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Driven By Data: Addressable TV Advertising Brings Internet Targeting to TV

In spite of television’s slow and gentle decline in popularity, the medium is far from dead. Marketers are still looking for ways to increase their return on investment with commercial advertisements. By incorporating Internet-modeled advertising that targets individuals and families rather than a broad net … [Read more...]

These Are The Countries With The Least Access to Internet

I remember my first Internet sessions -- it was in mid-1990s, my parents had this big beige Dell tower and massive CRT monitor setup in our basement. I was very fortunate because we had two phone lines in my house which meant I didn't have to get off the Internet when the phone rang. Anyway, back to my first … [Read more...]

Verizon Buying AOL for $4.4 Billion

It’s the way of all things: AOL, which owns several web-based media outlets including TechCrunch, Engadget, and Huffington Post, among others, is being acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion in cash. The upshot here is that AOL will live on as a Verizon subsidiary, and it gives Verizon a new avenue to provide … [Read more...]

Netflix CFO: Service Will Be Cheaper in High-Piracy Countries

In the category of "Something You Have to Say to Investors but Probably Don't Want the Whole World Knowing," we have a new entry by Netflix CFO David Wells. It's titled, "Netflix Will Be Cheaper in Countries That Pirate More." BGR is reporting that Wells did, indeed, state in a Netflix earnings call this … [Read more...]

Samsung Revises Smart TV Privacy Policy

The other day, news hit that Samsung’s Smart TV line might be listening to your conversations to make its voice command functions work. People started getting upset over the wording of the device line’s privacy policy, which said that some of what you say might get beamed over to “third parties,” which, in … [Read more...]

FCC Chair: Internet Should Be a Utility

Echoing the sentiments of President Barack Obama from late last year, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler explained his plan for dealing with the Net Neutrality question: the Internet ought to be run like a utility – mostly. Back in November, the president said that he thinks that the FCC should invoke Title II of … [Read more...]

Comcast Changes Customer’s Name to Something That Starts With an ‘A’… and it isn’t ‘Ashley’

Comcast: the gift that keeps on giving to tech bloggers and stockholders, but unfortunately, not its customers. The latest entry in the Comcast Blunder File comes from The Consumerist, and it is exceptionally bad. A Comcast customer -- one who recently asked to have TV removed from her package -- found … [Read more...]

Google Fiber Coming to Four New Metro Areas

Yesterday, Google officially confirmed that it was bringing its high-speed, low-cost fiber-optic network to four more US metros in the coming months, which will span 18 new cities total: Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham, and Atlanta. What, no love for Minneapolis? The news comes via a post on the … [Read more...]

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