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Apple reactivates Facebook’s employee apps after punishment for Research spying

After TechCrunch caught Facebook violating Apple’s employee-only app distribution policy to pay people for all their phone data, Apple invalidated the social network’s Enterprise Certificate as punishment. That deactivated not only this Facebook Research app VPN, but also all of Facebook’s  internal iOS apps for workplace collaboration, beta testing and even getting the company lunch […]

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Netflix ups US subscription price

Netflix is raising the price for its US subscription plans, its first increase since 2017. The streaming service’s basic $7.99 (€7) single-viewer, non-HD plan is increasing to $8.99 monthly, while the standard $10.99 two HD streams plan rises to $12.99. The premium four-stream HD plan increases to $15.99 from $13.99. […]

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VR game revenues to reach $8.2bn by 2023

A study from Juniper Research has found that revenues from VR-specific games will reach $8.2 billion (€7.1bn) by 2023, rising from an expected $1.2 billion in 2019. It argued that development of smartphone VR content is essential to increase consumer confidence in VR across all platforms, following a disappointing year […]

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TiVo hits Comcast in another patent battle

tivo has opened another round of patent claims against comcast over its set-top IP. The lawsuit has been filed in a California court under TiVo’s owners, Rovi Corp, and the new complaint relate to advanced DVR functionalities, such as cloud or network recording and whole-home or multi-room DVR arrangements. “Litigation […]

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Vimeo to pay €8.5m in damages to Mediaset

A Rome Court has ordered Vimeo to remove all contested videos from Mediaset and reimburse €8.5 million to the Italian broadcaster. Mediaset had sued the US-based online video platform for publication and the non-removal of videos taken from copyrighted TV programmes. Furthermore, Vimeo will have to prevent new uploads of […]

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NBC Universal launching AVoD service

Comcast’s NBCUniversal has revealed plans to launch a free, ad-supported streaming service to anyone in the US that subscribes to a traditional pay-TV service – including competitors such as Charter, AT&T, Cox and Dish – as well as through European pay-TV provider Sky. The service is scheduled for an early 2020 launch and […]

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World’s most valuable AI startup SenseTime unveils self-driving center in Japan

The world’s highest-valued artificial intelligence startup SenseTime  has set foot in Japan. The Beijing-based firm announced on Friday that it just opened a self-driving facility in Joso, a historic city 50 kilometers away from Tokyo where it plans to conduct R&D and road test driverless vehicles. The initiative follows its agreement with Japanese […]

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Local TV: where did the money go?

As another local TV channel closes this week, questions are being asked on whether the money spent on building a network of local TV channels was well spent. Time to have a look at how local TV channel operators benefited from a £300,000 deal and what the future holds… As […]

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Sky reveals 29% annual rise in AdSmart revenues

Sky has credited a 29% year-on-year rise in revenues for its targeted advertising platform AdSmart for driving overall UK and Ireland ad revenue growth of 6%. AdSmart registered 3.2 billion impressions in the year ended 30 June and 74% of advertisers using it had either not used TV or worked […]

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Secret ingredient that made Netflix a world beater could lead to its demise

In this crossposting from The Conversation, Lancaster University’s Martin Friesl explains how the consumer demand for Netflix’s award-winning unique content could ultimately spiral out of control. Netflix’s latest half-year results have disappointed the market, sending shares in the TV streaming giant down 13% overnight. When this is the reaction to adding 5m […]

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