AT&T’s managerial shakeup at its WarnerMedia unit marks one of the first times in recent memory that media industry job cuts aren’t happening at an embattled publisher. Read more…
Percentage of Streaming Viewers Who Use Another Subscriber’s Account
|Group (Birth Years*) / Service||Netflix||Amazon Prime Video||Hulu|
|Generation X (1965-1980)||8.9%||12.7%||16.7%|
|Baby Boomers (1946-1964)||10.9%||19.5%||17.8%|
Source: CordCutters.com survey of 1,127 people using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk; 50.9 percent of survey participants were men, and 49.1 percent were women. Participants ranged in age from 18 to 81 with a mean of 37 and a standard deviation of 11.9. Respondents were disqualified from the survey if they didn’t use a video streaming service.
*Birth years from Pew Research Center.
Apple, Samsung, Fitbit and Fossil’s combined share of the smartwatch market will slide to 47% of global shipments by 2023 from an estimated 58% last year, per a forecast from Juniper Research. Read more…
Google and Facebook have gained editorial influence over the press with content guidelines for participation in advertising services, writes Mark Esptein in the Wall Street Journal.
Media outlets have failed to differentiate the people who own the industry from the people who work in it is causing the media to misread the rising wave of rank-and-file rebellion, write Moira Weigel and Ben Tarnoff in the New Republic.
Amazon’s extensive relationship with the NSA, FBI, Pentagon and other surveillance agencies in the west is multi-faceted, highly lucrative and rapidly growing, writes Glenn Greenwald in the Intercept.
UK Cairncross Report
Technology groups should be forced by a new regulator to ensure their platforms distribute quality news, according to a U.K. government report. “As long as tech giants continue to completely dominate the market it’s difficult to see how a sustainable financial footing for journalism can be achieved,” Tom Watson, Labour’s shadow culture secretary, said.
Dame Frances Cairncross’s report on ways to support high-quality journalism in Britain concluded there should be a public investigation into the dominance of Facebook and Google in the advertising marketplace.
Facebook this month will add a feature to its app and website that lets users see how their contact information is used for ad targeting. Read more…
“Samsung announced Monday that Apple’s iTunes software—and the video library it lets people make purchases from—will be available on its smart TVs. In addition, these TVs will support AirPlay 2, Apple’s wireless standard that allows Apple’s iPhones and other devices to stream content directly to those TVs. That was followed by a flurry of AirPlay 2 announcements from other TV makers including LG, Vizio and Sony. In December, Amazon announced that Apple Music was coming to Echo speakers.” – Christopher Mims, The Wall Street Journal
“A total of more than 900 million iPhones were in active use at the end of 2018, Apple revealed on Tuesday, up 75 million or 9 percent over the past year. Ben Bajarin, analyst at Creative Strategies, said that the statistic — which Apple has never disclosed before — was ‘much bigger than most people thought.’” – Tim Bradsaw, The Financial Times
“Apple plans to launch iPhones with a more-powerful 3-D camera as soon as next year, stepping up the company’s push into augmented reality, according to people familiar with the plans. The rear-facing, longer-range 3-D camera is designed to scan the environment to create three-dimensional reconstructions of the real world.” – Mark Gurman and Debby Wu, Bloomberg News
Apple CEO Tim Cook “outlined a handful of ways in which Apple plans to play in that space, including the Apple TV device, selling third-party video subscriptions, and original content.” – Alex Weprin, Media Daily News
Higher levels of screen time among toddlers were associated with slower mental development, according to a study cited by JAMA Pediatrics.
About 98% of U.S. children ages 0 to 8 years live in a home with an internet-connected device and spend more than two hours a day on average looking at screens, according to Common Sense Media.
Children who observe screens without an interactive or physical component are more sedentary and aren’t practicing gross motor skills, such as walking and running. Screens can also disrupt interactions with caregivers by limiting opportunities for verbal and nonverbal social exchanges, which are essential for fostering optimal growth and development.
The companies will cut off access to the information by March, giving them time to adjust for services like emergency roadside assistance. Read more…
Google Assistant added flight check-in and hotel booking to its voice-activated services. Read more…