Tag Archive for ‘Re/code’

Details on Disney’s Streaming Service ➝

Peter Kafka, reporting for Recode:

Disney+ will launch in the US on November 12, for $7 a month. It will have a very large library of old Disney movies and TV shows — crucially, including titles from its Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars catalog — along with new movies and series made exclusively for the streaming service. It won’t have any ads. And it will allow subscribers to download all of that stuff, and watch it offline, whenever they want.

This is a great deal for a lot of excellent content. But the most important question for me: will Disney+ play nicely with Apple’s TV app?

Apple Pay Coming to Websites ➝

Jason Del Rey, writing for Re/code:

Sources say that Apple is telling potential partners that the Apple Pay expansion to mobile websites will be ready before this year’s holiday shopping season. An announcement could come at WWDC, Apple’s conference for software developers, which typically takes place in June, though sources cautioned that the timing of an announcement could change.

I hope my bank adds support for Apple Pay soon.

Tim Cook’s Email to Apple Employees ➝

From Tim Cook’s memo, as published by Re/code:

This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government’s order we knew we had to speak out. At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties. […]

Our country has always been strongest when we come together. We feel the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands under the All Writs Act and, as some in Congress have proposed, form a commission or other panel of experts on intelligence, technology and civil liberties to discuss the implications for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms. Apple would gladly participate in such an effort.

Also worth reading: Apple’s frequently asked questions regarding the situation.

Twitter Has Stopped Showing Ads to Some VIP Users ➝

I must be one of Twitter’s most important users because I’ve never seen ads on the service. Because, like all the other cool kids, I use Tweetbot.

Josh Topolsky is Raising Money for a New Website ➝

Noah Kulwin, reporting for Re/code:

According to sources, Topolsky aims for the new business to be akin to luxury lifestyle brand Monocle, which publishes a magazine 10 times a year as well as producing a website, a radio show and events. The editor wants to build an audience with the wallet and sensibility of old media prestige brands like the New Yorker or Vanity Fair, they say.

I’m interested to see what idea he’s come up with.

Apple, TV Networks Clash Over Size and Makeup of Web TV Bundle ➝

Peter Kafka adds context to the rumored stall in talks between Apple and TV networks:

Industry executives say Apple has spent much of 2015 pushing for a “skinny” bundle of TV channels — limited to perhaps a dozen core networks — delivered over the Web, which would retail for no more than $30. […]

If Apple gets its way, it means the traditional pay TV package, which averages around 100 channels, will get shrunk by nearly 80 percent. And while TV executives will say they understand that consumers don’t want to pay for channels they don’t watch, all of them will argue that their channels are must-haves.

Buy Buttons in Social Apps Are a Flop ➝

Jason Del Rey, writing for Re/code:

More than a year after Twitter and Facebook began placing Buy buttons on their social networks, their e-commerce initiatives still appear to be relegated to experimental side projects. And at Pinterest, the tech platform that many believe is most conducive to e-commerce, one of its mainstream launch partners is seeing fewer than 10 purchases a day via so-called Buyable Pins.

Why did anyone think this would work?

Google Plans to Introduce Android Laptops ➝

Mark Bergen, writing for Re/code about Google folding Chrome OS into Android:

Perhaps the critical reason Google is favoring Android is its birthplace: Mobile phones. The greatest threat to the Alphabet company is that its revenue, derived largely from desktop advertising, will dwindle as smartphone usage spreads. If it’s done anything this year (save the whole Alphabet thing), Google has manically reiterated that it does, in fact, have a cohesive plan for mobile. A chief Android distinction from Chrome is that it is built for mobile behavior.

A vote for Android is, in some ways, a tacit admission that Google must devote its attention to the devices on which it lives.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast has since claimed that “Chrome OS is here to stay,” but his statement reads more like “we will continue to support Chrome OS in its current form for the foreseeable future.” That’s hardly a denial of the Wall Street Journal’s report.