Overwatch League will reward Twitch viewers with tokens for in-game skins

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Venture Beat reports: “Twitch announced today that a new program will give Overwatch League viewers tokens that they can use to buy team-based character skins inside Blizzard Entertainment’s popular shooter. Overwatch League is Blizzard’s giant esports initiative, pitting city-based teams from around the world in regular competition at its new complex in Los Angeles.”

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Duplass Brothers Sign 4-Film Deal With Netflix

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Indie filmmaking stalwarts Jay and Mark Duplass have signed a four-picture deal with Netflix that will begin with an untitled project starring Ray Romano to be released later this year. The brothers join Netflix early-adopter Adam Sandler, who signed a four-film deal with the streamer in 2014, later extending his deal in 2017 for another four movies.”

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Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 845 VR reference headset

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The Verge reports: “Qualcomm has revealed a new reference design for a Snapdragon 845 VR headset today. The headset uses the similarly named mobile Snapdragon 845 system architecture that the company announced last month, which can be used for VR and AR. The Snapdragon 845 headset is capable of displaying two 2400 x 2400 pixel screens at 120 frames per second, which is considerably higher than most existing headsets.”

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Vox Media Lays Off 50 Staffers, or 5% of Workforce

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Variety reports: “Digital-media company Vox Media is pink-slipping about 50 employees, as it winds down certain initiatives including in online video. The cuts, which affect around 5% of its employee base, were announced in a memo from Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff to staff Wednesday. In addition to the 50 staffers being let go, about a dozen others will be offered different roles at the company.”

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Disney Misused ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Frozen’ Copyrights, Says Judge

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Disney has failed in its initial efforts to get a judge to stop Redbox from disassembling “combo packs” — a Blu-ray disc, a DVD and a movie download code which can be redeemed through authorized digital outlets. On Tuesday, a California federal judge denied Disney’s motion for a preliminary injunction that would have enjoined Redbox from selling movie download codes separately.”

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Facebook Adds Licenses For 31M Tracks, 290K Rightholders

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Hypebot reports: “Facebook has taken another major step forward in its push to legally license and compensate the creators of music used on its platforms, announcing a deal with ICE, the European licensing group and database for 31 million works from PRS in the UK, STIM in Sweden, GEMA in Germany and others.”

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Sling TV now has 2.2M subscribers, making it the largest internet-based live TV service

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Tech Crunch reports: “Dish-owned streaming TV service Sling TV now has 2.21 million subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter, the company announced this morning. This is the first time that Dish has broken out its Sling TV subscribers separately from its larger pay TV subscriber base, and confirms earlier estimates that Sling TV had grown to north of 2 million users.”

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Facebook’s plan to unite AR, VR, and News Feed with 3D posts

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Tech Crunch reports: “What if you could digitally sculpt a 3D object and share it on Facebook, play with it in virtual reality, or insert it into your world with augmented reality? Facebook is polishing up stages one and two today after first debuting posts of interactive 3D models in News Feed in October.”

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Spotify Close to ‘Creating Its First Physical Products’

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Billboard reports: “Spotify’s plan to create its own streaming hardware appears to ramping up, if several recent job postings are any indication. As spotted by Music Ally, a new job opportunity for an ‘Operations Manager — Hardware Product’ lets it be known that the Swedish company is “on its way to creating its first physical products and setting up an operational organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales & marketing.”

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National CineMedia Launches Augmented Reality Gaming In Movie Theaters

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Deadline Hollywood reports: “In-theater advertising company National CineMedia has launched Noovie ARcade, a smartphone app that offers moviegoers an augmented reality experience. Users who download the app will need to arrive early at the theater for the Noovie pre-show, which will prompt them to take out their phones and start playing.”

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