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Hollywood-friendly copyright bill passes House of Representatives

The Verge reports: "The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make the Register of Copyright a presidentially appointed position, instead of...

Instagram Growth Accelerates Past 700 Million Users

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...

ESPN Layoffs: The Struggling Industry Giant Sheds On-Air Talent

The New York Times reports: "The 'Worldwide Leader in Sports,' as ESPN brands itself, laid off scores of journalists and on-air talent on Wednesday,...
Cost to acquire dedicated mobile users down

Mobile start-up Mech Moca raises $5m

Gamesindustry.biz reports: "Mech Moca, a mobile games developer in Bangalore, has raised $5 million in series A funding led by Accel Partners and Shunwei...

Global Streaming Giant Netflix Plays Catch-up in Asia

Variety reports: "Global streaming giant, Netflix this week signed a deal to acquire some 600 hours of scripted and unscripted TV shows from South...

Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nintendo Switch sell more than 2.7 million units

Venture Beat reports: "Nintendo reported tonight that it has sold more than 2.74 million units of its Nintendo Switch game console since it went...

Facebook is working with Live Nation to make organizing concert tours easier

The Verge reports: "Facebook is testing out a new feature that will allow artists, managers, and tour promoters to organize and manage tour-related Facebook...

Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to solve music’s attribution problem

Tech Crunch reports: "Spotify has acquired the Brooklyn-based blockchain startup Mediachain Labs, whose team will join the company’s office in New York where they will work...

Note to Readers

Digital Media Wire and Canadian Media Wire will not be published Tuesday-Wednesday, April 25-26, due to VRTL Summit. The next edition will arrive on Thursday,...

Dish’s Sling Media Is Releasing a Cheap Tricaster Competitor for Facebook Live Streams

Variety reports: "Sling Media, the Dish Network subsidiary that brought us the Slingbox, is back — with a product no one expected, but some...

Google launches 2nd-generation Jump VR camera rig, the $17,000 Yi Halo

Venture Beat reports: "Google today is announcing the launch of the second generation Jump camera rig for recording videos that are suitable for virtual...

Spotify is working on its own music hardware

The Verge reports: "Spotify is starting to dabble in hardware, and it has some pretty huge aspirations. A job listing on the company’s website says...
Facebook to start ads in live video

Facebook is offering publishers money to create produced video

Recode reports: "Facebook wants to pay publishers to create more produced video as part of a plan to push the company’s new ad products,...

Netflix to raise $1 billion in foreign debt financing for content and more

Tech Crunch reports: "Netflix will raise a little over $1 billion (€1 billion) from “non-U.S. persons” via a new senior notes offering, the company...

Netflix Looking for Partner to Continue Operating in Russia

The Hollywood Reporter reports: "Netflix is looking for a local partner to be able to continue operating in Russia once restrictions on foreign ownership...
Amazon Twitch launches social network Friends

Twitch Will Let More Streamers Earn Money, After Users Spend Over $12 Million on...

Variety reports: "To date, only the roughly 17,000 Twitch Partners — the most popular video-game broadcasters on the site — have been able to...

Samsung and Google Play Announce Music Partnership

Billboard reports: "Samsung and Google have announced a new global partnership that will make Google Play Music the default music player and service on...

Snap reportedly buys geofilter patent that could protect it against Facebook

The Verge reports: "Snap has reportedly signed a deal worth $7.7 million to get its hands on a patent for geofilters — the localized...

Call of Duty’s new esports league kicks off Friday

Venture Beat reports: "The first-ever Call of Duty World League Global Pro League starts on Friday as pro esports face off in the first-person...

The FCC just relaxed more rules for telecom companies and TV station owners

Recode reports: "The Federal Communications Commission offered another round of regulatory relief to the nation’s largest telecom companies on Thursday. This time, the agency’s...