PopSugar allegedly stole ‘millions’ of Instagram influencer photos — and made money with them

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The Verge reports: “PopSugar, the venture capitalist-backed, multimillion-dollar media company that has allegedly been repurposing Instagram photos of small potatoes style bloggers for affiliate-link content. As first reported by The Fashion Law this week, PopSugar was accused of stealing the personal photos of style bloggers and micro-influencers (those with fewer than 10,000 followers), using them to generate their own affiliate-link commissions.”

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MoviePass auditor has doubts about the company’s business model after significant losses

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The Verge reports: “MoviePass is reportedly burning through its funding, even as it continues to grow. An independent auditor for MoviePass’s owner, Helios and Matheson Analytics, said it had ‘substantial doubt’ about the company’s ability to remain in business, according to a report from Business Insider. The company also seems to be banking on user loyalty and trying to use its subscribers as leverage for revenue-sharing with big theater chains like AMC.”

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Konami ends partnership with UEFA as Pro Evolution Soccer’s future becomes unclear

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Venture Beat reports: “UEFA (Union of European Football Association) announced today that Konami is ending its 10-year partnership with the organization. Konami publishes the yearly Pro Evolution Soccer franchise. The UEFA license was one of the few in the soccer world that Konami’s series had over Electronic Arts’ FIFA games, which outsell Pro Evolution Soccer every year.”

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New York City Launches $5 Million Grant Initiative For Women In Film & Theater

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Deadline Hollywood reports: “New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has announced what it calls a groundbreaking series of initiatives targeting the underrepresentation of women in the entertainment industries, including the establishment of a $5 million fund to provide grants supporting film and theater projects for and about women.”

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FoxNext to Open ‘Alien: Descent’ Location-Based Virtual Reality Experience

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Fans can grab their weapons at the first installation of Alien: Descent, a free-roaming virtual reality experience at The Outlets at Orange in Orange County, Calif., that opens April 26, the so-called Alien Day celebration of the Fox franchise. FoxNext Destinations and Pure Imagination Studios have created the multiplayer experience based on the Alien property.”

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Twitch Locks Up NBA 2K League Exclusive Live-Streaming Esports Rights

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Variety reports: “A lineup of nearly 200 games in the NBA’s fledgling hoops esports league this year is coming to Twitch. The NBA 2K League announced a multiyear pact with Twitch that includes live broadcast rights to all games. Under the terms of the pact, Amazon-owned Twitch has exclusive live rights to the NBA 2K League’s inaugural 2018 season, which tips off May 1.”

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YouTube tackling creator monetisation issues new pilot scheme

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “In a bid to claw back lost ground after an exodus of major advertisers last year, YouTube is piloting a new video upload flow to help facilitate monetization on the platform. Self certification will allow YouTube content creators to provide specific information about what’s in their video as it relates to the advertiser-friendly guidelines.”

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Amazon to launch Fire TV Edition smart TVs from Insignia and Toshiba in partnership with Best Buy

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Venture Beat reports: “Amazon has announced a tie-up with Best Buy to sell a handful of smart TVs built on Amazon’s very own Fire TV operating system (OS). The ecommerce giant has revealed that more than 10 Fire TV Edition models from Toshiba and Best Buy’s own-brand Insignia will launch from this summer.”

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Time Warner And AT&T CEOs Get Set To Take The Stand In Antitrust Trial

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Deadline Hollywood reports: “The long and winding road traveled by Time Warner and AT&T is at an important turn this week as CEOs Jeff Bewkes and Randall Stephenson prepare to testify in the government’s lawsuit seeking to block their merger. The CEOs will be asked to justify their proposed $85 billion deal, which was first announced in October 2016, which feels increasingly like ancient history.”

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Facebook may face billions in fines over its Tag Suggestions feature

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The Verge reports: “Facebook could face billions of dollars in fines after a federal judge ruled that the company must face a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook’s facial recognition features violate Illinois law by storing biometric data without user consent.  In a statement to ReutersFacebook said, ‘We continue to believe the case has no merit and will defend ourselves vigorously’.”

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