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YouTube TV offers subscribers a free week after World Cup outage

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The Verge reports: “The worst case scenario played out on YouTube TV this week when the service went down during the England / Croatia World Cup semifinal match at the height of the game. To apologize, the company is now offering subscribers a free week of service, according to a Reddit thread.”

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Roblox expects to pay content creators $70 million this year

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Venture Beat reports: “Roblox is one of the biggest games in the world due to its popularity with younger audiences. It is a free-to-play online experience for PC, mobile phones, and Xbox One where players hang out and compete in games that other players have built using a powerful toolkit.”

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Hearst Agrees to Pay $50 Million to Settle Data-Privacy Lawsuit

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Variety reports: “Hearst will pay $50 million to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit that accused the media company of violating a Michigan law prohibiting by selling magazine-subscriber info to third parties. According to lawyers for the plaintiff in the case, which was filed in 2015, the $50 million settlement is more than three times the size of any case involving the Michigan law.”

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MLB will release a crypto baseball game on the blockchain

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The Verge reports: “Major League Baseball has announced that it is launching a crypto-based game that runs on the ethereum blockchain later this summer. It’s a crypto-based version of the classic collectibles that’s similar to the most popular blockchain game CryptoKitties, where players can buy and trade cartoon kitten characters with ether.”

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For the first time, Netflix tops HBO for most Emmy nominations

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Tech Crunch reports: “Netflix has broken HBO’s 17-year streak as the most nominated network at the Emmy Awards. In the nominations released this afternoon, Netflix came out slightly ahead, with 112 nominations compared to HBO’s 108. Those include Best Comedy nods for GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as well as Best Drama nominations for The Crown and Stranger Things.”

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Fortnite servers go down after new season launch

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The Verge reports: “Season 5 of Fortnite went live this morning, and it looks like Epic Games is having trouble dealing with the deluge of players diving into the new Battle Pass challenges. The developer has taken servers down while it investigates issues associated with logging in, game services, and matchmaking. The Fortnite status page says there’s a ‘major outage’.”

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Apple Music Has More U.S. Paid Subscribers Than Spotify

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Hypebot reports: “In what many consider a stunning revelation, it’s been reported that Apple Music actually has surpassed Spotify in paid subscribers in the United States. Apparently both gone past the 20 million mark, with Apple Music now slightly out in front. Spotify still leads in global subscriptions at around 75 million while Apple Music recently broke 50 million.”

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FCC Takes Aim At Kids TV Rules, Calling Them “Outdated” In The Broadband Era

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Deadline Hollywood reports: “Declaring children’s TV programming regulations to be among the many ‘outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome’ ones on the books, the Federal Communications Commission today began the process of a dramatic overhaul. In arguing for the revamp, the FCC cited ‘dramatic changes’ in the video programming marketplace since 1996.”

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U.K. Clears Fox’s Sky Bid

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “The U.K. government has given final clearance to 21st Century Fox’s bid for full ownership of European pay TV giant Sky, in which it already owns 39 percent. The decision came Thursday just before midday London time, ending an extended review process that started after Fox’s initial offer for Sky in late 2016.”

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‘The Walking Dead’s’ Augmented Reality Game Is Live

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Variety reports: “AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ invades reality Thursday with the launch of ‘The Walking Dead: Our World’ mobile game from developers Next Games. The location-based, augmented-reality game is a free-to-play iOS and Android title that drops a layer of walkers and well known character’s from AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s zombie comics onto your surroundings.”

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