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Roku Q1 Active Account Growth Slows, Revenue Booms 79%

Variety reports: "Roku gained 2.4 million new active accounts for the first quarter of 2021, showing that the pandemic-driven streaming momentum that buoyed its...

Instagram starts bringing DMs to the web

The Verge reports: "Instagram is finally bringing direct messages to the web. Starting today, a “small percentage” of the platform’s global users will be...

IMDb TV Moves Content Team to Amazon Studios Under New Co-Heads

Variety reports: "Amazon-owned free streaming service IMDb TV is moving its content team to Amazon Studios, and will develop original programming under new IMDb...

Piracy Crackdown May Be Next Front in Streaming Wars

Hollywood Reporter reports: "How will consumers afford Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock and on and on? To many industry...

More developers are making games for next-gen consoles than streaming services

The Verge reports: "Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles are both expected to launch later this year, and developers are gearing up with new games....

Billboard Parent Valence To Acquire Nielsen, Soundscan [REPORT]

Hypebot reports: "Valence Media, the parent company of Billboard and Hollywood Reporter is acquiring Nielsen's music-related data, software and analytics business, according to multiple...

The Ticking Time Bomb That Could Blow Up Hollywood’s Streaming Era

Hollywood Reporter reports: "Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast and other digital TV devices are becoming the new middlemen between apps and consumers — what...

Soci raises $12M to help big brands manage local marketing

TechCrunch reports: "According to CEO Afif Khoury, we’re in the middle of “the third wave of social” — a shift back to local interactions....

Riot Games shutting down for a week

Gamesindustry.biz reports: "Riot Games has announced it will effectively be closing down for a week in order to avoid overworking its staff." Read more

Casino Firm Penn National Gaming Buys Stake In Barstool Sports In...

Deadline reports: "Casino company Penn National Gaming has acquired a stake in Barstool Sports – a deal that values the online sports publisher at...