Vivendi buys 80% stake in Dailymotion for $241m
Talking of Vivendi… The media group has completed its acquisition of an 80% stake in online video site Dailymotion for €217m (around $241m). The company was previously owned by Orange, with the French government having...
July 1, 2015
Is Apple gaming its own app chart positions?
Medium has a fascinating piece on algorithmic glitches on the Apple App Store and how this can, in directly affecting chart placings in a crowded and fast-moving business, literally make or break an app. The two main examples...
June 9, 2015
Believe Digital buys digital distributor TuneCore
If you read the press release for yesterday’s Believe Digital / TuneCore news, it talks about “joining” and “combines forces” and a “strategic partnership” between the two companies. “This new strategic relationship...
April 17, 2015
Jay Z’s Tidal talks: Kanye West, Beyoncé, Madonna and more
Jay Z’s acquisition of WiMP and Tidal owner Aspiro has now been approved, with the company’s CEO Andy Chen describing the deal as “a game-changing move for Tidal” – which appears to be the lead brand for the streaming...
March 16, 2015
Yup, Twitter has reportedly bought video startup Periscope
Pray for Meerkat. The livestreaming video app has been a big hit with tech mavens – countless of them were using it to boast about their access to the demo room at last night’s Apple Watch launch – but Twitter has gone...
March 11, 2015
Twitter reportedly considering live-streaming video acquisition
Twitter may be about to buy a startup that helps its users stream live video from their phones – but it’s not the hotly-tipped Meerkat app that launched this month. TechCrunch claims that Twitter is in “early” talks...
March 5, 2015
Aspiro minority shareholders protest about Jay-Z acquisition
The purchase of WiMP and Tidal’s parent company Aspiro by Jay-Z’s Project Panther looks a done deal, given that it’s already been approved by the company’s board and major shareholders. However, minority shareholders...
February 26, 2015
Guvera says it’ll be live in 100 countries by Christmas
Australian streaming music firm Guvera has been signalling aggressive global expansion plans, following its acquisition of Blinkbox Music in the UK. “We plan to be in up to 20 new markets by June, and up to 100 markets...
January 30, 2015
Twitter targets emerging markets with ZipDial acquisition
Twitter announced its latest acquisition this morning, and it’s an interesting one in the context of the company’s global ambitions. It’s buying Indian company ZipDial for an undisclosed amount, hinting at similar ambitions...
January 30, 2015
Tesco tipped to sell Blinkbox Music to Guvera
Tesco has just sold its Blinkbox Movies service to British ISP TalkTalk, but it seems its Blinkbox Music service may also be finding a friendly buyer: Australian digital music firm Guvera. The Financial Times reported yesterday...
January 20, 2015
TalkTalk buys Blinkbox but music service’s fate unknown
As rumoured, British ISP TalkTalk has acquired digital entertainment brand Blinkbox from supermarket chain Tesco, but the deal only includes the Blinkbox movies service. Blinkbox Music and Blinkbox Books remain owned by Tesco,...
January 20, 2015
Panasonic’s Aupeo service relaunches with automotive focus
Personal radio service Aupeo is owned by Panasonic Automotive these days, after an acquisition in 2013. Now it’s relaunching as Personal Radio by Aupeo, aiming to eat Pandora’s lunch in the connected-car market. “We’re...
December 25, 2014