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Mobile Minutes: Facebook Messenger’s 11K bots; Apple eyes Tidal; Spotify vs. Apple; Disney likes MLB’s streaming video

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July 5, 2016

28767Facebook Messenger now has 11,000 bots on its platform
Facebook has over 11,000 bots and 21,000 developers building them on its Messenger platform, the social networking giant’s head of Messenger told CNBC on Friday, after releasing a slew of new features for the service.
Read more on CNBC

Apple in talks to acquire Jay Z’s Tidal music service
Apple Inc. is in talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z, according to people familiar with the matter.
Read more on The Wall Street Journal

Spotify accuses Apple of stymying competition by halting app
Spotify Inc. has accused Apple Inc. of blocking an update to the Swedish company’s music streaming app in order to push customers towards its own competing service, according to a person familiar with the dispute.
Read more on Bloomberg

Disney to acquire 33pc stake in MLB’s streaming-video unit valuing it at $3.5B (Report)
Disney has reached an agreement with Major League Baseball to acquire a one-third stake in the streaming-video unit of the league’s MLB Advanced Media technology arm in a deal valuing the unit at about $3.5 billion, Bloomberg reported.
Read more on Variety

 

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