I cover the business of media and entertainment for @WashingtonPost. West Coaster in DC. kangc@washpost.com

Google, NASA work together on Disney show to inspire girls into sciences

washingtonpost.com — There are certain television tropes about computer scientists that just drive programmers nuts. They include the portrayal of coders as sun-starved and soft-bellied nerds who spend long hours alone in front of their computers. And almost always, those TV characters are male.

Facebook hires former FCC Chairman

washingtonpost.com — Facebook on Tuesday announced it hired Kevin Martin, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, as vice president for mobile and global access policy, as the social network continues to build its executive ranks with former government officials. Martin, a Republican who led the FCC between 2005 and 2009, will oversee the company's initiatives on wireless and other broadband Internet policies.

FCC chair defends net neutrality, blocking Comcast

washingtonpost.com — When Tom Wheeler was the head of the cable industry's biggest lobbying group, he owned the stage of its annual trade show. On Wednesday, he appeared on that stage again but on the other side -- as the chief federal regulator who had recently slapped broad and historic new rules on their businesses.

New apps threaten TV networks’ golden egg: Live sports

washingtonpost.com — Since the advent of the VCR and then YouTube, the media industry's No. 1 enemy has been piracy. But while Hollywood and the TV networks have fought one technology after another, one type of entertainment has been safe from illegal broadcasts: live sports. That's because fans hated waiting for illicit recordings to be posted online.

Comcast is officially an Internet company, and its timing is awful

washingtonpost.com — Cable television has ceded to the Internet -- and the timing couldn't be worse. Comcast, the nation's biggest cable firm, said Monday that its subscribers for high-speed Internet have surpassed cable television customers for the first time.

Digital media firms show off their best stuff at the annual ‘NewFronts’ ritual

washingtonpost.com — In an annual ritual known as the NewFronts, digital media companies show off their best work to lure new advertising dollars. Kicking off this year's presentations was a stalwart from the print age: the New York Times.

ESPN sues Verizon over skinnier, cheaper cable offerings

washingtonpost.com — ESPN filed suit against Verizon on Monday for creating cheaper, smaller cable offerings that included the sports operator's channels, allegedly without permission. The lawsuit intensifies the battle between networks and providers that erupted in the face of market pressures, as more consumers cut the cord to the traditional cable bundle in favor of online streaming options.

HBO chief: the channel’s new streaming service is a “millennial missile”

washingtonpost.com — For HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, the decision for his company to launch a streaming service was approached with the care of a politician mulling whether to launch a campaign. More than a year ago, the former Congressional aide saw the great rise of online video but needed to understand the risks to HBO's traditional business delivering its shows only to cable subscribers.

Comcast chief’s last-minute pleas to a former ally fell on deaf ears

washingtonpost.com — On Monday, the chief executive of Comcast made a Hail Mary call to Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Brian Roberts told the regulator that his intention to buy Time Warner Cable was for the good for the entire country because it would bring faster Internet speeds to millions.

Comcast to drop mega-merger with Time Warner Cable

washingtonpost.com — Comcast is planning to drop its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable, after Washington regulators raised concerns that the combined giant would hold too much sway over the rapidly evolving television and entertainment industries, according to news reports. The decision caps a spectacular collapse for one of the biggest deals ever to come before federal officials.
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May 21, 2015

@Sarahhalzack is right: Anthropologie's dresses got too ridiculous (and expensive) for even most loyal customers wpo.st/6MOI0

May 21, 2015

So a machine beat an NPR reporter on an earnings story. But the human's was way better .. for now: n.pr/1KKeidz via @nprnews

May 20, 2015

Deja vu 1992 LA Riots that exposed fraught Korean-Black relations in impoverished areas. Why things still the same? wapo.st/1IJikFN

May 20, 2015

Not just black and white, the sad and confounding fallout of rioting at intersection in West Baltimore @dugganwapo wapo.st/1IJikFN

May 19, 2015

Deeply troubling and suprising rise in suicide by black children, as suicide by white children declines: nyti.ms/1cLPV43 @nytimes

May 19, 2015

Lawyer: Trial of Post reporter held in Iran set to begin next week wpo.st/6zjH0

May 19, 2015

Some drivers are also checking social media, taking selfies, taking videos -- on top of texting: nyti.ms/1dh6VQA via @nytimesbits

May 19, 2015

Where did Hillary Clinton most double dip most from paid speeches and donations? Silicon Valley @mateagold @PostRoz wapo.st/1KgQ7GX

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