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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify is testing Stations, a Pandora-style free music app that includes some personalization options; app is currently only available on some Android devices   —  Music streaming service Spotify released a new Android app that's all about free music Tuesday.
Jan 31, 2018, 9:35 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
BAMTech Media hires former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint to build and run Disney's upcoming Netflix competitor   —  Disney's BAMTech Media has hired former Apple and Samsung executive Kevin Swint as SVP and GM, Disney SVOD Service, to build, and ultimately run, the company's upcoming Netflix competitor, Variety has learned.
Jan 19, 2018, 7:50 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Profile of Roku and its founder Anthony Wood, looking at the company's early days, how Roku plans to compete with its rivals, and more   —  Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood doesn't fit the image of your typical tech mogul.  In person, he comes across as quiet and introverted.
Jan 12, 2018, 11:10 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Holographic capture startup 8i, maker of Holo AR app for iOS and Android, says it is laying off up to half of its 70 full-time employees   —  New Zealand- and Los Angeles-based holographic capture startup 8i is having significant layoffs that could impact more than 30 staffers.
Dec 16, 2017, 2:00 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Vevo CEO Erik Huggers is stepping down; CFO Alan Price will be interim CEO while the company is looking for new leadership   —  Erik Huggers is stepping down as the president and CEO of the major-label-owned music video platform Vevo, the company announced Friday.
Dec 15, 2017, 3:10 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Location-based VR firm Dreamscape Immersive raises $10M more to bring Series B total to $30M; Nickelodeon invests, will let its IP be used in new VR experience   —  Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based virtual reality (VR) startup headed by Disney and DreamWorks veterans …
Dec 13, 2017, 4:25 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google job listing suggests upcoming Google Home hardware may have multi-touch input features   —  Google is looking to add multi-touch input features to future Google Home hardware, according to a job offering posted by the company this week.  The job listing details that the company …
Dec 8, 2017, 3:05 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Former Hulu CTO Tian Lim hired last month by Google as VP for Google Play; Hulu SVP of engineering Barry Steinglass will be interim CTO   —  Google just added a high-ranking Hulu executive to its team: The company has hired former Hulu CTO Tian Lim, who will be leading product and user experience efforts as a VP for Google Play.
Nov 13, 2017, 7:20 PMIn context
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

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