Apple says it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, and the app will now be available ad-free for all users

Apple says it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, and the app will now be available ad-free for all users


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Apple says it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, and the app will now be available ad-free for all users  —  Shazam App Will Soon Become Ad-Free For All Users  —  Cupertino, California — Apple today announced it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, one of the world’s most popular …

Sirius XM agrees to pay $3.5 billion in stock for Pandora to create the world’s largest audio-entertainment company

Sirius XM agrees to pay $3.5 billion in stock for Pandora to create the world’s largest audio-entertainment company

Sirius XM Holdings will acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion in an all-stock transaction, creating the world’s largest audio-entertainment company, the two sides announced Monday. 

The deal, which includes a “go-shop” provision, will pay current Pandora shareholders 1.44 newly-issued shares SiriusXM shares for every share they own. The implied price of $10.14 a share is a 13.8% premium to Pandora’s 30-day volume-weighted average price.

“We have long respected Pandora and their team for their popular consumer offering that has attracted a massive audience, and have been impressed by Pandora’s strategic progress and stronger execution,” Sirius XM CEO jim Meyer said in the release.

“We believe there are significant opportunities to create value for both companies’ stockholders by combining our complementary businesses. The addition of Pandora diversifies SiriusXM’s revenue streams with the U.S.’s largest ad-supported audio offering, broadens our technical capabilities, and represents an exciting next step in our efforts to expand our reach out of the car even further.”

Alongside the announcement, SiriusXM reiterated its full-year 2018 outlook and Pandora reiterated its third-quarter outlook. 

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Google partners w/ Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi to offer Assistant, Maps, & Android on 2021 cars

Google partners w/ Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi to offer Assistant, Maps, & Android on 2021 cars

In regards to cars, Google has a two-prong approach with Android Auto and Android Automotive. The former is an infotainment system that features Assistant and Google Maps, while the latter involves Android running on cars. Google is now working with Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi to bring Android Automotive into 2021 vehicles.

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