• Google Play Removes Game Depicting 2014 Pakistani Terrorist Attack Day Before New School Massacre
    A video game based on the Taliban's 2014 massacre of a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which killed scores of children, has been removed from Google Play following an online uproar. Today, another terrorist attack has killed at least 20 at a Pakistani university Named the “Pakistan Army Retribution,” the game enabled players to impersonate Pakistani soldiers and kill armed terrorists. While the aim was to honor Pakistani soldiers, criticisms began flowing online shortly after its release by a government digital agency called the Punjab Information Technology Board.
  • Commercial TV Tries To Cut Down On Commercials
    The TV networks mull the new methods as consumers increasingly find ways to avoid advertising. Couch potatoes have long had the ability to zap past commercials with the help of a DVR. Now, more of them are simply growing accustomed to watching TV programs without ads at all, as they stream and binge-watch favorites by using subscription-based services like Netflix and Amazon. “
  • Q4: Netflix Now Has 75M Customers, Worldwide
    Netflix Inc. released fourth-quarter earnings Tuesday afternoon, and the streaming service said it added 5.7 million paying U.S. subscribers during 2015,  of which 1.33 million came in the final quarter of the year. It also added 3.49 million paying international subscribers, sending shares climbing in after-hours trading. The service now has 74.76 global subscribers.
  • Funny, You Don't Look Hispanic
    Univision has purchased a minority stake in the satirical site, The Onion, which grew out the venerated newspaper of the same name. Earlier, Univision purchased of The Root, a Website aimed at African-American consumers and in 2013 it launched Fusion with The Walt Disney Co. According to the satirical news source, T. Herman Zweibel, the great grandson of Onion founder Friedrich Siegfried Zweibel, is the publisher emeritus, though he was launched into space in 2001. 
  • Google Fiber Eyes L.A., Chicago
    Google is looking into bringing its gigabit Google Fiber internet service to Chicago and Los Angeles. Today the company announced that it's entered the exploratory phase and, with the help of officials in both cities, Google will run through its usual checklist to see whether it's feasible to roll out Fiber in two major metropolitan areas. 
  • Netflix Faces Growing Global Competition
    As Netflix continues its global expansion, regional players are teaming up to take on the U.S. company. “The talks are a burgeoning rebellion against Netflix’s growing global might,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “The companies hope banding together will allow them to make more appealing offers to TV studios that create and sell shows.”
  • A Small Collection of MLK YouTube Videos
    YouTube put together a collection of 11 user generated videos, some not at all well viewed previously, to mark Martin Luther King day.
  • Twitter Is All Up Periscope
     Since it debuted less than a year ago, Periscope has had 100 million broadcasts. During its first four months, Periscope grew to 2 million daily active users. In contrast, Twitter over its first year, from 2006 to 2007, garnered only 50,000 weekly active users. But lookout! Facebook Live is coming. 
  • New Awestruck Network Strikes A Deal For Four Projects
    Under the deal, T Group and Roberts Media will develop four original series for Awestruck, exclusively for release on Verizon’s Go90 mobile video platform. (Awestruck is a new producing part of  Awesomeness.)  
  • Snapchat Wants An Ad Tech Firm, Report Says
    Snapchat has been in contact with multiple ad tech startups over the past six months, sources say, including Beeswax, a startup that helps advertisers bid to target particular users, and Metamarkets, an analytics firm focused on programmatic buying.
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