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NBCUniversal to launch ad-supported TV streaming service in 2020
Engadget

NBCUniversal isn't going to twiddle its thumbs while competitors like CBS dive deeper into streaming video. The broadcaster has unveiled plans for an ad-supported streaming service that will launch sometime in early 2020. It'll be 'free' if you watch TV throu… more…

GDPR complaints say Amazon, Spotify, and other streaming companies are breaking EU law
The Verge

A series of complaints brought under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), filed by an Austrian privacy activist, accuse eight major streaming companies of failing to comply with European Union law. more…

Apple expands its reach with free Apple Music on Verizon Wireless
TechCrunch

Verizon Wireless is now offering free access to Apple Music. The music streaming service is available on select Verizon Wireless plans starting on January 17, 2019. Previously, Verizon and Apple offered a free 6-month trial to the streaming service. This come… more…

NBCUniversal announces streaming service that will be free to paid TV subscribers
TechCrunch

NBCUniversal is joining the long list of media giants looking to compete with Netflix. The company today announced plans to launch its own streaming service service in early 2020. The still-unnamed service will include advertising and will be available at no … more…

Bringg, a delivery logistics platform used by Walmart, McD’s and more, raises $25M
TechCrunch

To compete in a world of on-demand everything right to your door led by the likes of Amazon and Uber, traditional physical retailers and those working with them have been looking for an edge by providing efficient, tech-fuelled delivery services of their own.… more…

Prisma’s style transfer tech creeps into kids’ books
TechCrunch

The style transfer craze kicked off by an app called Prisma a couple of years ago led to a tsunami of painterly selfies flooding social feeds for several months, as we reported at the time, before the rapacious, face-snapping hoards shifted their attention to… more…

For AR/VR 2.0 to live, AR/VR 1.0 must die
TechCrunch

The future of AR/VR could be bright, but only if it moves beyond where it is today. Let’s look at where we are today, where we’re heading tomorrow and some of the changes needed to get us there. more…

Tim Cook on iPhone Sales: We Need to Talk About Facebook
Gizmodo.com

Just in case you weren’t already aware of this, Apple is super duper serious about privacy. In a new Time opinion piece, Tim Cook reiterated the company’s old talking points about how other companies (read: Facebook and Google) turn people’s personal data int… more…

8 of the best soundbars for your TV and home theater
Mashable

As great as TVs are today, the audio leaves a lot to be desired. Most speakers are built into the back or bottom of a flatscreen, which aren't ideal locations for quality audio. That's why you need to invest in a soundbar. Besides delivering generally better … more…

Consumer giants spurn risks to chase online subscribers
Reuters

Major consumer companies including Unilever , Procter & Gamble and Nestle are chasing consumers who want food and household goods delivered automatically, even though this kind of business has not always worked. more…

Fintech firms want to shake up banking, and that worries the Fed
Reuters

The U.S. Federal Reserve is wary of giving "fintech" firms such as OnDeck Capital Inc or Kabbage Inc. access to the country's financial infrastructure, putting the central bank at odds with other regulators looking to bring them into the fold. more…

Explainer: How U.S.-China talks differ from any other trade deal
Reuters

The trade deal that U.S. negotiators are seeking with China may have more in common with a sanctions-monitoring regime than a traditional trade pact. more…

The DJI Smart Controller only supports the Mavic 2 drone
Androidcentral.com

Best answer: The Smart Controller supports Ocusync 2.0 equipped DJI drones, which right now includes the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom. That's it! DJI: Smart Controller ($649) Amazon: DJI Mavic 2 Zoom ($1,178) Amazon: DJI Mavic 2 Pro ($1,500) What the Smart Co… more…

Anthem's VIP demo lets you try the game early on January 25
Androidcentral.com

Anthem is the next big franchise from renowned developer, BioWare. Here's everything we know so far, ahead of its slated 2019 release. Last year Electronic Arts revealed its next major franchise, "Anthem." Anthem showed the potential to be one of the publishe… more…

California utility firm suspected of starting deadly wildfires goes bankrupt
The Guardian (AU)

Pacific Gas and Electric, which supplies 16 million residents, is under investigation for its role in the Camp fire and others The utility company that services more than a third of California announced Monday it plans to file for bankruptcy by the end of the… more…

To Make 1-800-Got-Junk A Success, Its Founder Had To Rethink Everything (Including Himself)
Entrepreneur.com

1-800-Got-Junk was a runaway success, so much so that founder Brian Scudamore didn't know how else to grow. So he considered: what other services do my customers need? more…

How These 6 Franchises Have Thrived For Decades
Entrepreneur.com

Six companies have been on our Franchise 500 list for at least 38 of the 40 years we've produced the ranking. Here are their secrets. more…

Here comes Goldman Sachs... (GS)
Business Insider

Goldman Sachs is expected to report fourth-quarter earnings later today, with analysts predicting adjusted profit of $4.53 a share, on a 19% drop in adjusted net income to $1.83 billion. It's also the first quarter of results for new CEO David Solomon. Here a… more…

NBC says it may eventually pull 'The Office' off Netflix to fuel its own streaming service, and other popular shows could follow
Business Insider

NBCUniversal will launch its own ad-supported streaming service in 2020. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke told The Wall Street Journal that the company could consider moving "The Office" from Netflix to the new service. "The Office" and NBC's "Parks and Recreatio… more…

The Fed is worried about fintechs and how they're regulated
Business Insider

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence " Fintech Briefing " subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. The US Federal Reserve is reluctant to give fintechs, such as alt lenders OnDeck and Kabbage, access to the country’s f… more…

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