The world's largest media conglomerate just got bigger. Late Tuesday night, Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox was completed. The $71.3 billion dollar deal is one of the largest media mergers ever, and comes with a huge haul of properties such as movies, a movie studio, TV shows, TV networks and even a controlling stake in the TV streaming service Hulu. This is in addition to brands that Disney already owns such as Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars, just to name a few. Disney's own video streaming service, Disney+, is supposed to launch some time this year, meaning this acquisition primes them to have an immediate impact in the video streaming service landscape. Some argue this acquisition is a positive thing, as we will be getting better quality content and competition among the streaming services. That, and franchises such as the Fantastic Four and X-Men can once again be rebooted or become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Take a look a some of the positive reactions … [Read more...] about Disney acquires 21st Century Fox: good or bad for consumers?
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Net neutrality was codified under the FCC's Title II regulatory authority nearly three years ago, regulations that covered both wired and wireless internet providers. The providers were none too happy about this - Verizon's morse code sass being the most memorable response. Today, the FCC voted to end its authority over ISPs under Title II, putting an end to those net neutrality protections. Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, is largely credited with making this happen. This is all, to put it succinctly, very bad. Today, you'll probably hear a lot about how your favorite websites will slow down, be blocked, or only be available as part of special paid packages. Or about how ISPs may use their newfound freedom to stymie the voices of their critics in order to prevent dissent over these policies from spreading. Some of these fears are well-founded - the idea of content "upgrade" packages to ensure access to your favorite websites is already a reality in some countries. And, in principle, the … [Read more...] about The FCC has killed net neutrality protections in the US, and that’s bad
Opinion Teemu Pukki takes the acclaim has he makes it 4-0 to Norwich City at Bolton, with his 24th goal of the season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Paul Chesterton That is how to respond to defeat – Norwich City correspondent Michael Bailey delivers his six things learned from the Canaries’ super Bolton thrashing. Marco Stiepermann put the icing on the cake of a superb Norwich City move to make it 2-0 at Bolton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images1 – It’s just like watching Brazil I still find myself drifting back to the October win at Nottingham Forest, and one first-half moment where Norwich City turned defence into attack with beautiful football – before Onel Hernandez clipped the post. It was a fleeting moment where you rued what would have been a wonderful goal. Little did we know it was merely a template for the rest of the season.Bolton weren’t at the races – more on that in a tick – and City played a big part … [Read more...] about Michael Bailey: Scrap penalties, shoo-in Tom and too-good Teemu – 6 things learned from Norwich City’s Bolton bashing
WASHINGTON — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan held his first national security meeting at the Pentagon on Wednesday (Jan. 2). On his second day on the job, Shanahan informed senior DoD leaders that he intends to stick with the national defense strategy that former Secretary James Mattis rolled out a year ago. The meeting, attended by the secretaries and undersecretaries of the military services and other top officials, is a routine gathering that the defense secretary conducts twice a week. According to a DoD official, Shanahan told attendees to focus on the national defense strategy and to "keep this effort moving forward." He also told them to "remember China, China, China." On Wednesday Shanahan also attended his first White House cabinet meeting. Shanahan, who became deputy secretary of defense July 19, 2017, was unexpectedly promoted to acting defense secretary. Former secretary Mattis turned in his resignation letter Dec. 20 and had intended to … [Read more...] about New Pentagon Chief Shanahan Urges Focus on China ‘Great Power Competition’
Rumors are circulating that Microsoft is set to unveil a disc-less Xbox One S console in 2019, aimed at becoming the cheapest Xbox console yet. The removal of the disc drive will help Microsoft reduce the manufacturing costs of the console even further, making the Xbox ecosystem even more accessible. Microsoft attempted to foster a digital-focused future with the Xbox One back in 2013, creating a significant backlash. The Xbox One was supposed to be an always-online console with regular online DRM checks, where physical games came with a license attached, limiting the repeated resale potential of the title in question. Only participating retailers would have been able to "unlock" the disc from your Microsoft account for the sake of resale. Microsoft kicked its plans into touch after the community rejected Redmond pushing too hard on digital, contributing to the lead Sony has now with PlayStation 4. With the past behind it, Microsoft is once again exploring the prospect of a … [Read more...] about The good, the bad, and the ugly of an all-digital disc-less Xbox One S