An entity owned by the MLB and Disney, BAMtech, has signed a deal with Riot Games that'll see it become the exclusive provider of League of Legends tournaments. BAMtech is going to spend at least $300 million through 2023 on the streaming rights, reports the Wall Street Journal.
A database containing details for a billion Yahoo accounts reportedly sold on the dark net for $300,000. It went up for purchase in August 2015, says Andrew Komarov of the security firm InfoArmor. He says the hacker group selling the database is in Eastern Europe.
AT&T subscribers who switch to T-Mobile and active two T-Mobile One lines can receive a free year of DirecTV Now, a streaming service operated by AT&T. You'll get the service with a $35 credit, representing the cost of the lowest tier on the service.
Last week, Facebook has officially detailed its plan for dealing with fake news on the network. Thanks to its improved reporting and third-party fact-checking agencies, the company will be able to verify which content is fake and then act if necessary.
WordPress platform is used by many popular websites and blogs, including CNN and Best Buy. The platform keeps improving with each update and the latest one looks to be very interesting. WordPress.com hosted websites are getting support for virtual reality content.
Tom Wheeler, an advocate of net neutrality, will no longer be chairman of the FCC once Donald Trump takes office. He says he'll leave the agency on January 20, a move that'll precede the appointment of a new chair who is expected to take a different stance on major issues.
Twitter was working on a unique messaging-style app as recently as September 2016, but it decided to cancel the project, reports BuzzFeed News. The app was going to be targeted at emerging markets and it was based on collections of tweets and "instant messages."
Twitch's focus remains on game streaming, but there's now a category on the platform dedicated to general purpose livestreams. It's called "IRL," which stands for "in real life." The category is meant for those who simply want to stream themselves talking.
Google's practice of scanning Gmail email content has been challenged in a lawsuit filed with the Northern California District Court. Rather than fight the lawsuit in defense of Gmail, Google has put forth a voluntary proposed settlement that would slightly tweak the scanning.
Another breach at Yahoo has been confirmed by the company and it affects over a billion people. An "unauthorized third party" entered Yahoo's system in August 2013 and gained access to names, emails, and hashed passwords. This is distinct from the one reported in September.
Facebook's focus on video has grown in recent years, but all of the efforts have so far dealt with content from third-parties. The social network now says it's considering buying and offering original videos in the areas of scripted, unscripted, and sports-related programming.
Support for massive group video chats has been added to Line, a popular messaging app. Video chats can include up to 200 participants, though only four people will be shown on screen at a time. When a chat's participant list increases, avatars will be on the side of the display.
American fans of British television will soon have a streaming service just for UK content. BBC Worldwide and ITV are partnering to roll out BritBox, a service that brings British television content to the US. Current shows will be available 24 hours after their premiere.
Amazon's video streaming service, Prime Video, has officially gone global. It's now available in 242 countries, a major expansion that was announced during a media event in India. Regions that have yet to receive the entire Prime service can get Prime Video for $3 per month.
Imgur's simplistic messaging options have been swapped out for a more complete messaging service. The update to the app also includes a new follow function. Messaging now works with rich media like GIFs and emojis. You can send the content in a few ways.
A letter from a variety of music industry organizations was sent to president-elect Donald Trump requesting he consider the issue of piracy prior to his "tech summit" meeting on December 14. The letter is from BMI, the RIAA, and others members of the music industry.
Law enforcement shouldn't be requesting backdoors in the encryption used by private companies, says the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). A new report from the agency details its opposition to the use of backdoors or requests for them.
Slack, the go-to chat tool for many businesses, now includes support for videoconferencing. The feature allows users to enter a video call one-on-one or in groups. Slack's inclusion of video calling will help it better compete against services like Skype for Work and Hangouts.