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Google Play Movies Now Has HDR Support

HDR support is now available on Google Play Movies and will be offered for a portion of films. The movies offering HDR are available at the same price as regular 4K movies, which were added to the platform in December 2016. The inclusion of HDR helps to distinguish the platform.

China Planning To Ban VPNs Next Year

To increase its control over what people see online, China will move to ban all VPNs in 2018. Bloomberg reports the government has already instructed telecom companies that they'll have to implement a ban next year. That block is supposed to be in place by February 2018.

On-Demand Music Streaming Rises 62% In US

With the help of Apple Music's growth and Spotify's continued success, on-demand music streaming is doing well in the United States. Nielsen says the weekly streams figure has grown to 7.5 billion as of March. During the first half of 2017, there were 184.3 billion streams.

Google Earth Now Has Live Nature Streams

Nature livestreams are being added to Google Earth, with the first available stream set in Alaska's Katmai National Park. The platform's Voyager section will now feature streams in addition to its regular guided tours. Five cameras have been placed around Katmai.

Major Bitcoin Exchange 'Bithumb' Hacked

Bithumb, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, has been hacked. 30,000 customers had their data compromised due to the attack and Korea's Internet & Security Agency is looking into the situation following claims from customers that they lost money.

Amazon Finalizes Souq Acquisition

Amazon has completed its acquisition of Souq, a Middle Eastern eCommerce company widely viewed as a counterpart to Amazon. The deal was announced in March and now that it's complete, US-based Amazon will have an easy time entering the Middle Eastern market.