Is YouTube Too Big to Have a Really Big Show?

FilmMagic for YouTube Music Awards The best-case scenario for last night’s YouTube Music Awards was that they would do something really cool with live music and live video that we haven’t seen before. And that’s what they did, for the show’s first six minutes. This is actress Greta Gerwig, performing with Arcade Fire, directed by … Continue reading

Is a Nexus Phone Running on KitKat Any Sweeter?

There are so many devices based on Google’s Android operating system that it’s hard to keep track of them all. But each year Google works with a hardware maker to produce a “best of Android” phone and tablet, called the Nexus models, which are often used to launch a new version of the OS and … Continue reading

Groupon to Acquire LivingSocial’s Ticket Monster for $260 Million; Q3 Revenue Misses

LivingSocial has its buyer for Korean subsidiary Ticket Monster: Its biggest competitor, Groupon. Groupon said it will pay at least $100 million in cash and up to $160 million in stock for Ticket Monster, known locally as TMon. AllThingsD had recently reported that LivingSocial was close to finding a buyer for the business it acquired … Continue reading

Coin: Finally, a New Way to Pay in Stores That People Might Actually Use

The whole startup payments world seems set on the inevitability that we will all end up paying for stuff in stores with information stored on our smartphone. Guess what? I like paying with a card. And so do a whole lot of people. The frequent counterargument from many mobile payment companies is this: We’ll load … Continue reading

Requests for Google User Account Info by Governments Are on the Rise

Google said today that the overall number of requests it has received from government agencies around the world for information on the accounts of its users has nearly doubled in the last three years. The disclosure comes in the latest update to Google’s Transparency Report, the running tally the Internet giant keeps on such metrics … Continue reading

Prada Spends a Bunch of Money on a Wes Anderson Ad, and Then a Bunch More to Advertise It

A long, long time ago, if a famous director made a mini movie for an advertiser, designed specifically to be watched on the Internet, it was news. If you’re really old, you may remember waiting many minutes to stream John Woo’s BMW caper flick starring Clive Owen.* Now this stuff is NBD. Or, at least, … Continue reading

Samsung Seeks to Have Current Apple Case Put on Hold Following Patent Office Action

Even as the jury weighs the amount of damages to award, Samsung filed an emergency motion on Tuesday seeking to put its current case with Apple on hold following action by the U.S. Patent Office to move toward invalidating one of the patents at issue. Samsung said in a motion on Wednesday that Judge Lucy … Continue reading

A Bigger iPhone 6 Could Carry a Bigger Price Tag, Too

It has been just two months since Apple’s latest iPhones went on sale, but already analysts are wondering about the next – and more specifically, its price. Given the high cost of components in Apple’s new iPhone 5s and the company’s appetite for high profit margins, some observers theorize that it may opt to ship … Continue reading