Facebook Will Bring AR Ads to the News Feed Fall 2019

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VentureBeat reports: “Would you interact with a digital ad featuring polls, games, augmented reality (AR), or some Frankensteinian combination of the three? Facebook seems to think so. The social network this morning announced it will broadly launch three new ad units on its platform, starting with polls and playable ads in the mobile News Feed and followed by AR ads in beta globally this fall.”

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NBCUniversal Shuts Down Game Publishing Arm

Photo by chauhan Moniz on Unsplash under the Creative Commons License reports: “After just over two years, NBCUniversal is to shut down it’s game publishing business, citing the increasingly competitive mobile landscape. As reported by GamesBeat, NBCUniversial will continue to license its entertainment properties, but is scaling back its direct involvement with games.”

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Instagram Reportedly To Replicate TikTok Features

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Hypebot reports: “Over the past couple of years, TikTok, the brainchild of Chinese tech company ByteDance, has blown up particularly among teens. Not one to miss the party Facebook is now planning to incorporate some of the apps choice features into Instagram in the near future, according to recent reports.”

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Roku Launches New Streaming Devices, Doubles Down on Content Curation

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Variety reports: “As every year, Roku is going into the holiday shopping season with a handful of new devices: The company unveiled a revamped $30 entry-level Roku Express streaming device as well as new version of its $100 Roku Ultra streamer Thursday. Additionally, Roku also announced a new version of its software platform that puts a bigger emphasis on content curation.”

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New Podcast Studio Paradiso Launches With Series for Spotify, Sybel

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Variety reports: “Former executives from Canal Plus, entertainment company Konbini and advertising film Havas have joined forces to launch Paradiso, an international podcast production studio dedicated to delivering premium scripted, documentary and kids’ content for global platforms. The company has already scored commissions from Spotify and Sybel.”

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Acorn TV Passes One Million Streaming Subscribers In U.S. And Canada

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Deadline reports: “Acorn TV, the eight-year-old streaming service owned by AMC Networks, has surpassed one million subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. Known for its specialty in British and international TV series like Manhunt and Doc Martin, Acorn has branched out of late.”

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Perfect Corp. and Alibaba Group Enter a Strategic Partnership Bringing Advanced Beauty AR Solutions to Tmall and Taobao


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#AI--The world’s leading augmented reality (AR) beauty company, Perfect Corp. is delighted to announce a new global strategic partnership with the Alibaba Group. Perfect Corp. has seamlessly integrated its advanced YouCam Makeup AR virtual try-on technology into Taobao and Tmall online shopping experience, elevating the beauty shopping journey by bringing innovative new virtual tryouts to consumers in China.

Alibaba and Perfect Corp. have identified strong synergies in the fast-growing demand for online beauty shopping powered by beauty tech innovations. With the consumer’s increasing demand for virtual product try-on experiences, Alibaba recognizes Perfect Corp.’s superior advances in the development of AR technologies across all beauty categories including cutting-edge AR makeup styles, lipsticks (seven textures, single color, two-tone color, and ombré shades), blush, eyeliner, eyelashes, eyeshadow and complete makeup looks integrated across Alibaba’s e-Commerce platforms. Consumers can now experience seamless AR try-before-you-buy shopping on Tmall.

Through this strategic partnership, Perfect Corp.’s beauty AR solution aims to increase consumer engagement with beauty products while shopping at Taobao and Tmall and boost online sales conversion to improve overall customer satisfaction.

“In the next three years, innovative technology will be the key to driving increased sales. Especially in the beauty industry, technology will bring the biggest change for young generations to purchase products,” said Mike Hu, GM of Tmall FMCG, Alibaba Group. “We need the innovative technology to level up the consumer experience, and also the product experience, shopping experience to fulfill the demands of our customers. We congratulate to Alice and to her team at Perfect Corp. for their great achievement in AI and AR technology development in such short period of time and for their continuous innovation in the beauty technology and business. We are very pleased to be partnering with Perfect Corp. and we see a great future in the team.”

“China is one of the major markets in the beauty industry. The groundbreaking strategic partnership with Alibaba group had positioned Perfect Corp.’s Beauty SaaS solutions as the recognized solution for global brands in digital transformation,” said Perfect Corp. CEO and founder, Alice Chang. “The partnership is an industry game changer, forging an innovative relationship between global brands and consumers. It upholds that Perfect Corp. is the world leading beauty tech service provider, guiding the industry to new heights and helping Alibaba transform its online and offline shopping experience.”

Perfect Corp. Beauty SaaS solutions deliver a completely reimagined consumer beauty journey for all brands, retailers, and beauty shoppers alike.

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About Perfect Corp.

With over 750 Million downloads globally, Perfect Corporation is dedicated to transforming how consumers, content creators and beauty brands interact together through AI and AR technologies. Our experienced team of engineers and beauty aficionados are pushing the frontiers of technology to create the beauty platform of the future – a fluid environment where individuals express themselves, learn the latest about fashion and beauty, and enjoy instant access to the products from their favorite brands. Further information about Perfect Corp. can be found at


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Ten Pin Eatery & Barstow Tavern to Join Hanover Crossing


Addition of entertainment & food to add to “live, work, play” experience

HANOVER, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#HANOVERCROSSING--PREP Property Group Inc. ("PREP”), a vertically integrated real estate company focused on creating value in retail real estate, is excited to announce that Ten Pin Eatery & Barstow Tavern will join the Hanover Crossing redevelopment project.

Ten Pin Eatery is a hip, upscale, innovative collaboration that meets today’s need for family entertainment and represents the evolution of traditional mall anchor stores. The 31,790-square-foot entertainment complex will combine a bar, restaurant, bowling alley, and arcade perfect for birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, company outings, or date night. The company is owned by Ryan Family Amusements, a local leader in the family entertainment business for more than 60 years.

“We’re very excited about helping re-energize the Hanover mall and bringing jobs to the South Shore community,” said Mike Crowley Managing Partner of Ten Pin Eatery and Ryan Family Amusements. “PREP has done a tremendous job of designing a mixed-use center that will provide residents with much more than just retail. We can’t wait to introduce the Ten Pin experience, which combines dining, family-friendly entertainment and cutting-edge gaming, to the region.”

Joining Ten Pin Eatery will be Barstow Tavern, a family restaurant and pub serving high-quality American cuisine, which includes an extensive seafood menu from local shores and vegetables from area farms. The restaurant’s name is inspired by William Barstow, the first non-indigenous settler in Hanover, MA, whose family of renowned shipbuilders also built the town’s first bridge over the North River on Washington Street. This legacy of connecting area residents is at the core of Barstow Tavern’s mission of bringing people together with great food made from high-quality local ingredients with a level of hospitality South Shore residents have come to expect.

“When we were looking at locations for our next restaurant, we wanted to be somewhere that would give us the opportunity to truly be part of a community, and Hanover Crossing gave us exactly that,” said John Mahoney, vice president – Northeast Real Estate Group, Northeast Region. “We’re looking to bring locally-grown food and an authentic family dining experience to Hanover residents in a revitalized, mixed-use development that acts as a community hub.”

Hanover Crossing is a mixed-use redevelopment located 20 miles southeast of Boston in the affluent and desirable South Shore community of Hanover. Along with entertainment, lifestyle and retail tenants, the project has plans that include 297 high-end residential units, forming an amenities-rich “Live, Work, Play” destination experience.

“PREP is extremely excited to announce the executed lease with Ten Pin Eatery and Barstow Tavern, two well-respected and exceptionally run restaurants,” said Lloyd Sova, Vice President – Development at PREP. “The days of traditional big box stores as mall anchors are over and these kinds of experiential dining experiences are the next step in the evolution of malls across America.”

For more information regarding the exciting transformation of Hanover Crossing, please visit our website at

About PREP Property Group (PREP)

PREP Property Group is a vertically-integrated real estate company founded by Michael C. Phillips, co-founder of Phillips Edison & Company, and built on the foundations of Phillips Edison’s strategic and net lease real estate divisions. PREP is focused on transforming retail real estate by repositioning lifestyle centers, power centers and enclosed malls that are undermanaged, capital starved, poorly merchandised and / or distressed. PREP also acquires and manages well-located, triple-net retail properties from non-institutional sellers and creates value through lease restructure or tenant upgrade. For more information, please visit our website at

About Ten Pin Eatery

Ten Pin Eatery is a multi-faceted, family entertainment venue featuring bowling, laser tag, Virtual Reality, arcade games and casual dining. It is owned and operated by Cape Cod, MA. based Ryan Family Amusements. Established in 1958 as an eight-lane bowling alley in Needham MA, “Ryan’s” now operates family-friendly entertainment venues across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Venues include bowling alleys and arcade centers in Buzzard’s Bay, Falmouth, Millis, Raynham, Yarmouth, Oak Bluffs and Newport; and the first Ten Pin Eatery establishment in Hyannis. For more information, visit or

About Barstow Tavern

Barstow Tavern is an American Cuisine restaurant, which includes an extensive seafood menu, with an emphasis on providing high quality food with locally sourced vegetables offering a farm to table experience. The name and nautical theme of the tavern was inspired by William Barstow, whom was the first to settle in Hanover, Massachusetts in 1668.


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Tribe XR Launches its VR DJ School on Oculus Quest with a Mission to Help Aspiring DJs Become Performing Artists


SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tribe XR, the immersive skills training platform, launches its DJ School on Oculus Quest, harnessing Virtual Reality to help aspiring DJs become performing artists in real life.

Available on SteamVR, Oculus Rift, Viveport and now Oculus Quest, the top-rated VR app offers a professional-grade virtual DJ deck and mixer system, as well as tutorials, live classes, and DJ Bootcamps, at a fraction of the cost of enrolling at a traditional bricks-and-mortar DJ school. With Tribe’s partnerships with DJ and Music Production schools including Point Blank Music School, Pyramind and TAFE NSW (Australia), students gain access to top music talent and content.

Upon downloading Tribe, users enter a virtual DJ lounge where they can customize their avatar and start learning and mixing. Students can also enroll in DJ Bootcamps that last between two and four weeks to learn all the essential skills for DJing including counting beats, bars and phrases, mixing techniques and transitions, beat matching, song selection, loops, effects and mixing in key. Upon graduation, students Livestream their DJ sets to Tribe’s global community on platforms such as Twitch, VR Chat, Facebook Live, and YouTube.

Tribe app’s key features include a professional-grade DJ mixer and decks, the ability to upload and mix your own tracks, social features allowing users to mix with friends (including cross-play between Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift users) and playing back-to-back DJ sets with people all over the world. Tribe DJs can also live stream their sets to global audiences from Oculus Rift, Steam VR, and Viveport - enabling performers in VR to reach audiences on all technology platforms including smartphones, tablets, and computers. The live streaming capability will soon be available on Oculus Quest.

Tribe XR co-founder and CEO Tom Impallomeni said: “Since we started to build Tribe, we have seen thousands of people training in Tribe XR DJ school, with many of those realizing their dreams of becoming performing DJs and performing in real clubs for real money. With Tribe coming to Oculus Quest, aspiring DJs can now practice on virtual equipment, anywhere and at any time, and keep learning and performing on the go. We’ve been working tirelessly to bring Tribe to Oculus Quest and we are excited for the Quest’s community and music fans to finally give it a try.”

Tribe XR success stories include a professional DJ who has not touched a DJ console in decades and refreshed his knowledge and learned about new tricks, a Bay Area native who didn’t know a thing about DJing and now she is playing sets across the Bay, a Stanford graduate who came to Tribe to level up his skills and practice and is now playing at events, and many other aspiring DJs who followed their passion.

Tribe launches on Oculus Quest on September 19, 2019. The launch price is $19.99 and users who previously purchased the app on Oculus Rift can get it for free with Oculus cross-buy.

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For more details on Tribe XR DJ School on Oculus Quest, visit:

A complete list of Tribe’s features is available at and FAQs at


Tribe XR makes it easy for people to learn real-world skills by harnessing XR platforms to enable immersive learning. Based in San Francisco and backed by investors including Boost VC, LearnStart, Precursor Ventures, Disruptus, former Harmonix COO Mike Dornbrook and Eventbrite Co-founder Renaud Visage, Tribe XR is founded by serial entrepreneurs who have built and worked at technology businesses such as Pixar, High Fidelity, Transparent House, and SuperAwesome. Tribe DJ School is available on SteamVR, Oculus Rift and Quest, and Viveport, and has a vibrant community of performing DJs on Discord.

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Comcast Will Give a Free Streaming Box to Its Internet-Only Subscribers

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The Verge reports: “Comcast will give a free streaming box to its internet-only subscribers, helping it control their TV watching experience even without getting them to pay for cable. The streaming box, called Xfinity Flex, was introduced in March, and it initially cost $5 per month, which is a ludicrous cost when you consider that you can get a Roku for $30 flat.”

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