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Report: Google outshipped Amazon for US smart speakers in Q2

Omdia estimates Google shipped nearly 4.2m smart speakers in Q2 compared to Amazon’s 3.4m, which it pegs as 47.8% growth and 31.3% decline year-on-year.
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Facebook commissions study on Apple and Google default apps

Facebook has commissioned a study of whether owners of Android and iOS devices tend to mainly use the default apps offered by Google and Apple. Sit down for this bombshell: the study concluded that they do. “The results...
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Facebook, Google, TikTok and Twitter to tackle abuse of women

Well, the four tech companies have announced a “bold package of commitments to tackle online abuse and improve women’s safety on their platforms” to be specific: it remains to be seen how well they follow through...
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Sandbox Issue 272: DSP’s Emerging Talent Programmes – how do you get on one, what happens if you do, and is there a catch?

Lead: Each DSP has a programme dedicated to supporting new artists: weaponising the platform by endorsing them to a large audience, and hopefully accelerating their careers. Places on these programmes are, of course, keenly...
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Google reduces its app sales cut for small developers

Apple’s 30% “app tax” (as critics like to call it) isn’t always 30%. It’s 15% for subscriptions once a subscriber has been paying for a year, and since November 2020 it has also been 15% for...
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Big Tech and Big News continue their uneasy frenemyship

We’ve followed the music deals and clashes of Facebook, Google and other big tech companies with diligence, but we keep a watching eye on how these firms are interacting with other creative and media industries. Two stories...
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Google completes its acquisition of fitness tech firm Fitbit

Google announced plans to buy fitness tech firm Fitbit for $2.1bn back in November 2019, but the deal has since been subject to regulatory scrutiny. Now, 14 months on, it has been completed. One of the talking points in that...
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Google and Snap tipped to invest in Indian firm ShareChat

Google and Snap are in talks to invest in Indian social media company ShareChat, according to a report on TechCrunch. It claims that ShareChat’s Series E funding round will be more than $200m, with at least half of...
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Blob Opera is Google’s latest AI music experiment

Don’t click on this link if you have urgent work tasks to complete. Well, we warned you. It’s the latest machine-learning experiment involving music within the Google empire, and it’s called Blob Opera....
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Google teams up with artists for Nest Audio Sessions

YouTube Music may be the flagship music-streaming brand for Google now, but there is still music activity happening elsewhere in the company. Its smart speakers division, for example, which has just commissioned a series...
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Google’s Area 120 shuts Demand analytics for live music

In February this year, Google's experimental division Area 120 launched something called Demand, in partnership with Pollstar. It was a live-music analytics tool promising "actionable, real-time analytics facilitating...
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Canalys thinks 163m smart speakers will be shipped in 2021

It's been a while since we've had some big-figure predictions for the smart speakers market, but here's research firm Canalys hoving into view with its latest forecasts. It reckons that 163m smart speakers will be shipped...