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Facebook adds COO Sheryl Sandberg to board of directors

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Facebook announced today that its Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has joined the company’s board of directors. As COO, Sandberg is already instrumental in leading Facebook, particularly in areas of sales, marketing, business development, legal, human resources, public policy and communications. She has become a trusted partner of CEO Mark Zuckerberg...
Facebook adds COO Sheryl Sandberg to board of directors
Disney shutters publisher LucasArts
Hulu bidding war edges up to $1B with DirecTV offer (report)
College grads would rather work at Microsoft over Amazon, Facebook

Ignition-backed Cloudera scores whopping $65M round

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It’s been a good week for Ignition Partners, the Bellevue venture capital firm. On Wednesday, Citrix Systems announced its intentions to acquire Ignition portfolio company Zenprise in a deal that Fortune pegged at $355 million. Now, Cloudera, a four-year-old Hadoop based software startup led by ex-engineers from Facebook, Google and...
Ignition-backed Cloudera scores whopping $65M round

Apple TV could make ESPN another trick in its bag

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ESPN's network executive Sean Bratches said on Tuesday that the sports network would be interested in working with Apple to bring a version of the WatchESPN app to ESPN subscribers with the Apple TV. ESPN is the most-watched sports network in America, and a deal with the company could bring...
Apple TV could make ESPN another trick in its bag

Disney and Electronic Arts cut an exclusive deal for multi-year Star Wars game license

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Electronic Arts (EA) and The Walt Disney Company have announced a multi-year video game agreement for the Star Wars franchise. The deal will allow EA to develop and publish new Star Wars titles across multiple interactive platforms. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed. Disney Interactive’s Co-President John Pleasants...
Disney and Electronic Arts cut an exclusive deal for multi-year Star Wars game license

BBC Worldwide brings 600 hours of programming to Hulu in Japan

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The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, has become the first British distributor to license content to online TV service Hulu in Japan. The multi-year agreement will see around 600 hours of BBC Worldwide programming made available on the platform from today, though more programming will be added. Yesterday, we reported...
BBC Worldwide brings 600 hours of programming to Hulu in Japan
Disney Touché turns everyday objects into multi-touch, gesture-recognizing interfaces

Electronic Arts beats street for Q4 on decent game sales with $1.04 billon in revenue and EPS of $0.55

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Today Electronic Arts (EA) reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $1.04 billon and earnings per share of $0.55. Analysts had expected the company to earn $0.50 per share on revenue of $1 billion. With analyst expectations beat by a margin, EA is doing slightly better than expected, but that doesn’t mean...
Electronic Arts beats street for Q4 on decent game sales with $1.04 billon in revenue and EPS of $0.55

What Cord-Cutters? Surging ESPN Drives Disney's Profitable Q1

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Driven by record high carriage fees for its ESPN (NYSE: DIS) cable channel, and robust holiday attendance at its theme parks, the Walt Disney Company reported a 1 percent gain in first fiscal quarter profits to $10.8 billion and an 11 percent year-to-year increase in income to $2.4 billion....
What Cord-Cutters? Surging ESPN Drives Disney's Profitable Q1
Marvel Comics comes to iBooks: ‘New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout’ is free for a limited time

Press Start: EA to make Star Wars games, Will Wright on the SimCity debacle and morePress Start:

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Plus, Scottish police chief blames violent games for knife attack and Gearbox rubbishes lawsuit against Aliens Colonial MarinesA selection of links, hand-picked by the Guardian games writers.Star Wars: Disney, EA sign multi-year publishing deal | VG247EA has announced that it has signed an exclusive multi-year publishing deal with The Walt...
Press Start: EA to make Star Wars games, Will Wright on the SimCity debacle and morePress Start:

Netflix strikes licensing agreement with Disney, will be exclusive US subscription service for first-run films beginning in 2016

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Netflix just announced a couple of new deals with Warner last week, and it's now landed a big one with The Walt Disney Company. While it's still a few years out, the company has announced today that it will be the exclusive US subscription television service for first-run live-action...
Netflix strikes licensing agreement with Disney, will be exclusive US subscription service for first-run films beginning in 2016
Q&A: Hulu CTO Richard Tom on the future of television

Walt Disney buys LucasFilm, promises Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Walt Disney Company announced in a press release shortly before its investor call that it would acquire 100 percent of LucasFilm LTD for $4.05 billion, in cash and stock. In the press release, Disney also said it would invest in a Star Wars Episode 7 which...
Walt Disney buys LucasFilm, promises Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015

Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, plans more Star Wars movies

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Disney is already one of the biggest media companies around, and it's now set to become even bigger. The company announced late today that it's acquiring Lucasfilm Ltd., currently 100 percent owned by founder George Lucas, for $4.05 billion in a cash and stock deal. That of course includes...
Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, plans more Star Wars movies

Disney Corp may add ESPN to Apple TV

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The Walt Disney Company's network executive Sean Bratches said in an interview today that Disney would consider allowing the WatchESPN service application on the Apple TV set top device. Prior authentication of cable access would be required to view. No deal is imminent.......
Disney Corp may add ESPN to Apple TV

Disney's ABC to livestream all programming to iOS devices starting this week

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Big news from the New York Times this evening. ABC, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company,  will begin streaming live content to iOS devices later this week in Philadelphia and New York City using a new button on their app called ‘live’. Users will be able to live stream...
Disney's ABC to livestream all programming to iOS devices starting this week
Disney buys Lucasfilm, plans to release 'Star Wars: Episode 7' in 2015

Disney Buys Lucasfilm for $4 Billion (DIS)

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Disney announced today it will buy Lucasfilm for $4 billion in cash and stock. George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars franchise and CEO of Lucasfilm, owns 100% of the company.  Even better: A new Star Wars movie, Episode VII, will debut in 2015. Two more movies will launch...
Disney Buys Lucasfilm for $4 Billion (DIS)

Tech Moves: Pearl Jam Web developer joins Seattle's Yabbly; Rosenthal leaves Madrona; etc.

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Ian Shafer Ian Shafer has joined Yabbly, a new social decision making app created by former Marchex exec and Google product manager Tom Leung.  A 2001 graduate of the University of Washington’s computer science and engineering department, Shafer worked at Amazon.com as a software engineer before moving on to lead Web...
Tech Moves: Pearl Jam Web developer joins Seattle's Yabbly; Rosenthal leaves Madrona; etc.
Amazon leapfrogs Apple and Google to become most respected company in the US, says report

Hulu Plus hits 2 million subscribers, seeing 500,000 new members in Q1

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Hulu is set to announce a 25% subscription growth in its online TV service at an event in NYC this week, as it looks to tempt advertisers on board to drive its revenue. Founded in 2007, Hulu is an online TV service that helps users discover premium content from around...
Hulu Plus hits 2 million subscribers, seeing 500,000 new members in Q1
Google, Apple, & Microsoft top LinkedIn's list of most desirable employers
Hulu’s growing up, but what about its parents?

Disney comes to Blinkbox in UK and Ireland, streaming many titles from the same day as DVD releases

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Following the news last week that Disney UK & Ireland has partnered with Google to provide movies via YouTube and Google Play, the entertainment giant has now signed a deal with UK online film service, Blinkbox. Film and TV fans will be able to buy or rent the latest titles...
Disney comes to Blinkbox in UK and Ireland, streaming many titles from the same day as DVD releases

A New Hope? Disney Buys Lucasfilm For $4 Billion

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The Walt Disney Company has reportedly bought Lucasfilm, the production company that brought us Star Wars and Indiana Jones, for $4.05 billion in cash and stock. The companies simultaneously announced that Star Wars Episode 7 will be released in 2015. Kathleen Kenedy, co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become president, reporting to...
A New Hope? Disney Buys Lucasfilm For $4 Billion
Disney World's RFID bracelets use data to bring fantasy to life
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