The Comunicano Communique for Friday January 22nd 2016
The Comunicano Communique
There's nothing like waking up to see your name in the news. In this case I was asked about the recent move by FaceBook to enter sports. See the first story for more. On that theme, traditional television, especially cable is seeing the pain, blues and agony due to the expansion of OTT content. To say 2016 will be a "game changing" year is an understatement. The big thing is Sports isn't Hollywood, and its sure not tech. Being in the mix though makes me feel that the winds of changes are here...... Reminder--If you're at IT Expo next week in Fort Lauderdale, I'll be moderating a Keynote Panel on Wednesday. It's all part of the run up to this Summer's "All About The API" event in Las Vegas.
Well, it's time to FLY..Read on and your next news will come from the sunny city of Miami...stay warm and dry to all our east coast and mid-south readers.
Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson
Facebook on Thursday announced its new Sports Stadium -- built with no taxpayer dollars or city leases required. About 650 million sports fans already make Facebook the world's largest stadium, the company reasoned. The new hub will compile and chronologize game-related content in real time so that fans can feel they're watching the action with friends.
Follow @dancahill_cst With plunging stock prices, declining viewership and company-wide layoffs, these have been Not Top Ten times for ESPN. Last week a survey revealed that 56 percent of consumers would give up ESPN if they could save $8 on their cable bill.
Comcast's failed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable collapsed last year under pressure from regulators, who found that the combined company would have had both the power and incentive to inhibit the future of streaming video.
Snapchat has been one of the fastest growing apps in recent years, and for good reasons. Taking this successful platform and implementing it into your marketing strategy can be extremely valuable. Remember these 10 tips when beginning your Snapchat journey. Snaps and stories only last one day on the...
Business travel is something of an untapped opportunity for many sharing economy travel services, since conservative travel policies often limit their usage. New information from expense tracking service Certify shows that 2015 was the year that saw a major breakthrough for Uber, Lyft and Airbnb for business travelers.
A well-known former JPMorgan Chase executive, Blythe Masters, has raised $52 million from several big banks for a start-up built on the technology underlying the Bitcoin virtual currency. The start-up Digital Asset Holdings, based in New York, said on Thursday afternoon that it had raised the money from 13 financial institutions, including Ms. Masters's former employer, JPMorgan, as well as Citi, BNP Paribas and Santander.
tl;dr 2015 tech IPOs aren't performing well. Their decline could limit 2016 IPOs, and dampen valuations for growing private tech companies. The 2015 technology IPO market was lackluster. The sheer number of IPOs failed to excite, and the pricing of offerings could have been more enthusiastic.
2016 is set to be a year of shifts for IT - shuffling budget dollars, reconfiguring business processes, and recasting tech talent. Worldwide IT spending is forecast to surpass $3.6 trillion, a gain of 1.5% compared to 2015, according to Gartner. While the spending increase is modest, the funds will enable companies to advance not-so-modest business transformations.
Bank Innovation and Fiserv partner to launch a fintech accelerator
Bank Innovation and Fiserv today announce the launch of Bank Innovation INV, a revolutionary fintech accelerator that will cultivate financial services startups around the world. INV is now accepting applications for its first accelerator class, which will commence this quarter.
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