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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 8.27.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro. SocialTimes Amazon Acquires Twitch for $970 Million TVNewser Executive Producer Changes at ABC News FishbowlNY The 2014 Online Journalism Award Finalists GalleyCat How...Show More Summary

15 People Who Are Making Crazy Amounts Of Money By Playing Video Games (AMZN)

Amazon announced on Monday that it was buying Twitch, a site devoted solely to video-game-related live-streaming content, for $970 million. That might seem like a ton of money. But the video games are also a spectator sport, and a lot...Show More Summary

DISNEY DRONES: Filed Patents Reveal Dazzling Applications For Light Shows And Fireworks

Looks like Amazon may be getting some company in its bid to build and use commercial drones. Disney has applied for three separate drone-related patents that discuss the possible uses of "aerial display systems," which means that Walt Disney's theme parks could one day roll out a whole new level of entertainment. Show More Summary

Twenty-Two Trends Shaping the Future of Medicine: The List

My upcoming book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, will become available on in black&white paperback, colored paperback and Kindle formats in a few days, therefore I thought I would share an excerpt of the table of contents revealing what trends are featured and described in details through stories and a lot of pictures […]

Amazon Buying Twitch For $970 Million, Google Misses Another Social Opportunity

"Sources" fell flat on this one. It was widely rumored, though Variety is generally credited with first, that Google was buying Twitch Interactive and it would be somehow connected to their YouTube empire. Instead Amazon yesterday announced an agreement to acquire Twitch. Show More Summary

Morning Media Newsfeed: 550 Buyouts, Layoffs at Turner | Amazon Acquires Twitch

Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email. 550 Buyouts, Layoffs Imminent at Turner; HLN, CNN Among Cuts (The Wrap) Some 550 buyouts are to be offered at Time Warner’s Turner network this week, including a large...Show More Summary

Amazon to Acquire Live-Streaming Service Twitch for Nearly $1 Billion

The deal comes after months of speculation that Google would acquire the San Francisco startup read more

Amazon Scores Game-Video Site Twitch For $970M

After months of negotiating with Google's YouTube unit for an acquisition, popular online-video site Twitch instead was bought today by Amazon, for a price announced at $970 million. The site is only three years old, but exploded inShow More Summary

Chloe Sevigny Flees from Greenwich Village

A couple of fun media strands to note in Marlow Stern‘s Daily Beast Q&A with actress Chloe Sevigny, whose Amazon series The Cosmopolitans debuts August 28. Shortly after departing SoHo restaurant Balthazar, where she had sat down last week for lunch with the reporter, Sevigny was snapped and her outfit turned into a Daily Mail summer item. Show More Summary

Amazon Studios Orders Five Kids Pilots

Along with a ton of comedy and drama pilots from its third cycle, Amazon Studios has greenlit three animated kids pilots--The Stinky & Dirty Show, Buddy: Tech Detective, Niko and the Sword of Light--and two live-action kids pilots--Table 58 and Just Add Magic. Show More Summary

Amazon’s eBook Collection Gets a New Book Every 5 Minutes

4 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Feel like your novel is getting lost in a sea of other titles in Amazon’s Kindle store? It’s not surprising, as the store’s inventory is growing at an incredibly  rapid pace. Just how fast? Author Claude Nougat has pegged it at 12 books an hour or about one new book every five minutes. Show More Summary

There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes

Tech Crunch has some sobering news for the indie author while also highlighting the incredible allure of Amazon,. "In an interesting post, writer Claude Nougat estimated the total number of books on Amazon – about 3.4 million at last count (a number that could include apps as well) and then figured out how many books were added in a day. Show More Summary

The Guide to the Future of Medicine: See The Cover!

Here is the cover of my upcoming book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine. Only a few days left before it becomes available in paperback and e-book formats on Over one year of hard work, 70 interviews and 22 trends that will shape the future of medicine. My mission is to prove that […]

Brick and Mortar Stores are the Future of Retail

With all the hype around online and digital, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. While digital has been one of the principal disrupters in retail, pure-play online retailers, such as Amazon, only account for 5% of total U.S. retail Read on! ?

Meet The Latest Uber For Home Delivery: Uber

, Amazon,, Walmart — at this point, the list of tech and retail giants trying to perfect same-day home delivery — alongside such startups as Instacart and Postmates — might be longer than the list of those that aren’t. Big or small, though, they all have to contend with the same problem:  Driving stuff right to [...]

Amazon Introduces Local Register to Mobile Payment Market

It’s difficult to plot the future course of the mobile payment market, as the initial vision of our smartphones replacing our credit cards and cash seems to have fallen by the wayside, replaced by a new mobile payment reality that has ostensibly transformed smartphones into digital cash registers instead of digital wallets. That means that [...]

German Authors Unite Against Amazon

German-language writers have joined their English-language counterparts and organized a protest against Amazon. More than 1,000 authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have come together to challenge Amazon for hurting authors in its negotiations with the Bonnier Group. Show More Summary

Bezos-Owned Washington Post Asks Readers to 'Buy It Now'

About a year ago, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post —and this weekend, Post readers noticed something unusual. Mentions of books in Post articles featured a button within the text allowing readers to "buy it now" from Amazon, Mashable reports. Several such buttons appeared, for instance, in a...

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