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Microsoft launches its first ‘singing Xbox controller’

On the list of 'new features that console gamers have been waiting impatiently for' we're not sure 'singing controller' ranks that highly.
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Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard in $68.7bn acquisition

There's a massive piece of consolidation afoot in the games industry, although there is still a chance it could be blocked by regulators.
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Beatport and Microsoft team up for ‘Originals²’ campaign

Microsoft's involvement in music as a service provider went quiet after its Zune player and ecosystem failed to take off. However, the company remains mustard-keen to work with the music world in other ways, particularly...
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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 yesterday that TikTok is "nearing an agreement" to sell its operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – as...
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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...
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Report claims TikTok sale price could be up to $30bn

Last month there was speculation that a spun-off TikTok could be worth $50bn. Now it seems Microsoft is likely to be paying rather less for the social app, if it manages to acquire it. "Microsoft could buy TikTok for...
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President Trump demands ‘substantial’ chunk of TikTok sale price

The story of TikTok's possible ban and/or acquisition in the US is moving very fast. As we reported yesterday, Microsoft is in talks not just with TikTok and its parent company ByteDance, but with the US government and with...
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Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok in US and other countries

Events have moved fast since Friday for TikTok's business in the US, it's fair to say. We'll start with the latest news: confirmation from Microsoft that it's in talks about an acquisition of TikTok in the US and certain...
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Microsoft shuts down its livestreaming video service Mixer

Mixer was tech giant Microsoft's rival to Twitch and other livestreaming video platforms, focused squarely on gaming. You may remember that in August 2019 it signed an exclusive deal with Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins (of 'played...
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Björk taps Microsoft AI tech for ‘lobby soundscape’ in New York

Keen followers of Björk’s career so far may have thought it was only a matter of time before she experimented with AI music, such has been her openness to new technologies. However, her new ‘Kórsafn’ project is less...
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KKBox’s new Microsoft deal includes plans for AI music

Taiwanese streaming service KKBox announced a partnership with Microsoft at the end of 2019, and while on the surface it was a fairly dry B2B story about cloud infrastructure, there’s more to it. So yes, KKBox will be migrating...
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Sandbox Issue 227: TIK-ING BOXES. How TikTok can change music marketing.

Lead: TikTok is far more than a novelty app for people to whip up memes that have a shorter shelf life than a carton of milk. It is now breaking acts and songs in a way that other platforms cannot. We look at what the music...