Twitch launches an Alexa skill that plays your channels on Echo Show, offers live audio streams

 Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming service, is now available on Alexa. The company says it has launched a new skill for Alexa device owners that will allow Twitch users to track their favorite video creators and be notified when they start streaming, as well as discover new games and channels, among other things. The skill seems best designed for the Echo Show, the Alexa-powered… Read More

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‘The Last Jedi’ is the most moving Star Wars movie — and the funniest

rey last jedi One of the most common ways to praise a new Star Wars movie is to claim that it’s the best one since The Empire Strikes Back. But sometimes the clichés are accurate. And I have to say it: The Last Jedi is the best Star Wars movie since The Empire Strikes Back. The comparison seems particularly apt, since Last Jedi occupies a similar spot in the new Star Wars trilogy. It doesn’t… Read More

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Netflix reminds everyone it’s creeping on them

 This week Netflix trumpeted its users collectively streaming one billion hours of content weekly in 2017.
Also this week: Netflix reminded its ~110M global subscribers that while they’re paying to watch the content available on its platform, Netflix is busy watching what they’re watching… Read More

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Former Gawker employees are crowdfunding an effort to buy Gawker.com

Save Gawker Gawker may soon return from the dead. While Univision acquired most of Gawker Media’s sites last year (and renamed them as the Gizmodo Media Group), the deal didn’t include Gawker itself. In fact, BuzzFeed reported last month that a bankruptcy administrator has not been able to find a buyer for the Gawker site, and that lawyers for Peter Thiel (the billionaire venture capitalist… Read More

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HBO and Netflix top the list of Golden Globes nominations

 The Golden Globe nominations are out, and once again HBO and Netflix have come out on top as the most-nominated networks. HBO is down by two from last year’s total of 14, but still leads with 12 nods for series including “Big Little Lies,” “The Wizard of Lies,” “Game of Thrones,” and the “The Young Pope.” Meanwhile, Netflix is having a… Read More

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Apple to confirm Shazam acquisition today; Snap and Spotify also expressed interest

 After we broke the story last week that Apple was acquiring London-based music and image recognition service Shazam, Apple will be confirming the news today, we have heard. It is purchasing the startup — one of earliest players in the world of mobile music — as part of its bigger ambitions in the music business. We have been told by multiple sources that the news should be out… Read More

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The NFL and Verizon’s new streaming deal will bring games to all mobile carriers

 Verizon will no longer be the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier for watching NFL games on smartphones and tablets. According to an announcement this morning, the company – and TechCrunch’s parent, by way of Oath – says that it has closed a new deal with the National Football League that will allow it to stream live games to fans regardless of mobile network.
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Imgur’s take on Snapchat Stories is for people who really love GIFs

 Imgur, the hugely popular photo and GIF sharing site with over 250 million users, is the latest to board the ephemeral storytelling train. Like the ‘stories’ feature inside Snapchat and Facebook/Instagram, which has cloned the heck of Snapchat, Imgur has moved into lean-back content with the arrival of ‘Snacks’, a new feature that sits at the top of its mobile app.… Read More

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Following controversies over kids’ content, YouTube makes several YouTube Red family shows free

 Amid controversies over how YouTube has been handling content aimed at children on its network, YouTube is making a number of its previously subscription-only YouTube Red shows available on its YouTube Kids application for the first time as part of a new promotion. The shows come from YouTube Red, the subscription offering launched in fall 2015 as another means of monetizing the YouTube… Read More

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Spotify and Tencent agree to swap stakes in their music businesses

 Tencent’s overseas investment splurge continues after the company confirmed a deal with Spotify that will see the duo make investments in each other’s music businesses. Tencent Music Entertainment (TME), the Chinese firm’s subsidiary that manages its music streaming and karaoke services, will make an undisclosed minority investment in Spotify through new shares, while… Read More

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