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Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

Let’s have a look at how social networks are growing, courtesy of Techcrunch. Hint: Tumblr wins.

President Obama Calls For A Free And Open Internet, Wants It Reclassified As A Utility

Lame duck president has big plans for free and open internet. Could reclassifying the network as an utility work?

The Future Of TV Is Online

internet_tv_header_deIn a recent article on wired.com, the author predicts a full shift of TV viewing to online TV. He has data to back up his claim, too: “Researchers tracked 165 online video views and 1.53 billion logins over a year, and they found that total TV viewing over the internet grew by 388 percent in mid-2014 compared to the same time a year earlier—a near-quintupling. And the increase is more than just a few diehards binge-watching: the number of unique viewers well more than doubled, growing 146 percent year-over-year.”

Online TV viewing is no longer a niche populated by tech savvy geeks. Streaming devices are making it easier to access online TV sources on your big screen TV. Add tablets and phablets to the hardware mix, add HBO and CBS to the OTT content source mix and you have a recipe for success.

Read the whole article here.

Get the Adobe research data here.

Mamor: Einfluss des Internet auf Fernsehpublikum noch gering

Laut Aussage des ARD-Vorsitzenden Lutz Mamor wird der Einfluss des Mediums Internet mit seinen Online-Video-Angeboten noch stark überschätzt, stattdessen sei die Konvergenz von Internet und TV viel langsamer unterwegs als manche Experten glauben.

Auf den Medientagen in München geht es genauum dieses Thema.

Hier geht’s zum Artikel im Handelsblatt.

Don’t Call It A Bubble

billion-dollar-mobile-internet-companies Just because there are now 25 mobile internet companies valued at over $1Bn doesn’t mean that there is a new bubble in town, right? Because first mover advantage in their market makes them worth all that money, right?

I’m not buying it. Get ready for the crash this October.

Read about the blistering pace at which these companies got to where they are now and the golden future of mobile internet applications at Venturebeat.

Me: What kinds of shows do you like to watch on TV? Daughter: What’s a TV?

The youth of today is losing interest in classic TV. Youtube “stars” are more popular than our good old Hollywood stars. I’m old.

Gigaom

The fact that television viewing is changing dramatically — being disrupted by the web, by YouTube (s goog) and other factors — isn’t breaking news. It’s something we report on a lot at Gigaom, and almost daily there is some announcement that helps reinforce that trend, like the fact that Netflix now has more subscription revenue than HBO, or a recent survey reported by Variety that shows YouTube stars are more popular with young internet users than Hollywood stars.

That last piece of news really hit home for me, because it got me thinking again about how my own family consumes what used to be called television, and how much has changed in only a single generation.

I’m old. Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. I was born a few years before the moon landing, and I remember us all watching it as a…

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