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Mobile Minutes: Google buys Webpass; BET’s online subscription service; Video creators and Facebook; Walmart Pay expands

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June 24, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-23 at 4.46.06 PMGoogle Fiber buys Webpass to boost its high-speed Onternet business
Google Fiber, the high-speed internet service owned by Alphabet, is to acquire Webpass, the companies said late on Wednesday, in a bid by the technology giant to bolster its U.S. expansion and compete with big broadband incumbents.
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Viacom launches BET online-subscription service outside US, Italy, France and Africa
Viacom is launching BET Play, a $4-per-month subscription service with programming from the African-American entertainment cable channel, in about 100 countries – but not in the U.S. or a few other markets, where the media conglom doesn’t want to cannibalize its pay-TV biz or is precluded from offering a direct-to-consumer service.
Read more on Variety

Viral creators ask at VidCon: Will Facebook start paying me?
The online video wars are on, and their major players except one will be meeting in full force Thursday in Anaheim.
Read more on USA Today

Walmart expands mobile wallet service Walmart Pay to 15 more states in one week
Attention, Walmart customers: You can now use Walmart Pay in a host of additional states.
Read more on CNET

 

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