Julia Boorstin, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

YouTube is launching a long-anticipated music subscription service next week. The service, called “YouTube Music Key,” will cost $9.99 a month for ad-free music, plus music videos, and the ability to listen offline as well as online. It’s starting as an invite-only beta service: People who are invited are offered 6 months free, followed by …

A year ago Twitter was praised for executing its IPO without a hitch, delivering a healthy opening pop for investors, without any of the trading glitches that plagued Facebook. Fast forward one year: Facebook shares have surged 58 percent, while Twitter’s are trading about 8 percent below the IPO price of $45.10, and big institutional …

It’s a big week for media earnings: Fox reports after the bell Tuesday, Wednesday we hear from Time Warner in the morning and CBS in the afternoon, Thursday afternoon from Disney. These earnings come at a turning point for the industry. Just weeks ago, HBO and CBS announced big moves to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services, …

On the heels of Amazon’s big earnings disappointment and lots of talk about its money-losing projects, the retail giant launched another move further into TV. The company launched Monday morning the Amazon Fire TV Stick, a streaming device to rival Google’s Chromecast. At $39 it’s a big price drop from Amazon’s $99 Fire set top …

Facebook is making its big and long-anticipated move to grow its reach and take on Google’s DoubleClick. Its new Atlas advertiser tools, which it unveiled this morning, will allow advertisers to track and measure the impact of their campaigns—not just on Facebook, but across browsers and devices. The social giant is taking on Google, and particularly in mobile …

The $7 billion market for tutoring services is in the midst of a transformation, driven by new technology. And it’s not just nonprofits like Khan Academy and for-profit online schools like University of Phoenix that are making it happen. “Tutoring tends to be a very labor intensive business. But you don’t need tutors in every …

A number of start-ups want to help potential employers leverage the skills of some of the 90 million Americans that are “out of the workforce.” New technology platforms are connecting Americans with freelance work and fueling a growing part of the economy that accounts for $1.2 trillion in annual income, according to MBO Partners, a consultancy …

YouTube stars can draw millions of followers and tens of millions of views, but now a rival is looking to steal some of its marquee names—and draw more viewers. Vimeo, IAC‘s video platform, has lured three major YouTube stars, each with millions of subscribers and tens of millions of video views. Why? A better chance to …

When media giants Time Warner and Twenty-First Century Fox report earnings Wednesday, investors will listen for what their results might mean mean for a potential merger between the two. The quarterly reports—and their earnings calls—are a crucial opportunity for both companies to make their case to investors: Fox for buying Time Warner, Time Warner for staying independent. For Fox, …

Although Time Warner rejected 21st Century Fox‘s $80 billion cash and stock bid for the company, both investors and industry experts expect big mergers to come in the content side of the media business. Larry Haverty, associate portfolio manager of Gabelli Multimedia Trust, told CNBC the proposed Time Warner/Fox deal is “basically the first salvo in …

Amazon launched a new streaming music service on Thursday as part of its $99 Prime subscription service that includes free video streaming and free delivery. Overnight the company launched a web page seemingly announcing the new service. “Prime Music” would offer unlimited, ad-free streaming, free with Amazon Prime, according to the site. The company did not …

Disney has a reputation for beating expectations—it doesn’t issue guidance—and Wall Street is expecting an impressive quarter when earnings are announced after the bell Wednesday. Deutsche Bank has a “buy” rating on the stock and calls Disney its “top pick in media,” projecting 15 percent to 18 percent earnings-per-share growth every year over the next three …

With Twitter shares up more than 150 percent since its November IPO, the pressure is on for the company to deliver in its first earnings report after the bell Wednesday. Investors want to see Twitter demonstrate continuing growth in revenue, users and new business potential. Analysts project Twitter’s quarterly revenue will more than double to $218 million, …

Netflix’s outlook is nothing but rosy, the company said after its quarterly results Wednesday, and CEO Reed Hastings helped light a fire under Netflix shares with a confident outlook—and a personal shot at rival HBO. It wasn’t just earnings, revenue, subscriber numbers and a first quarter outlook that beat expectations. In Hastings comments in a letter to …

Get ready for big media deals—especially in cable as operators try to stay competitive with satellite TV and telecoms. As “Squawk on the Street” co-host and market analyst David Faber has reported, Time Warner Cable could be up for grabs, and Comcast, (CNBC’s parent company with a market capitalization of $130 billion), is an ideal suitor.  People familiar with …