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 HBO Without Cable

October 15, 2014: 

HBO will launch a streaming video service in 2015 that doesn’t require consumers to have a cable or satellite subscription, the company said Wednesday, in a move that could roil the television industry and pave the way for vastly more choices for consumers.

With HBO’s announcement, television fans have been given one more reason to drop their expensive cable subscriptions, a growing trend in recent years as viewers have enjoyed more choices online through services like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu.

Read more from The Washington Post here.

 UK’s Telegraph Going Digital

October 07, 2014: 

Telegraph Media Group is this week implementing a radical restructure of its editorial operation to focus on using digital content as the backbone of each printed edition of the Daily Telegraph.

In a series of “town hall” meetings with staff Jason Seiken, Telegraph Media Group editor-in-chief, last week unveiled an acceleration of his vision to transform the organisation’s print-focused mindset into a digitally led approach.

Seiken and top TMG executives have “cherry picked” ideas from newspapers in North America and Europe, most notably Germany’s Die Welt, to introduce new editorial practices and a new production system.

More from The Guardian here.

 Bad Reviews May Be Good

September 24, 2014: 

Botto Bistro, an Italian restaurant in San Francisco, is vying for the worst Yelp rating in the Bay Area by offering customers 25 percent off for their 1-star reviews. Owner David Cerretini, who tells SFGate that the promotion is "the best business move I have made in years," says the whole thing started when Yelp blackmailed him.

Cerretini claims Yelp called him 20 times a week asking him to advertise. He did, to the tune of $270 for six months. But when he stopped advertising, he claims his reviews turned negative and one of his best reviews even vanished. That, according to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, is something Yelp is legally entitled to do.

Read the rest of the story, and some funny reviews, from AdWeek here.

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