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The Interview Has Made $31M Online, Still Won’t Break Even The Interview Has Made $31M Online, Still Won’t Break Even

If the metric of success for Sony regarding The Interview is recouping its money (which at this point it’s probably not), then the film will likely fall short. But by any other metric, the Seth Rogen/James Franco film has been …

Yelp: FTC Closes Investigation, Takes No Action Yelp: FTC Closes Investigation, Takes No Action

Yelp announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has closed an investigation into the company’s business practices without taking any action against it. Last spring, the FTC published a letter stating that it had received over 2,000 complaints …

Yelp Filter Not Catching Biased Reviews Yelp Filter Not Catching Biased Reviews

It may be a new year, but there are still problems with Yelp’s review filter. We’ve been tipped to some research finding reviews featuring promo codes, which would seem to violate Yelp’s guidelines, showing up for Uber and Lyft, as …

Facebook Just Bought A Voice Recognition Company Facebook Just Bought A Voice Recognition Company

Facebook has acquired Wit.ai, a company that builds voice recognition and natural language processing tools for developers. It has over 6,000 developers on its platform. The platform is open, which is a quality the startup clearly takes pride in. “For …

Netflix Acquires Edward Norton-Produced Doc ‘My Own Man’ Netflix Acquires Edward Norton-Produced Doc ‘My Own Man’

Netflix announced that it will exclusively premiere My Own Man, a documentary from executive producer Edward Norton, on March 6. The film was written, produced and directed by David Sampliner (Dirty Work). The description is as follows: When director Sampliner …

The Interview Becomes Available On Cable VOD The Interview Becomes Available On Cable VOD

Sony announced that The Interview will be available for video-on-demand rental from pay TV services from Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications, Cablevision, Charter Communications, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS, Direct TV, Vudu, and Walmart, starting on …

FTC Settles Charges Against Snapchat FTC Settles Charges Against Snapchat

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday that it has approved a final order settling charges that Snapchat deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service. This follows a public comment period. The …

Email Named Most Important Tool For Work Email Named Most Important Tool For Work

Remember years ago when social media really started coming into its own, and people thought it might one day replace email? It didn’t take incredibly long to realize that would not be the case, especially when social networks like Facebook …

Google Talk Deals With Deep Value Investing Google Talk Deals With Deep Value Investing

“Deep Value: Why Activist Investors and Other Contrarians Battle for Control of Losing Corporations” is a book by Tobias Carlisle, but also the topic of an hour-long discussion hosted by Google last month. This is part of the “Talks at …

Netflix Earnings To Be Reported Next Month Netflix Earnings To Be Reported Next Month

Netflix announced the date of its next earnings call. The company will report its fourth-quarter 2014 financial results and business outlook on Tuesday, January 20 at 1:05 p.m. Pacific Time Netflix will keep in line with its previous style of …

Comcast, Time Warner Cable Still the Most-Despised Companies in America Comcast, Time Warner Cable Still the Most-Despised Companies in America

As we prepare to transition from 2014 to 2015, Comcast and Time Warner Cable – two companies attempting to merge – are still the best at being the worst. The American Consumer Satisfaction Index, a huge (80,000 or so) annual …

Under Bezos, Washington Post Has A New Way To Make Money Under Bezos, Washington Post Has A New Way To Make Money

Last year, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post. Now, the newspaper is moving forward with a new revenue stream, and it’s something pretty unique for a newspaper publisher. The Post will license its content management system …

Googles.com Is Looking For Equity Partners Googles.com Is Looking For Equity Partners

Yes, you read that right. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of this one, but apparently Google reached a settlement with Googles.com at one point. This was, according to Googles.com, a registered domain name before the days of Google.com. A …

Netflix Is Reportedly Getting A New Pee-wee Herman Movie Netflix Is Reportedly Getting A New Pee-wee Herman Movie

According to reports, Netflix will be getting the distribution rights to a new Pee-wee Herman movie, which is to go into production next year. We’ve been hearing about the project for a while, but the Netflix angle is new. A …

Sony Says It Will Release The Interview In Theaters Sony Says It Will Release The Interview In Theaters

After all the chaos and controversy over the past couple weeks with regards to The Interview, Sony has now come out and announced it will indeed release the film in some theaters. It just won’t be getting the wide release …

Hood Backs Off Of Google Investigation Hood Backs Off Of Google Investigation

Last week, Google said it was “deeply concerned” about reports that the MPAA has been secretly leading a campaign to revive SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and help “manufacture legal arguments” in connection with an investigation by Mississippi State …

Is The Right To Be Forgotten Dangerous? Is The Right To Be Forgotten Dangerous?

Google has released its latest Transparency Report, which as of earlier this year, now looks at URL removal requests from the highly-publicized Right to be Forgotten ruling in Europe. The inventor of the World Wide Web recently spoke out against …

News Corp. Acquires Financial Site BigDecisions News Corp. Acquires Financial Site BigDecisions

News Corp. announced that it Indian financial site BigDecisions.com. It’s described as a web startup that helps consumers make financial decisions. More specifically, BigDecisions aims to help Indian consumers make smarter financial decisions using data and algorithm-based tools. “Our latest …

Oracle Announces Datalogix Acquisition Oracle Announces Datalogix Acquisition

Oracle announced that it’s acquiring consumer data collection company Datalogix, which currently aggregates and provides data for over $2 trillion of consumer spending from 1,500 data partners. This data is used to provide ad targeting. Datalogix is already in use …

Yahoo Is Shutting Down More Services Yahoo Is Shutting Down More Services

Yahoo has been shutting down a lot of its products since Marissa Mayer took over as CEO. It even closed the famous Yahoo Directory that put the company on the map. Yahoo just announced its next round of shut-downs. “In …

Obama: Sony ‘Made a Mistake’ by Canceling The Interview Obama: Sony ‘Made a Mistake’ by Canceling The Interview

President Obama has officially weighed in on Sony’s decision to pull the new film The Interview, due to threats made by a hacker group which previously exposed company documents. “Sony’s a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against …