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6/14/2019

MTV Studios will produce a series of spinoffs from its animated comedy "Daria," starting with "Jodie," which will feature Tracee Ellis Ross of ABC's "Black-ish". The series, which will focus on an African-American friend of Daria's, has no network commitment yet.

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6/14/2019

Apple has compelled Comcast and Charter Communications to sell other devices -- such as iPads, Apple TV boxes and Watches -- in order to carry the iPhone as part of their mobile services, sources told CNBC. The cable companies offer cell service as part of a wholesaler agreement with Verizon.

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6/14/2019

Calls to 911 centers are getting answered faster than ever, due to technology to share data nationwide, emergency responders say. Lags still happen at times when communications among 911 centers requires telephone calls due to a lack of data integration, usually in rural areas or large jurisdictions.

6/14/2019

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is stepping down from her role as White House press secretary, she announced on Thursday. President Donald Trump has hinted that Sanders might enter the governor's race in her native Arkansas -- a move Sanders declined to rule out.

6/14/2019

Tech companies T-NET Japan, Internet Initiative Japan, Unisoft and Gaian Solutions have joined the Advanced Warning and Response Network Alliance. The coalition aims to use next-gen TV technology to develop better emergency alert systems.

6/14/2019

NBC's coverage of Game 7 in the Stanley Cup finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins garnered the network the highest ratings for an NHL event in 25 years. Some 8.72 million people tuned in, breaking the previous record of 8.54 million set during 2011's seventh game.

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6/14/2019

Ransomware attacks rose 167% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter, states a report from Cybersecurity Threatscape. Hacktivism, or good-hat hacking, makes up 15% of cyberhacks, and cryptojacking has fallen significantly.

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6/14/2019

CBS' board of directors is reportedly expected to agree today to jumpstart merger talks with Viacom next week, but a dispute over leadership positions at the new entity may complicate matters. A consensus has formed over allowing Viacom leader Bob Bakish to remain in his current post, but CBS wants to make changes among his potential subordinates, sources tell CNBC.

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6/14/2019

Comcast has added Viacom's Pluto TV to its set-top platform, Xfinity X1, a move that brings roughly 14 million more homes to the streaming service. The MSO will not charge for the ad-supported Pluto, which houses more than 100 channels as well as thousands of movies.

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6/14/2019

Consumers may be itching for subscription VOD services to aggregate under a single platform, such as the Roku Channel, Amazon Prime or Apple TV, but industry stakeholders are skeptical that will happen any time soon. They say direct-to-consumer platforms like Netflix are reluctant to join those efforts due to issues regarding control of consumer usage data.

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