SiriusXM acquires Pandora for $3.5 billion Pandora’s search for a buyer is over. SiriusXM, which previously invested $480 million in the music streaming service, is now acquiring it outright in an all-stock deal worth $3.5 billion. It gives the satellite radio company access to Pandora’s 70 m… Continue reading .
Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi tap Google to power in-car systems This week, the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance, the world’s largest maker of cars, signed a deal with Alphabet’s Google to be able to use Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Android OS in its vehicles. The new systems will debut
European Commission approves Apple’s purchase of Shazam After launching an investigation into Apple’s proposed acquisition of Shazam in April, the European Commission has cleared the deal. The EC looked into whether data obtained in the purchase would allow Apple to target its competitors’ music streaming… Continue reading . . .
Netflix signs ‘Gravity Falls’ creator Alex Hirsch Netflix has signed a multi-year deal with yet another show creator, demonstrating its continued push for more originals on its platform. This time, the streaming service has inked a contract with Alex Hirsch, known for creating the mystery animated s… Continue reading .
‘Minecraft’ mod fosters a collaborative effort against climate change A Minecraft modder has added some fresh gameplay issues for players to deal with in the form of climate change. Nick Porillo’s GlobalWarming mod alters the atmosphere based on certain actions like smelting ores. Temperatures will rise as carbon emiss… Continue
An Overwatch League preview show is coming to Twitter Overwatch League and Twitter just struck a deal that will bring the league’s competition to the social platform, starting with the upcoming All-Star Weekend. Twitter will host near real-time highlight clips from next season’s matches — including reg… Continue reading .
‘Black-ish’ showrunner Kenya Barris signs on at Netflix Kenya Barris, writer and director of the Emmy-nominated ABC show Black-ish and its Freeform spinoff Grown-ish, has signed a multi-year deal at Netflix. It’s the latest coup for the streaming giant, which lured away blockbuster show creator Shonda Rhi… Continue reading .
Facebook will stream live Champions League matches in Latin America Facebook’s soccer (aka football) ambitions aren’t stopping with July’s Premier League deal. The social network has secured the rights to stream live Champions League matches for free in Latin America between 2018 and 2021. It’s not as sweeping as the…
T-Mobile is buying $3.5 billion worth of 5G gear from Nokia, T-Mobile is gearing up for 5G in a big way: the carrier just announced a $3.5 billion deal with Nokia for 5G equipment. At this point, it’s the biggest arrangement that we’ve seen around next-generation wireless equipment. T-Mobile says
Blockchain company Tron buys BitTorrent, A blockchain startup called Tron has closed its deal to buy the file-sharing service BitTorrent. Neither side disclosed how much Tron paid, but TechCrunch reports the price was around $126 million in cash. BitTorrent’s staff will work out of Tron’s S… , Continue reading .