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How Netflix plans to tackle China

Posted: 04-28-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Venture Beat reports: “Netflix’s growth over the past 15 months has been impressive to watch. Its arrival on the global scene last January with 130 new markets was swiftly followed by a massive $1 billion financing initiative for new content, a much-requested offline mode, and another $1 billion financing initiative earlier this week to spearhead its push to dominate the […]

Facebook will let video creators make money when people pirate their videos

Posted: 04-28-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Recode reports: “Facebook is giving video creators a chance to make some money when others on the network pirate their content without permission. Facebook first rolled out what it calls ‘Rights Manager’ a year ago so that video creators could use video matching software to automatically detect when their video was ripped off and re-posted. […]

Super Mario Run nearing 150m downloads

Posted: 04-28-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Forbes reports: “The poster child for Nintendo’s move into mobile is still gaining momentum, according to comments from the platform holder’s most recent earnings call. GameSpot reports that president Tatsumi Kimishima says Super Mario Run ‘will soon reach 150m downloads’ – a marked improvement on the 78m downloads reported back in January. However, this previous figure came […]

Sony Film Unit Swings to $720 Million Full-Year Loss

Posted: 04-28-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Sony Corp.’s film unit recorded a full fiscal-year operating loss of $720 million (¥80.5 billion) as the box-office underperformance of key titles and an impairment charge took their toll, the company said Friday. The bottom line was also affected by such flops as The Magnificent Seven and Ghostbusters, though Sony scored relative successes […]

NBCUniversal Marketing Machine Starts Its Engine for 2018 Olympics

Posted: 04-28-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Though this is not the actual Olympics, think of what NBCUniversal and the U.S. Olympic Committee have assembled here as a decathlon of a different kind: a gauntlet of 20 different promotional shoots primarily intended to service the vast array of programs and platforms where these athletes will be featured long before the […]

Musical.ly, Apple Music Ink New Partnership, With More to Come

Posted: 04-28-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Billboard reports: “The fast-growing company, founded in 2014, has announced a new partnership with Apple Music — with more integration on the way. With the new partnership, Musical.ly users will be able to stream full-length songs — rather than just 15-second clips — from Apple Music’s catalog directly within the Musical.ly app, with the further option to […]

Nintendo announces New 2DS XL for $149.99

Posted: 04-28-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Out of nowhere, Nintendo has announced another 3DS hardware revision: the New 2DS XL. As the name suggests, this takes features from the New 3DS, like the C-stick, Amiibo-compatible NFC reader, and extra processing power, while removing the display’s 3D functionality. But the design is nothing like the wedge-shaped original 2DS — […]

These are the companies investing most aggressively in AR and VR

Posted: 04-28-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Recode reports: “The main takeaway from Facebook’s F8 developer conference last week was that the social media giant is making big bets on augmented and virtual reality. Worldwide revenues for the augmented reality and virtual reality market are projected to approach $14 billion in 2017, according to IDC, the market research firm. But that’s forecast […]

Hollywood-friendly copyright bill passes House of Representatives

Posted: 04-27-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make the Register of Copyright a presidentially appointed position, instead of a part of the Library of Congress. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), will now move to the Senate, where it’s being put forward by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) […]

Instagram Growth Accelerates Past 700 Million Users

Posted: 04-27-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Hypebot reports: “Instagram’s meteoric growth to 700 million users has been fueled in large part by Stories and other innovations copied from Snapchat. Instagram Stories users passed 200 million last month – 20% more than Snapchat. Instagram is now also more than twice the size of Twitter. Facebook include WhatsApp and Messenger at 1.2 billion […]