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Digital Music roundup: Facebook, Napster, SoundCloud, streaming music growth

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Facebook adds new music deals, Napster partners on smart soundbar, SoundCloud denies quality loss, UK and US streaming market growth

Facebook has followed up on its recent a rights deal with UMG, with a spree of further deals, this time with music publishers Sony/ATV, Global Music Rights, SESAC’s HFA/Rumblefish and Kobalt Music Publishing. Covering Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Oculus, the agreements cover areas such as music use within user-generated content, as well as more ways to “be your favourite artist’s biggest and best groupie”.
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Going local – Facebook and Google re-think news that’s near you

Going local - Facebook and Google re-think news that's near you

Local newspapers may soon be in line for a boost from an unlikely source, after Facebook decided to place greater prominence on local news even though it’s downgrading other Page content.

The social network recently de-prioritised news – and posts from seemingly any other Facebook Pages – from the newsfeed in favour of posts from friends.

But in something of an apparent volte face it will now also have a focus on “topics that have a direct impact on you and your community”, as head of news product Alex Hardiman and head of news partnerships Campbell Brown put it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Digital Music roundup: Apple buys Shazam, Spotify to go public, UMG deals struck, Goodbye Groove

Apple buys Shazam Nicolas Nova Fickr

Apple acquires Shazam, Spotify prepares to go public, Facebook strikes UMG rights deal – as does YouTube, Microsoft shuts down Groove

Apple has acquired Shazam in a deal worth a reported $400m. The UK company, which was already integrated with Siri, is best known for allowing users to identify music via their smartphone or computer, but it also has an AR platform and visual recognition technology. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reality bites for Uber, Facebook and Twitter

US Army Camp Taji obstacle course

The world’s largest taxi company Uber owns no vehicles, begins an oft-quoted observation from 2015 on the digital disrupter and its peers Facebook (no content), Alibaba (no inventory) and Airbnb (no real estate).

Fast forward to the last couple of months and there are increasing signs that disruption will no longer absolve you of real-world responsibilities.

Notably Uber – ownership of vehicles or not – was found to be a transportation service in a strict, legally enforceable way by the EU’s top court, opening it up national regulation across Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Slower speeds for faster growth as online firms continue adapting to India’s mobile market

World Bank cellphone mobile India

Community meeting in Aurangabad, India (Pic: World Bank)

To describe the growth of the internet in India as explosive probably downplays the rate of change taking place.

Every second three more Indians come online for the first time, adding another 10,000 people every hour to the country’s online user base.

So it’s no surprise that internet firms – particularly those of a social nature – are working hard to overcome barriers to access that range from low-powered phones to 2G connections to very little data. Read the rest of this entry »

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Virtually everywhere – VR and immersive experiences

Demonstration of virtual reality (VR)

Picture: Knight Center for Journalism @ Flickr

In the last year virtual reality has clawed its way out of the ‘trough of disillusionment’ and begun its ascent of the ‘slope of enlightenment’. Well, that’s according to Garner’s much-cited hype cycle for emerging technologies.

What it seems to mean, certainly in recent months, is that virtual reality is pretty much everywhere as far as media and technology efforts go. Read the rest of this entry »

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UK millennials and social media – Facebook still dominant for reach and engagement

Millennials social media mobile texting

Thinker, Texter, Reader (Flickr: @Michael Coghlan)

UK millennials are Europe’s heaviest users of social media, according to new research by comScore.

The research company takes a pretty broad definition of the generation that currently fascinates advertisers the most, bracketing them as 18-34 year olds. Read the rest of this entry »

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