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Facebook and Google hit with $7.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR

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The Verge reports: “On the first day of GDPR enforcement, Facebook and Google have been hit with a raft of lawsuits accusing the companies of coercing users into sharing personal data. The lawsuits, which seek to fine Facebook 3.9 billion and Google 3.7 billion euro, were filed by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, a longtime critic of the companies’ data collection practices.”

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HTC adds some bells and whistles to the Vive Focus ahead of Western rollout

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Tech Crunch reports: “As HTC gears up for a stateside launch of their Vive Focus standalone headset, the company announced a number of changes that they’re bringing to the device currently available in China. The company has long fancied itself the ‘premium’ brand of VR, but at its annual developer conference it was tasked with showing off features that showed the company had more to offer than middle-of-the-road products with premium prices.”

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ESPN+ to Live-Stream ‘League of Legends’ Esports Events Under New, Non-Exclusive Pact

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Variety reports: “ESPN+, the Disney-owned sports programmer’s recently launched subscription service, is carrying Riot Games’ ‘League of Legends’ live esports tournaments and events — starting with next month’s North American League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split. However, ESPN+ won’t have exclusive rights to the “League of Legends” programming, which will continue to be distributed on Amazon-owned Twitch and other platforms.”

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Samsung Must Pay Apple $539 Million for Copying iPhone Parts

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Billboard reports: “A jury has decided Samsung must pay Apple $539 million in damages for illegally copying some of the iPhone’s features to lure people into buying its competing products. The verdict reached Thursday is the latest twist in a legal battle that began in 2011. Apple had argued it was owed more than $1 billon while Samsung contended the $399 million should be slashed to $28 million.”

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Revenue expected to double this year for augmented and mixed reality

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Gamesindustry.biz: “Augmented and mixed reality revenue will more than double to $3.2 billion this year, and is expected to exceed virtual reality by 2021. According to the latest report from market intelligence firm SuperData, consumer VR revenue will reach $4.5 billion this year, and $19 billion by 2021.”

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Facebook is building chips to analyze and filter live video

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Venture Beat reports: “Facebook is in the process of making its own chips for filtering video content, chief AI scientist Yann LeCun revealed today in a talk at the Viva Technology industry conference in Paris. Conventional methods are no longer sufficient as they require too much energy and compute power, LeCun said according to Bloomberg.”

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‘League of Legends’ Is Already a Global Brand, But It Wants to Get Bigger

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “League of Legends, Riot Games’ online battle arena game, is currently holding its Mid-Season Invitational finals in Paris for its esports league, with more than 6.9 million hours of the coverage watched across streaming platforms in the past week. The League Championship Series (LCS) was launched in 2013 and has grown to a regular season viewership that averages 90 million hours-watched live weekly.”

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Microsoft’s Twitch rival Mixer gets a revamp, including new developer tools for interactive gameplay

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Tech Crunch reports: “Microsoft is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its game streaming service and Twitch competitor, Mixer, with a host of new features, including a refresh of the user experience and the launch of an expanded developer toolkit called MixPlay. The new streamer tools will roll out along with the revamped version of Mixer.com across desktop and mobile web, and will initially be available to Mixer Pro subscribers.”

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Time Warner’s Movie Streaming Service FilmStruck to Launch in France and Spain

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “FilmStruck, the subscription movie streaming service that Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. Digital Networks units have started rolling out in international markets under a joint venture, has unveiled plans to launch in France and Spain. Launch dates and pricing details were not immediately disclosed.”

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Netflix Is Now More Valuable Than Disney

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Variety reports: “Netflix stock climbed again Thursday to record highs — pushing the video-streaming leader’s market capitalization past media giant Disney for the first time. As of 12:15 p.m. ET, Netflix shares were up 1.9%, to an all-time high of $351.09 per share. That gives the company a market cap of nearly $162 billion.”

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