Some top WarnerMedia execs never liked the name ‘HBO Max’ — the Discovery deal will give them a chance to change it

In this photo illustration the HBO Max and Discovery Communications logo seen displayed on a smartphone. Rafael Henrique | LightRocket | Getty Images When Discovery Chief Executive Officer David Zaslav takes control of WarnerMedia in 2022, assuming regulatory approval, he may hear a surprising yet consistent message from current executives of the company: Give our …

Google slashes service fees in its app store after similar move by Apple

Sundar Pichai, Google testifies at congressional hearing, March 25, 2021. CNBC Google said on Thursday that it’s lowering service fees in its app store after a similar move by Apple, as both companies face pressure from lawmakers and regulators to make their mobile stores more accessible to developers. The service fee for subscriptions in the …

Microsoft’s new $1,500 folding phone is a huge improvement from last year

Microsoft Surface Duo 2 Todd Haselton | CNBC Microsoft‘s $1,500 Surface Duo 2, the company’s second folding phone, launches Thursday. I’ve been using it for about a week and it’s a huge improvement over the first model Microsoft launched last year, which was too buggy and underpowered. Microsoft doesn’t make a lot of money off …

Spotify begins allowing more creators to upload podcasts as it continues to embrace video

Spotify announced Thursday it is opening up its video podcasting feature to more creators. It may help the company attract more paying subscribers and boost engagement. The move shows Spotify continues to embrace video on top of its audio offering. Spotify is pitching its video podcasts feature as a way for creators to increase their …

The cheapest way to ‘own’ a superyacht? Buy an apartment on one

Travelers who fantasize about owning a superyacht may be able to turn their dreams into reality — at a much lower price. Residential yachts, as they are called, are essentially apartment buildings at sea. Buyers purchase apartments on massive yachts, rather than own and operate their own smaller vessels. Once most of the apartments are …

‘Dune’ is ‘both dazzling and frustrating,’ critics say

Timothee Chalamet stars in Warner Bros.’ “Dune.” Warner Bros. “Dune” has long been considered unfilmable, but director Denis Villeneuve seems to have cracked the code on how to bring this sweeping narrative to the big screen. Previous versions of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction novel have struggled to capture the scope and nuance of the source …

‘Squid Game’ has been watched by two-thirds of all Netflix users but didn’t move the needle on U.S. subscribers

Scene from “Squid Game” by Netflix Source: Netflix It may seem like every American you know has watched “Squid Game,” but the show’s popularity has not yet created a surge of new Netflix subscribers in the U.S. 142 million Netflix subscribers have seen at least two minutes of the wildly popular South Korean drama, Netflix …

Google unveils its newest smartphones, the first powered by the company’s own chip

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones Google Google on Tuesday unveiled the full details of its new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones, the first to run on its Google Tensor chip instead of Qualcomm‘s processor. Google Tensor was announced in August. Google’s Android operating system runs on more than 3 billion …

Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings dodges questions on Chappelle controversy

Reed Hastings, co-CEO of Netflix, participates in the Milken Institute Global Conference on October 18, 2021 in Beverly Hills, California. Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings dodged questions on the fallout from the Dave Chappelle stand-up special when pressed by CNBC correspondent Julia Boorstin at the Milken Conference on Monday. …

Facebook Portal Go review: A great portable video calling screen marred by the company’s privacy and trust issues

Facebook’s portable Portal Go is an excellent device for video-calling, but the fact that it’s made by Facebook makes it difficult to trust with your privacy. Salvador Rodriguez/CNBC Facebook’s new Portal video calling devices hit stores and began shipping to customers on Tuesday. I’ve been testing out the new portable Portal Go for the past …