Sony Pictures Entertainment Ups Sustainability Efforts With New Earth-Friendly Goals For 2025

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Deadline reports: “Sony Pictures Entertainment will make strides towards more sustainable production as it seeks to rid single-use plastic and cut a quarter of its greenhouse gas emissions across business functions by 2025.”

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Tomorrowland Proves Virtual Festivals Can Be A Reality

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Hypebot reports: “The livestreaming shows that have been put since the pandemic began have been something of a mixed bag, making festivals hesitant to pursue that avenue in lieu of their in person events, but one such festival – Belgium’s Tomorrowland – has demonstrated virtual festivals can actually work.”

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Why Microsoft wants TikTok

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The Verge reports: “At first glance, a Microsoft acquisition of TikTok seems a little unusual. Microsoft has spent years walking back consumer plays like the Groove Music service, the Kinect Xbox accessory, its Microsoft Band fitness device, Windows Phone, and more recently the Mixer streaming service.”

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Oh, Snap: Snapchat Owner Lands Music Licensing Deals to Bring Songs to Posts

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Billboard reports: “Snap, Inc. now has music licensing deals with major companies like Warner Music Group and Universal Music Publishing Group.”

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Netflix Original Films Exec Says Pandemic Is Not Stopping Content: “We’re Still in Pretty Good Shape”

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Netflix finds itself in an unprecedented position in an unprecedented time. The streaming giant added 10.09 million subscribers during its second quarter, raising its global base to nearly 193 million.”

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Why the AI world is suddenly so excited about autocomplete

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The Verge reports: “The most exciting new arrival in the world of AI looks, on the surface, disarmingly simple. It’s not some subtle game-playing program that can outthink humanity’s finest or a mechanically advanced robot that backflips like an Olympian. No, it’s merely an autocomplete program, like the one in the Google search bar.”

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The DeanBeat: Did gaming peak in Q2? Nope. Maybe it just got started.

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VentureBeat reports: “The NBA is back. So is Major League Baseball, sort of. Other sports may find their way back as well. As these demands on our entertainment time return, does it follow that video games that profited during the pandemic will hit their peak and start to go back down?”

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Congress defeats bill to block US military from recruiting via Twitch

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “A proposed amendment to stop US military forces from advertising its recruitment initiatives via livestreaming site Twitch has been defeated.”

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TikTok Sued By Upstart Rival Triller Over Green Screen Video Tech

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Billboard reports: “TikTok’s troubles now include a patent infringement claim from Ryan Kavanaugh-backed startup Triller. The LA-based social video app is suing TikTok and parent Bytedance for allegedly copying its “systems and methods for creating music videos synchronized with an audio track,” according to a complaint filed Wednesday in the western district of Texas, a recent patent litigation hotspot.”

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Quibi’s Dispute with Eko Over Turnstyle Feature Trimmed By Judge

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Jeffrey Katzenberg’s startup must fight allegations of patent infringement and stealing trade secrets, though claims over its logo and alleged contract breaches have been dismissed.”

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