Steam Security Warning Issued For 72 Million Windows 10 Gamers

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Forbes reports: “Steam, the hugely popular gaming platform used by millions, is vulnerable to a “zero-day” security vulnerability, according to the unhappy researcher who has published his findings. The vulnerability could leave 96 million Windows users, 72 million of them running Windows 10, open to their computers being taken over by an attacker who could then install malware, steal data, compromise passwords and more.”

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Discord Will Soon Offer Game Streaming, But It’s Very Different Than Twitch

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The Verge reports: “Discord will launch a feature called Go Live for its desktop application on August 15th. It will allow anybody with a PC to stream video of their game in any voice channel to up to 10 people at a time.”

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This Week In XR: Snap Raising For More AR, Apple-LEGO Not Just For Kids, And More Nerd Candy

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Forbes reports: “Apple selling AR-enabled LEGO sets at its stores. The LEGO sets are like any other themed block building set, this particular set being themed around ghosts. Once built, an iOS app can be used to activate ghostly effects and to play mini-games or fight boss battles.”

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Tribune Media Profit Falls Amid Higher Programming Expenses

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Hollywood Reporter reports: “Tribune Media, which owns 42 TV stations and cable network WGN America and has agreed to be acquired by broadcasting giant Nexstar Media Group for $4.1 billion, on Friday reported lower, but better-than-expected second-quarter earnings as higher retransmission and carriage revenue was more than offset by lower political advertising and other revenue, as well as higher programming expenses.”

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How Pop Stars Are Benefiting From the Netflix Boom

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Hollywood Reporter reports: “With shows like ‘Russian Doll’ and ‘Stranger Things’ relying heavily on music “syncs,” a new realm of global opportunity (and money) has opened up to recording artists: ‘There is a surge in demand after being released on Netflix.'”

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How Tencent’s Proposed Stake in UMG Could Impact the Wider Music Biz

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Billboard reports: “On Aug. 6, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge sent a memo to staff saying parent company Vivendi had entered talks with China’s Tencent to buy a 10% stake in UMG, valuing the world’s biggest record company at $33 billion, at the low end of many Wall Street analysts’ rosy estimations.”

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Google Maps AR Walking Directions Arrive on iOS and Android

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The Verge reports: “Google is making its new augmented reality walking directions, known now as Google Maps Live View, available to a much wider range of Android phones and the iPhone today. The AR walking directions first appeared on Google’s Pixel phones earlier this year, showing real-time navigation in Google Maps through your phone’s camera.”

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CBS & AT&T Strike Carriage Deal, Ending Blackout On DirecTV Services

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Deadline reports: “CBS and AT&T have struck a carriage deal, ending the blackout on AT&T-owned satellite giant DirecTV. The companies’ dispute saw CBS stations in New York City, Los Angeles and across the nation go dark on DirectTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse cable systems beginning July 20.”

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EZ365 Reveals Blockchain for Digital Asset Trading, Gambling, Esports Betting, and Education

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VentureBeat reports: “EZ365 today announced its plan to launch the world’s first blockchain-based ecosystem that combines a digital asset exchange, a cryptocurrency casino, esports betting, and a blockchain education portal.”

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UK Spent £1.6bn on Video Games in the First Half of 2019

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gamesindustry.biz reports: “New figures show that UK consumers spent almost £1.6 billion on video games in the first six months of the year. The Entertainment Retail Association has released its market report for H1 2019, which shows games remains the highest-grossing sector of the entertainment market.”

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