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Russian Email Giant Takes Over VKontakte, ‘Russia’s Facebook’



Russian mail provider Mail.Ru, which is majority owned by Russia’s richest man and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, has taken full control of the country’s Facebook equivalent VKontakte on Tuesday.

Mail.Ru announced the acquisition of the remaining 48% of VKontakte (also known as VK) — the part which it still didn’t control — for $1.47 billion. The deal gives Mail.Ru full control of Russia’s largest social network, and gives its owner, Alisher Usmanov, more control over the company….

Mail.ru Pays $1.47B To Take Over Vkontake, Russia’s Facebook, Settles Durov Suit

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Disney Expects Maker Studios to Become Next Marvel, Pixar or LucasFilm



Walt Disney Co. believes Maker Studios, the YouTube network that it acquired in March, has the potential to become the next Marvel, Pixar or LucasFilm.

Maker, the largest network of channels on Google’s YouTube, is growing revenue and has the potential to be profitable, Jay Rasulo, Disney’s chief financial officer, said Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference in New York

Disney agreed to pay $500 million for Maker and potentially an additional $450 million if the site reaches…

Post-Marathon, FXX Is Playing Smart With ‘Simpsons’ Programming



Coming off the massive success of FXX’s Simpsons marathon, the network is looking for ways to keep die-hard fans tuning in, and bring even more over to the still-young TV channel

“There’s going to be an awful lot of curation and thematics,” said Chuck Saftler, president of program strategy and the man behind the much-touted marathon, which saw all of The Simpsons‘ 500-plus episodes screened back-to-back. “We want to create as diverse of a viewing experience as we possibly can.”

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Syrian Strikes on Islamic State Stronghold Kill at Least 25, Including Civilians



BEIRUT — Syria launched a series of airstrikes targeting a stronghold of the Islamic State extremist group on Saturday, killing at least 25 people, most of whom died when one of the missiles slammed into a crowded bakery, activists said.

The eight airstrikes smashed parts of buildings, set cars alight and crushed people under rubble in the northeastern city of Raqqa, which is ruled by the extremist group (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL), according to video of the aftermath uploaded to social…

Joan Rivers’ Death Leaves Big Hole in Fashion Coverage at E!



Following the unexpected death of sharp-tongued commentator Joan Rivers, the E! Network has found itself having to cover New York Fashion Week without fashion’s most distinctive voice

The Rivers-hosted Fashion Police was set to film two episodes from the annual event but after Rivers’ death Thursday, the network replaced the planned installments with two specials, the first of which will air Friday at 10 p.m. ET, following a tribute, Joan Rivers: Celebrating An Icon. Designer Christian…

A ‘Walking Dead’ Companion Series Could Be Coming to AMC



AMC is looking to get more life out of The Walking Dead.

The network Friday said it has ordered a pilot that would expand the universe into a new series. Creator Robert Kirkman wrote the pilot along with Sons of Anarchy producer Dave Erickson. Executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are also involved with the new project, which will show what’s going on during the zombie apocalypse in “other parts of the world,” the network said. The current series is set in Georgia

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Satellite Executive Suddenly Out at Google



Google’s efforts to build a network of satellites to provide Internet service to the billions of people around the world took a hit on Wednesday after reports that one of the program leads had abruptly left the company.

Greg Wyler, founder of Internet satellite company O3b Networks, suddenly left Google just months after joining the company, according to reports from The Information and The Wall Street Journal.

Reports emerged in early June that Google had partnered with O3b Networks as a…

Facebook Has Restored Some Facial Recognition In Europe, Tagging U.S. Friends’ Photos