Disney+ Launch Date, (Gasp-Inducing) Price Revealed at Four-Hour Event

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Billboard reports: “Disney on Thursday gave the first glimpse inside its plan to transform from a staid movie studio into a media company for the modern age as it unveiled new details of its soon-to-launch Disney+ streaming service.”

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Is Instagram’s Upcoming Donation Sticker Just A Way To Lure Credit Card Numbers?

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Forbes reports: “Last February, Facebook announced that, later this year, it will release a donation sticker feature on Instagram, giving its users the possibility to support charitable organizations through Instagram Stories.”

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Concord Music Publishing Inks Deal, Launches Joint Venture With Kanye West Collaborator Noah Goldstein

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Billboard reports: “Noah Goldstein signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Concord Music Publishing, the company announced on Thursday (April 11). The deal will include the Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate’s entire catalog as well as all future works.”

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Music Industry’s Growth Continues Thanks To Streaming

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Hypebot reports: “According to the latest report from the IFPI, the music industry has now seen its fourth uninterrupted year of growth, reaching $19 billion in revenue, a an increase which has been fueled in large part by a major uptick in paid music subscriptions.”

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Dark Slope thinking bigger with warehouse-scale VR

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gamesindustry.biz reports: “Virtual reality is something of a niche market at the moment. Location-based VR is something of a niche within that niche, but it’s one that Dark Slope sees great potential in. The Toronto-based developer has committed itself to location-based VR, and even though it’s a small field at the moment, Dark Slope president and co-founder CJ Hervey tells GamesIndustry.biz it has enormous potential for VR in general.”

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Netflix Plans Awards Magazine Before Emmys – Report

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Deadline reports: “Netflix is planning its first magazine, according to a Bloomberg report. The awards-oriented publication, tentatively named Wide, will reportedly promote the streaming giant’s shows and stars ahead of the Emmys. The 100-plus page first issue will include interviews, essays and features about those who work on Netflix series.”

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Twitter updates twttr prototype app with engagement swipes, conversation tweaks, better Dark mode and more

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TechCrunch reports: “Twitter’s new prototyping app twttr, which it created to test and get feedback on new features — and new approaches to old features — has been out in the wild for a month. Now, with Twitter taking in the first wave of responses from users, twttr is getting an update. The move highlights how Twitter continues to chip away at ongoing criticism that it is too confusing for most people to use, which has impacted overall growth for the social media platform.”

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Apple reportedly plans macOS Music and Podcasts apps to replace iTunes

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VentureBeat reports: “Apple may finally be preparing to put its famous iTunes app out to pasture, as a new report today suggests that its one-time key components — Music, Podcasts, TV, and Books — will all be separate apps in the next major release of macOS. Mac-specific icons for unannounced Music and Podcasts apps were discovered today by 9to5Mac, following Apple’s reveal of a Mac TV app at last month’s Show Time event in Cupertino.”

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SoundExchange Sues Music Choice For Royalty Underpayment

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Hypebot reports: “SoundExchange today filed a lawsuit against cable music platform Music Choice over underpaid royalties. The action comes after an audit of Music Choice’s royalty statements.”

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YouTube Plots Interactive Programming Push

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Billboard reports: “YouTube is making a move into interactive programming and has tapped a longtime content executive to lead the push.”

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