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New York’s broadband speeds are under investigation

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The New York attorney general’s office is investigating whether internet providers are over-charging consumers for broadband speeds they advertise but never deliver. According to reports from Bloomberg and Reuters, letters were sent to three internet providers in New York last week — Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Cablevision — asking them to disclose how they advertise internet speeds to customers and the results of any internal testing of their services. – James Vincent, The Verge

Apple starts accepting tvOS app submissions for the new Apple TV

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Apple is providing developers with guidelines for supporting major Apple TV features like the touch-sensitive remote, as well as more esoteric additions such as the layered parallax effect on app icons. Apps can be universal bundles with their iPhone or iPad counterparts, meaning you’ll likely have some tvOS apps in your purchase history right away if developers choose to flip that switch. – Sam Byford, The Verge

Popcorn Time for your browser makes illegal movie streaming even easier

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Popcorn Time, which operates like Netflix but via pirated media streams from torrent sites, was previously only available as a desktop and Android mobile app users had to download. Now you can use Popcorn Time by venturing over to browserpopcorn.xyz, no login required. […] The browser version was created by 15-year-old Serbian programmer Milan Kragujevic, who appears to have cloned the original Popcorn Time project first created last year before it was shut down due to legal concerns. Replicating, or so-called forking, the initial app has become a seemingly never-ending game of cat-and-mouse between piracy advocates and the movies studios and law enforcement bodies trying to crack down on them. – Nick Statt, The Verge

These are the top-earning YouTube stars of 2015 according to Forbes

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[Forbes] has published its first ever list of top earners on the video platform, with the irrepressible Felix Kjellberg (better known as PewDiePie) heading the charts with pretax earnings of $12 million, according to Forbes’ calculations. Other figures on the list include comedy duo Smosh ($8.5 million), violinist Lindsey Stirling ($6 million), British video game commentator KSI ($4.5 million), and make-up expert Michelle Phan ($3 million). – James Vincent, The Verge

Apple still doesn’t have a streaming deal with the top TV network

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Apple is still struggling to make deals with TV networks for their content. It’s not clear which, if any, Apple already has on board, but CBS CEO Les Moonves has made it clear that his network — the US’s most watched — isn’t there yet. “Apple is having conversations with everybody about doing their own streaming services,” Moonves told Bloomberg today. “We’ve had those conversations, as have the other networks. Do I think something will happen? Probably, but I don’t know when.” – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

How a small streaming site became the Netflix for indie film

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MUBI has spent years cultivating that audience with a selection of artsy, obscure films that don’t usually appear on Netflix or Hulu. (It originally launched under the name “The Auteurs,” before rebranding in 2010 as MUBI — a play on accented pronunciations of “movie,” and after a city in Nigeria.) On Monday, the titles available on the company’s US site included Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 classic The Conformist, and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, by Chan-wook Park. Occasionally, it features more mainstream movies like Sin City, currently available on the French site, though the majority are far more obscure. A new title is added every day as another drops out, meaning that only 30 films are available for streaming at any given time. – Amar Toor, The Verge

Nvidia’s game streaming service launches tomorrow for $7.99 a month

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Like many streaming services, NVIDIA describes Geforce Now as “the Netflix for games,” though at launch the library leaves quite a bit to be desired, with just over 50 titles available for streaming. In addition to that, however, users will also be able to buy some big, relatively recent games, like the fantasy epic The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Game streaming is available at up to 1080p and 60 frames per second. In addition to games, Nvidia is also hoping to turn the Shield into more of a general entertainment device; today it announced the launch of Spotify, Showtime, and NFL Sunday Ticket apps. – Andrew Webster, The Verge

Chromecast is Google’s hugely successful Trojan Horse into your home

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By providing a stripped-down tool instead of an all-in-one solution, Google is able to serve as the interface between apps and hardware. Plus, Google doesn’t have to worry about where the media comes from or what software controls it. The Chromecast is a no-frills device — you just tap its icon in whatever app you’re looking at and the Chromecast moves, or “casts,” the image to your TV. – Nick Statt, The Verge

Verizon is gathering exclusive series for its mobile streaming service

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DanceOn, a dance video production company co-founded by Madonna, said yesterday that it would produce over 80 hours of shows, including a reality series, for Go90; Endemol beyond USA also said yesterday that it would launch three series on Go90, two of which would come from YouTube stars, Cassey Ho and Sonya Esman. Finally, production company New Form Digital said today that it would create six comedies and dramas for Verizon’s network. […] Verizon also has more traditional content creators on board, having made deals with DreamWorks, AMC, and Fox, as well as with ESPN, CBS Sports, and the NFL for sports content — though, presumably, they won’t be providing exclusive video. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge
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