RealD, Samsung Partner on 3D Televisions

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Los Angeles – RealD, a
provider of 3D digital cinema projection systems, announced on Monday that it
has partnered with Korea’s
Samsung Electronics, and will integrate its 3D technology into Samsung’s line
of 3D televisions. The companies will also work jointly on "active eyewear
technology and New Passive Display technology." RealD’s systems have to
date been installed on over 4,800 movie theater screens worldwide, and are
currently being used to screen "Avatar" in 3D. "Avatar"
became the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time over the weekend, when it
reached a worldwide total of $1.02 billion.


 

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Google Begins Favoring MySpace in Music Stream Links

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Mountain View,
Calif.
– Google (NASD: GOOG) appears to have
shifted the bulk of its new music streaming links on search results to
MySpace-owned iLike, pushing Lala — recently acquired by Apple (NASD: AAPL) — lower in the
queue, according to reports by TechCrunch and PaidContent. A number of links to
streaming music services are typically presented when a user searches for a
song, but it seems that now News Corp.’s (NYSE: NWS) MySpace is favored, whereas before the ranking was
more random. PaidContent found 19 of 20 songs it searched for on Google linking
to MySpace streams, while TechCrunch was directed to MySpace for 28 of 30 songs
it searched.


 

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Warner Music Brining Artist-focused Channels to Hulu

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New York
– Major record label Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) has signed a deal to feature its
artists’ content on Hulu, the video portal joint venture between News Corp.,
NBC Universal and Disney. The deal will see Warner created artist-focused
channels on Hulu featuring music videos, interviews, live concerts and rare
footage. Hulu signed a similar deal with fellow major label EMI in November.


 

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Flurry, comScore Team on Mobile Application Ratings

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San Francisco
– Flurry, a provider of mobile application analytics that recently merged with
fellow analytics firm Pinch Media, said on Monday that it has partnered with
comScore to launch a joint mobile application audience measurement service. The
service will offer insights on the usage of applications across mobile
platforms including iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.


 

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Glu Mobile Names de Masi as New President, CEO

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San Mateo, Calif.
– Mobile games publisher Glu Mobile on Monday
named Niccolo de Masi as its new president and CEO. He replaces William Miller,
who has served on an interim basis since the departure of Greg Ballard late
last year. Most recently, de Masi served as the president and CEO of Hands-On Mobile, and previously was
the CEO of mobile entertainment company Monstermob Group.


 

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Chinese Sites Ku6, Sohu Establish Anti-Piracy Fund

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Beijing
– Chinese content sites Ku6.com and Sohu.com on Monday jointly announced the
creation of a new International Movie & TV Copyright Joint Procurement
Fund, into which they will each invest $5 million.

The fund — the first of its
kind in China — is also
supported by China’s State
Administration of Radio, Film and Television, the National Copyright
Administration of China, the Beijing
International Copyright
Trade Center
and CCTV International.

"The hearts of editors at Ku6.com are bleeding.
Pioneering the fight against piracy requires more than just courage," said
CEO Li Shanyou.

Ku6.com said that it started deleting foreign films and TV
series uploaded to its site by users late last year, with Li sating that
"the website will see a decline in traffic as a result of the move… but is
confident that traffic will surge in several months, when Internet users can
only choose to watch [licensed] copyrighted content because other websites will
be deleting [unlicensed] copyrighted videos too."

 

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LivingSocial Lands $5 Million for Social Media Apps

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Washington
– LivingSocial, a developer of social networking applications, has raised $5
million in new funding, PaidContent reported.

Investors included Grotech
Ventures, AOL founder Steve Case and his wife Jean, and LivingSocial CEO Tim
O’Shaughnessy.

Washington-based LivingSocial was launched in 2008 as a site
that let users share reviews of their favorite movies, books, games, music,
restaurants and beers.

The company also now counts 3.7 million monthly active
users on Facebook, and is responsible for the "Top 5…" list
applications.

 

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MySpace Swaps Imeem Web Playlists for Advertisements

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San Francisco
– News Corp.’s (NYSE: NWS) MySpace has replaced all of the songs and playlists embedded
around the Web using its recently acquired imeem streaming service with
advertisements for ringtones or the MySpace Music service, Wired.com reported.

MySpace acquired only "certain assets" of imeem, which was struggling
to pay licensing fees and facing imminent shutdown.

The company has stated that
it is working to recreate imeem users’ playlists. In the meantime, however, it
has replaced all songs and playlists embedded on music blogs and other sites
with advertisements.

 

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Qtrax Cancels Dec. 24 Press Event; Promises January Launch

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New York
– Qtrax, an ad-supported music download service in the works for years that has
been plagued with launch delays, canceled a press event on Dec. 24 due to a
hospitalization of its CEO with kidney stones, according to a post on the
company’s blog.

The company, which made headlines in 2008 for announcing its
launch before it had secured licenses from the major labels, now says it will
launch in January without any press event.

"What were we going to say [at
the Dec. 24 press conference]? Pretty simple really. That we were finally
launching in January. Are we? Yes. Have we been wrong before? Humiliatingly, yes.
Will be wrong this time? No," the company wrote.

"Given the turn of
events, we’ve also decided, no need for another conference- we’ll just launch.
Let the fanfare follow rather than precede."

The company also recently stumbled out of the gate with a planned launch in Australia.

"Music ingestion Down Under is taking a little longer than expected. We will be up & running in the coming days," reads a note on the company’s website.

 

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Imeem to Pay The Orchard $1.77M in Copyright Judgment

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Los Angeles
– Streaming music service imeem, which recently sold certain assets to News
Corp.’s (NYSE: NWS) MySpace, has been hit with a $1.77 million copyright infringement
judgment, GigaOM reported.

The suit was originally filed by digital music
distributor The Orchard (NASD: ORCD) in October, and the default judgment was issued by U.S.
District Judge Denny Chin on Dec. 17 after imeem failed to appear in court.

A
spokesperson for MySpace, which is rumored to have paid less than $1 million
for imeem, told GigaOM that the company was not involved in the lawsuit.

MySpace’s acquisition included only "certain assets" of imeem, which apparently
did not include thousands in royalty payments owed to independent artists.

GigaOM speculated that the deal could also have been structured by MySpace to
include only assets that "were not being sued."

 

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