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The Petya ransomware is starting to look like a cyberattack in disguise

The ransomware that wasn’t<p>The haze of yesterday’s massive ransomware attack is clearing, and Ukraine has already emerged as the epicenter of the damage. Kaspersky Labs reports that as many as 60 percent of the systems infected by the Petya ransomware were located within Ukraine, far more than …

America’s largest body-camera supplier is giving police free AI to analyze crime footage

Taser International, the company most associated with electrical weapons used by police, is adopting the freemium business model of Silicon Valley. It has renamed itself Axon, the name of its body camera cloud storage and analytics platform, and plans to give away its cameras and services for a …

YouTube TV is exactly what live TV streaming should look like in 2017

You already go to YouTube to watch funny cat videos, the latest music videos, and movie trailers, so why wouldn't you go there to watch live TV?<p>For …

Susan Wojcicki

Cyberattack Downed a 911 Systems in 12 States

Wall Street

A guide to staying online if the internet or social media gets blocked in your country

For digital rights activists, an important milestone came in 2016 with the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on promoting and protecting the freedom of users online. Yet, 51 intentional disruptions of the internet and electronic communications took place in the first 10 months of …

Privacy

SVOD discoverability a big theme for 2017

For all but the largest SVOD services, being found by viewers is the biggest challenge. Services like Amazon Channels, VRV, and Roku cross-service …

MLB and Disney pick up 'League of Legends' streaming rights

A new, LoL-specific streaming service is coming soon.<p>BAMTech, the Major League Baseball- and Disney-owned streaming tech company, has signed a deal with Riot Games for the rights to <i>League of Legends</i> tournaments.<p>According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, the agreement calls for BAMTech to "pay a minimum …

Wall Street

Amazon expands its Prime Video service to over 200 countries, but China isn’t included

A month after it dropped major hints, Amazon has made its Prime Video service available in more than 200 countries worldwide bringing some serious competition to Netflix’s global plan.<p>Netflix expanded its service to 130 new countries in January, thereby making its streaming site available in almost …

Apple launches iOS single sign-on to make logging into TV apps less annoying

But the list of companies supporting the feature at launch is pretty weak<p>The days of having to enter your cable account login details into every individual TV app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV are coming to an end — maybe. Depending on who you get your cable from. As <i>MacRumors</i> notes, today Apple …

DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

The brave new world of live television is upon us, and it comes in three forms: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and DirecTV NOW. Having multiple products …

Sling TV

Amazon Prime gets HBO and Cinemax subscriptions for $15 and $10 per month

The great cord-cutting revolution continues today with the news that HBO and Cinemax are now available to Amazon Prime subscribers for $15 and $10 per month, respectively.<p>The news comes almost a year after Amazon Video opened to third-party video-streaming services, letting those on the company’s …

Amazon Isn't Just Gunning for Netflix, It's Going After ESPN Too

It’s only been a few days since the news broke that Amazon is rolling out its Prime Video streaming service in more than 200 countries to go …

Trump’s CIA Director Pick Thinks Using Encryption ‘May Itself Be A Red Flag’

He also has almost no experience in the world of intelligence.<p>Donald Trump announced on Friday that he's chosen Congressman Mike Pompeo to run the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the premiere spy agency of the United States.<p>Pompeo, a Republican lawmaker from Kansas and a former Army officer, has …

Warner Bros. Acquires Full Control of Machinima

Warner Bros. announced that it signed an agreement to acquire full control of Machinima, the digital programming company focused on fandom and gamer …

Amazon Prime Video is going global next month to take on Netflix

Until now, Amazon’s streaming video service has mostly been a nice add-on to sweeten the deal on its Prime subscription plan, which grants customers quicker shipping and other benefits for a recurring fee.<p>It looks like it’s going to get a lot bigger next month. In a video shared on Twitter, Jeremy …

Apple to halve App Store fees for content providers integrated with new 'TV' app, report says

By<p>Apple is reportedly planning an App Store fee schedule revision that will see its slice of revenue from subscription video services, and …

Apple

Newly-Launched 'Netflix for Classic Movies' Is Sort Of a Trainwreck

Turner Classic Movies’ new streaming service FilmStruck launched today and immediately broke. With the loss of the Criterion Collection on Hulu, the …

Streaming

Apple's New TV App Is Worthless Without Netflix And Amazon Video

Apple announced a new TV app for Apple TV, and it's basically going to be useless. The TV app is supposed to keep track of all the shows you watch …

Twitter Couldn’t Hold Onto Vine’s Audience—or the Stars It Created

Jerome Jarre hasn't posted on Vine in more than a year. The 26-year-old goofy Frenchman once ruled the six-second looping video platform, where he …

Social Media

“Most serious” Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit (updated)

Lurking in the kernel for nine years, flaw gives untrusted users unfettered root access.<p>A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years …

Pluto TV, a free streaming service for cord cutters, raises $30 million more

Pluto TV, a video streaming service targeting cord cutters by offering a TV-guide like experience that connects you to hundreds of online channels, has raised $30 million in Series B funding, valuing the business at $140 million. The new funding comes from ProSieben of Germany, one of Europe’s …

Donald Trump’s got his eye on the real prize: A new media network

Imagine a firebrand TV star and a presidential platform through which to solidify the next would-be Fox News brand. That’s the most compelling set of ingredients for a new OTT service that I’ve ever seen.<p>The real winner: Donald Trump<p>I’m not referring to the election. By all accounts, both …

European court says linking to illegal content is copyright infringement

In a decision that is already controversial, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in favor of copyright owners and against …

Time Warner is buying 10 percent of Hulu for around $600 million, and will join Hulu’s new pay TV service

This TV package is different from the rest.<p>After months of talks, Time Warner is buying a chunk of Hulu, the web TV service.<p>The deal means Time Warner will be partners with existing owners Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal*, and that Time Warner’s channels like Turner and CNN will …

Kickstarter Just Did Something Tech Startups Never Do: It Paid a Dividend

In early March, Kickstarter quietly sent shareholders a dividend. In the wider world of business, such an action would be unremarkable. More than 80 …

Amazon challenges YouTube by offering uploaders a cut of the ads

Amazon is launching its new Amazon Video Direct service today to let video creators share any content and receive a cut of the revenue. Amazon is offering a variety of ways for creators to earn money, including royalties through streaming by Prime members, and revenue sharing through rentals, …

Spending On SVOD Dwarfs Digital Video Rental and Purchase - VideoInk

While some Wall Street analysts say streaming giant Netflix is extremely overvalued (due to low profit margins, bad cash flow and slow international …

Video on Demand

ISIS Has Help Desk for Terrorists Staffed Around the Clock

World<p>NBC News has learned that ISIS is using a web-savvy new tactic to expand its global operational footprint -- a 24-hour Jihadi Help Desk to help its foot soldiers spread its message worldwide, recruit followers and launch more attacks on foreign soil.<p>Counterterrorism analysts affiliated with …

The engineer making meat tastier

It is a problem that has taxed the finest minds for generations – what’s the best way to smoke meat? Veronique Greenwood meets a man with an intriguing new method, involving chemistry, computer models and a cooker shaped like a Dalek.<p>It was in Memphis, Tennessee, that Kit Parker first began to …

BBQ

Linear TV's cratering subscriber rate confirms it--the cord-cutting check is already in the mail | FierceVideo

I sat around with a group of NBA fans Sunday at a Los Angeles-area imbibery to watch Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and listened as several of my fellow …

Cord-Cutting