EU goes after Mickey Mouse in latest antitrust charge

The EU has filed antitrust charges against Sky UK and six major US film studios, accusing the companies of unfairly restricting pay-TV customers’ access to content within the European Union. “European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU,” said competition chief Margrethe Vestager. “Our investigation shows that they cannot do this today [because of licensing agreements]. We believe that this may be in breach of EU competition rules. The studios and Sky UK now have the chance to respond to our concerns.”

The studios named in the EU Commission’s Statement of Objections are Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros. When…

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Author: James Vincent

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Video game streaming service Twitch is ditching Flash and switching to HTML5

Video game streaming powerhouse Twitch is becoming the latest big-name company to ditch Adobe’s ageing Flash in favor of better alternatives. The streaming service today announced that it was rolling out a redesign to its video player controls, replacing the old Flash versions with new Javascipt and HTML5 options. This isn’t the end for Flash on Twitch just yet — for now the site’s videos still use the software — but the streaming service says this is a step toward releasing its “much-anticipated” full HTML5 player.

Flash was already seen as inefficient, but in recent months, Adobe’s software has come under sustained assault. YouTube dropped the player as its default option in January, switching instead to HTML5, while earlier this…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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More than a million minutes of historical video added to YouTube

Associated Press and British Movietone are uploading more than a million minutes of footage to YouTube that documents the most momentous and historic events of the last 120 years. Two channels will feature more than 550,000 videos, including clips that capture first hand the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the effects of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and Tiananmen Square’s “Tank Man.”

AP has built up a staggering archive over its 120 year lifespan. Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of international archive, said that the channels would stand as a visual encyclopedia of perhaps the most turbulent century in human history. “At AP we are always astonished at the sheer breadth of footage that we have access to, and…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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8 Out of 10 NA LCS Players Want Format Change to Best of Two

Speaking to GameSpot two weeks ago, Team Liquid’s Xpecial predicted a LCS format change to best of two matches, instead of the best of one games that teams play currently. The support player believes the alternative league style is more competitive, in part because it forces teams to adapt.

Following the interview, and partially due to the request of the /r/leagueoflegends reddit community, I decided to ask other members of the NA LCS what they would like to see in terms of format.

Xpecial’s teammate, Quas, believes that best of two’s add more excitement to the game, though he suggests that best of three might be even more ideal. Alternatively, Fenix enjoys the possibility of upsets in matches and the feeling that any team can walk away a winner in a best of one game.

On CLG, both Aphromoo and Pobelter want the suggested format change. Pobelter thinks the change would make NA LCS more interesting and that playing more than one game at a time could help the region’s chances on the international stage. Aphromoo agrees with his teammate, but also would like to see the change because he dislikes the current pro player plight of traveling to the studio and spending the day there, only to play a single game.

Team Impulse’s top and ad carry independently informed GameSpot of their preferences towards the best of two format. Apollo feels best of two’s add diversity to the league and provide good practice for playoffs while Impact likes that the different match type allows for “second chances” after a team loses the first game.

Gravity’s Bunny voted against his coach in an interview with the pair. Cop believes a best of two format better represents the strength of the teams playing. While Bunny admitted that he agreed with his coach, he feels that only having to play a single game a day is a better experience for LCS players.

Finally, Lemonnation reiterated comments he had made previously on reddit: best of two is the favored format of the Cloud9 support due to his belief that it adds more strategy to the game and allows a balance of blue and red side gameplay from both competitors.

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Author: Travis Gafford

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Someone built a meth lab inside a federal research facility and it exploded

Somebody built a methamphetamine lab inside a federal research facility, and a security guard was injured when it exploded. Chemical & Engineering News reports that the explosion took place July 18th at the National Institute of Standards & Technology, and local police say evidence at the scene is “consistent with the production of” meth. Congress is now investigating how this all happened, because they watched Breaking Bad are not having it this close to our nation’s capital.

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Author: Casey Newton

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Jurassic World Has Now Made More Money Than The Avengers

Jurassic World was released last month and met huge commercial success. So much so, in fact, that it is now the third highest-grossing movie of all time.

According to Variety, the film has surpassed The Avengers, the popular Marvel movie from 2012. Jurassic World has now made over $1.52 billion total. It passed $614 million at the American box office, only the fourth film ever to cross $600 million.

The top two highest-earning films, Titanic and Avatar, made $2.18 billion and $2.79 billion lifetime, respectively. Although it’s unlikely that Jurassic World catches up to these films, the movie is still in theaters in some markets. Its total will still rise a little more.

The studio behind Jurassic World, Universal, also released Furious 7 this year, which made $1.51 billion. That puts it only about $10 million behind The Avengers.

The top five highest-grossing movies are:

  1. Avatar ($2.79 billion)
  2. Titanic ($2.18 billion)
  3. Jurassic World ($1.52 billion)
  4. The Avengers ($1.52 billion)
  5. Furious 7 ($1.51 billion)

Jurassic World is the follow up to Steven Speilberg’s Jurassic Park series. It features Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

What did you think of Jurassic World? Let us know in the comments.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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This may be the new Moto X

Motorola is expected to unveil its new line of phones this coming Tuesday, but tonight we got another look at one of them, apparently the new Moto X. According to the Android Peru’s Facebook posts, it has received photos from a leaker of the new phone, which apparently has a 5.5-inch screen and a front-facing flash for well-illuminated selfies. There’s also some strange talk of a fingerprint sensor somehow being integrated into the bottom speaker, which Android Peru couldn’t confirm. The images do line up with previous leaks, showing a well-textured and rounded back panel and a screen with perishingly thin bezels on the sides.

Motorola’s tagline for its event was “XGX,” a sign that there might be two Moto X devices coming. Sure enough,…

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Author: Nathan Ingraham

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