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3/18/2019

A jury in a US federal court in San Diego ruled that Apple violated three Qualcomm patents in the iPhone 7, 8 and X and awarded Qualcomm $31.6 million in damages. The fight isn't over though since the companies are due back in a San Diego court April 15 in what is expected to be a much more intense face-off over patent licenses and royalties.

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3/18/2019

Disney is pursuing an increase in Hulu ownership to compete better against Netflix, and Kori Hale writes that success may hinge on producing more content for black audiences. Recent statistics show that 74% of black viewers stream content, and Netflix has already positioned itself to attract those viewers through strategic hires and partnerships with Shonda Rhimes, the Obamas and others.

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3/18/2019

Apple has invited Hollywood A-listers to its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters for an event March 25 that is expected to focus on the details of its highly anticipated streaming service, including original programming through projects with the likes of Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg. Meanwhile, the company is also expanding its News service and is emphasizing its Pay and Music services.

3/18/2019

A number of experts are criticizing social media and tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter for failing to halt the spread of hate-filled rhetoric and horrifying images after the alleged perpetrator of an attack on New Zealand mosques streamed the shootings live on social media. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Reddit have all released statements saying they have removed and will remove any content related to the attacks as soon as it is discovered.

3/18/2019

A growing number of Democratic leaders are turning their attention to the technology industry, calling for more stringent anti-trust legislation, more accountability from tech companies and stronger protections for data privacy, writes Nancy Scola. The shift in ideology by prominent Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., could weigh on the bottom lines of those in the technology industry, Scola writes.

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Politico
3/18/2019

Podcasts have gained surprising popularity since their inauspicious debut a little over a decade ago, and there are now some 28 million episodes of approximately 660,000 podcasts available for listeners to download. The success of the medium can be attributed to the intimacy it offers listeners, a rarity amid the algorithm-driven content found on social media, writes Adam Sternbergh.

3/18/2019

President Donald Trump is again urging the Federal Communications Commission to investigate NBC's "Saturday Night Live," saying the show is colluding with Democrats to repeatedly attack him. Trump tweeted his displeasure with the program on Sunday morning after a rerun of the show on Saturday night depicted a spoof of "It's a Wonderful Life," in which Trump was not president.

3/18/2019

Rupert Murdoch has begun disassembling his media empire, selling off the movie and TV production facilities associated with 21st Century Fox and rebranding the news, sports and broadcast channels as simply "Fox." Murdoch, who has said online movie offerings from companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Apple would outpace what his organization could offer, was, in Peter Chernin's view, "the first person who really understood the power of combining content creation and distribution."

3/18/2019

Comcast has launched a revamped version of its cloud-enabled video platform, X1, that's geared toward smaller and medium-sized businesses, such as restaurants, bars and health clubs. Features include an interactive guide, a voice remote and apps to present real-time stats on sports, weather and stocks.

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3/18/2019

The NBA and Turner Sports have launched the 10-Minute Pass, which gives fans a chance to watch 10 minutes of out-of-market games for 99 cents. Viewers can watch as many games as they wish during those 10 minutes on NBA.com and the NBA app.

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Multichannel News
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