Morning all, here’s a glimpse at all the media and marketing news you should know today.
1. Uber has denied that its servers have been hacked following reports that fraudsters are flogging an 'unlimited' number of stolen user accounts on the dark web, writes The Register. The data, which contains usernames and passwords, are allegedly being sold on AlphaBay.
2. Amazon is to offer home services to customers, letting users across the country line up an electrician or plumber with the click of a button, says the Wall Street Journal. The e-commerce giant's new nationwide offering is designed to help customers find services after making a purchase.
3. Microsoft has released a preview of its new browser Project Spartan, notes Yahoo. The successor to Internet Explorer, which will be the default web experience in Windows 10, promises faster builds for testers and the ability to annotate notes with a pen.
4. Jay Z debuted his music streaming service Tidal at a star-studded event last night, reports the New York Times. The musician was joined on stage by Beyoncé, Madonna, Usher, Kanye West and Alicia Keys as he unveiled the ad-free subscription service at Madison Square Gardens.
5. Cablevision is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News, according to Business Insider. The TV operator has allegedly valued the troubled tabloid at just $1 and could make an offer as early as this week.
6.Google has hit out at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in a blog that accused the Wall Street Journal of “inaccuracies” – and featured an animated GIF of a laughing baby, writes the Guardian. The blogpost entry titled 'Really, Rupert?' was penned after the paper apparently accused the search engine of "wielding undue political influence".
7. Hot on the heels of its deal with Twitter, IBM has signed the Weather Company (parent company of the Weather Channel) as it continues its quest to help firms analyze data, asserts Business Insider. As part of the deal the weather insights brand will move from Amazon Web Services to IBM's cloud.
8. Verizon is calling on lawmakers to pass new net neutrality rules and ditch the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) recent Open Internet order, claims MediaPost. The telecom company wants the government to pass a bill that wouldn't reclassify broadband as a common-carrier service.
9. Magna, BorgWarner and Dollar Tree are the three most trustworthy companies in America. The firms topped Forbes' annual list, which rates organizations' credibility across several categories.
10. And Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi's plans for US extension could be derailed by its intellectual property portfolio, notes the International Business Times. The startup only has two patents registered in the US.