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Past articles by Lauren:

EA to launch single-player Black Panther video game

EA-owned studio Cliffhanger Games is developing a third-person, single-player Black Panther game in a joint effort with Marvel Games. → Read More

YouTube tests AI-generated quizzes on educational videos

YouTube is experimenting with AI-generated quizzes that will test viewers' knowledge on a subject featured in educational videos. → Read More

Amazon adds discounted healthcare to Prime Day deals

This year's annual Prime Day will be the first time that Amazon has added discounted healthcare to its selection of deals. → Read More

YouTube is experimenting with a new lock screen feature for Premium users

YouTube is currently testing a new feature that allows users to lock their screens to avoid accidentally disrupting the video. → Read More

Gfycat, the Snap-owned GIF hub, shuts down on September 1

The GIF-hosting giant, acquired by Snap, announced that it’s shutting down on September 1, pulling its full archive of GIFs offline. → Read More

Scriptic scores $5.7M as it expands its phone-first generative AI content library

The immersive storytelling platform raised $5.7 million to expand its catalog of phone-first interactive AI-generated games. → Read More

Plex lays off 20% of its workforce amid advertising slowdown

Plex, the free streaming app, laid off approximately 20% of its staff. The company reportedly blames a slowdown in the advertising market. → Read More

TikTok could soon bring its new e-commerce store to the US

TikTok could be launching an online store in the U.S. as early as next month, allowing it to compete with major e-commerce platforms. → Read More

Among Us is getting an animated TV series

Among Us, the popular multiplayer game where one crewmate is a murderous imposter, is getting an animated series. → Read More

Roku announces its first live sports deal

Roku announced its first live sports rights package on Tuesday, marking a notable move for the streaming service as it steps into the highly competitive world of live sports streaming. Roku and CBS Sports struck a deal to become exclusive U.S. media partners for Formula E, the motorsport championship series for electric racing cars. Starting […] → Read More

Paramount+ with Showtime launches at $11.99 per month

Today’s the day that Showtime officially integrates with Paramount+ in the U.S., giving subscribers access to all Showtime titles, including “Billions,” “Dexter,” “Yellowjackets,” “George & Tammy” and more. The new ad-free plan, Paramount+ with Showtime, costs $11.99 per month and is replacing Paramount+’s premium ad-free plan, which was $9.99. Existing premium subscribers — with or […] → Read More

YouTube reportedly experimenting with online games

YouTube is reportedly testing an online game offering that could give users the ability to play games on desktop and mobile devices. → Read More

Meta launches new VR subscription ‘Meta Quest+’ for $7.99

Meta Quest+ is a new subscription service that gives players access to the top two titles every month for $7.99. → Read More

YouTube integrates AI-powered dubbing tool

YouTube is currently testing a new tool that will help creators automatically dub their videos into other languages using AI. → Read More

YouTube TV’s multiview feature now offers non-sports content

YouTube TV has expanded its multiview feature beyond sports, adding options for news, business news and weather content. → Read More

Avatar startup Genies launches $1M fund for developers building AR experiences

Genies, the avatar tech company, announced the launch of its $1M Developer Engagement Fund to reward developers that build AR experiences. → Read More

Artists are rightfully upset that ‘Secret Invasion’ used AI Art for opening credits

Marvel’s latest series, “Secret Invasion,” made its debut on Disney+ today, sparking tons of backlash after it was confirmed the intro sequence was AI-generated. “Secret Invasion” director Ali Selim admitted to Polygon that the opening credits were designed by VFX company Method Studios using artificial intelligence. Selim didn’t say which AI tool was used. Method Studios […] → Read More

Warner Bros. Discovery reportedly considers licensing HBO titles to Netflix

Two major streaming rivals in the industry may be working out a deal together. Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) is reportedly in talks to license HBO titles to Netflix. According to a Deadline report, the select library of HBO titles will be released on Netflix on a non-exclusive basis, which means they will continue streaming on […] → Read More

Apple Podcasts gets upgraded search functionality

Apple updated the search tab of its Podcasts app by launching nine subcategories to make it easier for users to discover new shows. → Read More

Netflix launches website based on the fictional streaming service from ‘Black Mirror’

Netflix launched two websites based on “Streamberry,” the fake streaming service from “Black Mirror” Season 6. → Read More