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TECH 20 Apr 2018 | 3:00 AM Premium

Netflix has considered buying theatres to gain an Oscar edge, sources say

Netflix, the global streaming giant that has dramatically changed the TV industry and clashed with movie theatre owners, may be ready to move onto the big screen in a new and surprising way – by owning cinemas.

TECH 02 May 2018 | 3:00 AM Premium

1980s classic Karate Kid reborn as YouTube joins content wars

For Generation X, The Karate Kid is a pop culture touchstone. Now, more than 30 years on, YouTube wants to bring a new generation into the dojo.

TECH 17 May 2018 | 3:30 AM Premium

Netflix’s next act: feeding the service with its own movies

As Hollywood studios unleash their summer blockbusters into theatres, Netflix Inc is trying to give film buffs a reason to stay home.

TECH 26 Feb 2019 | 1:30 AM Premium

YouTube walks a tightrope with its video makers, advertisers

YouTube’s year-in-review video is usually a celebration of video creators who upload free clips — sometimes wacky, sometimes personal, sometimes offensive — that the company then sells ads against.

TECH 18 Jun 2019 | 6:30 AM Premium

People really want The Rock as the voice of their smart speaker

Maybe Google was onto something when it used John Legend as the voice of its smart speakers: Nearly one in three participants in a recent Adobe smart speaker survey said that they want a celebrity as the voice of their AI assistant.

TECH 28 Jun 2019 | 3:00 AM Premium

YouTube doesn’t want to compete with Netflix. How Susanne Daniels is getting ahead of streaming wars

Four years ago, veteran TV executive Susanne Daniels was tasked with an ambitious plan: build a set of original programmes that would leapfrog YouTube into a prominent player in the subscription streaming marketplace, competing against the likes of Hulu and Amazon Studios.

TECH 12 Jul 2019 | 10:30 AM Premium

NBA invests in Jeremy Lin-backed basketball AI app

Other new investors include the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, Blue Pool Capital and actor Will Smith’s Dreamers Fund.

TECH 16 Jul 2019 | 5:30 AM Premium

Amazon taps Kobe Bryant and other celebs to generate Prime Day buzz

Will Smith is selling water. Kobe Bryant is pushing deodorant. Mark Wahlberg is peddling protein powder. YouTube star JoJo Siwa, known for wearing big, colourful hairbows, is hawking, well, big colourful hairbows.