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Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL there’s an interesting patent by Spotify that would users create video moments. The full patent application talks about social messaging and seems very TikTok-like. AT&T is rumored to be looking to sell its Xandr adtech business. There are a lot of theories on potential buyers, but given the regulatory oversight of the sector and pandemic impact on advertising, a sale might prove difficult. Google’s new streaming dongle, code-named Sabrina, looks like it will retail for around US$49-$59 and come with a remote. Positioning ...Read More
Hello There wasn’t going to be a newsletter this week, but there was too much TikTok news. So here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed. GENERAL It was a big week in TikTok news: TikTok filed their lawsuit against the Trump Administration, arguing that the company is not a threat to US national security. There is a lengthy blog post by TikTok arguing their case. Kevin Mayer, the ex Disney executive who recently became the CEO of TikTok, resigned after less than 4 months in the job. This is making some see ...Read More
Hello Welcome to your Last Week in Digital Media and all of the news you may have missed: GENERAL Snapchat is experimenting with letting users share Snap content-off platform, e.g., Snap Originals, Shows, and Publisher stories. It’s also testing changes to the main feed under the name Spotlight, and it would feature content from creators. reverse engineer Jane Wong has discovered that Linked In is working on a TikTok like vertical discover feed experience. Oracle’s name was added to the list of companies considering acquiring TikTok’s US assets. For completeness, the full list of suitors is now Microsoft, twitter, and ...Read More
Hello Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL despite launching Reels within Instagram, Facebook is still looking for ways to take on TikTok. This includes testing a TikTok like short video offering within the main Facebook app in India. You can see screenshots of the experience here. ViacomCBS is rumored to be considering renaming CBS All Access to Paramount+ Spotify is still looking at developing in-car hardware according to a recent job ad spotted on the site for a Head of Hardware Development. Reigniting rumors that the Spotify in-car music player, ...Read More
Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media: TIKTOK - WECHAT BANS it’s impossible to review last week without a look at the Trump Administration Executive Orders seeking a ban of both Bytedance (the parent company of TikTok) and Tencent (the parent company of WeChat). in both instances, the bans are effective 45 days after the Executive Orders, which puts it around September 20th. there are reports that US intelligence services have investigated TikTok and found it not to be a threat to national security. Microsoft has indicated it is seeking to conclude a deal to acquire TikTok by September 15th ...Read More
Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all the news you may have missed: GENERAL the big news of the week is the Trump Administration may order Bytedance to sell TikTok, with Microsoft rumored to be interested in acquiring the company. Although a deal is on hold pending clarity on the White House position on a Microsoft-TikTok acquisition. It’s reported TikTok is valued at US$50B. twitter is surveying random users to gauge interest on potential features of a twitter subscription plan. Ideas include custom colors, social listening tools, to an ad-free twitter experience. Facebook’s NPE team has a new ...Read More
Here’s your Last Week in Digital Media and all of the news you may have missed. GENERAL TikTok has launched a US$200MM creator fund with the money distributed over the coming year to US creators seeking to make a livelihood on TikTok. It’s an important move for the company, as TikTok creators are striking off-platform deals to make money. in other TikTok news, TikTok has inked a deal with music labels. The deal covers both past uses as well as a path for future music licensing. Pandora’s voice ads beta is expanding to more users on an opt-in basis. While ...Read More