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On Broadway, Springsteen Channels His Inner Springsteen

Though he appears as sturdy as ever, Bruce Springsteen turned sixty-eight in September. It doesn’t feel egregious to suggest that he’s been feeling reflective lately. In 2016, he published a memoir, “Born to Run,” and has spent much of the last two years on an eighty-nine-date tour, in support of a reissue of his 1980 album, “The River,” which celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2015. He’s been mulling his arc—expiating, making sense of things. Also, and I don’t know how to say this delicately—his friends and peers are dying. That…

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YouTube to end paid channels service

YouTube has announced the end of paid channels, which were launched in 2013 as one of the site’s first attempts at charging for content. The facility let people pay a monthly fee to access individual YouTube channels from providers such as National Geographic and Sesame Street. However, the service was not popular with viewers and will end in December. “It never achieved popularity with creators or users,” Google admitted in a blog post. In December, videomakers who currently host their videos on a paid subscription-only channel will have the option…

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Telegram to block terror channels after Indonesian ban

Messaging service Telegram has promised to shut down terrorist-related channels after Indonesia’s government partially blocked access to its platform. The Ministry of Communication and IT blocked Telegram’s web version on Friday and threatened to stop access to its app as well. Jakarta claimed Telegram had been used to promote radicalism and to give instructions for carrying out attacks. The firm’s founder said he was “upset” by the move. In a note posted to his Telegram followers, Pavel Durov said his firm had now removed all terrorist-related public channels reported by…

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Amazon adds live TV channels to Prime Video

Amazon has announced it will offer live television channels via its Prime Video service, for an extra fee. People will be able to subscribe to popular channels such as Discovery and Eurosport individually, without paying for a bundle of channels. Until now, Prime Video has offered only on-demand films and TV shows in the UK. But one analyst said the launch line-up of channels was “not immediately desirable” and would struggle to attract satellite TV customers. “Amazon launched a similar thing in the US, and the big selling point was…

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