Sonos CEO to testify about big-tech battle at antitrust hearing
We reported yesterday on Sonos’ decision to sue Google for patent infringement, while accusing Amazon (but not suing it) with similar allegations. We noted that regulators would be interested in the case, and very quickly...
January 9, 2020
Sonos sues Google alleging smart-speaker patent infringement
Is January a slow news month? Not if Sonos’ legal team has anything to do with it. The company is suing Google alleging infringement of five patents, and as the New York Times explained, is seeking financial damages but...
January 8, 2020
Apple, Google and Amazon team up for new smart-home standard
We’re more used to big technology companies taking potshots at one another over privacy or finding ways to keep one another’s services off their own devices. But this being the season of goodwill, here’s a news story...
December 19, 2019
Genius sues Google and LyricFind over lyrics allegedly lifted from its site
The dispute between music-lyrics site Genius and Google may yet end up in court: the former is suing the latter plus its partner LyricFind for $50m. This all relates to Genius’ accusation in June that Google was serving...
December 4, 2019
Sundar Pichai now CEO of Alphabet after Google founders step back
There’s a new boss at Alphabet, but he’s hardly a stranger. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping back from their management roles at the parent company of Google, YouTube and ‘other bets’, to be...
December 4, 2019
Tech firms call for US to stay in climate-focused Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement is the 2016 deal on measures to tackle the climate emergency signed by 195 nations and states. However, US president Donald Trump has made it clear that he intends to withdraw from the agreement, and the...
December 3, 2019
Google launches AI-powered Freddie Mercury singing challenge
Does anyone fancy seeing how their vocals compare to the singing chops of Freddie Mercury? Anyone? The legendary lungsmith knew a thing or two about belting them out and, as anyone else who performed at Live Aid in 1985 will...
November 15, 2019
Security fears raised around Amazon and Google smart speakers
We’ve written about this before: the music industry may be excited about the growth in sales of smart speakers, but privacy campaigners have their concerns about this device category. Those concerns are relevant to...
October 22, 2019
Google tipped to buy TikTok-ish social app Firework
Another story for the soon-to-be-bulging file of ‘TikTok killers’ – most of which will turn out to be anything but. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google “has held discussions” about...
October 7, 2019
Euro copyright directive sparks Google change in France… for news
This week, Music Ally got a notification from Google that from late October, text snippets, video previews and thumbnail images from our website will not be shown in search results in France. We haven’t done anything...
September 27, 2019
Google and YouTube to pay $170m in child-privacy settlement
After months of speculation, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday announced details of its settlement with Google and YouTube over alleged violations of child-privacy law. The big number: $170m. That’s how...
September 5, 2019
Google tests Fundo, a new take on fan-funding for YouTube stars
Fundo is a new project in beta from Google’s experimental division Area 120, although its bare-bones website doesn’t divulge much information about it. “If you’re a creator on YouTube or other platforms and you’re...
August 19, 2019