MEDIAMASH: CNN, NBC Phone Home; NYT’s “The Daily” Pod; The Promise of Polgreen; Partly Cloudy in Tronckadelphia and the Oxymoronic Facebook Journalism Project

MEDIAMASH is Newsonomics’ new, occasional, quick take on the media business.     Could Two Phone Companies Own (TV) News? In addition to all its other delights, the Trump era looks like it will lay down a broad red carpet for more BIG, more corporate consolidation. We already knew that the ...

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Newsonomics: Will the Phone Companies ‘Own’ the Internet?

In 1982, the AT&T consent decree seemed like the last word. That’s when the Department of Justice used the nearly-century-old Sherman Antitrust Act to force the break-up of Ma Bell. No longer could one company – for a long-time considered key to the national interest, a next-gen Post Office ...

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What Does Verizon Want With Yahoo?

When you’re the 15th biggest business in the U.S., you don’t need to execute deal gymnastics like the Reverse Morris. Verizon can leave that tactic to others (like Cerberus-controlled YP Holdings, which may use the technique as it teams with Goldman Sachs to pursue Yahoo) as it bids for Yahoo’s ...

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Newsonomics: “Apple News Changes Everything” & 10 Other Headlines You Could See This Fall

Summer appears gone; prepare to mark the first day of fall in the traditional fashion, with a new set of announcements from Apple. On Wednesday, Apple will dazzles with new iPhones, a new Apple TV, iOS 9, and a few more reveals about Apple News. The event has gotten many in the media business ...

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What the Next Recession Could Do to The Media Business

Maybe it’s a blip. Maybe we’ll see the global stock market plunge of the last week as a hysterical overreaction to China’s economic woes. Or maybe, it’s the unwelcome, but real, signal that the economic recovery that the U.S. – and lately Europe – have enjoyed may be compromised. Certainly, ...

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What Are They Thinking? NBC-U and The ‘Digital Dozen’ Seek Perpetual Youth

Consider them Ponce de Leon investments. Just as the Spanish explorer trawled Florida for the Fountain of Youth 500 years ago, NBC-Universal and its peers are now embarking on expensive voyages to seek a solution to aging and death, investing in and buying into the newest media. Their profound ...

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The Newsonomics of Murdoch, Time Warner, the $80B Offer and the New Quest for Big, Big, Big

Follow Newsonomics on Twitter @kdoctor First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab   Rupert Murdoch’s announced $80B pursuit of Time Warner this morning seemed like a bolt out of the blue to many. But the strong winds of consolidation make this kind of foray — and the others ...

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The Comcast/Netflix deal: It’s About Momentum, Regulators and, Yes, Even Google Fiber

First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab   Related post: The Comcast Deal and Our Digital Wallets   In romance, as in money, it’s all about timing. The Comcast/Netflix damn-the-buffering, full-speed-ahead agreementannounced this weekend is all about timing. This is a ...

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The Newsonomics of Spotified News Subscriptions

RELATED ARTICLE The newsonomics of Comcast’s deal and our digital wallets First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab Can you make digital subscriptions sing? In a first-of-its-kind partnership with streaming music leader Spotify, The Times of London has brought a whole new meaning ...

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Comcast’s Digital Deal and Our Digital Wallets

First published at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab   Last month, I’d gotten fed up. My Comcast DVR only held 10 hours of HD programming, and I was tired of being its valet. So I did my research, found out about my old friend Tivo’s new products, and decided to buy one. Tivo was still ...

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