Gizmodo, FBI Spar Over Documents from Federal Probe of Fox News

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Gizmodo finds it unimaginable that the Federal Bureau of Investigation could do a search of ‘Roger Ailes’ in its files and fail to turn up anything related to the federal government’s investigation of Fox News. On Thursday, Gizmodo asked a New York judge to rule that the FBI hasn’t done an adequate search.”

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YouTube Hit With Another Ad Scandal, Even as P&G Returns to the Platform

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Variety reports: “The timing is certainly awkward: Procter & Gamble, a top-spending marketer, announced that it’s resuming ad spending on YouTube — coming amid a new report the Google-owned video giant served ads for hundreds of advertisers against a range of objectionable content. ”

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Capitol Music Group Launches Music Innovation Center

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Hypebot reports: “Capitol Music Group, has launched the Capitol Innovation Center to help drive future innovation in music and the music industry. Housed in the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood, it will house a collaborative workspace and songwriting studio aimed at fostering innovative ideas, bridging the gap between content creators and the tech community, and developing the next generation of leaders in music.”

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Ubisoft launches second season of start-up incubator program

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Ubisoft announced this week the second season of its start-up incubator program at the world’s largest start-up campus, Station F. Sponsored by Alain Corre, executive director of EMEA Territories at Ubisoft, the program’s focus this year is augmented reality and how blockchain technology can intersect with the entertainment industry.”

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Oculus is adding a ‘privacy center’ to meet EU data collection rules

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The Verge reports: “Oculus is complying with the EU’s new data protection rules with more detailed policies and a ‘privacy center’ where users can check the data Oculus has collected about them. The Facebook-owned virtual reality company announced the news today, but its updates will take a little longer.”

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NBCUniversal, Fox, Turner And Viacom Unite Around TV Ad Standards

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Deadline Hollywood reports: “NBCUniversal, Fox, Turner and Viacom reached a multi-year agreement to work together to provide advertisers with advanced tools to more precisely target television audiences. Today’s partnership, announced ahead of the television Upfront ad buying season, will marry NBC’s sophisticated Audience Studio data with Open AP, a platform that allows advertisers to create targeting parameters and reach the same audience across television networks.”

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Cheddar’s digital news network is coming to Hulu, too

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Tech Crunch reports: “Cheddar isn’t done making deals with the over-the-top streaming TV providers. Only yesterday, news came out that Cheddar was the first digital-only network to launch a channel on YouTube’s streaming TV service, YouTube TV. Today, the company is announcing a similar deal with Hulu, which will bring its programming to Hulu’s over 17 million subscribers.”

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ASCAP Distributes $1 Billion to Members for the First Time

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Variety reports: “ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, today announced record-high revenues and distributions in 2017. The organization collected approximately $1.144 billion in revenues last year and distributed — for the first time — more than $1.007 billion to its 660,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members.”

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Tencent dominates $22 billion games deals market over last 12 months

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Gameindustry.biz reports: “Tencent was directly involved in 40 per cent of all money invested in games company funding rounds over the last 12 months, according to data from Digi-Capital. This was in the context of a record-breaking past three months for the industry with a $2.1 billion worth of investments across, and over $14.4 billion worth of M&A.”

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TheWaveVR raises $6 million for social VR music and arts platform

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Venture Beat reports: “Some virtual reality startups are having trouble getting the attention of investors, after the first wave of VR headsets failed to live up to the hype. But TheWaveVR has been able to raise $6 million in venture funding for its social VR platform and community for VR music and visual arts experiences.”

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