Fandango to acquire

Fandango to acquire

NBCU’s Fandango has reached a deal to acquire, its longtime rival in the movie-ticketing space. The site will continue to exist, and the company’s team will continue to be based in Boca Raton, Florida. Terms of the deal – expected to close by the end of the year – weren’t disclosed. The acquisition […]

Qualcomm files lawsuit to halt iPhone sales in China

Broadcom makes massive unsolicited offer to buy rival chip-maker Qualcomm

In its ongoing patent war with Apple, chipset-maker Qualcomm is seeking to cripple the tech giant’s sales in the world’s most populous country. As first reported by Bloomberg, Qualcomm has filed a lawsuit against Apple in a Beijing intellectual property court. The suit claims patent infringement; according to a Qualcomm spokeswoman, the company is seeking […]

Study: Influencers continue to trend away from Snapchat

Shares tumble as Snap Inc. whiffs on earnings and user growth

Influencers continue to trend away from Snapchat. That’s the takeaway from a new study by Mediakix, a social media marketing company. Mediakix found that Stories usage among influencers declined by 33% over the sixth-month period that ended in August. The company also found that influencers are posting on Instagram Stories twice as often as they’re […]

AR company Magic Leap looks to raise a lot more cash

AR company Magic Leap looks to raise a lot more cash

Magic Leap looks like it’s about to raise more money – a lot of it. The mixed reality startup, which has been building a pair of glasses that can integrate advanced graphics into real-world environments, has filed an amended certificate of incorporation. The new filing will authorize the company to issue up to 37 million […]

Facebook announces standalone “Oculus Go” VR headset

Facebook announces standalone "Oculus Go" VR headset

At its Oculus Connect developers’ conference, Facebook unveiled its newest Oculus-branded headset – and it could be the next big thing in VR. The standalone device, called Oculus Go, won’t require either a PC or phone to run. It’ll cost only $199 – substantially less expensive than any non-mobile-based headsets currently on the market. (The […]

YouTube mobile app tests autoplay videos

YouTube lets musicians sell tickets directly to viewers

As first reported by The Independent, YouTube appears to be testing autoplay videos on the homepage of its mobile app. When users visit the app’s landing page, the top video will start playing immediately. And as they scroll down, subsequent videos will begin to play. (Sound and subtitles are still muted by default.) The autoplay […]

Report: Disney to launch movie download service with other major studios

Disney plans Star Wars and Marvel streaming series

Bloomberg reports that Walt Disney Co. is close to announcing a new movie download service. The service would reportedly enable consumers to buy films, and then store them in a digital “locker” to view on their devices. Bloomberg first wrote about Disney’s plan for a “Movies Anywhere” service in December, reporting that the entertainment giant […]

Report: Apple partners with Spielberg and NBCU

Report: Apple partners with Steven Spielberg and NBCU on original series

By all accounts, Apple has been making a furious push into the original content space. In June, the tech giant hired long-time Sony TV presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, placing the pair in charge of its original content efforts. Now, according to the Wall Street Journal, the company finally has a major project […]

Report: Russian political ads ran across Google’s ad products in 2016 Google

Report: Russian political ads ran across Google's ad products in 2016

First Facebook, then Twitter, now Google. As first reported by The Washington Post, the tech giant has learned that Russian entities purchased tens of thousands of dollars worth of political ads in 2016, which ran across platforms such as YouTube, Google Search, the DoubleClick ad network, and Gmail. According to the Post’s sources, the ads […]

Hulu lowers subscription price in new promotion

Sprint to offer Hulu access to subs

Less than a week after Netflix hiked subscription prices, Hulu has gone in the opposite direction – for a limited time, anyway. The service’s least expensive streaming plan, which includes ads, will now sell for $5.99 per month for new subscribers. The offer – which is only available through January 9 – is good for […]