Week 1621

One of last week’s best reads is about the international music rights company – soon to be movie and VR rights – Kobalt with people such as Max Martin, Paul McCartney and more. Kobalt holds revenues from more than 40% of the top 100 streamed songs at any given moment in 2016. DiDigital
Additionally, remember I wrote about the self-driving feature on Tesla last week? There is an interesting statistic attached below from Tesla


– After Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to India Apple announce opening of new office in Hyderabad BusinessWire
– Google Chromebook outsells Macs in the U.S. TheVerge
– Passwords essential when you install your smart home devices DN
– Remember that game Frank in House of Cards plays – some numbers on Monument Valley Medium
– Google’s free Wi-Fi on Indian railway stations hosts 300,000 logins every week Google
– Lyft enables 24h in advance booking and continues to take Uber market share in the U.S. WSJ
– Volkswagen invests USD 300M in Israeli autonomous driving start-up Gett WSJ
– Slack grows its subscription base rapidly and is now used officially by 77 of the 100 largest U.S. companies. DiDigital
– EQT confirms launch of its €566M first venture fund DiDigital
– Playstation 4 has now sold over 40M consoles with sales increasing in speed the past six months TechCrunch
– Palantir wins USD 222M contract to provide SOCOM with software licenses WashingtonTechnology
– KnC Miner files for bankruptcy, AccelCreandum and GP Bullhound declines to comment Breakit
– Wireless data more than doubled in the U.S. 2015 compared to 2014 Cita
– Toyota makes strategic investment in Uber TechCrunch
– VR at Cannes film festival – How VR will change Film LiveScience
– Angry Birds movie tops Best sellers at Box Offices in the U.S. WSJ
– Swedish Media Group Stampen files for reconstruction Resumé
– How social networks can take on traditional broadcasters Techcrunch
– More great shows in the making than ever, but it has never been harder to make one Vulture
– 85% of Facebook videos are watched without sound Digiday
– Swedish Starbreeze creates VR-company with Korean Smilegate DiDigital
– Spotify FY 2015 numbers are now public – Subscriptions grow revenue but operating loss widens Reuters
– Breakit comments on Spotify’s FY2015 numbers Breakit
– Here’s how big the VR market is DiDigital

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