Not much new in the sports world; lots new in tech. (See below.)
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HBO's "Game of Thrones" may be over, but for lots of streaming media companies, winter is coming, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
The big picture: Data shows that consumers across all ages are more than 30% likely to cancel a subscription streaming service after the show or series they are watching has ended. This creates big headaches for streaming companies over how to keep consumers from leaving, especially as the streaming space grows increasingly competitive.
Driving the news: Most critics and analysts believe that the end of HBO's fantasy hit "Game of Thrones" will not be the total end of live, appointment television, although the decline of that viewing mode is quickly intensifying. But the conclusion of the series does offer the media industry a case study.
By the numbers: Most people only plan to hang onto subscription services for less than 6 months upon initially signing up, according to a recent Video Entertainment Survey from media research firm Frank A. Magid and Associates.
Be smart: "Churn," or the industry term for consumers dipping in and out of subscription services, is much less likely to occur with traditional cable subscriptions, because leaving your cable company is hard.
What's next: Streaming services are becoming more sophisticated in leveraging marketing deals to reduce user churn.
Just 6 weeks ago, it seemed like Qualcomm might finally be able to turn back to business, having settled a long, bitter dispute with Apple. Apple agreed to both a multiyear licensing deal and to buy chips.
Yes, but: A federal judge's ruling adds uncertainty to that arrangement — and all of Qualcomm's other licensing deals. Judge Lucy Koh sided with the Federal Trade Commission on almost all its contentions, saying that Qualcomm's business practices were anticompetitive and ordering the chipmaker to renegotiate its deals with partners.
For the record: Apple declined to comment on whether it would seek any changes to its deal or whether its arrangement with Qualcomm provided for any changes in the event the judge sided with the FTC.
What's next: Qualcomm plans to seek a stay of Koh's order, along with an expedited appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Meanwhile, Koh’s ruling, in addition to excoriating Qualcomm, spills lots of details on Qualcomm’s dealings with all the major phone makers. So much so, in fact, that Samsung filed a motion hoping to seal its contract with Qualcomm, made public as part of the ruling, according to the Financial Times.
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Code for America executive director Jennifer Pahlka, who has led the group since its inception, plans to step down from that post once a new leader is found.
In an interview, Pahlka said that she wants to find the equivalent of a "growth CEO" to help the organization increase the scale of its efforts. She likened it to when Mitchell Baker hired John Lilly to run Mozilla. (Her analogy was intentional — Lilly is chair of Code for America's board.)
Under Pahlka's leadership the group has undertaken a number of projects, the most recent of which has been working with counties to help automatically expunge the records of people convicted of marijuana offenses.
What's next: Code for America has hired a search firm to find its next executive director. Pahlka said she plans to keep working on Code for America and related efforts and is not looking for another job in the business or nonprofit sector.
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In adding a character creator tool to its flagship app, game maker Toca Boca wanted to make sure that it represented a wide range of kids and wasn't reinforcing stereotypes.
What's new: The result is a new feature in Toca Life that lets characters choose any skin tone or clothes and offers all clothing and hair options to all characters, rather than asking characters to pick a gender and narrowing the options.
My thought bubble: It would be great to see this become the default in the industry, for kids and adults alike.
The Washington Post's Dave Jorgenson interviewed 21 kids of Post employees on Take Your Kid to Work Day and asked them what their parents did. It was pretty great.