Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with free Deezer music in Europe

samsung-deezerSamsung and Deezer has teamed up to offer premium music service to Galaxy S5 users. Those who buy the new flagship device of Samsung Mobile will have free access to Deezer’s Premium+ package  for a period of 6 months.

Deezer seeks to beef up its customer base in the first place, by offering a long trial period for not-so-cheap Galaxy S5 buyers. After six months, the users will have to pay the standard fee if they want to continue using the service.

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French digital media company Webedia acquires UAE’s lifestyle publisher Diwanee

diwaneeParis-based digital publishing company Webedia agreed to buy majority stake in Dubai-based media company Diwanee for an undisclosed amount. French publisher who already operates several lifestyle publications in France, Brazil, Turkey, Germany and Spain, has also promised to inject another $5 million into the Arabic media company for an aggressive vertical and geographical growth.

Webedia owns many websites on fashion and glamour, like Purepeople.com or Puretrend.com, that attracts a total of 40+ million unique users. The acquisition of Diwanee represents an aggressive entry in the Middle Eastern digital markets and is expected to add another couple of millions to existing user base instantly.

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Chromecast hits European markets with local content

google_chromecastGoogle’s media streaming dongle Chromecast is now available in an additional 11 markets, 1o of which being in Europe. In a blog announcement, Google said Chromecast will include European content services in addition to existing mostly US-based ones.

The streaming device that is attached to HDMI port of an HDTV and turns it into a monitor to show your phone, tablet, laptop or built-in Chromecast apps via Chrome browser, can be bought online or in major tech stores in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.

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Online cinematheque MUBI closes $7.5M funding from a group that includes mayor of London

MUBI-Screenshot-VolverMUBI, the unique online cinema platform for cinephiles, raises $7.5 million in series D funding from an eclectic group of individual investors and VCs which included characters such as Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

Other contributors to the funding round include Can Serter, Cem Tufekci, Umur Ozal, Martin Varsavsky, Eric Fellner of Working Title Films and a fund MMC Ventures launched together with Johnson, Simon Patterson and Joe Osnoss, the co-head of Silver Lake Partners in Europe.

This last round grew total investor funding in the company to 12 $million. The company says its Android version will arrive this quarter.

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Spotify forges ahead in music intelligence via Echo Net acquisition

spotify-echonest-webrazziSpotify, one of the biggest success stories in European startup history, agreed to buy ‘music intelligence’ software company Echo Nest to make its music discovery and curation engine smarter.

Echo Nest will continue working in its present structure, and locations, and its API will be kept free for developers. Though the amount of the deal is not officially disclosed, TechCrunch says it is around $100 million, most of which will be paid in equities.

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Machinima chairman joins MovieLaLa’s team of high-profile seed funders

movielala-webrazziMovieLala, a social network for film lovers, adds Allen deBevoise, the CEO and co-founder of Machinima to its list of seed investors. The amount of the funding has not been disclosed.

The platform which is preparing to end its soft-launch period within months, already has an enviablelist of previous investors. These include Jim Moloshok, former president of Warner Bros Digital, Larry Braitman, lead Flixster investor, and Steve Wadsworth, former president at Disney Interactive Group.

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French retail chain fnac jumps back into music streaming with a no-ads policy

fnac-jukebox-webrazziInternational entertainment retail chain fnac has decided to have another shot at the music streaming market, recently launching fnac jukebox that is modelled much like Spotify and Deezer. The music streaming service, online since yesterday, is available on all web and mobile platforms. However, unlike its rivals it does not offer a limited free package.

Headquartered in La Flavia, France, the entertainment retail chain offers customers three basic packages for streaming music. Monthly unlimited subscriptions cost €4.99 for web based listening, while access to the account via mobile will set the users back an additional €5 per month. The cheapest basic package available comes in at €2 per month.

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Siri will make more sense now as Apple finally launches CarPlay

applecarplay-webrazziSiri will make more sense now. Apple announced during Geneva International Motor Show that leading auto manufacturers will start installing CarPlay, a new interface that brings iOS to the cars, to their new series of cars.

Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week. The system will give iPhone users the ability to make calls, use maps, listen to music and access messages with a touch or just saying it. CarPlay integrates to car’s native in-car entertainment and communication system and can be controlled via the control buttons on the steering wheel. Siri, that can be activated quickly with those buttons, will of course be much more meaningful and functional now in a car.

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