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
Google to start indexing individual podcast episodes in search
Podcast discoverability is a topic you’ll be hearing plenty about in the coming months: it’s one of the big rallying points for Spotify and Pandora as part of their podcasts push, with their claims that it’s still too...
August 9, 2019
Google suspends Viagogo from its paid-search results
Anti-touting campaigners in the UK have been cheering mightily at the news that Google is suspending secondary-ticketing service Viagogo from its paid-search results. That means that people searching for concert tickets will...
July 18, 2019
Genius accuses Google in row over lyrics in search engine
Lyrics-focused site Genius and Google are embroiled in a row over the alleged copying of lyrics – a row that looks set to suck in LyricFind and other companies in this space who have partnered with Google to provide content...
June 17, 2019
Deezer puts DJ Khaled’s voice in navigation app Waze
When Music Ally is out driving, what we want from a navigator is calm, timely directions, rather than someone prone to regularly yelling their own name at top-volume. But not everyone is like us, and for those people, there’s...
May 23, 2019
Report claims Google has 15m paying music subscribers
Google hasn’t revealed how many paying subscribers its YouTube Music subscription service has, and it’s been a long time since we saw any numbers for its existing Google Play Music. Now Bloomberg has tried to plug that...
May 9, 2019
Google will offer users greater privacy and restrict cookie usage
There are flashpoint moments like Cambridge Analytica or major data breaches, but privacy concerns remain a low rumbling noise in the background for most people using online platforms and connected devices. At Google’s...
May 8, 2019
Childish Gambino gets his own Google-powered multiplayer AR app
“The experience begins with the opening of an AR portal. Walk through it to explore an augmented cave where you can find and interact with hidden glyphs while still being able to see out into the real world…” No, not...
April 25, 2019