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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.'"
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."
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."
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?"
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."
TechCrunch reports "StarVR made a small splash at last year’s E3 when it demoed its new high-end headset. Just ahead of this year’s gaming show, the company announced that it would be joining forces with Acer to collaborate on the designing and manufacturing of the amusement park-ready hardware. Today at IFA, the companies announced that the first devices have begun shipping –specifically to IMAX, which plans to utilize them for its upcoming Los Angeles-based IMAX VR Center. This initial shipment is the first phase of a larger planned roll out announced by the companies earlier this year."
GamesIndustry reports "GameFront, the mod file database and sharing site which was closed down by owners Defy Media in March, has been rescued by former competitor ModDB, which aims to relaunch the site and keep its collection of files available for download. GameFront and FileFront were once popular depositories for mod files and other extras such as skins, operating on a DRM-free basis. However, Defy Media's contraction of its gaming properties, including The Escapist, left the site untended."
TechCrunch reports "HTC is continuing to invest heavily in building up the virtual reality ecosystem that it hopes to one day dominate. Steel Wool Studios, an Oakland-based gaming studio made up of Pixar veterans with a few decades of animation experience under their belts, announced today that it has closed a $5 million round of Series A funding coming entirely from HTC, the manufacturer of the Vive virtual reality headset. In the past six months, HTC has launched a number of initiatives aimed at fostering investments in the virtual reality space. Back in April, the company dedicated $100 million to its Vive X accelerator program which is making small early stage investments in VR hardware and content companies that contribute to the health of the overall ecosystem."
Forbes Reports "Digitalsmiths, the TiVo owned content recommendation firm, released theirquarterly report of VOD and cable purchasing habits in North American households, and the results bode ill for platforms entering the VOD market without a very specific niche or a massive content footprint. The poll comprised over three thousand adult participants in both the United States and Canada. Looking at quarter over quarter trends Netflix seems to be holding steady with 50% market penetration. Amazon Prime has a solid 25% share and Hulu comes in third with a 12% penetration rate in the streaming market. All of these services provide a mix of movies, original programming and legacy television. The typical streaming consumer has one or two of these services and uses them regularly."
The Verge reports "Europe's telecommunications regulator has published final guidelines on how the EU will implement net neutrality rules that were adopted last year, in what digital rights groups are hailing as a victory for the free and open internet. The guidelines, published Tuesday, clarify vaguely worded provisions that experts say could have been exploited by telecoms to favor certain internet services over others."