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    Apple's Eddy Cue Confirmed for Q&A Session at Pollstar Live! Conference

    Pollstar has announced that Apple SVP Eddy Cue will have a Q&A session with Variety’s own Executive Music Editor Shirley Halperin at the Pollstar Live! 2018 conference in February. Other confirmed speakers for the conference Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, WME head of music Marc Geiger, UTA’s head of U.S. music operations Natalia Nastaskin and [...]

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    Two Years After Banning It, Amazon Starts Listing Google's Chromecast Again

    Amazon started to list Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter on its site again this week, two years after banning the device from its store. The move could signal that a multi-year dispute between Amazon and Google may be coming to a conclusion. The device was shown as “currently unavailable” Thursday, meaning that consumers can’t buy it [...]

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    Netflix Slams FCC's 'Misguided' Repeal of Net Neutrality Regulations

    Netflix is among the crowd blasting the Federal Communications Commission’s decision Thursday to roll back the Obama-era network neutrality regulations, which were aimed at ensuring content companies aren’t discriminated against by broadband providers. In a statement, Netflix said: “We’re disappointed in the FCC’s decision to gut the net neutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era [...]

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    Facebook Officially Announces Pre-Roll Ad Tests, Tweaks Mid-Rolls

    It’s official: Facebook is going to start testing pre-roll advertising for some of its video inventory in 2018. The company also announced Thursday that it is tweaking its mid-roll ads, and adjusting its newsfeed algorithm to surface more relevant video clips. Reports about these impending tests first surfaced earlier this month. Pre-roll ads will be [...]

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    Apple Updates Final Cut Pro X With Support for VR, HDR

    Apple released a new version of its Final Cut Pro X video editing suite Thursday that adds support for 360-degree video as well as 8K and HDR. The Final Cut Pro X 10.4 software update was released alongside the new iMac Pro, which Apple first announced at its WWDC conference in June. The new version [...]

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    Pandora Introduces New Free Premium Trial Session

    Pandora is giving the uninitiated a free taste of its Premium service. According to a press release, the company is offering access to music on-demand without a subscription: For the first time, listeners can search and play songs, albums, and playlists by viewing a single 15-second ad to unlock a complimentary session of Premium. This [...]

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    Baobab Studios Releases 'Asteroids' VR Film Feat. Elizabeth Banks, Ingrid Nilsen

    Comcast- and Fox-backed animation startup Baobab Studios released its second animated VR film “Asteroids!” for a wide variety of VR headsets Thursday. Baobab previously released “Invasion!” as its first project, for which the studio won a Daytime Emmy. “Asteroids!” once again follows Mac & Cheez, two lovable aliens who first appeared in “Invasion.” In this [...]

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