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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Filing and LinkedIn updates show Roku acquired Denmark-based multi-room audio startup Dynastrom ApS in September for $3.5M   —  The evidence that Roku is working on a smart speaker product is mounting: The streaming device maker acquired Denmark-based multi-room audio startup Dynastrom ApS in September for $3.5 million.
Nov 10, 2017, 12:55 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Roku to start streaming to third-party hardware that doesn't run its OS; one source says move will likely involve mobile devices   —  In a major twist, Roku is looking to start streaming videos on devices made or controlled by competitors like Apple and Google, Variety has learned …
Oct 25, 2017, 8:05 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
FCC filing: DirecTV has plans for an Android TV-based OTT 4K set-top box, that includes remote with integrated touch pad that supports voice commands   —  AT&T's DirecTV is getting ready to embrace internet-based content delivery beyond its DirecTV Now service: The company is about to introduce …
Oct 24, 2017, 6:15 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Job offers and documents show Roku's doubling down on voice, with a smart speaker as a possible outcome   —  Streaming video device maker Roku has been working on advancing voice control while also ramping up its own audio efforts, according to a number of new job offers posted by the company …
Sep 19, 2017, 6:15 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Reddit now allows users to upload videos; videos can be up to 15 minutes long, with file sizes of less than 1 GB   —  Videos are coming to Reddit, thanks to a new feature that allows users to upload video clips directly to the service.  Reddit rolled out the new video feature Tuesday …
Aug 17, 2017, 2:15 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
HBO security contractor says hackers stole “thousands of internal documents” in addition to episodes and have leaked personal info of a senior HBO executive   —  The HBO hack may have been worse than the initial leaks of a few unaired TV show episodes suggested.
Aug 2, 2017, 2:35 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google hires Liron Damir, head of UX at Andy Rubin's Essential and former VP of design at Pebble, to lead UX for Google Home   —  Google has hired a former lead Pebble and webOS designer Liron Damir as the new head of user experience of its Google Home group, which works on products such as Google Home, Chromecast and Google Wifi.
Jul 27, 2017, 2:10 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Rick and Jill Larson, owners of the studio at the center of the Netflix OITNB leak, reveal what happened when they were targeted by hackers, including extortion   —  Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent @jank0 … Larson Studios president Rick Larson and his wife and business partner …
Jun 21, 2017, 7:40 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Google hires Manu Gulati, who led Apple's chip development for almost eight years, as Lead SoC Architect   —  Google has hired a veteran chip architect away from Apple and is now looking to build its own chips for future versions of its flagship Pixel phone, Variety has learned from sources familiar with the hire.
Jun 13, 2017, 10:00 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook says it is closing Oculus VR film studio, canceling all ongoing projects, will invest in VR content produced by outside partners   —  Oculus Story Studio, the award-winning studio behind virtual reality (VR) short films like “Dear Angelica” and “Henry,” is being shut down, Facebook announced Thursday afternoon.
May 4, 2017, 7:30 PMIn context

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