Author: Anthony Ha

Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reunite for Apple and A24

TECHCRUNCH The director and star of “Lost in Translation” are working together again, with Bill Murray starring alongside Rashida Jones in “On The Rocks,” a new film directed by Sofia Coppola. The movie will tell the story of a young mother who reconnects with her playboy father in New York City. Production is supposed to begin this spring. “On the Rocks” is the first film to come out of the partnership between Apple and A24, which will see A24 (the studio behind “Moonlight,” “Lady Bird,” “Hereditary” and other indie hits) producing several titles for Apple. The deal will help...

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Daily Crunch: Netflix hikes prices for U.S. subscribers

TECHCRUNCH The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month For the most popular plan (which includes high-definition streaming for up to two devices simultaneously), the price will increase from $10.99 to $12.99 per month. Meanwhile, the one-device plan will go up to $8.99 per month, while the four-device plan goes to $15.99. It seemed inevitable that Netflix would have to raise prices to fund its continually growing bill for original content. At the same time, companies like Disney, AT&T/WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal all plan to launch competing services, which probably means they’ll be less interested in licensing their content to Netflix, and will charge a heftier fee when they do. 2. German court tosses Qualcomm’s latest iPhone patent suit The chipmaker had argued Intel -powered iPhones infringed a transistor switch patent it holds. But in an initial verbal decision the court disagreed. Qualcomm has said it will appeal. 3. Turns out the science saying screen time is bad isn’t science The paper, by Oxford scientists Amy Orben and Andrew Przybylski, amounts to a sort of king-sized meta-analysis of studies that come to some conclusion about the...

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Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month

TECHCRUNCH Netflix is raising fees for U.S. subscribers in its biggest price increase since the company first launched its streaming service 12 years ago. Depending on your plan, the cost will go up between 13 percent to 18 percent. For the most popular plan (which includes high-definition streaming for up to two devices simultaneously), the price will increase from $11 to $13 per month. “We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience for the benefit of our members,” the company said in a statement. Given the increasingly...

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Facebook says it will invest $300M in local news

TECHCRUNCH Facebook plans to make a significant investment in local news over the next three years, with $300 million going to a variety of initiatives and organizations. The company has had a rocky relationship with news publishers recently. While it’s funded programming from partners like CNN and Fox News, it’s also played a role in some of the industry’s most dispiriting trends, like the so-called “pivot to video” — and several of the digital publishers that bet big on the platform have been struggling (to say the least). So initiatives like this one (and a similar investment that Google announced...

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NBCUniversal announces streaming service that will be free to paid TV subscribers

TECHCRUNCH NBCUniversal is joining the long list of media giants looking to compete with Netflix. The company today announced plans to launch its own streaming service service in early 2020. The still-unnamed service will include advertising and will be available at no additional cost to pay TV subscribers. If you aren’t a pay TV subscriber, or if you want to watch without ads, you’ll also be able to buy a standalone subscription. Many of the specifics have yet to be announced, but CNBC reports that it will include NBC TV shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks & Recreation,”...

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Daily Crunch: Twitter’s new app for testing new features

TECHCRUNCH The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. A first look at Twitter’s new beta app and its bid to remain ‘valuable and relevant’ In the coming weeks, Twitter’s going to launch a new beta program, where a select group of users will get access to new features, by way of a standalone app, and a way discuss new features with others. Twitter will then use data to decide how and if to turn those tests into full-blown product features for everyone else. TechCrunch sat down with Sara Haider, Twitter’s director of product management, to take a closer look at the new app. 2. Apple HomePod comes to China at $400 amid iPhone sales woes Apple said over the weekend that its smart speaker will be available in Mainland China and Hong Kong starting January 18, adding to a list of countries where it has entered including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and Spain. 3. Some of the biggest web hosting sites were vulnerable to simple account takeover hacks In some cases, clicking on a simple link would have been enough for Paulos Yibelo, a well-known and respected bug hunter, to take over the accounts of anyone using five...

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Apple shows off new smart home products from HomeKit partners

TECHCRUNCH Apple recently invited reporters to meet a handful of companies announcing new products at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The common theme: All of these products connect to Apple’s HomeKit platform for smart home devices. By integrating with HomeKit, these companies make their products configurable and controllable via Apple devices, specifically through the Home app and Siri. Last year, Apple rolled out a new software authentication system, which meant that manufacturers no longer needed to include an MFi chipset to be part of the program. This isn’t a comprehensive list of all the HomeKit-integrated products that will be...

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Original Content podcast: ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is a frustrating interactive experiment

TECHCRUNCH “Bandersnatch” offers an unusual television experience — but not a very satisfying one. The new “Black Mirror” special follows Stefan Butler as he attempts to turn a science fiction novel (also called “Bandersnatch”) into a Choose Your Own Adventure-style video game. As the story progresses, Stefan gets pulled deeper into the mystery of what happened to “Bandersnatch” author Jerome F. Davies, a mystery that eventually involves parallel universes, government conspiracies and Stefan’s own family tragedy. Netflix has experimented with interactive content before, though previously aimed at kids — for example with an adaptation of “Minecraft: Story Mode” from...

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