Here are the editor's top picks for the week.
Q&A: Virtual reality exec: The future of VR lies in 'gigantic enterprise market'
Joe Michaels, chief revenue officer of virtual reality hardware company HaptX Inc., says the most certain virtual reality outlook is the shift to spatial computing for enterprise applications, representing an opportunity as big as the internet itself.
Analysts: Both sides have plenty to lose in DIRECTV-Viacom carriage dispute
A high-stakes network carriage battle between AT&T Inc.'s DIRECTV and Viacom Inc. could bruise both parties, analysts warned, as the companies traded jabs in the days leading up to a midnight March 22 deadline to strike a new deal. In the absence of a new agreement, Viacom's suite of 23 networks could go dark on AT&T's primary satellite service DIRECTV, telco TV offering U-Verse and streaming service AT&T Watch.
Cloud gaming not an immediate opportunity for telecom, chip providers
Cloud gaming is more of a long-term opportunity that will require heavy capital investments from telecom providers, and sales of graphics processing units from chipmakers into data centers will pick up only after years, analysts said in interviews. In addition, geographical limitations on delivery of cloud gaming services could affect the scaling of services and return on investments.
New Zealand shooting highlights big tech's battle with extremism
The livestreaming of the New Zealand mosque shooting on major internet platforms shows the urgent need to combat the spread of abusive content online, but imposing overly restrictive regulations is not the best approach, legal experts said. Last week, scenes of a gunman killing at least 50 people and wounding several others at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, were streamed live on Facebook Inc. and also posted on Twitter Inc. and Google LLC-owned YouTube LLC before circulating throughout the wider internet.
Upfronts 2019: Crown Media looks to spring return for 'When Calls the Heart'
Crown Media Family Networks CEO Bill Abbott says the programmer is looking to find the "right creative solutions" to remove Lori Loughlin's character from the drama in the wake of her arrest on collegiate bribery allegations. Abbott did not specify a date but said the goal is to have the series back on Hallmark Channel (US) this spring.