Spotify has acquired CrowdAlbum -- a service that creates albums of events based on the location and time of photos and videos people share on social media sites, Billboard reports. “It can index content for any kind of event -- sports, Earth Day festivals, political rallies -- but mostly aggregates photos from music concerts and festivals,” it writes.
During its fiscal second quarter, Viacom saw revenue decline by 3%, the media giant said on Wednesday. “Its U.S. media networks grappled with ratings declines and a decrease in affiliate fees, while its filmed-entertainment operations suffered with the releases like ‘Zoolander 2’ and ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,’” Variety reports.
Priceline Group Chief Executive Officer Darren Huston is resigning after an investigation that found he violated the company’s code of conduct by engaging in a personal relationship with an employee. “Huston’s resignation is effective immediately,” Bloomberg reports. “Former CEO and Chairman Jeffery Boyd, who led the company from 2002 to 2013, will replace Huston as interim CEO while Priceline looks for a new leader.”
Marveling at Microsoft’s stock price, The Wall Street Journal notes that the company’s shares have more than doubled since January of 2013. Among other successes, “The cloud has been a particular bright spot for Microsoft, helping offset weakness in its businesses tied to personal computers.”
Social media giants are struggling to rid their platforms of Islamic terrorist activity. As a result of recent changes, “Accounts and posts that would have stayed alive for weeks now sometimes last as little as a few hours,” The Wall Street Journal reports. Yet, “Islamic State supporters, particularly on Twitter, have responded to the crackdown by opening accounts almost as quickly as gatekeepers delete them.”
Nieman Lab considers how publishers from Buzzfeed to BBC News are incorporating Facebook Live into their new-media strategies. “For some news organizations, Facebook Live is a natural extension of broadcasting operations, with a built-in audience of Facebook users who have liked that page,” it writes. “BBC News, for instance, has more than 28 million followers there.”
The phenomenon of female-focused digital harassment isn’t limited to people’s personal lives. The Guardian, for instance, has found that its female writers are far more likely to be harassed than their male counterparts. For its findings, the publisher commissioned research into the 70 million comments left on its site since 2006.
Microsoft plans to transfer users information to the United States using a new transatlantic commercial data pact, the software giant said Monday. Microsoft is the first major U.S. tech company to make such a commitment -- which involves resolving any disputes with European privacy watchdogs -- Reuters reports.
Move over, Verizon. “The U.K.’s Daily Mail has emerged as a suitor for Yahoo Inc. ’s assets,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Daily Mail … said on Monday that it is in preliminary talks with other investors to launch a bid for Yahoo.” Yahoo has set April 18 as a deadline for preliminary offers.
Across U.S. venture capital firms, less than 6% of all “decision-makers” are women, Fortune reports. “It is a pathetic figure, but also a slight improvement over the last time we examined the data,” it notes. Industrywide, “What we determined was that there were 906 decision-makers that fit our criteria, of which only 52 were women.”