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Facebook to offer interactive game shows on video platform

SAN FRANSISCO: Facebook said Tuesday it is offering a series of new formats for its online video platform including interactive game shows, quizzes and polls. The new formats will be available to those creating video content on the social network, which is searching for a niche to compete against rivals ranging from Netflix to Google-owned YouTube. One of the features from Facebook will allow interactivity, which could be used for live game shows or challenges which offer cash prizes. "We believe that watching video…

BuzzFeed to cut jobs, refocus advertising

NEW YORK: BuzzFeed said on Wednesday it was cutting an estimated 100 jobs as the news and entertainment website reorganizes its advertising efforts in the face of disappointing revenues. The cuts will be mainly in the business and advertising divisions in the US operations, with a number of editorial and business employees cut in Britain, a spokesman said, confirming an earlier report in the Wall Street Journal. The reductions represent around eight percent of its US workforce and less than six percent of BuzzFeed's…

Facebook signs BuzzFeed, Vox, others for original video shows: sources

Facebook has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar with the situation. Facebook is planning two tiers of video entertainment: scripted shows with episodes lasting 20 to 30 minutes, which it will own; and shorter scripted and unscripted shows with episodes lasting about 5 to 10 minutes, which…

US will build a wall and Mexico will reimburse it, says Trump

NEW YORK:  Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to forge ahead with plans for a wall on the southern US border after taking office, and said Mexico would reimburse the United States for the cost. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEOS "I could wait about a year and a half until we finish our negotiations with Mexico, which we'll start immediately after we get to office, but I don't want to wait," Trump told a news conference. "We're going to start building," he said. "Mexico in some form -- and there are many different forms -- will…

Trump rejects ‘phony’ dossier allegations about ties with Russia

NEW YORK: President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday flatly denied "phony" explosive allegations about ties with Russia and lurid behavior on a trip to Moscow that have tainted his election victory and threatened to engulf his presidency. Just over a week before Trump takes office, the United States has been rocked by unsubstantiated claims that his aides colluded with the Kremlin to win the election -- and that Russia has compromising sexual material on Trump. "I think it's a disgrace that information would be let…

Twitter impresses advertisers with BuzzFeed US election livestream

Twitter said it was able to deliver more viewers than promised to advertisers on a U.S. election night livestream, good news for the microblogging site as it tries to ward off growing competition for ad dollars from Snapchat and Instagram. Twitter partnered with BuzzFeed to host an election night broadcast on Tuesday and attracted major advertisers, including Paramount Pictures, Amazon's “Man in the High Castle,” Activision Blizzard's “Call of Duty,” Johnnie Walker and Izod. San Francisco-based Twitter declined to say…

Australian Open under match-fixing scrutiny

MELBOURNE: More players revealed match-fixing approaches on Tuesday as the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament came under close scrutiny following claims that corruption in tennis was widespread.

Djokovic reveals match-fixing approach

MELBOURNE: World number one Novak Djokovic said he was approached to fix a match earlier in his career on Monday as allegations of corruption in tennis rocked the start of the Australian Open.