Mobile game startup Zoom debuts with the familiar face of Sony, Sega vet Bernie Stolar as its chairman

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Originally posted on VentureBeat:

As a veteran executive at Sony, Sega, and Google’s Adscape Media, Bernie Stolar has been a familiar face over the past three decades in the game business. And now he’s at it again as executive chairman of Zoom , a new entertainment company that has just revealed its plans to make its mark in mobile and digital PC games.
Bernie Stolar

Bernie Stolar

Zoom unveiled a couple of new mobile and PC game projects yesterday. Through its Phoenix, Ariz.-based subsidiary Jordan Freeman Group, Zoom will introduce a new point-and-click adventure game called Mr. Travel. It has also secure the rights to take the kooky 1990s-era MegaRace franchise into smartphones and tablets as well as consoles and PCs.

The Mr. Travel game is headed by 21-year-old Jordan Freeman, who is chief creative officer and founder of both the Jordan Freeman Group and Zoom. Mr. Travel was originally made in France by developer LayerCake…

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Won’t Swing onto Xbox One at First — Will It Ever?

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Originally posted on TIME:

File this under nightmare public relations debacles happening right before a major multi-platform game associated with one of Marvel’s oldest and dearest properties is due out in tandem with one of the spring’s biggest films: For reasons unknown, Activision has officially and indefinitely postponed the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One.

“We are working with Microsoft in an effort to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game on Xbox One,” an Activision spokesperson told Eurogamer. “Currently, the game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and the PC on 2nd May, 2014 as previously announced.”

This would be something of a first. It’s certainly the case, historically speaking, that platforms are skipped in multi-platform lineups, whether because the platform isn’t popular enough, or it’s simply not capable enough (Nintendo’s Wii U being the most recent and prime example)…

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The CW announces summer premiere dates

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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The CW won’t just be showing reruns this summer: The network is premiering five new series and new episodes of Beauty and the Beast and Whose Line is it Anyway? return June 2.

The new shows range from docuseries Famous in 12 to not one but two shows about magic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion. 

Check out the full summer schedule below:

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HTC One (M8) Review: Pushing Forward with Everything but Hardware

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Originally posted on TIME:

The best things about the HTC One (M8) have nothing to do with the phone itself.

While the hardware is nice, it’s not a major leap over the original HTC One. It has a bigger screen and a faster processor, and its dual-lens camera is sometimes useful, but there isn’t single hardware advancement that will push the industry forward.

Instead, the new HTC One’s most important features are the promises the company has made to its users: HTC says it will keep the phone up to date with the latest version of Android for two years after launch, which is more than what even Google guarantees for its Nexus phones. And if you crack your screen in the first six months of ownership, HTC will repair it for free. Those perks, and others that I’ll explain later, make up for the lack of extra “wow” factor in the…

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Paul Walker’s Surprising Replacement in Fast & Furious 7

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Originally posted on TIME:

Filming on Fast & Furious 7 will continue with Paul Walker’s brothers filling in for the late actor.

A statement published on the official Fast & Furious Facebook page revealed that Caleb and Cody Walker have helped the production complete the action scenes that were not shot before Paul Walker died in a car accident in November. Walker, 40, completed most of his filming before his death.

“We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue,” the statement reads. “We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.”

Universal Pictures suspended production on Fast & Furious 7 in December following Walker’s death. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his character will retire in the upcoming film

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India’s Snapdeal Acquires Fashion Discovery Site Doozton, As Battle For Online Fashion Heats Up

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Online fashion retail is fast becoming the next battlefront for India’s growing e-commerce startups. With two of the biggest Indian e-commerce companies — Flipkart and Myntra — preparing to merge as part of $330 million deal , rival Snapdeal is now pushing aggressively to get its piece of action in the online fashion retailing space.

Less than two months after eBay invested around $134 million in Snapdeal, India’s biggest e-commerce marketplace is putting some of that funding to use by acquiring fashion products discovery site Doozton, a bootstrapped startup, which is less than a year old.

The companies have not disclosed the financial terms.

E-commerce in India is booming, as more consumers get online and the so-called “aspirational middle-class” looks to increase spending on fashion products. And while the market for e-commerce in the country is quite price-sensitive, fashion products are still able to attract premium.  Doozton helps…

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Selena Gomez, Kendall & Kylie Jenner Rock Denim Shorts At Coachella

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Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

Nothing epitomizes Coachella style like short shorts, so it’s no surprise Selena, Kendall and Kylie showed us exactly how it’s done at the free-spirited music festival on April 13.

It’s almost too good to be true to get Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner in one photo, but Kendall managed to capture it on Instagram at Coachella on April 13. Besides flaunting some unparalleled star power, the sexy pic also showed us the most fabulous way to sport a Coachella classic look — denim booty shorts!

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