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Vice Media Secures New Canada TV Deal

Posted: 08-16-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Vice Media has a new home in Canada. The youth-skewing media brand has signed a licensing deal with Bell Media after an earlier local partner, Rogers Communications, bowed out of a joint venture production deal and put its Viceland channel off the air in Canada.” Read more

Pokemon Go launches parental login portal for more oversight of young players

Posted: 08-16-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Pokémon Go is getting some better parental control options in the near future, with developer Niantic adding a new Niantic Kids log-in platform that will let parents better manage their children’s privacy in the augmented-reality app. Niantic Kids adds a new portal that gives parents the option to review and approve their kid’s in-app permissions before […]

Twitter company email addresses why it’s #BreakingMyTwitter

Posted: 08-16-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “It’s hard to be a fan of Twitter right now. The company is sticking up for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, when nearly all other platforms have given him the boot, it’s overrun with bots, and now it’s breaking users’ favorite third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Twitterific by shutting off APIs these apps relied on.” Read more

Facebook birthday fundraisers have raised over $300 million for non-profits

Posted: 08-16-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “A small, useful Facebook feature is doing a lot of good. CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post yesterday that birthday fundraisers, in which users can request that their friends donate to a cause for their birthday, have raised over $300 million for more than 750,000 non-profits. The service only launched last year.” Read […]

Sony: 3 Million PlayStation VR Sold, 21 Million PSVR Games

Posted: 08-16-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “More than three million PlayStation VR headsets have been sold since the peripheral’s launch in 2016, and more than 21.9 million experiences and games for the device, Sony announced Thursday morning. To celebrate the system’s milestone, Sony announced that “Creed: Rise to Glory,” the boxing game from Survios.” Read more

Oculus Rift support added to Viveport

Posted: 08-16-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Gamesindustry.biz reports: “HTC has enabled developers to publish titles compatible with Oculus Rift through its own Viveport platform, giving users access to games built for both rival virtual reality headsets. HTC claims this ‘doubles the potential audience’ for all titles published through the platform.” Read more

T-Mobile Customers to Get Free Pandora Subscriptions, $25 Live Nation Tickets

Posted: 08-15-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “T-Mobile announced two significant music partnerships at its latest Uncarrier event Tuesday: The company is offering its customers a free year of ad-free personalized streaming from Pandora as well as discounted tickets and other special perks from Live Nation. T-Mobile’s music partnerships compete directly against perks offered by other carriers.” Read more

Iflix, Wattpad to Produce “Dozens of Original Movies” for Indonesia

Posted: 08-15-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Streaming video service iflix has inked a deal with Canadian storytelling platform Wattpad to co-produce a large slate of original films for Indonesia, where both companies have a strong user base. The new partners said in a statement Wednesday that they plan to ‘co-produce dozens of original movies’ over the next […]

Raw Fury snags a $5.5 million investment from Nordisk Film Games

Posted: 08-15-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Venture Beat reports: “Indie publisher Raw Fury wrapped up a Series A round of funding with a $5.5 million investment from Nordisk Film Games, which was the sole investor in the round. The publisher has a few titles cooking, like Shedworks’ Sable and Plausible Concept’s Bad North, and the new funds will go toward signing larger titles as well […]

Tencent Logs $6 Billion Half Year Profit but Games Slowdown Hits Revenues

Posted: 08-15-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Chinese digital giant Tencent booked $6.22 billion in profit during the first half of 2018, but revenues from its signature games unit have been hit by delayed releases and changing user patterns. The company’s gaming woes increased this week when its WeGame platform was ordered by Chinese regulators Monday to withdraw its newly released title ‘Monster Hunter: […]