iHeartRadio Launches a Broadway Channel and Digital Hub

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Billboard reports: “Fans of show tunes are getting another place to get their fix now that iHeartRadio has launched a Broadway channel and online hub. iHeartRadio Broadway started offering streaming music from Broadway shows Monday. A companion website will provide news, videos, interviews and podcasts.”

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Criminal Probe Opened Over 320M Fake Streams On Tidal

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Hypebot reports: “Official Norwegian criminal justice unit Økokrim has opened an investigation into hundreds of millions of possible fake streams on Tidal that benefited new releases by Kanye West and Beyonce. Norwegian news outlet DN broke the story last May that at least 320 million fake plays for new releases by Beyoncé and Kanye West had been added to Tidal’s listening stats.”

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Facebook, Mozilla, and others take on India’s proposed new social media regulations

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Venture Beat reports: “Global social media and technology giants are gearing up to fight sweeping new rules proposed by the Indian government that would require them to actively regulate content in one of the world’s biggest Internet markets, sources close to the matter told Reuters.”

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Improbable and Epic Games establish $25M fund to help devs move to ‘more open engines’ after Unity debacle

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Tech Crunch reports: “Improbable is taking a daring step after announcing earlier today that Unity had revoked its license to operate on the popular game development engine. The U.K.-based cloud gaming startup has inked a late-night press release with Unity rival Epic Games, which operates the Unreal Engine and is the creator of Fortnite, establishing a $25 million fund designed to help game developers move to ‘more open engines’.”

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Lionsgate Laying Off Staff, Shuts Down Codeblack Films

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Variety reports: “Layoffs have hit Lionsgate. The studio behind ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Saw’ is pink-slipping staff in its motion picture group this week. At the same time, Lionsgate is also moving to shutter Codeblack Films, a division that makes films geared toward African-American audiences. All told, 26 jobs will be lost, according to an insider.”

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Amazon’s IMDb Launches Freedive, A Free Streaming Video Channel

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Deadline Hollywood reports: “Amazon’s authoritative online movie and television database IMDb is launching a a free streaming video channel called IMDb Freedive, providing access to such TV shows as Heroes and Fringe, and movies like Memento. The ad-supported channel will let users watch films and television shows on the IMDb website, using their computers or Amazon Fire TV devices.”

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New Fox Won’t Bid for Disney’s Regional Sports Networks

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “New Fox, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, on Friday said it has no plans to bid for the 22 Fox regional sports networks that regulators have said Walt Disney must divest as part of its acquisition of large parts of 21st Century Fox. Analysts have said the sports networks could fetch around $20 billion.”

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Activision Blizzard Stock Plummets Following Break With ‘Destiny’ Developer

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Variety reports: “Activision Blizzard stock continued its plummet Friday morning following news Thursday night that Bungie was ending its contract with the publisher and retaining the rights to its ‘Bungie’ franchise. Stock fell nearly 7% in postmarket trading Thursday night and continued to drop Friday morning, down about 12% as of this writing.”

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Esports group Fnatic teams up with blockchain firm WAX on digital collectibles

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Venture Beat reports: “Esports organization Fnatic has branched out into game hardware, leveraging the fame of its esports athletes. And today, the London-based company is teaming up with the World Asset Exchange (WAX) to create digital collectibles using WAX’s blockchain technology. Blockchain is the transparent and secure decentralized ledger that has fueled the rise of cryptocurrency.”

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How an Experimental Billion-Dollar Privacy Lawsuit Could Clobber Facebook

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “What if law enforcement was outsourced to class action attorneys? Don’t imagine. It’s happening as the Cambridge Analytica scandal becomes Mark Zuckerberg’s legal nightmare. Since word of Cambridge Analytica’s activity spread nine months ago, Facebook has paid quite a price. The company has lost a third of its market value.”

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