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  • Disney Drops Fox Name, Will Rebrand as 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures

The Walt Disney Company is dropping the “Fox” brand from the 21st Century Fox assets it acquired last March, Variety has learned. The 20th Century Fox film studio will become 20th Century Studios, and Fox Searchlight Pictures will become simply Searchlight Pictures. [January]

  • Joué bags an NWA co-founder and sets sights on US expansion

Artist and producer Arabian Prince, who was one of the founders of NWA, will be lending his advisory talents to the startup, starting with an appearance at the NAMM show in Las Vegas later this week, where he’ll be jamming on the device at Joué’s stand. [January]

  • Verizon Media Taps Gap CTO Rathi Murthy for Top Tech Post

Verizon Media, the telco’s division that houses Yahoo!, AOL, HuffPost and other digital brands, tapped veteran tech exec Rathi Murthy to lead its global technology strategy as CTO. [January]

  • YouTube Plays Will Now Count Toward the Billboard Album Charts

Billboard will incorporate YouTube streams into its calculations for the Billboard 200 albums chart. Billboard will also factor in music video plays from Apple Music, TIDAL, and VEVO, but not “user-generated content,” such as memes or cover videos. [December]

  • Reggie Fils-Aimé will give a keynote address at the annual conference on technology, film, and music.

Former Nintendo of America CEO, Reggie Fils-Aimé’s to give SXSW keynote on convergence. [December]

  • 300M-user Imgur launches Melee, a gaming meme app

Ten years after its debut, 300-million-monthly-user Imgur, that’s why today, Imgur is launching Melee, the company’s first app beyond its flagship product. [December]