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Viacom Has Held Talks To Acquire Ad-Supported Streaming Services

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Viacom has recently held acquisition talks with two free, ad-supported streaming video services as it looks to expand the digital reach of its entertainment properties. The media company approached with Tubi TV, a free service partly owned by MGM and Lionsgate; and Pluto TV, a Los Angeles-based company that has attracted investments from Scripps Networks Interactive, Sky, Third Wave Capital Partners and Samsung Venture Investment Corp., the venture-capital arm of… Read

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Twitter To Live Stream NBA Games Through Partnership With Turner Sports

Twitter will live stream portions of 20 NBA games, giving viewers the opportunity to watch the the on-court action from the perspective of a single player. The National Basketball Association and Turner Sports announced a partnership with Twitter today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, describing it as an experience that’s complementary to the broadcast of the game on TNT. "The NBA Twitter community is among the most vibrant in sports and entertainment,"  NBA… Read

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Disney Strikes Partnership With Verizon To Explore The Possibilities Of 5G

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Walt Disney Studios and Verizon have struck a partnership to work together on emerging technologies that touch on production, exhibition and consumer experiences. The telecommunications giant said it is partnering with Disney's StudioLAB innovation program, which was established last summer to advance the art of storytelling with cutting-edge tools and methods. News of the partnership broke Tuesday, ahead of Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg’s keynote address at the Consumer… Read

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Nielsen Adds Mobile And OTT Viewing, Including YouTube, To Its Ad Metrics

Nielsen, which has long been criticized for not adequately reporting the full scope of media consumption, announced a noteworthy step today with the addition of mobile and OTT viewing, including YouTube, to its cross-platform advertising measurement tools. The addition of digital viewing will enable Nielsen to deliver clients “deep insights into de-duplicated audiences viewing ads across smartphones, tablets, computers and television,” the company said. The goal is to… Read

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Vice News Outlets Ratify New Contracts In WGA East’s Ongoing Drive To Unionize Digital News

Writers and producers at four Vice Media news outlets have voted overwhelmingly to ratify contracts negotiated on their behalf by the WGA East. The new pacts, which cover some 200 staffers at Vice Editorial, Vice News, Viceland and Vice Digital, were approved by 98% of those who voted, the guild said. The new contracts are just the latest in the guild’s ongoing campaign to unionize digital news sites. "Collective bargaining ensures that WGAE-represented employees have the… Read

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Apple Privacy Features Touted On Consumer Electronics Show Adjacent Billboard

Apple is using an old-fashioned way to capture hearts and minds – it’s put up a large billboard near the Consumer Electronics Show convention center to emphasize its privacy features. Tech giant Apple isn’t attending the show, but has placed the ad on the side of a SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel. The facility is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the tech industry gathers annually to see what’s next. The black and white ad says, “What happens on… Read

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‘Made In Staten Island’ MTV Reality Show Protested Via Change.org Petition

A petition against the upcoming MTV reality show Made In Staten Island has been launched via Change.org, claiming the show is ruining the New York borough’s image. The New York Post reports the show, produced by Mob Wives star Karen Gravano, daughter of Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, has gained almost 6,000 signatures in the petition protest drive. "The portrayal of Staten Island as a cesspool of gangsters, meatheads and low lives appears to be the main focus of MTV show… Read

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City Of Los Angeles Sues The Weather Channel App For Deceptive Data Collection Practices

The City of Los Angeles has sued the makers of the Weather Channel App, saying it uses the data it gathers in ways that have nothing to do with providing accurate local weather forecasts. The suit accuses TWC Product and Technology, the company behind the app, of using the popular app to covertly mine the private data of its users and sell the information to third parties, including advertisers. The app coaxes users to turn on location tracking so they can receive… Read

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In San Bernardino Shooting Lawsuit, Twitter, Facebook, Google Let Off Hook

In a ruling late Monday, a federal judge in San Francisco dismissed lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and Google that sought to punish them for their role in the December 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the tech companies could not be held accountable for the rise of Islamic State propaganda on their platforms. The shooting, which killed 14 people and injured 22 more, was carried out during a county facility’s training… Read

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Kevin Spacey ‘Let Me Be Frank’ YouTube Video Tops 8 Million Views In 3 Days

Kevin Spacey’s bizarre video monologue has garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube in just three days, as the curious flock to see his seeming rebuttal to felony indecent assault and battery charges he faces in Massachusetts. The viewership crossed the milestone as new details emerged Thursday about the alleged groping incident. The Spacey video, titled Let Me Be Frank, shows the actor on his own YouTube channel delivering a monologue using his former House of Cards… Read

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The Onion Goes Union: Humorists Ratify First Contract With WGA East

That’s a real headline: The Onion has gone union. The creative staff at Onion Inc. overwhelmingly has ratified its first collective bargaining agreement with the WGA East. It covers 69 employees at the company’s numerous humor and cultural sites including The Onion, The A/V Club, The Takeout, Onion Labs and Clickhole. "This agreement demonstrates that when creative professionals win a voice on the job by unionizing with the WGAE, they can forge a productive relationship… Read

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‘Deadly Class’: Syfy Releases Assassin School Pilot Ahead Of January Premiere – Watch Here

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Syfy has released the entire premiere episode of Deadly Class, based on the graphic novel by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, weeks ahead of its linear debut on January 16. Now through January 16, the first episode will be available commercial-free via Syfy On Demand, online at Syfy.com, and the Syfy and USA apps. Additionally, the premiere will be available via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter through January 1. Close captioning will be available in English on all platforms and… Read