beyond oblivion

Tech news from around the web:

  • Warner Brothers is claiming to be the first film studio to offer movies for rent via Facebook, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Friends of Christopher Nolan’s Batman film Dark Knight can rent the film by going to the film’s Facebook page and clicking a “rent” icon. The cost per rental is 30 Facebook Credits, or $3, and viewers will have 48 hours from the purchase to watch the film.

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This is a guest post by FT Media Editor Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

Not much has been heard of Beyond Oblivion since the FT pulled back the veil on its ambitious vision of tackling piracy by asking devices manufacturers and broadband providers to pay for music consumed over their products and services.

At the time, we reported that Adam Kidron, a serial entrepreneur, had been backed by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and Allen & Co. According to the Beyond Oblivion site the start-up is still aiming for an October 10 launch (sorry, “insurrection”), but we wait to hear which music rights holders, smartphone and laptop manufacturers or internet service providers are on board.

Today’s proxy filing by News Corp pulls the veil back a little further on Beyond Oblivion’s financing, however. Read more