Mobile Minutes: Music industry frets; Milk VR app; Microsoft’s mobile aspirations; Airbnb’s legal threats
Music industry frets over YouTube despite streaming revenue boost
Subscription streaming services pumped up the recorded-music industry’s revenue last year, but music consumption on free, legal sites grew faster, threatening the industry’s future growth, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s annual report.
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Samsung releases Milk VR app on Google Play, makes Gear VR headset optional
Samsung wants you to watch more 360-degree video content, even if you don’t own one of the company’s Gear VR virtual reality headsets: Samsung released a new MilkVR mobile app on Google Play Monday night that plays back 360-degree videos in a kind of magic window mode, allowing users to look around by simply panning with their mobile phone.
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How Microsoft could become a mobile player without a broadly adopted smartphone operating system
Microsoft Build is the company’s annual developer conference where they communicate their latest strategies and deliverables to developers and launch many new innovations. Build is extremely developer- focused and is intended to inform current Microsoft developers as well as recruit more developers to develop for Microsoft platforms.
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Airbnb hires general counsel as it faces growing legal threats globally
Airbnb Inc. has added a new general counsel to help respond to the increasing number of legal threats facing the room-rental company as it expands globally.
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