Verizon Becomes A “Significant” Media Player With Yahoo Deal, CEO Says

Verizon is “a small player today” in internet media compared to Google and Facebook — but with its $4.8 billion deal to buy Yahoo should “take more than our fair share” of the market’s growth, CEO Lowell McAdam told analysts today in a scheduled call to discuss Q2 earnings.
Yahoo will help Verzion to become a “significant player” in addressable media — which McAdam says could be a $180 billion market by 2020.
The addition of Yahoo’s mail, media, and ad analytic businesses…

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Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Will Arnett Take Over Syfy Live at Comic-Con

Syfy Live rolled into day two of Comic-Con with host Will Arnett welcoming panelists Jaimie Alexander (“Blindspot”), Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community,” “The Odd Couple”) and “Drunk History” creator Derek Waters. Will Forte also stopped by to chat with Arnett, while “The Walking Dead” fan favorites Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus closed the show. The panel chatted… Read more »

Massive Attack Debut New Songs “Come Near Me,” “The Spoils,” & “Dear Friend” On Their App

Massive AttackLast year, Massive Attack, the ancestral Bristol trip-hop group, launched a new iPhone app called Fantom and used that app to release Ritual Spirit, a new EP that found them in shockingly strong form. Today, they’ve used that same app to share three new songs. “Come Near Me” is a muffled, skeletal piece … More »

Bogota’s IndieBo Film Fest Embraces Technology

Technology has taken root in Bogota’s fledgling indie film fest IndieBo, which wrapped its second edition Sunday. Its free virtual reality showcase IndieBoX touted a record attendance on its second iteration, expanded to run the entire 10 days of the fest, in contrast to the three days of last year. Installed in the capital’s monolithic… Read more »

Verizon CEO Sees ‘Meaningful’ Yahoo Cost Synergies, As Q2 Results Hurt By Wireline Strike

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam called out the acquisition of Yahoo’s Internet businesses as providing a base for “significant” future growth in mobile media revenue, and said he expects “meaningful” cost synergies from the acquisition. The telco announced the $4.83 billion proposed acquisition for Yahoo a day before posting a 5.3% decline in revenue for the second quarter of… Read more »

Jenny Hval – “Conceptual Romance”

Jenny Hval - Blood BitchJenny Hval has been spending her summer giving some wild festival performances, in which her music serves as the background for high-concept performance art demonstrations. But the songs themselves are every bit as mysterious and compelling. For instance, “Conceptual Romance,” the latest single from the Norwegian’s upcoming Blood Bitch, matches an alternately aggressive … More »

Watch Ryan Adams Play An Acoustic “Oh My Sweet Carolina” On Colbert

Ryan Adams on ColbertThis is the first year in a few that hasn’t seen a new album from Ryan Adams, but a few months ago, he did release a deluxe reissue of Heartbreaker, his 2000 solo debut and his best album by about a mile. (I’d argue that Heartbreaker is the best alt-country album ever, but this … More »