Twitter is considering a deal to buy music and audio-sharing service SoundCloud.
If the proposed deal goes ahead, it will be Twitter’s largest acquisition ever.
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At the beginning of the year, SoundCloud announced a $60 million funding round that valued the company at $700 million.
YouTube to acquire Twitch
Google-owned YouTube has agreed a deal to buy popular videogame–streaming service Twitch for more than $1 billion.
The acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube.
Twitch lets users upload and watch free, live gameplay videos streamed from Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 consoles.
It claims it has more than 45 million monthly users.
Chinese military unit charged with cyber-espionage
Five members of the Chinese military have been accused by the US Justice Department of conducting economic cyber-espionage against American companies.
It’s the first time the United States has brought such charges against members of a foreign country’s military.
The Justice Department says the hacking occurred for no other reason than to give a competitive advantage to Chinese companies.
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