Peter Kafka

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Google Signs Rovi Patent Deal for TV Program Guides

Google has signed a patent deal with Rovi that will let the search giant use Rovi’s electronic TV guides for several years. A Rovi press release says the licenses cover “set-top boxes, as well as online and mobile platforms,” and that they’ll be put to use on the newly announced Google Fiber pay TV service.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald