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Facebook strikes global licensing deal with Indian music label Saregama – TechCrunch

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Facebook said on Wednesday it has entered into a global deal with Saregama, one of India’s oldest and largest music labels, to license its music for video and other social experiences across its eponymous service and Instagram. The partnership, which comes weeks after Swedish music giant Spotify also signed a deal with Saregama, will allow users to choose from a wide variety of music to add to their social experiences such as videos, stories via music stickers and other creative content, Facebook said. Users will also be able to add songs to their Facebook profile. Saregama, one of the oldest
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Paradox Interactive signs collective bargaining agreement with labor unions in Sweden

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Game developer Paradox Interactive, known best for publishing countless PC strategy games, has signed a collective bargaining agreement with two Swedish unions, Unionen and Saco, with over 200 members combined between the two groups. The new agreement will provide Paradox employees within Sweden with a formal avenue for “influencing their pay, benefits, responsibilities, and more,” and it’s set to be finalized within the quarter. The agreement is only set to cover all of Paradox’s Swedish employees at the company, including those at Paradox Interactive, Paradox Development Studio, Paradox Arctic, and Paradox Malmö. Paradox employees located elsewhere around the world —
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Snapchat is no longer promoting Trump’s posts – TechCrunch

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Snap announced this morning that it will not be promoting content from President Trump’s Snapchat account in its Discover tab following statements from Trump last week on Twitter, which threatened that protestors could be met with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons.” The move is notable for many reasons, but is particularly interesting because social media platforms have tended to only discipline popular accounts when they’ve violated the rules on their own platform. Snapchat users will still be able to access content from Trump’s feed if they subscribe to it or search specifically for the account. At this point Snap is
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How to attract more than 10 million TikTok followers in 5 months – TechCrunch

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Adam Guild is a growth marketing expert and the founder of Placepull. More posts by this contributor Founders who share insights can build industry trust at scale Imagine going from zero followers to 10,000,000+ followers in less than five months. I have watched somebody do exactly that. My brother Topper Guild is already reaping the benefits of fame: People stop him in the street for photos and he’s been offered thousands of dollars to promote brands and befriend celebrities. In less than 150 days, he went from being a high school sophomore to earning more than a Harvard MBA and
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HP’s latest gaming accessories focus on simplicity and value

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HP has announced a fleet of new gaming accessories, including new gaming mice and HP’s very first wireless 2.4GHz gaming headset. Even though all of today’s announcements have features that are geared primarily toward gamers, there’s a strange split between the products with HP’s refreshed Omen branding, like the mice, and the simply HP-branded headset. The new gaming mice are the $49 Omen Vector and the $29 Omen Vector Essential. Both are wired models that weigh 88g and have six buttons. The Omen Vector is its higher-end option of the two, featuring an Omen Radar 3 sensor (derived from the
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Sega’s Game Gear Micro is four $50 consoles with four games each

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Sega has now revealed full details of its just-announced Game Gear Micro portable console — or, I should say, consoles. It turns out that the four color variants are different systems each with four different games preloaded, no doubt in an attempt to drive collectors to buy them all. Here’s what you get on each. The black model comes with: Sonic the Hedgehog Puyo Puyo 2 Out Run Royal Stone The blue variant includes: Sonic Chaos Gunstar Heroes Sylvan Tale Baku Baku Animal The yellow Game Gear Micro has: Shining Force Gaiden: Ensei – Jashin no Kuni he Shining Force:
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Sega is making a Game Gear Micro

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Sega is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with another retro console, and it looks like it might be the tiniest yet. The Game Gear Micro is a revival of Sega’s 8-bit handheld system that tried (and failed) to overcome Nintendo’s Game Boy. More news is set to drop later today via Japanese gaming news outlet Famitsu. The promo shots show that the system will unsurprisingly run at least one of the (pretty good!) Game Gear Sonic the Hedgehog titles. An image initially hidden in the Game Gear Micro landing page also revealed that the system will come in four
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Trump’s executive order attacking social media companies faces its first legal challenge – TechCrunch

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An executive order from the White House targeting Twitter for moderating one of the president’s posts is being challenged in a new lawsuit from a digital rights group. The president signed the order last week after Twitter added a fact-checking label to one of his tweets that made false claims about mail-in voting. The order, signed with the blessing of Attorney General William Barr, took aim in particular at a law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects internet companies from legal liability for the content they host. The lawsuit was filed by the Center for
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Activision postpones new Call of Duty content so protestors can ‘be seen and heard’

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Activision is postponing new content updates for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Call of Duty: Warzone. “Right now, it’s time for those speaking up for equality, justice, and change to be seen and heard,” the company announced on Twitter. Activision’s message refers to the widespread protests happening across US cities in response to the death of George Floyd. Season 4 of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was supposed to launch on June 3rd, while Call of Duty: Mobile’s seventh season was originally planned to release sometime this week. New seasons in both games introduce free
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Facebook finally makes it way easier to trash your old posts – TechCrunch

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Facebook is introducing a new tool to help users batch-delete old posts and shrink their digital footprint on the aging social network. Called “Manage Activity,” the new feature lets users prune their posts in bulk, making it less of a headache to delete content aging badly or anything else unnecessary that’s built up from years of using the platform. The feature will be available to some users on the Facebook app today and will roll out more broadly in the next few weeks. “Whether you’re entering the job market after college or moving on from an old relationship, we know
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