Games/Entertainment

French event planning app WePopp pairs with OpenTable to add restaurant booking

Paris, France-based event planning mobile app WePopp paired up with San Francisco, US-based restaurant booking app OpenTable to integrate restaurant booking service into the steps required to plan for a given event.

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Red Arrow picks up majority stake in US entertainment firm Half Yard for over $40M

Unterfoehring, Germany-based production and distribution firm Red Arrow Entertainment Group picked up a majority stake in Bethesda, US-based entertainment firm Half Yard Productions in a deal estimated to be valued at more than $40 million.

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Warner Bros mulls investing $10M to $15M in YouTube game video site Machinima

Burbank, US-based movie company Warner Bros is mulling over a $10 million to $15 million investment in YouTube game-focused web video site Machinima, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

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Greylock Partners lead $6.5M Series A round for If You Can Company

If You Can Company, a startup that created a game that teaches social and emotional learning to children, has raised $6.5 million for its Series A round ed by Greylock Partners, TechCrunch reported.

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US federal court dismisses IPO-linked lawsuit against Zynga

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White dismissed the lawsuit filed against San Francisco, California-based social game maker Zynga in which shareholders accused the company of lying about its financial status before it went public.

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Japanese messaging app Line to launch open sticker marketplace and Skype rival

Japan-based mobile messaging app Line will launch an open sticker marketplace called Line Creators Market in April and will also release a Skype-like service in five countries.

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SM Entertainment invests in BALJUNSO for globalization of South Korea's indie music

Seoul, South Korea-based pop music publisher SM Entertainment invested an undisclosed amount to acquire shares in indie label BALJUNSO to contribute to the globalization of K-Pop's indie sector.

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YPlan expands to San Francisco

As part of its expansion, the "going out" app YPlan will be expanding to San Francisco, California. It also has entered into an exclusive ticketing partnership with Noise Music Festival and will be unveiling a new feature, VentureBeat reported.

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American startup Open Labs updates StageLight software to let users create music with Timbaland

Austin, Texas-based hardware and software startup Open Labs updated its StageLight software to allow users to create and edit their own music with the help of hip-hop superstar Timbaland.

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New social night life app allows Philippine party-goers to join a club list hassle-free

Philippines-based social night life app Guestlist allows party-goers to get included in a club's guest list to lessen the hassle of falling in line or paying for an entrance fee to gain entry.

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Russia spends US$50 billion for Sochi Olympics

Russia displayed an impressive technological show during the closing event of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi using the theme Reflections of Russia, which ended with a giant bear putting out the Olympic flame.

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US filmmaker Freddie Wong breaks Indiegogo's record for web series with highest crowdfunding contributions

Seattle, Washington-based filmmaker Freddie Wong broke Indiegogo's record for web series crowdfunding when he gathered $900,907 in total contributions on Saturday night for his Internet-based show Video Game High School (VGHS).

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Huawei unveils five new devices in Barcelona tradeshow

Chinese gadget maker Huawei unveiled five new devices during the Mobile World Congress tradeshow held in Barcelona, including two tablets, one smartphone, one smartband, and a fast mobile Wi-Fi device.

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Colorado-based historic Jones Theater intends to resort to crowdfunding for renovations

To fund the repairs and renovations of a historic theater in Westcliffe, Colorado, the Jones Theater is launching a crowdfunding campaign on the "GoFundMe" crowdfunding platform starting March 1, the Canon City Daily Record reported.

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