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TV Upfronts: Every Network's A Winner! (Please Don't Read The Fine Print)

businessinsider.com — The message from the TV networks this month: No slump here! They're now claiming that they've sold $9.23 billion in "upfront" sales for the comming year, up from $9.12 billion last year. Each broadcast network is reporting that they're getting higher rates for their ads, even as overall ratings shrink.

FIFA Boycott: Sepp Blatter Was Re-Elected, But Don't Expect World Cup Sponsors To Walk (For Now)

ibtimes.com — Hyundai and Kia Motors are "extremely concerned." Visa said its disappointment is "profound." Coca-Cola said the controversy "tarnished the mission and ideals" of FIFA. But as Sepp Blatter wins a fourth term as president of FIFA, sponsors are in a bind: pull out of an extremely valuable global event, or risk having your own brand tarnished by a scandal that could drag on for years.

Vox Media Buys Tech Blog Re/Code For Influence, Growing Events Business

ibtimes.com — Vox Media, home of websites SB Nation, The Verge, Eater, and Vox.com, has been about size. Today it bought influence, adding Re/code, the tech news site founded by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, in an all stock deal the terms of which were not disclosed. Re/code is small by traditional publishing metrics.

Verizon's AOL Deal Is All About Data-Driven Advertising And Web Video

ibtimes.com — In financial terms, Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion deal for AOL Inc. is a relatively small bet, much smaller than the last time AOL was involved in a pact that promised a marriage of content and distribution: the disastrous $162 billion merger with Time Warner in 2000.

Apple's New iPhones: Everything You Need To Know About iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

ibtimes.com — Justin Sullivan/Getty Images With typical Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stagecraft, CEO Tim Cook attempted to show the world that it can still innovate with two bigger, thinner and faster iPhones designed to breathe new life into Apple's smartphone business.

What's Next For Comcast? After Failed TWC Merger, Cable Giant Faces Regulated, Cord-Cutting Future

ibtimes.com — Comcast is officially in a box. The Philadelphia cable and entertainment giant learned this week the limits being placed on it by the U.S. Department of Justice and FCC, and is preparing to formally drop its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, according to multiple news reports.

WPP Acquires Mobile Ad Company Medialets In Pushback Against Growing Tech Dominance

ibtimes.com — Facebook is starting to cast a longer shadow over the ad world. Global ad giant WPP today announced it had acquired Medialets, a mobile ad server, in part to provide ad buyers with an alternative technology to Facebook to place ads on mobile devices. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Apple Watch: New York Times Plans One-Sentence Stories For Small-Screen Readers

ibtimes.com — At 1.5 to 1.7 inches, even the biggest Apple Watch is pretty small in a world of super-sized smartphones and tablets. But the New York Times thinks Apple Watch users will be reading, so they're creating tiny, one-sentence versions of stories from the business, politics, science, tech and sports sections.

Apple Gets First $1 Trillion Valuation From Wall Street Brokerage Cantor Fitzgerald

ibtimes.com — Apple Inc. will become the world's first trillion-dollar company, according to Cantor Fitzgerald, which put a $180 price target on its shares on Monday, the Financial Times reported. The brokerage became the first to give Apple a valuation above a trillion on the eve of the consumer release of Apple Watch on April 10.

Sony PlayStation Vue TV cable

businessinsider.com — First the good news: You're about to get some new choices in cable TV. Now the bad: You probably won't save much money. Sony Corp. launched its PlayStation Vue TV service Wednesday, making it the first to launch a web-TV service that actually resembles real TV with more than 80 channels across three tiers of service.
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