US speaker Nancy Pelosi warns tech firms could lose Section 230 protection
With the European Copyright Directive having made it through its approval vote in the European Parliament, could attention be about to switch to the US in the arguments over safe harbour? Maybe not straight away, but an interview...
April 15, 2019
T Bone Burnett takes on big-tech companies in SXSW speech
Musician and producer T Bone Burnett has spoken out before on the relationship between technology companies and artists. Last week at SXSW, he gave a speech outlining how he feels about all this in 2019. “It must be becoming...
March 18, 2019
Instagram co-founder isn’t sold on big-tech breakup plans
Of all the things Facebook could have done in response to Democrat politician Elizabeth Warren’s suggestion that it should be broken up for abuse of its power, temporarily blocking the Facebook ads that she’d booked...
March 12, 2019
Vochlea launches Kickstarter for its Dubler Studio Kit
We’ve been writing about British startup Vochlea since it joined the Abbey Road Red accelerator in 2017, as a company combining machine-learning and audio-analysis technology for a microphone that you could beatbox into,...
March 12, 2019
Elizabeth Warren’s big-tech breakup could affect music-streaming
We’ll be honest: there are lots of reasons that US Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren thinks the biggest technology companies should be broken up: and none of them are directly about what the benefits might...
March 11, 2019
France to levy new tax on ‘internet giants’
France is becoming the first European country to introduce a tax on large, multi-national internet companies. Under a bill announced yesterday, digital companies will have to pay the new tax of 3% on their French revenues...
March 7, 2019
Midemlab startups contest opens call for entries in 2019
Music/tech startups are being invited to apply for this year’s Midemlab competition, which will see its final pitch sessions take place at the Midem conference in Cannes this June. Deezer and Japanese service Recochoku...
February 28, 2019
FTC to focus more attention on competition in tech industry
US regulator the Federal Trade Commission has created a new task force which it says will be “monitoring competition in US technology markets, investigating any potential anticompetitive conduct in those markets, and taking...
February 27, 2019
Report: Smart speaker shipments grew to 86.2m units in 2018
Shipments of smart speakers grew by a whopping 169% in 2018, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. In figures released yesterday, it claims that shipments of these devices grew from 32m units in 2017 to 86.2m in...
February 20, 2019
Spotify and Deezer attack ‘unfair practices’ of tech firms’
Much of the limelight in terms of European policy is being hogged by the new copyright directive and Article 13 this week. However, a group of European tech firms and industry bodies want to remind policymakers of another...
February 12, 2019
Scott Cohen: ‘Every 10 years something kills the music industry’
The Orchard’s co-founder is a reliably insightful and provocative speaker at music and tech conferences, and his latest appearance (at the Eurosonic Noorderslag event) sounds like it generated plenty of sparks. Forbes has...
January 29, 2019