I tried Blendle, the ‘Netflix of journalism,’ for a week and went broke — but you might not

Blendle is a service that lets you read articles from popular publications, for a small fee per story. While great for casual readers who want to get around the occasional pay-wall, news junkies could go broke.

Facebook says no thanks to Apple, new feature will only be on Android platforms

Facebook is rolling out a new feature soon that may help struggling publications sell more subscriptions, but now Apple wants a slice of the revenue. In response, the new feature will only be available on Android devices.

Google has redesigned Google News, its web portal for breaking stories

Google News, Google's one-stop shop for breaking and developing news stories, has been redesigned from the ground up. It's streamlined, simplified, and a lot easier to customize than before.

Robots may be responsible for a lot of the election coverage you’re reading

Each of these publications use algorithms to sift through data and turn it into text, and chatterbots to deliver this news coverage to readers via messaging apps.
Emerging Tech

Scientists successfully use DNA to store an OK Go music video, much more

Researchers from the University of Washington and Microsoft collaborated on a project that could revolutionize data storage. The team has developed a way of storing data on DNA, reducing the storage size needed to save our files and images.

Google’s plan to speed up the mobile Web could start on February 24

Google has introduced its own platform for publishers, named Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP). It is an open source project to build a faster mobile Web, capable of loading webpages ten times faster as it does currently.

Check out what the media is really saying about the 2016 election

Politicians have wasted no time in painting the biggest target of the year on the backs of news outlets on both sides of the fence. But what is the media really writing about? The Analytics Election Tracker 2016 from OpenText knows.

Google wants to help journalists effectively use its tools to better report the news

Google's News Lab aims to help journalists report more effectively using the company's research and editorial tools. It offers tutorials on Google's search products, plus partnerships with organizations to help verify crowdsourced content.

Apple unveils Family Sharing, lets parents spread media across devices

Users now have the ability to share photo streams, calendars, reminders and Find My Friends (requires parental permission) to up to six devices designated as part of a family network.
Home Theater

Plex could hit Chromecast soon, support for iOS7 added this week

Definitely good news for anyone that's interested in streaming stored media to the Chromecast, a recent update to the Plex Media Server software could indicate that Chromecast support is looming.
Social Media

How the horrible Vegan Sellout List stunt tricked the Internet

You may have heard about the Vegan Sellout List, a site shaming ex-vegans. Horrible, right? The site creators think so, too. Turns out the list was little more than a stunt to redirect your eyeballs to something else.

Why it’s still hard to discover new music online (and how we can fix it)

Services like Spotify and Pandora have radically disrupted the traditional state of music distribution, but the tools to help us deal with this glut of amazing music have yet to develop.

Why aren’t there more movies based on apps?

We've seen movies based on toys, comics, television shows and even other movies. So where are the movies based on new digital media? Perhaps Hollywood isn't ready, claims a new New York Times report.
Social Media

Hands on with the Zeen beta: Creation trumps curation here

From the brains behind YouTube comes Zeen, a new publishing platform. Check out our first impressions.

Stop the madness: Media manipulation has sent us into Facebook IPO overload

The Facebook IPO has turned tech media into a hungry pack of vultures, picking at whatever can be scavenged and spit out between now and the big day.
Smart Home

Study: 12 percent of young moms use cellphones during sex — but why?

How addicted to your smartphones are you? According to a recent survey, 12 percent of young mothers love it so much, they'll even use it during sex.

The rumor that AOL will sell TechCrunch, Engadget is just that – a rumor

According to former TechCrunch writer Sarah Lacy's insider sources, the two AOL-owned tech sites might be on the chopping block. CEO Tim Armstrong is strongly denying it.

Survey: One in six UK parents can’t operate kids’ gadgets

The results of a new survey among UK parents showed that many don't understand how to work various gadgets used by their children. The research, which looked at how parents control their children’s access to adult media, also revealed…