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Nickelodeon creates Avatar Studios to create new Avatar, Legend of Korra content

Source: The Verge - All Posts

Article note: Hyyyyyype.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Photo: Nickelodeon

ViacomCBS has announced a new studio based entirely around Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

Avatar Studios will create “original content spanning animated series and movies,” according to a press release. Avatar and Korra original creators, Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, are joining Nickelodeon as co-chief creative officers of Avatar Studios. The first project is an animated theatrical title set to begin production soon. More information will be announced soon, according to the company.

Having exclusive Avatar and Korra content is pretty key for Nickelodeon and ViacomCBS’ new streaming service, Paramount Plus. While the company’s business strategy is to license out a number of its shows and films on a...

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Firefox 86 brings multiple Picture-in-Picture, “Total Cookie Protection”

Source: Ars Technica

Article note: It's a good thing, and it should be the default everywhere. I wish this didn't feel as "starting to close the gate after the horses bolted" - Cookies are a problem, but having turned our little hypertext rendering tool into a runtime full of leaky things like WebGL, it's going to be hard to really confront ubiquitous tracking without re-constraining the scope of the browser.
  • I installed Firefox 86 on my Ubuntu workstation using Snap to be certain I wouldn't accidentally mess with my working system configuration. [credit: Jim Salter ]

Mozilla released Firefox 86 yesterday, and the browser is now available for download and installation for all major operating systems, including Android. Along with the usual round of bug fixes and under-the-hood updates, the new build offers a couple of high-profile features—multiple Picture-in-Picture video-watching support, and (optional) stricter cookie separation, which Mozilla is branding Total Cookie Protection.

Taking Firefox 86 for a spin

Firefox 86 became the default download at mozilla.org on Tuesday—but as an Ubuntu 20.04 user, I didn't want to leave the Canonical-managed repositories just to test the new version. This is one scenario in which snaps truly excel—providing you with a containerized version of an application, easily installed but guaranteed not to mess with your "real" operating system.

As it turns out, Firefox's snap channel didn't get the message about build 86 being the new default—the latest/default snap is still on build 85. In order to get the new version, I needed to snap refresh firefox --channel=latest/candidate.

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