Jul 25, 2017

Hulu and YouTube TV bundles will now be included in Nielsen ratings

Why it matters: It's a big step in the right direction for Nielsen, a decades-old media (mostly TV) measurement company that's trying to break into the digital space. The difficulty for many measurement companies to capture video viewing data across platforms (cable, streaming, mobile, etc.) has been a cause of concern for many advertisers and publishers, who need to sell or buy ads against all viewing data.

New updates: In a statement, Nielsen says it can now provide clients with currency-level measurement (measurement of content consumption live or recorded, 3 and 7 days after the initial broadcast) for both Hulu and YouTube TV. Nielsen already includes ratings for other streaming services, like Sony's Playstation Vue and Dish's Sling TV. Nielsen will be able to measure consumption on those two platforms, regardless of the device: mobile, tablet, smart TV, etc.

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Trump administration backs Oracle in Google fight

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The Trump administration is siding with Oracle in the database giant's dispute with Google before the Supreme Court — a move that comes as Oracle's founder hosts a high-dollar fundraiser for the president.

Why it matters: Billions of dollars — and, Google argues, the future of software innovation — are at stake as a long-running copyright dispute between the two giant companies heads to the Supreme Court next month.

Established VCs turn to "super angels" to grow their network

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Thanks to companies like AngelList and Carta that make it easier than ever to set up small VC funds, a new generation of so-called “super angels” is cropping up — and established venture funds are backing them.

Why it matters: Just like the boom in scout programs a number of years ago, it’s all about the deal flow.

Scoop: Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout

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Deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates will be reassigned as a senior adviser to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, the National Security Council said Thursday — and a senior White House official said that the administration "rejects" the rumors that she is "Anonymous."

Why it matters: Coates has battled claims that she is the still-unknown Trump administration official that penned a New York Times op-ed and book critical of President Trump.