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Facebook is buying Giphy and integrating it with Instagram

The Verge reports: "Facebook is buying the popular GIF-making and sharing website Giphy for a reported price of $400 million, with plans to integrate...

HBO partners with Scener so you can have watch parties with...

VentureBeat reports: "For anyone sheltering in place during the pandemic, Scener has built a virtual movie theater where you can interact with friends remotely...

Game of War developer Machine Zone acquired by AppLovin

Gamesindustry.biz reports: "Mobile tools provider AppLovin has acquired Machine Zone, the studio behind popular strategy title Game of War: Fire Age. The studio becomes...

AMC Theatres’ Stock Soars on Amazon Acquisition Speculation

Variety reports: "Shares of AMC Entertainment surged Monday amid speculation that the country’s largest exhibition chain could be an acquisition target for Amazon." Read more

LiveXLive to Acquire PodcastOne in $18 Million Stock Deal

Variety reports: "Music livestreamer LiveXLive is diversifying its business with the acquisition of PodcastOne, a podcast network that hosts shows by Adam Carolla, “Stone...

ViacomCBS, Google Expand YouTube TV Distribution Deal

The Hollywood Reporter reports: "The agreement covers 14 additional cable channels, including BET, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Paramount Network." Read more

7 VCs discuss how COVID-19 is changing the media startup landscape

TechCrunch reports: "The world has changed dramatically since May 2019 when we last surveyed venture capitalists about the trends they were seeing in media,...

SoundCloud Launches Twitch Channel For Panels, Music Shows & More

Billboard reports: "SoundCloud is launching its own channel on livestreaming platform Twitch, with a slate of original programming that includes panel conversations, music sets...

Warner Music Strikes Distribution Deal With Mattel for 1,000 Songs From...

Variety reports: "Mattel has entered into an exclusive, multi-year global music licensing agreement with Warner Music Group’s Arts Music division as the sole distributor...

The Deals: HyperX Teams With Hit Command for Livestream Events, Tencent...

Billboard reports: "Gaming and esports brand HyperX will collaborate with Red Light Management’s gaming subsidiary HIT COMMAND for upcoming live and online streaming events,...