Hearthstone’s big changes soothe players worries while padding Blizzard’s wallet

Venture Beat reports: "Hearthstone’s next Standard year is the Year of the Mammoth. It’s an appropriate name, because Blizzard is making some mammoth-size changes...

YouTube will kill unskippable 30-second ads next year

The Verge reports: "Google has announced that in 2018, it will end non-skippable 30-second ads that appear before a YouTube video. In a statement first...

Soundtrack Your Brand, a ‘Spotify for B2B’ nabs $22M for expansion

Tech Crunch reports: "As Spotify continues its reign as the world’s biggest consumer music streaming business, a startup from its backyard in Stockholm (and even backed...

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SiriusXM Wins New York Case Over Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Billboard reports: "SiriusXM appears to have brought one dispute over the public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings to conclusion. On Thursday, the 2nd Circuit Court of...

Step Into ‘The Void’, a Physical Playground for VR

Wired reports: "As promising as the first generation of consumer virtual reality is, it’s not without its drawbacks: cables that tether users to their computers, a...

Maker Studios Braces for More Layoffs as Disney Plans to Shrink Creator Network

The Hollywood Reporter reports: "Maker Studios is bracing for another round of layoffs, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.The Disney-owned digital network is set...

YouTube Star Hannah Hart Signs First-Look Deal With Lionsgate

Variety reports: "Lionsgate has signed a first-look deal with YouTube star and author Hannah Hart for her to star in and executive produce films,...

Spotify Moving U.S. HQ to 4 World Trade Center, Adding a Thousand New Jobs

Billboard reports: "Spotify is committing to New York City as its U.S. headquarters, announcing on Wednesday that it will move to 4 World Trade...

Storm8 lays off about 130 from its social mobile gaming studio

Venture Beat reports: "Social mobile game publisher Storm8 laid off a large number of its employees this week. By one account, the San Mateo, California-based...

As Kickstarter matures, crowdfunded games find safety in sequels and big names

The Verge reports: "If you take a look at the “most funded games” section of Kickstarter, one major trend becomes immediately clear. You’ll spot...

Tinder acquires Wheel, an app for creating Snapchat-like video stories

Tech Crunch reports: "Dating app Tinder is looking to get into video. The company announced today it’s acquiring an L.A.-based startup called Wheel, which...

Verizon reportedly closes in on a Yahoo acquisition with a $250M discount

Tech Crunch reports: "Verizon and Yahoo are close to reaching a new acquisition deal, with a price tag that’s $250 million less than the $4.8 billion...

BuzzFeed Developing True-Crime TV Series With NBCU’s Wilshire Studios

The Hollywood Reporter reports: "Wilshire Studios, the unscripted production arm of NBCUniversal, is developing a true-crime docuseries based on a BuzzFeed News investigation into the...

Facebook Has YouTube Directly In Its Sights With New TV App

Forbes reports: "In late 2015, YouTube was eleven times bigger than Facebook video. Every day, Americans collectively watched over 8,000 years of YouTube content, compared...
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IMAX Unveils Flagship Virtual Reality Center in Los Angeles

Variety reports: "If you’ve ever wanted to fulfill your childhood dream of holding a lightsaber in your hand, virtual reality can be the vehicle...

Lytro raises $60 million to bring light field VR technology into Asia

Venture Beat reports: "Lytro may have had some setbacks in 2016, but it appears to be onto something. Investors have noticed the potential of...

Disney’s live-action Mulan signs Niki Caro, the fourth woman to helm a $100 million...

The Verge reports: "Disney’s live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated musical Mulan will be directed by Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife), according to The...

How 128-year-old National Geographic is trying to build a hot TV channel from scratch

Recode reports: "National Geographic is 128 years old. It’s also a household name. But none of that guarantees success in a media world where...

HTC’s mobile VR solution said to be coming before the end of the year

Tech Crunch reports: "HTC will offer a mobile VR solution, and it’ll work with the company’s new top-end smartphone, the U Ultra, but it’ll...