Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of December 11th…
- Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, trailer
- Ready Player One, official trailer
Apple Acquires Shazam
On Friday, TechCrunch reported that Apple had agreed to acquire music discovery service and app-maker Shazam. Today, Apple made it official confirming the deal to BuzzFeed News. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed in the announcement, but according to TechCrunch, Shazam cost Apple somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 million.
Kleptocrat is an iOS-only mobile game that challenges players to play as billionaire tax-dodgers, who construct ruses to hide their money from the tax authorities. The game is developed by the Mintz Group, investigative/forensic accountants who specializing in finding hidden offshore wealth.
Patreon defends new pricing after user uproar
The change, which goes into effect on December 18th, adds a processing fee to each individual patron pledge, instead of taking the cut out of creators’ total earnings. Because this fee includes a flat 35-cent charge on top of a percentage, it disproportionately affects people making small pledges, or pledging to multiple artists.