Report: Amazon is the world's most valuable brand | Brazil firm partners with Alibaba to expand cloud computing | IPO raises $360M for Japanese business card app startup Sansan
12 June 2019
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Report: Amazon is the world's most valuable brand
A Brandz100 report names Amazon the world's most valuable brand this year, with value increasing 52% from last year. Apple took second place, with Google at third and Facebook coming sixth, followed closely by Chinese brands Alibaba and Tencent.
The Drum (free registration) (11 Jun.) 
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Brazil firm partners with Alibaba to expand cloud computing
Brazil cloud computing firm UOL Diveo is collaborating with China's Alibaba Cloud to expand cloud computing in South America's largest economy. C-level executives say that transition to the cloud is a key business priority, and partnering with Alibaba, which is the largest provider in Asia, will offer business opportunities in both countries.
ZDNet (07 Jun.) 
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IPO raises $360M for Japanese business card app startup Sansan
Sansan, a Japanese startup that developed an app that organizes data from business cards, raised $360 million. The offering gives the company a $1.2 billion valuation.
Reuters (07 Jun.) 
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SoundCloud launches in 5 European markets
SoundCloud has partnered with TargetSpot, a digital audio advertising platform, on an advertising campaign in Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium as part of its launch of SoundCloud Go+. The free service has video, native and in-stream ads, while the subscription version removes advertising and gives listeners access to DJ software companies including Pioneer DJ, Serato and Native Instruments.
Mobile Marketing Magazine (05 Jun.) 
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Viacom launching Pluto TV Latino
Cox Communications has adopted Viacom's Pluto TV streaming service into its Contour platform, which is the second such deal Viacom has reached: Amazon Fire TV streams Pluto in three European markets. Viacom also announced that it will roll out Spanish-language Pluto TV Latino on July 1 in the US before launching it in Latin America.
The Hollywood Reporter (04 Jun.),  Multichannel News (04 Jun.) 
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China considers requiring consent for app tracking
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Internet companies could be facing new restrictions, similar to the EU's GDPR, if Chinese regulators succeed in implementing data security measures. China would require that apps inform consumers when tracking their data and give them the option to opt out, which could put a crimp in the revenues of China's internet giant ByteDance.
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German mobile app market reaches 2B downloads
The app market is showing strong growth in Germany, 7% this year with more than 2 billion downloads. Android apps are the most popular with 1.5 billion downloads with Apple accounting for 768 million.
Telecompaper (Netherlands) (06 Jun.) 
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