Cashing Out Without Killing the Company You Built

Waze’s corporate culturerecent acquisition by Google got a mixed reaction from the site’s community of users. Many were happy to see the company move to the next level, while others feared that the takeover by a corporate giant would destroy the essence of what they have come to love.

Just three weeks before, Tumblr users expressed the same trepidation when Yahoo announced its plans to buy the microblogging site. Popular streaming-video site Hulu is nearing the end a long auction process that has included the exit of top executives. Fears persist that once it is sold, a new corporate owner may amend its core principles.

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Amazon fights multi-front war

Remember when Amazon.com was just an online bookstore?

As the Internet has evolved, Jeff Bezos and company have transformed with it. And while the site is certainly a retail powerhouse and dominates the publishing (and ePublishing) industry, Amazon has become a company with deep interests in other forms of entertainment — and those efforts are starting to bear fruit.

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Nintendo ramps up video streaming

Nintendo, which shied away from offering multimedia devices until long after its competitors, is getting more serious about video streaming.

The company has announced that its 3DS handheld system and the Wii will add Hulu Plus to their options before the end of the year. (No exact date was announced.)

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The TV’s turn for an extreme makeover

The living room television set is starting to look a little long in the tooth.

With hundreds of TV channels to choose from, thousands of on-demand shows at people’s fingertips (plus thousands more from third-party services like Netflix and Hulu) and a near infinite amount of online content fighting for viewers’ attention, the way consumers interact with their sets is severely outdated.

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Fox, Hulu, time-shifting and pirates

As the bidding war for Hulu heats up (with Google, reportedly, making a strong push at the end), the impact of networks choosing to delay the online broadcast of episodes is starting to become clear. And it’s not pretty.

Fox recently enacted a policy to wait eight days from the original airdate before putting episodes onto Hulu – unless you had a Hulu Plus or Dishn Network subscription. The immediate result of that appears to be a sharp spike in piracy.

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Who’s cutting the cord – and where do they live?

There’s plenty of talk about cord cutting these days – the idea that people can cancel their cable subscriptions and still view most (or all) of their favorite programming. There’s not a lot of talk, though, on where it’s taking place.

The answer, it seems, is Dallas, Texas.

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Netflix vs. Hulu – the screen battle

When it comes to audience reach, Netflix owes a debt of gratitude to the video game industry.

A new Nielsen Co. study finds that Netflix users are primarily streaming content to television sets – with half of those customers streaming the service through their Wii, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.

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Survey: Netflix price increases could spark notable user revolt

Netflix rolled the dice two weeks ago, announcing a significant change – and price increase – to its members. Now, it looks like a lot of those members may be planning to cut their ties with the service and embrace the competition.

A new survey from Wedbush Securities of 1,098 people finds that 22 percent of Netflix subscribers say they plan to discontinue their subscription with the company, and substitute its content with a combination of services, including Redbox, Hulu, Amazon’s streaming video initiative and traditional cable pay-per-view.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog