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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google is shutting down its Spotlight Stories VR film studio, part of Google's ATAP group, according to an email from the studio's executive producer   —  Google is shutting down its Spotlight Stories immersive entertainment unit, according to an email sent out by Spotlight Stories executive producer Karen Dufilho Wednesday evening.
Mar 14, 2019, 12:00 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook is looking to launch enterprise editions of its Oculus Go and Oculus Quest virtual reality headsets this year, according to a job listing   —  Facebook is looking to launch enterprise edition versions of its Oculus Go and Oculus Quest virtual reality (VR) headsets this year, according to a job listing published late last week.
Mar 4, 2019, 3:25 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify goes live for some in India, even as its licensing fight continues with Warner Music; after free trial, premium service is 119 rupees, or about $1.67/mo   —  Spotify's India launch is well underway, with some local users reporting that they can already access the music service on their devices.
Feb 26, 2019, 5:40 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku reports Q4 revenue of $275.7M, up 46% YoY and vs. $262.11M est., says it has 27.1M active accounts, up 40% YoY; revenue for 2018 grew 45% to $742.5M   —  Roku wants to become a billion-dollar company in 2019.  The streaming device maker told investors Thursday that it projects …
Feb 21, 2019, 4:32 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Podcast platform Himalaya, which offers mobile apps that let listeners tip creators, raises $100M and aims to add exclusives and paid content to its app   —  San Francisco-based podcasting startup Himalaya has raised $100 million in funding to establish itself as a new force in the podcast distribution space.
Feb 6, 2019, 1:00 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
HoloLens co-inventor Avi-Bar-Zeev left Apple in Jan. after joining in Jun. 2016 and working on the company's rumored AR/VR headset expected to launch in 2020   —  AR/VR pioneer and Hololens co-inventor Avi Bar-Zeev left Apple last month, Variety has learned.
Feb 4, 2019, 2:50 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Ultraviolet, the cloud movie locker that launched in 2011 with support from major Hollywood studios, is shutting down on July 31   —  Ultraviolet, a cloud movie locker once hailed as Hollywood's best bet to get consumers hooked on digital movies, is shuttering.
Jan 31, 2019, 9:05 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Patreon says it has 3M+ patrons, up by 1M+ in 2018, who support 100K+ creators; the company will pay creators $500M in 2019, reach $1B paid since launch in 2013   —  Membership services platform Patreon now has more than 3 million patrons who pay to support any of its over 100,000 creators every month, the company announced Wednesday.
Jan 23, 2019, 1:25 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
A postmortem of AR startup Meta, as the company's CEO says the unnamed investor who acquired its assets will continue to support Meta's existing products   —  “It's a pretty dramatic moment in my life.”  —  To say that Meron Gribetz, co-founder of the augmented-reality headset startup Meta …
Jan 18, 2019, 12:55 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
In statement regarding allowing Infowars on its platform, Roku says it does not censor based on viewpoint and it is not aware of Infowars violating its policies   —  Streaming device maker Roku faced a backlash Tuesday over its decision to carry a channel for Infowars, the controversial website …
Jan 15, 2019, 5:00 PMIn context

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