Attention, San Francisco: Uber Is Chauffeuring the Tamale Lady Tonight to Deliver Free Tamales On Demand

Might be a good night to head to Toronado or Zeitgeist.


Sony Reaches Preliminary Programming Deal With Viacom for Online Pay TV Service

Sony plans to stream traditional cable channels, as well as on-demand content, over the Internet, posing new competition for cable, satellite and phone companies which have long sold subscription TV services.

Sunday’s Super Bowl Means Lena Dunham Today

You were fretting about the Joe Flacco/Lena Dunham showdown? Worry no more!

Start-Up Scribr Wants to Help Your Twitter Feed Survive the Coming Web-pocalypse

Scribr is trying to keep your Facebook profile from becoming like the lost GeoCities of Atlantis.

Is Jason Kilar Trying to Get Fired?

Did the Hulu CEO just channel Jerry Maguire? Or did he think his future as a TV manifesto would sway his network owners? It may not matter.

News Corp. Gets Ready to Say Goodbye to Myspace

Myspace’s time with News Corp. is coming to an end. Then again, it’s been headed that way for quite some time–it’s just that News Corp. is now being that much more forthright about it.

Comcast Bringing Live TV to Your iPad (In Your House)

Here’s a logical, and cool, marriage between your iPad and your TV, brokered by your cable guy–with some strings attached.

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Blockbuster Hangs "For Rent" Signs on 187 Stores

Blockbuster plans to close 182 stores over the next few months as it tries to emerge from bankruptcy, reports Bloomberg. The once-dominant movie rental chain faces competition from Netflix and, increasingly, from alternative video-on-demand providers. The store closures are in addition to the 1,000 locations shut down during the past two years. Next year, the company expects to emerge from bankruptcy with the help of new owners, including shareholder activist Carl Icahn.

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AT&T Buying Qualcomm’s FloTV Spectrum for Nearly $2 Billion

After failing to find a big enough market for its mobile television service, Qualcomm announced Monday it is selling to AT&T the one part of the service that is truly valuable–the spectrum that it had acquired to run FloTV. AT&T will pay $1.93 billion for the wireless capacity, which is in the lower 700 MHz range and should help the carrier offer additional next-generation services, like video. Qualcomm had said it would shut down FloTV next March and would give customers their money back. It had also said it was exploring strategic options, including selling off the spectrum.

Qualcomm to Give FloTV Users Money Back

Looking to move on from its painful foray into mobile television, Qualcomm says it will offer rebates to those who bought its FloTV mobile TV units. It had previously announced it would shut down the service in March.

Coming Soon from Google: Pay-Per-Tube

Full D8 Video: Comcast COO Steve Burke