U.S. Podcast Advertising to Top $1B Next Year (MediaPost)

The U.S. podcast advertising marketplace is on pace to top $1 billion in the next year, according to the first-ever estimates released by eMarketer. The ad growth projections mirro... More

Microsoft Exploring TikTok Acquisition (Billboard)

Microsoft said that it would continue to explore an acquisition of TikTok after discussing the matter with President Donald Trump. The statement follows Trump's Friday comments to ... More

Apple: Next iPhones Will Launch Later Than Usual (TechCrunch)

Users gearing up to buy the latest iPhones are going to have to wait longer than they did last year.... More

Digital Devices Hit ‘Inevitable’ Milestone, Passing Analog in Listening Time for 2020 (Billboard)

Digital devices are now the dominant method of listening to music, and the coronavirus seems to be behind the latest growth wave.... More

Apple, Zendesk Announce General Availability of Apple Business Chat (9to5Mac)

Apple and Zendesk are announcing that Apple Business Chat is being made generally available. Previously available as a beta service, only select customers had the option to use App... More

Fox Sports Launches Redesigned App (TechCrunch)

As the sports world slowly begins to emerge from the pandemic shut down with MLB scheduled to start this week, Fox Sports is launching its redesigned sports app today for Android a... More

Mobile to Cover 40% of SVOD Subscriptions by 2025 (TBI Vision)

Mobile will provide 40% of the global total of SVOD subscriptions by 2025, claims a new report. There will be a total of 1.16 billion SVOD subscriptions by 2025 around the world ... More

Report: Video Will Consume 76% Share of Mobile Capacity in 5 Years (Next TV)

Annual forecast ups outlook for 5G growth, despite current North American lethargy.... More

Mobile Operators to Gain SVOD Subs (BTN)

Smartphone gross SVOD subscriptions for 138 countries will double between 2019 and 2025 to 170 million, according to the latest report published by Digital TV Research. The total w... More

YouTube Users Watch 450M Hours of Content on TV Screens Each Day (Tubefilter)

Each month, more than 100 million U.S.-based users watch YouTube content on their TV screens. That stat was chief among the figures YouTube revealed this morning at Brandcast, its ... More

AirPods Pro Get Immersive Dolby Atmos Sound in New Update (TechRadar)

The Apple AirPods Pro are getting a hefty firmware upgrade with iOS 14, which will allow for Dolby Atmos spatial audio, bringing immersive 3D sound to your true wireless earbuds. A... More

Spotify Signs Deal With Warner Bros., DC for Slate of Exclusive Scripted Podcasts (Variety)

All-new podcasts starring Batman, Wonder Woman — or Bugs Bunny — could be streaming to your headphones soon. In the latest move to punch up its podcast biz, Spotify inked a mul... More

TikTok Tries to Grow Up as Pandemic Pushes it to Wider Prominence (TubeFilter)

If any social media site has “won” the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown it’s TikTok. Now, the site is taking some steps to grow up and become a major player. As such, it repres... More

NFL, NBA, ESPN Expand Snapchat Content Deals (SportsPro)

As part of its deal with Disney, Snap will continue to curate customized highlights for ESPN’s SportsCenter Snapchat channel and will look to triple the number of NFL highlights ... More

PGA Tour Plans ‘First of its Kind’ Twitter Multicast (TVB Europe)

To mark the resumption of competition, the PGA Tour is planning what it calls a “first of its kind” nine different video streams multicast on Twitter. The Twitter Multicast wil... More

Global Smartphone Shipments to Drop 12% in 2020 (TechCrunch)

Another troubling report for the smartphone industry this week. This time the numbers come from IDC, which puts shipments at an 11.9% year-over-year decline for 2020. The number re... More

Mobile Data Surges 75% Amid Jump in Video Streaming (MM)

Cellular data consumption on smartphones surged 75% in March from a year earlier and was up 27% from the prior month as people used their mobile devices more often during pandemic ... More

YouTube Adds Chapters to Make Video Navigation Easier (Engadget)

YouTube is making it easier to navigate longer videos with its new “chapters” feature, the video streaming site announced. After receiving positive feedback on chapters during ... More

Disney’s Kevin Mayer to Become TikTok CEO (Billboard)

Kevin Mayer, the Disney executive who oversaw the launch of the streaming service Disney+, is leaving his post at the entertainment giant to become CEO of the fast-growing social m... More

Illumio Pushes Segmentation, Zero-Trust to App Teams (SDxCentral)

Illumio added a feature to its segmentation software that lets application teams build software-defined perimeters around individual application instances. Segmentation, or microse... More