The decision follows Warner’s move to release “Wonder Woman 1984” on Christmas Day via its streaming platform at the same time as the big screen—a radical gamble for a major Hollywood studio which the industry had widely assumed would be a one-off

Warner Bros. will release its entire 2021 slate of movies on HBO Max streaming and in theaters simultaneously, including “The Matrix 4” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” remake, the studio announced Thursday in a landmark response to the pandemic.

The announcement comes as Hollywood scrambles to cope with the reality of theaters closed across much of the United States due to Covid, and sees one of Tinseltown’s biggest studios shatter the traditional “window” in which blockbuster movies are available only on the big screen at release.

“We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions,” said Warner Bros chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff.

“No one wants films back

Amazon is reportedly interested in acquiring the podcasting group Wondery to expand its streaming media portfolio

Internet giant Amazon is in talks to buy podcast publisher Wondery, which serves up hit audio shows “Dr. Death” and “Serial,” the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

West Hollywood-based Wondery boasts being the world’s largest independent publisher, and has reportedly also explored the potential for acquisition with Apple and Sony Music Entertainment.

Industry tracker Podtrac ranked Wondery as being the fourth most listened to podcast publisher in the US in November, with slightly more than 9 million people tuning in to audio programs it hosts.

Podcasts have boomed in popularity, with people tuning in to hear compelling real or scripted stories as well as interviews.

Launched in 2016, Wondery has won audiences for shows such as Dr. Death, Dirty John, Business Wars, The Shrink Next Door, and Gladiator.

Wondery is seeking $300

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Online sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday were expected to break records this holiday, and it appears Amazon was one of shoppers’ key destinations.

Amazon announced Tuesday this year’s holiday shopping season was the biggest in the company’s history.

The e-commerce giant did not offer specific financial figures on how much was spent during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Amazon did note independent businesses selling on the platform topped $4.8 billion in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, up 60% from the year before.

The best-selling items in the U.S. included Amazon’s new Echo Dot, one of several products made by the company and discounted during the holiday season. Also popular: former President Barack Obama’s latest book “A Promised Land,” the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush, and the Lite-Brite Ultimate Classic.

Sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday shattered

The acquisition of five-year-old Kustomer comes as Facebook continues to weave e-commerce into offerings, particularly its WhatsApp and Messenger messaging services

Facebook on Monday announced it is buying a startup specializing in helping businesses interact with customers online.

The acquisition of five-year-old Kustomer comes as the leading social network continues to weave into offerings, particularly its WhatsApp and Messenger messaging services.

More than 175 million people contact businesses via WhatsApp daily, and the number is growing, according to WhatsApp chief operating officer Matt Idema and Facebook vice president of products Dan Levy.

“With our complementary capabilities, we will be able to help more people benefit from that is faster, richer and available whenever and however they need it—via phone, email, text, web chat or messaging,” Kustomer chief executive Brad Birnbaum said of uniting with Facebook.

“In particular, we look forward to enhancing the messaging experience which

In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020 file photo, the sun is reflected on Apple’s Fifth Avenue store in New York. In the years since Barack Obama and Joe Biden left the White House, the tech industry’s political fortunes have flipped. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have come under scrutiny from Congress, federal regulators, state attorneys general and European authorities. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The Obama-Biden administration was a charmed era for America’s tech companies—a moment when they were lionized as innovators, hailed as job creators and largely left alone.

Now Joe Biden is coming back, this time as president. But times have changed. The halcyon days of an adoring Washington are unlikely to return when Biden takes the oath of office in January, with mounting legislative and regulatory challenges to the industry—including stronger enforcement of antitrust laws—nearly certain to outlast the tenure of President Donald Trump.

“The techlash is in

Shoppers pass an Indigo Friday 40% Off sign Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, on Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile shopping district. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones.

Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping. That was a 22% increase over the previous record of $7.4 billion set in 2019.

Meanwhile, traffic to physical stores plummeted as retailers tried to prevent crowds by cutting their hours and limiting doorbuster deals. U.S. visits dropped by 52% on Black Friday, according to Sensormatic Solutions, a retail tracker. Traffic was slower in the Northeast and West than in the Midwest and South, said Brian Field, Sensormatic’s senior director of global retail consulting.

Jewelry and footwear saw some of the biggest in-person sales declines,