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Sam Thielman

YouTube Is Changing Your Least Favorite Feature: Annotations

New 'cards' are mobile-ready for video makers

YouTube is finally retooling a troublesome feature, making it more useful for content producers and hopefully a bit less frustrating for users. Annotations, YouTube's clickable pop-ups (which, to be clear, are…

The Winners and Losers in the FCC Ruling for Net Neutrality

Mozilla and Netflix celebrate as Comcast and Verizon seethe

In a historic decision today, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 in favor of net neutrality by preventing broadband providers from throttling high-traffic services like Netflix. Specifically, the regulatory body voted…

Dun & Bradstreet's CEO Wants His Data to Power a World Gone Programmatic

B-to-b analytics service aims to be 'a modern industry leader'

Specs Who Bob Carrigan New gig CEO, Dun & Bradstreet Old gig CEO, IDG Communications Age 49 What specifically is Dun & Bradstreet able to do for advertisers now? We have applications for procurement managers so…

Today Only, Amazon Is Discounting Prime to $72 and Streaming Transparent for Free

A clear (and crucially timed) push for subscriber growth

Apparently on a charm offensive after winning two Golden Globes for its witty dramedy Transparent, Amazon is streaming the show for free today and offering a discount for new converts…

This Japanese Cellphone Company's Shrimp Gun Will Make Your Day

We came here from the Internet as fast as we could to tell you of a brand-new development in seafood technology: the fried shrimp gun. With flour, egg yolk, tempura…

Inside the Massive Campaign Behind Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Kevin Spacey's digitized mug is only part of the package

Disembodied, badly equalized and with no musical cues or ambient sound around it, the nonetheless recognizable voice of Kevin Spacey in sneering antihero mode fuzzes over the computer speakers. "You…

AT&T Has to Pay $105 Million for Overcharging Customers

A settlement, not a fine

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler held a press conference alongside colleagues from the Federal Trade Commission and the states attorneys general today to publicly reprimand AT&T for "cramming"—adding fees…

State Department Trolls ISIS With Horrifically Violent Anti-Recruitment Video

Part of ongoing 'Think again' effort

The U.S. Department of State has come up with a novel way to deal with the Internet-savvy recruitment strategy undertaken by the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS). Troll them on YouTube. In…

How Do You Brand Big Data?

Brokers need to distinguish themselves in a crowded market

Branding data is tough—and not just because many eyes glaze over when you start to talk about it. But in today’s media marketplace, it wouldn’t be wrong to think of…

Nielsen and Kraft Pilot New Brand Tracking Tool

Did that ad actually convince someone to buy?

Ever wondered whether that ad you worked so hard on actually convinced somebody to buy your product? Now Nielsen can tell you, down to the individual ad buy. The ROI-centric approach…

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