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  • Beyonce's 'Lemonade' tops Billboard, Prince … Reuters - 1 hour 49 minutes ago

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B star Beyonce stormed to the top of the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart with her surprise visual concept album "Lemonade," while late singer Prince's music dominated the chart as fans continued to remember his legacy through his music. "Lemonade," the sixth solo album …

  • New York Times to shut some Paris operations, cut  … Reuters - Wed, Apr 27, 2016 2:57 AM SGT
    A taxi passes by in front of The New York Times head office in New York

    The New York Times Co said on Tuesday it would close its editing and pre-press print production operations in Paris, resulting in the elimination or relocation of up to 70 jobs as it moves to cut costs at its international newspaper. "We need to rethink what the print New York Times means to our international, frequently …

  • Turner to launch streaming video service for film  … Reuters - Tue, Apr 26, 2016 6:06 PM SGT

    Turner Communications is expected to announce Tuesday that it is launching its own streaming video-on-demand service for film buffs this fall, according to a company statement reviewed by Reuters Turner, which is a division of Time Warner Inc, is the latest in a wave of media companies to launch its own over-the-top video …

  • Gannett bids on Tribune Publishing, wants an answe … Reuters - Tue, Apr 26, 2016 7:30 AM SGT
    The corporate flags for the Gannett Co and its flagship newspaper, USA Today, outside headquarters in McLean, Virginia

    Tribune Publishing Co is reviewing an unsolicited and possibly unwelcome $815 million takeover bid from Gannett Co Inc , a move by Gannett to gain scale as the newspaper industry continues to consolidate. Gannett, publisher of USA Today, announced on Monday that it had offered to pay $12.25 in cash per share of Tribune, …

  • Canada minister urges new media laws to boost local … Reuters - Sun, Apr 24, 2016 10:42 AM SGT

    Canada's Liberal government is prepared to overhaul the country's laws governing broadcasting, media and cultural industries to support local content, Heritage Minister Melanie Joly told the Globe and Mail in a report on Saturday, announcing a new policy direction in what she called a broken system. Canada's broadcast …

  • Robot monk blends science and Buddhism at Chinese  … Reuters - Sat, Apr 23, 2016 4:34 AM SGT
    Master Xianfan looks at robot monk Xian'er as he demonstrates the robot's conversation function during a photo opportunity in Longquan Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing

    By Joseph Campbell BEIJING (Reuters) - A Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing has decided to ditch traditional ways and use technology to attract followers. Longquan temple says it has developed a robot monk that can chant Buddhist mantras, move via voice command, and hold a simple conversation. Named Xian'er, …

  • By Alastair Macdonald and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Viacom's Paramount Pictures has offered EU regulators concessions aimed at averting a possible fine over geographical restrictions within Europe on movie licensing deals between Sky UK and six U.S. studios. The European Commission said the concessions proposed …

  • China official says film 'The Martian' shows … Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 7:40 PM SGT
    Actor Matt Damon poses for pictures during a news conference for the premiere of the film "The Martian" in Beijing, China

    By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese space official said the Hollywood blockbuster "The Martian" is proof that Americans want to see the United States and China cooperate in space, but lamented Washington's ban on collaboration between the two countries. Advancing China's space programme is a priority …

  • In Asia, Netflix trips on regulation, content, and … Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 7:22 PM SGT
    The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California

    By Nataly Pak and Eveline Danubrata SEOUL/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Months after its global rollout, Netflix Inc is facing problems in several major Asian markets as it struggles to provide enough strong content to attract consumers amid tough local competition, and also faces many regulatory hurdles, underlining concerns about …

  • Apple's book, film services go dark in China Reuters - Fri, Apr 22, 2016 5:07 PM SGT
    A man shows an example of an iBook textbook on an iPad after a news conference introducing a digital textbook service in New York

    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Apple Inc's online book and film services have gone dark in China, after Beijing introduced regulations in March imposing strict curbs on online publishing, particularly for foreign firms. Attempts by Reuters on Friday to access Apple's iBooks Store and iTunes Movies services were met …

  • Censors, transparency watchdogs spar as Israeli archive … Reuters - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 11:59 PM SGT
    Lozowick, the director of the Israel State Archive, poses for a picture at the national archive in Jerusalem

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The orderly world of archives is in tumult in Israel after an effort to enhance transparency has instead led to allegations that access to sensitive documents is being restricted. The dispute is rooted in laws requiring online publications to be submitted for military censorship, …

  • Viacom warns Dish TV viewers of blackout if contract … Reuters - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 12:04 PM SGT
    The MTV logo can be seen on a sign in front of the MTV studios in Times Square New York

    Viacom Inc on Tuesday began alerting Dish Network Corp's satellite TV subscribers that they might soon lose its networks, including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV, as an agreement between the companies is set to expire Wednesday night. The threat of losing Dish hit Viacom's shares, which dropped as much as 9 percent. …

  • In a world of look-alike cars, can Japanese pop culture … Reuters - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 11:27 AM SGT
    Yamaguchi, General Manager of Color Design Department, Global Design Center, stands next to Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo at the company's Global Design Center in Atsugi

    By Norihiko Shirouzu and Naomi Tajitsu TOKYO (Reuters) - Some of Japan's top automakers, with a reputation for quality performance wrapped in often bland design, are turning to the country's pop culture to give them "J-factor" and help set them apart in a world of increasingly look-alike cars. Designers of Nissan Motor's …

  • Sean Parker sets up $250 million cancer immunotherapy … Reuters - Wed, Apr 13, 2016 12:10 PM SGT
    Entrepreneur Sean Parker, founder of Napster, takes part in a panel during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New York

    A $250 million grant from Silicon Valley billionaire Sean Parker, announced on Wednesday, aims to speed development of more effective cancer treatments by fostering collaboration among leading researchers in the field. The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy will include over 40 laboratories and more than 300 researchers …

  • WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY? U.S. weather agency stops … Reuters - Wed, Apr 13, 2016 10:51 AM SGT

    By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. National Weather Service had some news this week for readers who have grown up on social media, namely: THE AGENCY WILL STOP SHOUTING AT YOU NOW. The style looks archaic in a world where social media users interpret all-upper-case messages as shouting. "LISTEN UP! BEGINNING …

  • Copyright for civil rights anthem 'We Shall Overcome' … Reuters - Wed, Apr 13, 2016 3:46 AM SGT

    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - The lawyers who successfully challenged the copyright to "Happy Birthday" have a new target: the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome." In a class action filed on Tuesday in New York federal court, the makers of a planned documentary film have asked a U.S. judge to declare the protest …

  • New York playwright sues makers of new 'Barbershop' … Reuters - Tue, Apr 12, 2016 10:28 AM SGT
    Cast member Ice Cube and the rest of the cast pose at the premiere of "Barbershop: The Next Cut" at TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood

    A New York playwright filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming $20 million in damages and seeking to block Friday's opening in movie theaters of "Barbershop: The Next Cut," the fourth of a series of comedies that he claims rips off his stage play "Scissors." The lawsuit was filed by Ronald Dickerson, a writer, actor and film …

  • Kanye West's 'Life of Pablo' scores streaming … Reuters - Tue, Apr 12, 2016 3:41 AM SGT
    Kanye West acknowledges attendees before his Yeezy Season 3 Collection presentation and listening party during New York Fashion Week

    By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift and Adele may have boycotted streaming platforms when releasing their latest albums, but rapper Kanye West proved the power of online consumption as "The Life of Pablo" debuted at the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on the strength of streaming numbers.  …

  • Bollywood studios eye profits at last as India goes … Reuters - Wed, Apr 6, 2016 10:45 AM SGT
    A man watches a video on his mobile phone as he commutes by a suburban train in Mumbai

    By Himank Sharma MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's all-singing, all-dancing movie hits capture the attention of hundreds of millions of fans - but they generate precious little in box office profits for the world's largest cinema industry. Now, with smartphone sales booming and India preparing for nationwide 4G Internet access, …

  • Yen for animation inspired Hong Kong designer's … Reuters - Tue, Apr 5, 2016 7:55 PM SGT
    The Wider Image: Building a humanoid Hollywood star

    (Corrects paragraph 12 to remove erroneous reference to sale of prototype) By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) - Like innumerable children with imaginations fired by animated films, Hong Kong product and graphic designer Ricky Ma grew up watching cartoons featuring the adventures of robots, and dreamt of building his own one …

  • Bernie Sanders' ghost tweeter keeps his Brooklyn … Reuters - Sun, Apr 3, 2016 11:03 PM SGT
    Democratic U.S. presidential candidate  Sanders speaks at the Wisconsin Founders Day Gala in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    By Melissa Fares NEW YORK (Reuters) - Last August, Bernie Sanders sat on a Craigslist-bought beige couch in his Washington office plotting to steal the social media spotlight from 10 Republicans taking the stage for the first televised debate of the 2016 presidential campaign.     Next to the Democratic presidential candidate, …

  • Drug-sniffing rabbit, cannon-firing kittens mark U.S. … Reuters - Sat, Apr 2, 2016 5:29 AM SGT
    Handout photo of a dog posing wearing the "plunge Pawfect Bra" in New York

    By Gina Cherelus NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kittens firing a cannon, a rabbit sniffing for drugs, attempts at humour on the fraught presidential campaign trail and a failed prank by Google competed for attention in the United States on Friday. The police department in Amherst, New York, unveiled a new crime-fighting scheme, …

  • Not funny: Google removes April Fools' Day prank … Reuters - Sat, Apr 2, 2016 12:36 AM SGT
    A woman holds her smart phone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustration

    Google hastily removed an April Fools' Day feature on Friday that allowed Gmail users to send emails and not see the replies, after the joke fell very flat with some people.     The prank, called "Mic Drop," gave users the option of sending emails through a special send button that - if the person replied - did not show …

  • Dating site eHarmony sees revenue from new job portal … Reuters - Fri, Apr 1, 2016 7:20 PM SGT

    EHarmony on Friday launched a recruitment portal, but the online matchmaker's long-promised service will begin to generate revenue only late this year, a company executive told Reuters. The new website, called Elevated Careers, will be offered free for job seekers for now, while companies looking to hire can sign on for …

  • Twenty-First Century interested in Paramount deal - … Reuters - Wed, Mar 30, 2016 11:26 PM SGT

    (Reuters) - Twenty-First Century Fox Inc is interested in acquiring a minority stake in Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures, a source close to the situation said on Wednesday. The New York Post first reported on Wednesday that Twenty-First Century was interested in buying a stake in Viacom's Paramount Pictures. Viacom has …

  • Apple working with Will.i.am, TV execs on original … Reuters - Fri, Mar 25, 2016 6:26 AM SGT
    The Apple Store is seen in Santa Monica

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's widely anticipated first original television show will feature the app economy. The company is working with musician Will.i.am and two veteran television executives, Ben Silverman and Howard Owens, on the show, an Apple spokesman told Reuters, confirming media reports. It was unclear how directly …

  • Playboy magazine publisher exploring sale - source Reuters - Fri, Mar 25, 2016 4:33 AM SGT
    A young woman walks towards a stage to be photographed while applying for a job as a Playboy bunny during a casting in Monterrey

    Playboy Enterprises [ICONAP.UL], the owner of Playboy magazine, is exploring a sale, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters, in a move that comes after the storied magazine stopped publishing nude photos of women and put up the iconic Playboy Mansion up for sale. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the …

  • Apple Pay coming to mobile websites later this year … Reuters - Thu, Mar 24, 2016 6:25 AM SGT
    Signs are placed on the table as employees demonstrate the Apple Pay service in Beijing

    (Reuters) - Apple Inc will integrate Apple Pay with its Safari browser later this year, allowing users to make purchases from mobile websites, technology website Re/code reported, citing sources. The mobile payments system will be available to shoppers who use iPhone and iPad models that have the company's fingerprint …

  • Spotify agreement a 'win' for artists, company … Reuters - Sat, Mar 19, 2016 8:31 AM SGT
    Earphones are seen on top of a smart phone with a Spotify logo on it, in Zenica

    (Reuters) - A senior editor for Billboard magazine on Friday called an agreement over royalties reached between Spotify and the National Music Publishers Association "a win" for songwriters and for the music streaming service. The parties announced the agreement on Thursday, saying it would allow independent and major …

  • British television magician Paul Daniels dies Reuters - Thu, Mar 17, 2016 9:40 PM SGT
    British magician Daniels and wife Debbie leave service of thanksgiving in memory of comic Les Dawson at Westminster Abbey in London

    British television magician Paul Daniels has died at the age of 77, after being diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour last month. Daniels' son Gary confirmed his death on Twitter, where he posted a picture of a teary-eyed white rabbit in a magician's black hat, holding a playing card with a red broken heart. Daniels …

  • Pennsylvania man to plead guilty to hacking celebrities' … Reuters - Thu, Mar 17, 2016 11:16 AM SGT
    File photo of Jennifer Lawrence arriving at the 88th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills

    A Pennsylvania man has agreed to plead guilty to a felony computer hacking charge after authorities said he illegally accessed private phone and email accounts of celebrities such as Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence to leak information including nude pictures. The U.S. attorney for the Central District of California …

  • Facebook's Zuckerberg settles real estate lawsuit … Reuters - Wed, Mar 16, 2016 3:30 PM SGT
    Facebook founder and CEO Zuckerberg delivers a speech at the awards ceremony of the newly established Axel Springer Award in Berlin

    By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to settle a lawsuit and pay no money to a real estate developer who sued him in a dispute over property near the Facebook Inc chief executive's home in Silicon Valley, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Developer Mircea Voskerician sued Zuckerberg in 2014, contending …

  • How to hack a sex toy: tech firms warn public on growing … Reuters - Tue, Mar 15, 2016 11:03 PM SGT

    By Caroline Copley HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - It's not just computers and mobile phones that are vulnerable to cyber attack, according to software firm Trend Micro. As more devices are hooked up to the Internet, it could be anything from medical equipment to industrial machinery - and even sex toys. To illustrate the …

  • Sony to buy Michael Jackson's stake in music publishing … Reuters - Tue, Mar 15, 2016 8:53 AM SGT
    File photo of Michael Jackson waving to the crowd, numbering a few thousand, gathered in front of the Sydney Opera House

    (Reuters) - Sony Corp <6758.T> said it signed an agreement with Michael Jackson's estate to buy for $750 million the deceased pop star's stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the world's largest music publisher which controls songs such as The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love." As part of the agreement, Sony will make a lump …

  • New York Times' editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal … Reuters - Tue, Mar 15, 2016 2:03 AM SGT
    Vehicles drive past the New York Times headquarters in New York

    (Reuters) - New York Times Co said on Monday Andrew Rosenthal would step down as the newspaper's editorial page editor in late April, and would be succeeded by James Bennet, editor-in-chief of the Atlantic. Rosenthal, 60, the son of former NYT executive editor A. M. Rosenthal, joined the Times in 1987 and oversaw the …

  • Google to unveil J.J. Abrams' Lunar X Prize do … Reuters - Thu, Mar 3, 2016 10:06 PM SGT
    Director J.J. Abrams and wife Katie McGrath arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Having mastered fictional renderings of spaceflight, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams has turned his attention to a real space drama, with a series of Web-based documentaries about a Google-backed race to the moon. Produced by Abrams and directed by documentary …

  • Space station crew back on Earth after record U.S. … Reuters - Wed, Mar 2, 2016 9:46 PM SGT
    Ground personnel help Russian cosmonaut Volkov to get out of Soyuz capsule shortly after landing near Dzhezkazgan

    By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla./ALMATY (Reuters) - NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth on Wednesday after nearly a year on the International Space Station, the longest U.S. space mission on record, intended to pave the way for human travel to Mars. A Soyuz capsule carrying …

  • Volkswagen flaunts supercars at Geneva auto show Reuters - Wed, Mar 2, 2016 2:03 AM SGT
    The new Lamborghini Centenario car is pictured at the 86th International Motor Show in Geneva

    By Andreas Cremer GENEVA (Reuters) - Bugatti unveiled the world's fastest road car at the Geneva auto show this week: the 2.4 million euro ($2.6 million) Chiron with a 1,500 horsepower engine that can hit 420 kilometres per hour. Also on display is the Lamborghini Centenario, almost modest by comparison with a 770 horsepower …

  • 'Inside Out' wins Oscar for best animated  … Reuters - Tue, Mar 1, 2016 4:46 AM SGT
    Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera receive the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood

    The adventure comedy "Inside Out" from Walt Disney's Pixar studio won the Oscar on Sunday for best animated feature film. The film, which includes the voice of American comedian Amy Poehler as the emotion of Joy, was directed by Pete Docter, who collects his second best animation Oscar after triumphing with "Up" five years …

  • China investor seeking another slice of K-Pop with … Reuters - Mon, Feb 29, 2016 5:01 PM SGT
    Chinese fans of South Korean K-Pop group Super Junior attend their concert, part of their Super Show 5 tour, in Shanghai

    By Joyce Lee SEOUL (Reuters) - Talent agency Cube Entertainment Inc is poised to become the latest K-pop producer to link up with a Chinese partner, banking on the popularity of everything South Korean from make-up to music in the world's second largest economy. IHQ Inc, which controls Cube, said on Monday its parent …

  • Oprah effect fails to lift Weight Watchers sales; shares … Reuters - Fri, Feb 26, 2016 11:14 AM SGT
    Oprah Winfrey arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills

    Weight Watchers International Inc reported a 21 percent drop in quarterly revenue, undermining hopes that new investor and media mogul Oprah Winfrey would help boost sales, sending its shares down more than 27 percent in extended trading. The company roped in Winfrey as its public face in October, in a bid to use her popularity …

  • Democratic senators raise concerns about Charter-Time … Reuters - Fri, Feb 26, 2016 3:51 AM SGT
    A woman walks past the Time Warner Center near Columbus Circle in Manhattan, New York

    Five Democratic U.S. senators, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, told the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that they had "significant concerns" about Charter Communications Inc's planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks. The senators, who …

  • 'Home' run, licensing fees power DreamWorks … Reuters - Wed, Feb 24, 2016 12:18 PM SGT
    Actress America Ferrera and CEO DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg pose at The Hollywood Reporter's 3rd annual Nominees Night to honor the 2015 Academy Award nominees at Spago in Beverly Hills

    Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by the worldwide television release of its movie "Home" and higher licensing fees. Shares of the company, which produced the popular "Shrek" and "Kung Fu Panda" movies, rose 9.2 percent to $23 in after-hours …

  • Viacom weighs selling minority stake in Paramount film … Reuters - Wed, Feb 24, 2016 11:38 AM SGT
    File photo of the water tower at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles

    Viacom Inc is considering selling a "significant" minority stake in its Paramount Pictures movie studio, Chief Executive Philippe Dauman said on Tuesday In the face of weak advertising sales and poor ratings at its cable networks, investors have been urging Viacom to sell all or part of the movie studio, saying possible …

  • Time Inc explores bid for Yahoo's core business … Reuters - Wed, Feb 24, 2016 5:58 AM SGT
    A sign advertising internet company Yahoo is pictured in downtown San Francisco

    Time Inc, publisher of Sports Illustrated, People and Time magazines, has been exploring a bid to acquire Yahoo Inc's core Internet business for several weeks, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Tuesday. Time Inc has been reaching out to bankers on pursuing a deal with Yahoo, according to the source, …

  • Deutsche Telekom launches new will.i.am smartwatch Reuters - Tue, Feb 23, 2016 2:06 AM SGT
    File photo of the logo of German company Deutsche Telekom at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover

    Deutsche Telekom is launching a new voice-activated smartwatch from U.S. performer and producer will.i.am. in Germany and some other European countries later this year, they said on Monday. Unlike most so-called wearables such as the Apple Watch, "dial" has its own SIM card so it can operate independently from another …

  • Social media rallies behind pop star Kesha in legal … Reuters - Sat, Feb 20, 2016 10:23 AM SGT
    Recording artists Kesha arrives to the premiere of "Planes: Fire & Rescue" at the El Capitan Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles

    A Manhattan Supreme Court judge refused to grant recording artist Kesha a preliminary injunction temporarily releasing her from a contract with Sony Music on Friday, according to the New York Daily News, sending shock waves through social media. Kesha (real name Kesha Sebert) began her bid to break her contract in 2014 …

  • Dungey replaces Lee as entertainment chief at Disney's … Reuters - Thu, Feb 18, 2016 4:48 AM SGT
    The signage at the main gate of The Walt Disney Co. is pictured in Burbank

    By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - ABC drama executive Channing Dungey was promoted to president of entertainment at the Walt Disney Co broadcast network in a shakeup following the resignation of Paul Lee on Wednesday, the company said. Dungey helped launch hits such as "Scandal" and "How to Get Away with Murder," …

  • Kanye West asks Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg for … Reuters - Tue, Feb 16, 2016 6:00 AM SGT
    Kanye West dances during his Yeezy Season 3 Collection presentation and listening party during New York Fashion Week

    Rapper and fashion designer Kanye West, who says he is $53 million in debt, has asked Facebook Inc's Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion into his "ideas." West asked his Twitter followers to urge Zuckerberg to support him. "World, please tweet, FaceTime, Facebook, instagram, whatever you gotta …

  • New app helps young Iranians avoid "morality  … Reuters - Fri, Feb 12, 2016 11:37 PM SGT
    Handout photo shows a new Iranian app, Gershad, that aims to help users circumvent the Iranian 'morality police'

    By Sam Wilkin DUBAI (Reuters) - A new smartphone application that helps Iranians dodge the Islamic Republic's "morality police" is proving popular with the young, tech-savvy population but has quickly fallen foul of the authorities. The Gershad app allows users who spot checkpoints set up by the morality police, who …

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