Twitter will live stream local broadcasts during breaking news events

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The Verge reports: “Twitter is often at its best during breaking news events when it becomes the quickest place to find updates on what’s happening. Now, the service is leaning into that further, by partnering with local news stations to stream their broadcasts during major breaking stories. The streaming video box is easy to ignore on the desktop or miss entirely if you’re on mobile.”

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Pandora Premium comes to the web

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Tech Crunch reports: “Pandora is plugging a hole in its paid subscription service with today’s launch of Pandora Premium on the web. While free users of the radio service could listen to their stations via the browser, oddly, those who pay for an upgraded experience couldn’t play their music on-demand, build playlists, or take advantage of any of the paid-only features.”

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Sports-Media Startup Overtime Raises $9.5 Million From Kevin Durant, Andreessen Horowitz

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Variety reports: “Overtime, a digital-media startup with dreams of becoming an ESPN-size brand for high-school sports, has raised a $9.5 million Series A funding round, led by Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. Also contributing to the round: NBA star Kevin Durant via his investment firm, Durant Co. Brooklyn-based Overtime is focused on emerging high-school sports stars.”

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Facebook’s controversial Messenger Kids app is coming to Android today

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The Verge reports: “Facebook is bringing its Messenger Kids chat app to Android today after first rolling it out on iOS in December. Messenger Kids is designed for younger children (ages six to 12) as a way to safely communicate with friends and family. Parents are able to strictly control who their kids are able to connect with over the app.”

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YouTube TV Adds Turner Channels, Raises Price

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “YouTube is raising the price of its live television service as it adds new channels to its skinny bundle. The streamer announced Wednesday that the price of YouTube TV will go up by $5 to accommodate the addition of Turner-owned channels including TNT, TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network.”

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Ryan Murphy Inks Mammoth Overall Deal With Netflix

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Variety reports: “In another shock to the traditional TV ecosystem, prolific producer Ryan Murphy is moving to Netflix under a record-setting deal valued at $250 million-$300 million. The five-year pact calls for the showrunner to produce new series and films exclusively for Netflix. The deal starts July 1, when his current deal with 20th Century Fox TV expires.”

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Supercell 2017 results: $810 million in profit, $2 billion in revenue — without a new game

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Venture Beat reports: “Supercell announced that it earned a profit of $810 million on revenues of $2.029 billion in 2017. That’s an enviable financial accomplishment for a company that didn’t release a game globally in 2017 — and has only released four games in its seven-year life. Supercell’s newest game Brawl Stars is in beta testing in Canada.”

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Magic Leap promises live-streamed holograms within five years

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The Verge reports: “Yesterday, Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz and NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced plans to eventually bring Turner-owned NBA content to Magic Leap’s elusive AR goggles, by casting virtual screens in front of a wearer’s face through the goggles. It wasn’t an earth-shattering announcement, but it was an indication that Magic Leap’s tech could be more than billion-dollar vaporware.”

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Vimeo launches tools for simultaneous uploading or livestreaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and others

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Tech Crunch reports: “Video platform Vimeo is today rolling out new features designed to simplify video distribution across social networks, including one tool that allows live video to be streamed to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Periscope at the same time. Another allows creators to upload to both Facebook and YouTube simultaneously with one click.”

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Starz and Altice USA Set Carriage Deal, Ending Six-Week Blackout

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Variety reports: “After a six-week standoff, Starz and Altice USA have come to terms on a new carriage agreement. The 16 Starz-Encore channels went dark on Altice USA systems on Jan. 1 after the previous contract expired. The sides traded barbs in the media, blaming each other for the impasse. The multi-year pact includes a provision for Altice USA to offer Starz’s standalone streaming app as a bundle with Altice’s broadband service.”

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