YouTube terminates exploitive ‘kids’ channel ToyFreaks, among broader tightening of its endangerment policies

 Following consumer outrage over YouTube’s handling of disturbing videos aimed at children on its network, the company has now banned one of the more controversial kid channels it hosted, Toy Freaks. The channel, the 68th largest on YouTube with over 8.5 million subscribers, was often criticized for its vile and seemingly exploitive videos featuring a dad and his daughters, which many… Read More

Media startup Axios raises another $20 million

 There’s a glimpse of hope in new media as Axios just raised $20 million less than a year after its launch, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company already had a pretty big list of investors, and most of the startup’s existing investors are putting more money into Axios. Existing investors Greycroft Partners and Lerer Hippeau Ventures are co-leading today’s… Read More

MoviePass drops pricing to under $7 per month, if you opt for the annual plan

movie theater MoviePass, the subscription service that lets consumers pay a monthly fee to see unlimited movies in theaters across the U.S., is slashing its prices yet again. The company announced today it’s now offering its service for $6.95 per month, down from the current price of $9.95 per month, when customers commit to a one-year subscription plan. That works out to a flat fee of $89.95… Read More

‘Justice League’ looks ugly and rushed, but I liked it anyway

Justice League Justice League, the DC cinematic universe’s answer to The Avengers, is finally here. It comes at the end of a terrific year for superhero movies. Logan was genuinely great, while Wonder Woman‘s success should have demolished any lingering Hollywood skepticism about action movies directed by and starring women. Plus, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Thor: Ragnarok were pretty… Read More

They turned ‘Rampage’ into a movie (and here’s the first trailer)

Rampage Remember Rampage? It was a classic Midway arcade game (perhaps the greatest arcade game) where you got to bash cities to rubble while playing as a giant gorilla, lizard or wolf. (Let’s be real though: No one wanted to play as the wolf.) Well, Warner Bros. is turning it into a movie starring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, directed by Johnson’s San Andreas director Brad Peyton. The… Read More

Mashable reportedly selling to Ziff Davis for about $50 million

 Tech site Mashable is being sold to publishing giant Ziff Davis, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The website, which focuses on tech and tech-related stories and has been publishing since 2005, will sell to Ziff Davis for around $50 million according to the report, which is far less than its valuation of $250 million, from a funding round it raised in March last year.… Read More

NBC will live stream a record 1,800 hours of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

 NBC will live stream the 2018 Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, the company announced today. Its coverage will include 1,800 hours of games – a record for a Winter Olympics. It’s also the first time the Winter Games will offer live streaming of NBC’s broadcast network.
The streaming coverage will include a combination of authenticated TV viewing and… Read More

Facebook, Google and others join The Trust Project, an effort to increase transparency around online news

 “Fake news” and other misinformation, online propaganda, and satirical content people believe is true have filled the web via search engines and social media, and have caused a rift in how people perceive today’s news organizations and the quality of their coverage. A nonpartisan effort called The Trust Project is working to address this situation by helping online… Read More