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A tale of two synthetic reality startups: Hour One and Reface

We’re fascinated by the potential of ‘synthetic reality’, an area that brings together virtual reality, AI, ‘deepfakes’ and other technologies. Two more startups in the news this week offer some...
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You can now subscribe to Auto-Tune for $24.99 a month

Someone give T-Pain a call! There’s a new way to pay for the Auto-Tune production tool. The company behind it, Antares Audio Technologies, has launched a subscription service called Auto-Tune Unlimited, which gathers...
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Tech firms want ‘strong copyright safe harbours’ in US/UK deal

With the UK ‘Brexiting’ the European Union, it’ll need a new trade deal with the US. Unsurprisingly, the big American internet companies have views on what that trade deal should require from the UK in terms...
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#NextStageChallenge Covid-19 hackathon reveals its six winners

Music Ally is one of the partners for the #NextStageChallenge hackathon, which is seeking inventive tech projects capable of helping musicians who are grappling with the economic impact of Covid-19. The two-week hackathon...
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Merlin CEO promises ‘long view’ around tech partnerships

Earlier this year, indie licensing agency Merlin appointed Facebook music exec Jeremy Sirota as its new CEO. On Friday (15 May) he gave his first public speech in the role at AIM’s online ‘AIM House’ conference....
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Scott Cohen: Covid-19 could be live industry’s ‘Napster moment’

Warner Music Group’s chief innovation officer for recorded music, Scott Cohen, thinks that the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic could be a ‘Napster moment’ for the live music industry. Cohen was speaking in a ‘From Holograms...
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Startups battered by a coronavirus-driven ‘great unwinding’

The New York Times has published an interesting (if also bleak) article exploring the challenges that the coronavirus pandemic is presenting for tech startups in particular. It’s a good read, especially for people within...
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Apple could open HomePod and iOS up to third-party default apps

There are many reasons why Apple is one of the world’s most successful companies, and its ‘walled garden’ of hardware, software and services is one of them. However, it has also proved controversial when companies making...
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FTC to examine past acquisitions of big US tech companies

Whenever Apple buys a startup not big enough to ping any regulatory radars, it has a standard statement that it gives to journalists requesting comment on the acquisition: “Apple buys smaller companies from time to time,...
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Tech body CCIA criticises the European Copyright Directive

US tech-industry body the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) counts Amazon, Facebook, Google and Pandora among its members. It’s also, perhaps not entirely surprisingly, not a fan of the European...
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House antitrust chairman David Cicilline talks Big Tech

We reported earlier this month on Sonos CEO Patrick Spence’s testimony before the US House’s Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, outlining his company’s complaints against Google and Amazon....
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Bytedance tech could put anyone’s face into music videos

Given the current climate of suspicion around Chinese technology companies, stories about those firms that include the word ‘deepfake’ are bound to get attention. Witness this report from TechCrunch: “TikTok  parent...