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Hollywood slams Sony decision

Some big Hollywood names are blasting Sony Pictures after it canceled the premier of its controversial movie “The Interview,” following unspecified threats against theatergoers by hackers.

Sony Pictures cancels release of “The Interview”

Sony has decided not to release “The Interview” after hackers threatened they will attack the movie theaters that show the film.

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Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom at Instagram Direct unveiling in December 2013.

Instagram has hit a major milestone. The company now has more than 300 million monthly active users, sharing more than 70 million photos every day, and an average of 2.5 billion daily “likes.” That 300 million number is meaningful for a couple of reasons. First, it’s impressive growth. Since March, the number of new monthly …

Hackers attack Sony Pictures

After a hack attack on Sony Pictures, five of its new films were leaked on the internet.

Hollywood hits toy stores

With the holiday shopping season officially underway, a lot of consumers are finding that toys are going Hollywood this year.

The future of media

Big changes are coming to the way we watch TV, enjoy movies and play games in the future.

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Almost as long as there has been digital music, there have been podcasts – regular downloadable audio programs on everything from hip hop to high finance. But after a decade or so, a podcast has broken through into the media mainstream, and experts are claiming that new podcast “Serial” could mark a sea-change in listening …

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There could be a major mouse-eared obstacle standing in the way of Hasbro‘s potential purchase of DreamWorks Animation. Sources say the toymaker is exploring a deal to buy DreamWorks,“Squawk Box” host Andrew Ross Sorkin reported in The New York Times. Read More Hasbro said to be in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation But Hasbro has a lucrative …

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YouTube is launching a long-anticipated music subscription service next week. The service, called “YouTube Music Key,” will cost $9.99 a month for ad-free music, plus music videos, and the ability to listen offline as well as online. It’s starting as an invite-only beta service: People who are invited are offered 6 months free, followed by …

Disney earnings meet expectations

Disney reported earnings and revenue that met expectations, but Wall Street didn’t seem impressed.

New media landscape

Media companies report earnings this week as the industry undergoes a massive transformation, but can they keep pace with changing consumer habits?

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It’s a big week for media earnings: Fox reports after the bell Tuesday, Wednesday we hear from Time Warner in the morning and CBS in the afternoon, Thursday afternoon from Disney. These earnings come at a turning point for the industry. Just weeks ago, HBO and CBS announced big moves to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services, …

Activision aims for higher sales

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQsJPLjSzOQ&feature=youtu.beCan Activision’s “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” game help the brand reverse its slump in sales?

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Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks in Laguna Beach, Calif., October 27, 2014.

Alibaba Pictures, the media arm of the the Chinese e-commerce giant, is reportedly in talks with Sony Pictures to co-finance movies. The proposed films would aim at global audiences with both English and Chinese versions, Variety reported, citing sources familiar with the discussions. Read More Apple and Alibaba hint at partnership Alibaba founder Jack Ma is …

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Amazon Fire TV Stick

On the heels of Amazon’s big earnings disappointment and lots of talk about its money-losing projects, the retail giant launched another move further into TV. The company launched Monday morning the Amazon Fire TV Stick, a streaming device to rival Google’s Chromecast. At $39 it’s a big price drop from Amazon’s $99 Fire set top …