Day: 27 août 2020

TikTok sale announcement could come as soon as next week

Strap in: the TikTok sale process may be even speedier than President Trump expected. CNBC reported today that TikTok is “nearing an agreement” to sell its operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – as soon as next week.
Its sources claimed that the deal could be worth between $20bn and $30bn, but added that TikTok is still in talks with both Microsoft and Oracle over the potential sale. What’s more, those sources suggested a third US company has also thrown its hat in the ring.
“Walmart has been working with SoftBank on a potential acquisition, but because that offer doesn’t include a cloud technology backbone component, it is likely a nonstarter with the US government,” claimed CNBC.
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Amazon Halo sees tech giant get into the digital fitness game

Apple has quietly been becoming a digital health and fitness company for a while now, with wellbeing becoming a key selling point for its Apple Watch smartwatch. Now Amazon wants in on the fitness-wearables game.
It has unveiled a device called Halo, which is a fitness band (sadly not one that hovers above your head) with a companion app and subscription service. They’re launching in the US initially, with early adopters able to pay $64.99 for a band with a six-month subscription to the Halo service thrown in.
“Unlike smartwatches and fitness trackers, it doesn’t have a screen or constant notifications,” is the rivals-side-eyeing pitch. Instead, the wrist-worn band measures activity with a points-based system, as well as sleep and body fat percentage.
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Restream raises $50m to power multi-platform livestreams

Do you want to stream to YouTube, Twitch or Facebook? How about these and a couple of dozen more platforms simultaneously? That’s what the technology of a startup called Restream does, and investors are excited to the tune of a $50m Series A funding round for the company.
Sapphire Ventures and Insight Partners led the round, which will be used to continue developing a tool called Restream Studio.
TechCrunch described that as “a platform for creators to do more production around their videos: for example, writing captions and lower-thirds, adding watermarks, managing chats, and editing and repurposing excerpts of streams on other channels, and managing analytics” – adding: “Think of it as the Hootsuite of video streaming.”
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Spotify expands Discover Weekly sponsorship to EMEA countries

In early 2019 Spotify opened up its flagship algo-personalised playlist, Discover Weekly, to brand sponsorships. However, so far the option for advertisers to sponsor the playlist has only been tested in North America and Latin America, as well as the UK.
Now it’s crossing the seas to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Nine countries, to be specific: Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Switzerland and Turkey. So, not the biggest markets in mainland Europe yet, but an expansion nonetheless.
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Algoriddim launches tool to extract stems from music tracks

In June, we wrote about a pair of DJ apps getting ‘real-time stem separation’ features, so that DJs could mix with the individual elements of tracks (like vocals or basslines).
One of those apps was djay from Algoriddim, where the feature was called ‘Neural Mix’. Now it’s being spun off into its own software for Mac computers, called Neural Mix Pro.
“You can create beat-precise loops, change tempo, and transpose the key of a song, all while removing vocals, percussive, or harmonic parts in real-time,” explains its website.
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Fortnite’s new season is live… but not for Apple devices

The new season of Fortnite goes live today: Chapter 2 – Season 4 is a big tie-up with Marvel, with a bunch of its superheroes and supervillains added to the game, complete with their most famous locations – and an in-game comic explaining how they got there.
But one section of Fortnite’s player community won’t be joining in: people who use iPhones, iPads or Mac computers to play Fortnite. This is because of Epic Games’s ongoing legal battle with Apple over its desire to use its own in-app purchases system on iOS rather than Apple’s.
As things stand, new downloads of Fortnite as well as updates for people who’ve already downloaded it are both blocked. The latter means iOS (and now MacOS users too) won’t be able to get the new season.
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Joe Budden says he’s taking his podcast away from Spotify

For Spotify, as one ‘Joe’ podcasting era begins, another appears to be drawing to an ill-tempered close. The streaming service will soon be the exclusive platform for The Joe Rogan Experience, but what about the deal it signed back in August 2018 for hip-hop show The Joe Budden Podcast?
It’s not ending well.
“September 23rd, new episodes of this podcast will no longer be available on Spotify,” he told listeners in his latest episode. “September 23rd, I cannot tell you where this podcast will be, but as it stands I can tell you where it will not be, and that is Spotify.”
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Katy Perry’s ‘Smile’ album comes with its own video game

The new Katy Perry album comes out tomorrow (28 August) and ‘Smile’ will be accompanied by its own promotional game. It’s a partnership with computing brand Dell – or rather, with its high-end gaming sub-brand Alienware.
The game is called Katy Quest, and from the clip shared by Perry on her socials, it appears to be a collection of circus-themed mini-games, riffing off the theme of the video for the album’s title track.
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eMusic gets into livestreaming with eMusicLive launch

The last time we checked in on eMusic, it had just launched its eMU token as part of a blockchain drive, while its boss had joined the board of B2B firm 7digital. A few months on, the two companies are hopping aboard the livestreaming bandwagon.
eMusic is launching a platform called eMusicLive, which it says will be a way for artists to put on virtual concerts and earn money from them “by bundling ticketing, music sales, merchandise and collectibles” as well as signing sponsorship deals.
These performances might be hosted directly on eMusicLive, but artists can also embed their livestreams from YouTube, Twitch and Instagram.
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BPI and UK Music join UK’s creative industries trade advisory group

What kind of trade deal will the UK have with the European Union after the end of its Brexit transition period this year? ¯_(ツ)_/¯ is the best description, in the absence of an emoticon denoting ‘throwing hands in the air and running around screaming’.
There is some positive news though: the British government has created some new trade advisory groups to ensure it gets advice from key industries. One of those trade groups is for the creative industries, and two music bodies – the BPI and UK Music – are represented on it.
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Tidal makes social VR move with $7m investment in Sensorium

It seems to be the week for music streaming to meet virtual reality startups. VR firm MelodyVR announced plans to acquire Napster, and now Tidal is making an investment in VR company Sensorium Corporation.
It’s not a traditional deal though: Tidal has bought $7m in tokens issued by Sensorium – yes, that’s Music Ally’s blockchain klaxon you can hear wailing away: read more about ‘Senso Tokens’ here – as part of its Sensorium Galaxy social VR platform.
Due to launch next February, it’ll be a virtual world with an emphasis on music, dance and hanging out in VR nightclubs.
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Music distribution and services firm Stem raises $10m

Stem is the US-based company that combines tools helping musicians to track their royalties with distribution to digital music services.
It has just raised a funding round of $10m from investors including Coach K, the COO of label Quality Control Music; Mark Gillespie, founder of management company Three Six Zero; a number of managers working for Red Light Management; and former basketball star Baron Davis.
“With this new round of financing, we are focused on accelerating the portfolio of products offered to our artists,” said Stem’s CEO Milana Rabkin Lewis. “We’ve assembled the top players in music who have built careers of the world’s top artists to amplify our efforts.”
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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer resigns three months into the job

We promised you twists in this tale. TikTok is taking to the courts to battle the Trump administration’s executive order forcing its sale or shutdown in the US, but it will be doing so without its recently appointed CEO. Former Disney executive Kevin Mayer has resigned barely three months after taking the reins at TikTok in May.
“In recent weeks, as the political environment has sharply changed, I have done significant reflection on what the corporate structural changes will require, and what it means for the global role I signed up for,” wrote Mayer in his parting letter to staff, which quickly leaked.
“Against this backdrop, and as we expect to reach a resolution very soon, it is with a heavy heart that I wanted to let you all know that I have decided to leave the company. I understand that the role that I signed up for — including running TikTok globally — will look very different as a result of the US administration’s action to push for a sell-off of the U.S. business.”
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