Jennifer Saba is a columnist covering media, Silicon Valley and Wall Street based in New York. She joined Breakingviews in 2015 from Reuters where she was a correspondent reporting on companies like Fox, News Corp and the New York Times. Jennifer has covered media for more than 15 years in San Francisco and New York. She began her career in advertising. She has a graduate degree in journalism from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree in English from The University of Texas.
A new Netflix-like service would help news publishers get onto millions of smartphones, but at high cost, according to the WSJ. It helps that Facebook has set a low bar for content quality and treatment of media partners. Even so, boss Tim Cook risks overplaying his hand.
The proposed $26 billion merger of the U.S. telecom firms is rooted in the promise of a 5G buildout. The deal will reduce competition. Yet America’s race with the PRC to take the lead in the next generation of mobile technology could overcome any domestic competition concerns.
The Swedish music service is buying two podcast companies and warned it will crank up spending - including up to $500 mln scooping up other similar talk radio-esqe firms, in the name of growth. Yet sales are slowing and the market for non-music audio is small and speculative.