Morning Media Newsfeed: USA-Ghana Sets Ratings Record | Apple Settles eBook Suit

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USA-Ghana Sets Ratings Record for ESPN (TVNewser)
ESPN’s last World Cup before turning over the broadcast rights to Fox Sports is off to a good start: Monday night’s USA-Ghana match was the most-watched men’s soccer match ever on ESPN or ESPN2, drawing 11.1 million viewers per minute. Capital New York Univision averaged 4.8 million viewers for its language coverage, according to overnight data from Nielsen. All told, an average of 16 million people watched the game live on television, with at least 1.4 million more watching (legally) online. Bleacher Report But even before that game, ESPN was already enjoying some of its best ratings ever. Through the first 11 games, the networks of ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC had averaged about 3.7 million viewers. That was a 2 percent bump over the 2010 World Cup, which of course included a weekend game featuring the United States and England on ABC. If the ratings from that England match are removed, ratings were up a rather mind-blowing 37 percent. AllFacebook Team USA’s thrilling 2-1 victory caused some 10 million Facebook users to produce more than 15 million interactions on the social network, according to the Facebook Data Science Team. Variety The soccer tourney has already broken the previous global record for online-video streaming. Monday’s Germany-Portugal match drove a peak of 4.3 terabits per second of streaming video on the Akamai Technologies content-delivery network — blasting past the previous high of 3.5 Tbps for the U.S.-Canada men’s hockey semifinal during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The streaming-video peak for the USA-Ghana match came in at 3.2 Tbps, behind last Friday’s 3.5 Tbps for the Spain-Netherlands contest, according to Akamai.

Apple Reaches Settlement on eBooks Suit (WSJ)
Apple has reached a settlement in a civil class-action lawsuit pertaining to the pricing of eBooks, according to a filing with a New York court on Monday. GalleyCat Apple was found guilty of eBook price fixing in July 2013. A trial was scheduled for this July to determine the damages that Apple would have to pay. Apple lost an appeal in the eBook judgement back in February, and has since been pushing to delay the trial. GigaOM The proposed settlement is still under seal (we can expect to see details in July) but it’s a safe bet that it’s worth considerably less than the $840 million that the class action lawyers said Apple might owe. Keep in mind that the five publishers who were Apple’s co-conspirators paid a total of around $160 million. Bloomberg Businessweek Apple, through its lawyers at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, has denied the price fixing charges and called the government’s case and the arguments it was built on “absurd,” “fundamentally flawed,” and favoring “monopoly, rather than competition.” The appellate brief says Judge Denise Cote’s ruling contradicts other Supreme Court and Second Circuit decisions in price-fixing cases. Apple’s case could itself make its way to the high court.

Facebook Debuts Photo-, Video-Sharing App Slingshot (Officially This Time) (AllFacebook)
The second application from Facebook Creative Labs, Slingshot, was officially released Tuesday after a brief cameo last week, and what is being billed as the social network’s answer to Snapchat is available for iPhones running iOS 7 via the iTunes App Store, and for Android devices running Jelly Bean and KitKat via Google Play. Re/code The app is designed for frequent, mass sharing of mundane moments. The photos and short videos are captured within the app and sent to one or many friends who can’t view what is shared until they share something back. GigaOM The second Creative Labs app to be produced after Paper, Slingshot is a lightweight app that actually has very little traditional “Facebook” design cues. Users can choose to sign up via Facebook or simply by phone number, and begin sending “slings” — ephemeral photos or video — to friends in their contact lists. THR Facebook first looked to capitalize on the success of disappearing photo apps like Snapchat with the 2012 launch of Poke, a Snapchat clone that never caught on. The Mark Zuckerberg-led tech giant later tried to buy Snapchat for $3 billion, an offer that the Venice startup ultimately spurned.