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    Holographic Capture Startup 8i Plans to Lay Off Half of Its Staff

    New Zealand- and Los Angeles-based holographic capture startup 8i is having significant layoffs that could impact more than 30 staffers. The company confirmed the layoffs in a statement emailed to Variety, which said that it was undergoing a restructuring that could impact as much as half of its staff of around 70 full-time employees. “Although [...]

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    SiriusXM Hit With Big Rate Hike by Copyright Royalty Board

    In a victory for SoundExchange, satellite radio service SiriusXM will be increasing by 40% its royalty payments to artists and labels for the period beginning Jan. 1 and extending through 2022. The decision issued Thursday by the Copyright Royalty Board caps a 24-month litigation process that saw SoundExchange arguing that Sirius was underpaying in light of its revenues of [...]

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    Google Home Max Review: Want Some Bass With Those Smarts?

    Google’s new $399 Google Home Max speaker, which started to ship earlier this week, is the company’s first real foray into the world of home audio. With the Max, Google is aiming for the living room. Or perhaps the den, next to that turntable that you’ve been meaning to hook up again. Reviewing a product like the [...]

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    Vevo CEO Erik Huggers Is Stepping Down

    Updated. Erik Huggers is stepping down as the president and CEO of the major-label-owned music video platform Vevo, the company announced Friday. CFO Alan Price will be stepping in as interim CEO while the company is looking for new leadership; Price will continue to serve as Vevo’s CFO as well. “We would like to thank [...]

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    Facebook Adds Snooze Button to Mute Friends, Pages for 30 Days

    Facebook would prefer that you don’t unfriend your old high school buddies every time they say something you disagree with. That’s why the company released a new feature Friday that makes it possible to temporarily mute people without banning them altogether. Facebook’s new snooze button temporarily mutes people, pages or groups for 30 days, ensuring [...]

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    Disney Will Get More Vice After Acquiring 21st Century Fox's $70 Million Stake

    Disney will be adding a little more Vice into its life. The media conglomerate will obtain 21st Century Fox’s $70 million stake in Vice Media under the mammoth asset deal Disney and Fox announced Thursday, a rep for 21st Century Fox confirmed to Variety. That’s on top of the stake in Vice that Disney already owns, [...]

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    Refinery29 Lays Off 34 Staffers in Latest Sign of Digital-Media Malaise

    Refinery29 has pink-slipped 34 employees, with the digital media player citing a “challenging” advertising environment for the layoffs. The New York-based company said the cuts represent 7.5% of its workforce, leaving it with around 420 employees worldwide. Refinery29 targets young female audiences with a mix of news, lifestyle, and video content. Refinery29 co-founders and co-CEOs [...]

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