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China Box Office: Growth Returns in August After Prolonged Downturn

The Hollywood Reporter reports "China's box office shifted back into growth mode in August after one of its worst slumps in years. Chinese ticket sales rose 12 percent to $606 million (4.05 billion yuan) in August, compared with $543 million (3.62 billion yuan) in 2015, according to data from Beijing-based firm Entgroup. From April to June, sales shrunk 5 percent — the Chinese box office's first full-quarter decline in over five years. In July, the downturn deepened, with revenue plunging 18 percent compared to the year prior."

The Ad-Blocking Browser That Pays the Sites You Visit

Wired reports "Earlier this year, Eich launched Brave, a new web browser that blocks third party trackers, like cookies. As a side effect, the browser also blocks most ads. But Eich and company have always wanted to find a way to help publishers make money. Starting today, the desktop version of Brave will tally up how often you visit different sites and then set aside a small amount of the bitcoin digital currency for your favorite publishers. Then, once a month, it will send off your donation to a central bitcoin wallet so that publishers can get their share. It should work with Coinbase or any other bitcoin wallet."

Android developers can now apply to put public betas in the...

The Verge reports "Google announced an effort to make it far easier for Android users to download beta software from the Google Play Store. Previously, downloading still-in-development software required joining a Google Group or side-loading an app completely outside Google Play. But a little over a month ago, Google rolled out a new Early Access section of the Play Store. It's a central spot where users can browse and install apps and games that aren't quite ready for official launch. There's even a "beta" tab next to the list of apps you've previously downloaded to help you keep track of what's pre-release software and what's not. Google's own apps are included in the program."

Twitter adds new ways to monetize live video via Periscope and...

TechCrunch reports "Twitter announced a new monetization option today, adding live Periscope content to its Amplify Publisher Program, which lets approved creators and brands earn a share of ad revenue on their media posts. Including live content produced via Periscope in the program is new, and the first partners to take advantage are Chase and Grey Goose, who are creating broadcasts with tennis legend Andy Roddick to coincide with the U.S. Open."

U.S. Treasury accuses EU of claiming tax revenues from Apple owed...

VentureBeat reports "The United States has accused the European Union of grabbing revenue intended for U.S. coffers when it ordered Apple to pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes, a decision that could cause friction at an international summit in China next week. The EU executive this week retroactively scrapped a tax deal Apple had with Ireland, arguing the technology giant was effectively paying a tax rate of a fraction of 1 percent on its profits."

SoundCloud Hires Holly Lim as Its First Chief Financial Officer

Billboard reports "SoundCloud has hired Holly Lim as the streaming music platform's first chief financial officer. Lim, who arrives from Google, starts on Tuesday (Sept. 6) and will be splitting her time between SoundCloud HQ in Berlin and its New York City office. Co-founder and CEO Alex Ljung said that in the newly developed role, Lim will 'guide our financial strategy and help us establish a long term view around how we maintain SoundCloud’s financial health and capitalize on new opportunities for growth.'"

Qualcomm unveils a wireless eye-tracking VR headset

TechCrunch reports "Another day, another VR headset that you will never be able to buy. Today at the IFA conference in Berlin, Qualcomm unveiled a reference design for an all-in-one headset built on the company’s new Snapdragon VR820 architecture. The company’s Snapdragon 820 is already one of the most popular smartphone SoC’s on the market, but Qualcomm believes that mobile VR’s full potential isn’t being reached on the 820 because the headsets aren’t single-minded enough."

Korea’s CJ E&M Pacts With Warner’s DramaFever for Original Productions

Variety reports "Korean media giant CJ E&M, through its production subsidiary Studio Dragon, has signed a 3-year pact with Warner Bros.’ streaming video site DramaFever to co-produce a slate of original series. The output is intended for global audiences. The agreement was announced by Craig Hunegs, President of Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group, at the Broadcast World Wide convention in Seoul, Wednesday."

Inside an indie cross-platform launch

GamesIndustry reports "We designed a cross-platform game for desktop and mobile called Crashlands. While making the game we had to tackle a bevy of questions related to the Cross-Platform Problem. Do we launch on all platforms simultaneously? How do we choose price points on each platform? How can we make an engaging game that controls beautifully on mobile while being deep enough for desktop? Will sales on mobile cannibalize our sales on desktop?"

Beats Wins Case Alleging Double Dealing Before $3 Billion Apple Sale

Billboard reports "A judge has dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit alleging that headphone maker Beats Electronics duped one of its early partners before negotiating its $3 billion sale to Apple two years ago. The summary judgment issued late Monday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey resolves the heart of a case that accused Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine of double-crossing former partner Noel Lee, founder of video and audio cable maker Monster LLC."