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Sony’s marketing chief: PlayStation Vita to be biggest marketing spend ever in U.S. (interview)

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Sony is pulling out all the stops with tonight’s launch of the PlayStation Vita handheld gaming device. Guy Longworth, senior vice president of marketing and PSN at Sony’s U.S. game division, said in an interview that the $50 million U.S. advertising spend will be the biggest the game division has...
Sony’s marketing chief: PlayStation Vita to be biggest marketing spend ever in U.S. (interview)
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SmartGlass, Xbox 360 and the battle for the connected living room

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Announced at the E3 conference on Monday, SmartGlass is a new smartphone app that Microsoft sees as its entry point to our digital entertainment futureBe in no doubt: all the major games console manufacturers want a space in your living room, below your TV and providing all your screened content...
SmartGlass, Xbox 360 and the battle for the connected living room

Digital entertainment downloads top £1bn for first time in 2012

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Music, TV, film and game downloads fail to boost high street as physical sales fall 17.6%Downloads of music, TV shows, films and video games topped £1bn in the UK for the first time in 2012, with digital entertainment sales now accounting for almost a quarter of the market.However, despite the...
Digital entertainment downloads top £1bn for first time in 2012

Google files complaint to seize GooglePlay.com to complete Android Market rebranding

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The rebranding process for Android Market is in high gear after Google announced this week that it would now be referred to as “Google Play“. All of the content that is currently available from Google will be available under this umbrella. Here’s what the company had to say about the...
Google files complaint to seize GooglePlay.com to complete Android Market rebranding
Linden Lab acquires LittleTextPeople for new projects this year

Report: Google aims to take on Spotify, seals a deal with Sony and Universal

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Google will announce a new, subscription-based music service tomorrow at Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference. Sources close to the matter told The Verge that Google signed separate licensing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. The company would use those deals to add music subscription...
Report: Google aims to take on Spotify, seals a deal with Sony and Universal

Facebook Strikes Deal To Make TV And Movie Sharing Easier

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Social Media Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that collects and delivers the top social media news first thing every morning. You can sign up to receive Social Media Insights here or at the bottom of this post. Facebook Partners With Rovi (TNW)Facebook has announced it will be...
Facebook Strikes Deal To Make TV And Movie Sharing Easier

Zeebox to get live in-app video feed from Sky's Got to Dance final

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BSkyB's investment in social TV startup starts to bear fruit with real-time commentarySocial TV app Zeebox will be getting a live in-app video feed during the final of Sky 1 HD's Got to Dance show when it airs on Sunday 4 March.The feed won't be the show itself, but will...
Zeebox to get live in-app video feed from Sky's Got to Dance final
Digital boom couldn't stop 2012 entertainment slump in UK

Roku Raises a $60 Million Round, Led by Fidelity, to Fight for the Living Room

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Tim Cook says Apple TV is still a side project. But bringing digital entertainment to your TV is all Roku does, and they’re raising more money to do it. Roku has raised a massive $60 million round, led by new investor Fidelity; publisher and TV station owner Hearst Corp. has also...
Roku Raises a $60 Million Round, Led by Fidelity, to Fight for the Living Room
Spaceport.io raises investment from YouWeb and BBC Worldwide

Greg Sandoval quits CNET over CBS editorial interference

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Hello all. Sad to report that I’ve resigned from CNET. I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence. — Greg Sandoval (@sandoCNET) January 14, 2013 Greg Sandoval, who covered media and digital entertainment for CNET News, writes in follow-up tweets: “I am not disgruntled. CBS and...
Greg Sandoval quits CNET over CBS editorial interference

Tesco launches Clubcard TV, a Blinkbox-powered video-streaming service supported by advertisers

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Two days after UK movie-streaming service Blinkbox announced new hires from Facebook and Sainsbury’s to head up new ebook and music services, another Blinkbox-powered service has now launched courtesy of Tesco called Clubcard TV. We first reported on this new service last month when it launched in private beta with...
Tesco launches Clubcard TV, a Blinkbox-powered video-streaming service supported by advertisers

Bizzabo Raises $1.5M to Expand Conference Networking App

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Bizzabo has built a LinkedIn for real-life. The app seeks to simplify networking at meetups and conferences by directing you to the people in the room that it feels you should be in contact with at each event. It also handles a chunk of the event organizing by sending alerts...
Bizzabo Raises $1.5M to Expand Conference Networking App

Facebook partners with Rovi to bring more in-depth movie and TV content info to user profiles

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Facebook has announced it will be integrating digital entertainment service Rovi Corporation into its platform. The two companies have agreed to form a partnership whereby Rovi’s information database of movies, TV shows, and celebrities will be tied into Facebook profiles. By doing so, it will allow the social network’s users...
Facebook partners with Rovi to bring more in-depth movie and TV content info to user profiles

Screen Media Ventures launches free-to-use movie streaming app with Tapjoy

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Screen Media Ventures is adapting the free-to-play business model from games to its streaming movie service in a partnership with mobile monetization firm Tapjoy. Free-to-play has fueled the growth of gaming on social and mobile platforms. Tapjoy hopes...
Screen Media Ventures launches free-to-use movie streaming app with Tapjoy

Are video games really the villains in our violent age?

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The Sandy Hook school massacre has revived concerns about the effects of first-person shooter games, but some of them are actually good for youThe number of aliens you kill may directly contribute to an improvement in your brain. This may not sound like a typical scientific discovery, but it has...
Are video games really the villains in our violent age?

Startup News: Brooklyn Tech Triangle Seeks Master Plan; Reuters is Now Distributing Animated Content

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“Master Your DSLR Camera:” now available for iOS from Open Air Publishing. Animated news Reuters has announced the launch of an exclusive partnership with Next Media Animation. Starting this week, Reuters will offer around 20 animated news stories a week produced by Next Media Animation News Direct service, intended to...
Startup News: Brooklyn Tech Triangle Seeks Master Plan; Reuters is Now Distributing Animated Content

Can Wal-Mart Save UltraViolet?

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Hollywood’s Ultraviolet cloud initiative has registered only 1 million users to date and has been dogged by complaints that its technology is too cumbersome for consumers. Next week, the five major studios behind Ultraviolet will hold a press conference with Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) to detail their new partnership. Is...
Can Wal-Mart Save UltraViolet?

BBCWW shuffles BBC.com and devalues Lonely Planet

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BBC Worldwide applied the “blur” filter to the finances of its online flagships when it reported latest annual finances on Monday. “BBC.com delivered another year of excellent revenue growth, and significant profit uplift on the back of the previous year’s move towards profitability,” the company’s 2011/12 annual report reported, cryptically....
BBCWW shuffles BBC.com and devalues Lonely Planet

CODcasting could finally popularize gamer TV

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Last week, Activision announced its forthcoming Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 video game will let players live-stream their gaming from Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 through YouTube. The development could satisfy demand for spectator gaming that has gone unmet for years. When I was a kid, I relished watching GamesMaster,...
CODcasting could finally popularize gamer TV

Retail Giant Tesco Gears Up For Amazon Fight With Blinkboxmusic, Blinkboxbooks And TV Service In UK; Devices, Int'l Push Next?

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The race for online consumers continues to heat up in the UK, and local retail giant Tesco wants to make sure that it doesn’t blink and let Amazon get the upper hand. Tesco today announced the launch of an all-encompassing digital entertainment service rebranded under blinkbox — blinkboxmusic, blinkboxbooks and...
Retail Giant Tesco Gears Up For Amazon Fight With Blinkboxmusic, Blinkboxbooks And TV Service In UK; Devices, Int'l Push Next?

Analyst: Netflix Has Fully Recovered From Its Quickster Debacle

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In 2010, people couldn’t say enough good things about Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX)—it was the darling of the digital entertainment world. Then last year, they couldn’t say enough bad things, after a series of public-relations fiascos cratered its stock price and subscriber count. So where does the company stand now?...
Analyst: Netflix Has Fully Recovered From Its Quickster Debacle

Revision3 Cofounder David Prager Ankles Web-Video Network

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We always wanted to use "ankles" in a headline, like Variety. (It means "quits," if you work in Hollywood.) Today's ankler is David Prager, the cofounder and COO of Web-video network Revision3, has quit after seven years—and after Revision3 sold to cable network Discovery Communications. You may remember Prager as the...
Revision3 Cofounder David Prager Ankles Web-Video Network
Walmart in discussions to support UltraViolet 'digital video locker' with in-store 'disc to digital' service

Report: Amazon to challenge Zynga with social games studio

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Amazon.com is making a new push into Zynga’s territory, in more ways than one. The online retailer is aiming to set up its own social games studio in San Francisco, according to a report today by Business Insider. The studio would expand on Amazon’s existing presence in the online game...
Report: Amazon to challenge Zynga with social games studio

Tesco buys We7 for £10.8m

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Retail giant moves further into home entertainment by acquiring digital music serviceTesco has bought the digital music service We7 for £10.8m as the retail giant moves further into home entertainment.The supermarket company has taken a 91% stake in London-based We7, with the remaining shares to be purchased within weeks.Genesis frontman...
Tesco buys We7 for £10.8m
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