Yahoo! is reportedly planning to launch a video streaming service to rival YouTube this summer.

The web giant's new platform aims to challenge its Google-owned competitor by offering better terms to content creators, according to Ad Age.

Yahoo! is said to be offering a fixed advertising rate that is between "50 and 100%" higher than the amount YouTube pays out.

The firm will allegedly allow creators to post their videos to other platforms, but the specific terms of such agreements are still under discussion.

However, the report states that the service will assign a perpetual licence to any videos shared on Tumblr, essentially handing Yahoo! full ownership of them.

Some content creators are also said to have expressed concerns about users downloading videos for offline viewing, but Yahoo! is aiming to resolve all contract issues and launch the service this summer.


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Facebook has introduced measures to tackle the amount of "auto-shared spam" on the social network.

The firm is altering News Feeds to feature fewer auto-shared posts, including Spotify listening habits and 'liked' photographs on Instagram.

Furthermore, third-party apps will post fewer stories on the user's behalf, while auto-sharing applications will prompt users before posting on their timeline.

Auto-sharing is not being scrapped altogether, but explicitly-shared stories will be prioritised over them.

"In general, we've found that people engage more with stories that are shared explicitly rather than implicitly, and often feel surprised or confused by stories that are shared implicitly or automatically," said Facebook's Peter Yang.

Earlier this month, Facebook amped up its privacy by making 'friends only' the default setting for new photo and status posts.


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Microsoft has announced plans to introduce language translation to Skype.

Skype Translator uses speech recognition technology to translate conversations from one language to another in real-time.

Developed by Skype in conjunction with the Microsoft Translator teams, the project is the result of decades of work by the computing giant and its collaborators.

Skype corporate vice president Gurdeep Pall demoed a "pre-beta" version technology at the inaugural Code Conference in California, holding a video chat with a German-speaking co-worker.

The translation, which was generally accurate, was spoken aloud and appeared in text form as a subtitle at the foot of the screen.

Skype Translator will be released as a Windows 8 beta app before the end of 2014.


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Harmonix has laid off 37 members of staff and replaced its CEO, it has been revealed.

Famous for releases such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero, the rhythm action studio is in the process of restructuring for future development.

Co-founder Alex Rigopulos will be replaced by Steve Janiak as the new company CEO.

"Harmonix is in the process of restructuring our organisation to bring it into alignment with our current and future product development plans," a Harmonix spokesperson explained.

"Unfortunately, this means making the difficult decision to reduce the number of full-time staff.

"We sincerely appreciate the work of each and every one of these employees. Harmonix is working to ensure that those affected are well taken care of as we make this change."

The development studio is currently working on Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as a music-driven first-person shooter called Chroma on PC.

More recently, Harmonix successfully funded a reboot of Amplitude on PlayStation devices.

Backed by 14,112 fans, Amplitude closed with $844,127, easily clearing its $775,000 goal following a late surge in donations.


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Quantum Break will be released in 2015, Microsoft has revealed.

The Remedy Entertainment-developed adventure game, which was last seen at the Spike TV VGX awards in December, will be fully unveiled at the gamescom expo in August.

It means the Xbox One exclusive won't make an appearance at E3 2014 next month.

The announcement comes alongside three new images and a trailer, which featured new details from creative director Sam Lake.

Quantum Break is said to blur the line between games and television by merging gameplay and drama together.

The story follows Jack Joyce as he fights a corporation called Monarch Solutions in a bid to prevent the end of time.

Remedy Entertainment previously worked on the Alan Wake series.

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The Order: 1886 studio Ready at Dawn has explained why the game runs at 30 frames per second.

The developer wants the forthcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive to present a 'filmic' look, according to director Dana Jan.

"60 fps is really responsive and really cool. I enjoy playing games in 60 fps," Jan told Kotaku.

"But one thing that really changes is the aesthetic of the game in 60 fps. We're going for this filmic look, so one thing that we knew immediately was films run at 24 fps.

"We're gonna run at 30 because 24 fps does not feel good to play. So there's one concession in terms of making it aesthetically pleasing, because it just has to feel good to play."

He added: "If you push that to 60, and you have it look the way we do, it actually would end up looking like something on the Discovery Channel, like an HDTV kind of segment or a sci-fi original movie maybe.

"Which doesn't quite have the kind of look and texture that we want from a movie. The escapism you get from a cinematic film image is just totally different than what you get from television framing, so that was something we took into consideration.

"Until the end of this system [the PS4], most people won't have any clue how to make that run 60 and look like this."

Originally planned to launch this year, The Order: 1886 was recently delayed to 2015.

It was previously confirmed that the game won't feature competitive multiplayer.


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FIFA 14 Ultimate Team's 2014 World Cup Brazil update has been delayed on all platforms.

Originally scheduled to launch as a free update today (May 29), the World Cup mode will now launch in the coming days.

"To ensure the best possible experience, we have decided to delay the launch," reads an EA Sports statement.

"Knowing that our players have been so excited for these new modes made it a tough decision.

"However, as we progressed through final testing we encountered unforeseen issues that would affect all users who downloaded the update, so it's important to address them first before release.

"Our team is currently working hard to have the update ready to release in the coming days."

The separate game mode within 'FIFA 14 Ultimate Team' gives players an opportunity to build squads from the 32 teams participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

It features authentic national crests, kits, the official Adidas Brazuca match ball, the Estadio do Maracana, and changes to the overall presentation.

It also adds new FIFA World Cup online and single-player tournaments, which can be played to unlock coins to buy new players and consumable items.


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The Wolf Among Us has been listed for a retail release on consoles.

Retailers such as Best Buy, GameStop, and GameFly are advertising the game for Xbox and PlayStation consoles, including Xbox One and PS4, according to Joystiq.

Best Buy is listing The Wolf Among Us collection for a November 18 launch.

Telltale is yet to officially confirm plans to launch the game at retail, but has previously released collected versions of The Walking Dead on consoles and handhelds.

The Wolf Among Us is based on Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham's Vertigo comics series Fables.

It centres around Fabletown sheriff Bigby Wolf (Big Bad Wolf), who polices the New York City neighbourhood inhabited by the characters of fairy tales.

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Microsoft has issued an Xbox Live service alert for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Xbox users are having problems joining online games, managing friends lists and tracking what friends are doing.

The issues appear to be limited to Ubisoft titles such as Watch Dogs, Trials Fusion and Assassin's Creed 4.

Microsoft addressed the problem in a statement issued overnight on the Xbox support page.

"Hi Xbox members, are you having trouble using the Uplay feature on games like Watch Dogs, Trials Fusion, Child of Light, and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag?

"We are working with our partner to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience. We'll update you on our progress as soon as we have more information."

Xbox Live core services, purchase and content usage, TV, music and video services remain functional.

Ubisoft's recently-released open-world game Watch Dogs also experienced Uplay issues on PC.


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Watch Dogs has already broken a record at Ubisoft.

In its first 24 hours of availability, the newly-launched open-world game sold more copies than any previous title in the publisher's history.

"I once said that the buzz around Watch Dogs was driven by the incredible passion of our early fans," said creative director Jonathan Morin.

"Today we broke the record for the biggest first day sales in Ubisoft history. I can never say it enough: thank you everyone! We love you all for your passion and your creativity."

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot added: "Watch Dogs is an amazing achievement and our teams should be proud that the creativity, innovation and long hours they invested in making this game are paying off.

"It's great to see so many customers enjoy playing the game, and it shows that Watch Dogs has cracked the code for developing a new blockbuster IP and a thoroughly new-gen experience."

Watch Dogs made its worldwide debut on May 27 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


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