anyone who would listen. “I came with my prototype and my luggage,” he says, “and I met with 10 or 15 people.”