Reaching the Rest: Facebook and Internet.org Plan to Connect the Unconnected World

By Matthew Lang Sottile, May 12, 2015.

Reaching the Rest: Facebook and Internet.org Plan to Connect the Unconnected World

Is connectivity a human right?

That question, posed by Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, was the title of the 10-page letter that coincided with the announcement of Internet.org in August of 2013. Positioned as a “Facebook-led initiative,” the project partnered smartphone industry leaders like Samsung, Nokia, and Qualcomm with the social media giant in an attempt to bring internet access to the places of the world that don’t yet have it.

HBO Now Won’t Be a Cord Cutter’s Dream

By Matthew Lang Sottile, April 25, 2015.

HBO Now Won’t Be a Cord Cutter’s Dream

New details reveal that the new HBO streaming service won’t be sold directly to customers.

Before HBO CEO Richard Plepler joined the stage at Apple’s “Spring Ahead” Event early this month, the conversation on people’s minds was all about the Apple Watch. It came as a surprise to nearly everyone when right off the bat, Apple CEO Tim Cook came on stage and started talking about the Apple TV and the new standalone streaming service that will be available on it.

HBO Now will eschew the business model that HBO has used exclusively up to this point, where customers needed to purchase a cable/satellite television package from their provider and could only opt to add HBO service on as an extra.

In the wake of Google Reader, Feedly wants to surf the big waves

By Matthew Lang Sottile, March 17, 2013.

In the wake of Google Reader, Feedly wants to surf the big waves

Imagine you run a startup where at least a thirty percent of your user base is syncing through an existing third-party platform. Then imagine what happens when it is revealed that the third party platform will be shut down forever in just a few months. This scenario became a reality for web-content aggregator Feedly this week, but fortunately they saw the writing on the wall.

On Wednesday Google announced that it will shutter its RSS platform Google Reader as of July, due to declined usage. We had a chance to talk with Cyril Moutran, the head of product and strategy at Feedly, about how they prepared for the end of Google Reader and what moves they will be making next.

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