Day: June 3, 2020

Facebook strikes global licensing deal with Indian music label Saregama – TechCrunch

Facebook said on Wednesday it has entered into a global deal with Saregama, one of India’s oldest music labels, to license its music for video and other social experiences across its eponymous service and Instagram.

The partnership, which comes weeks after Swedish music giant Spotify also signed a deal with Saregama, will allow users to choose from a wide variety of music to add to their social experiences such as videos, stories via music stickers and other creative content, Facebook said. Users will also be able to add songs to their Facebook profile.

Saregama, one of the oldest music labels in the world, is the best place to find tracks from several India music legends including Lata Mangeshkar, R.D. Burman, Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mahmood, Manna Dey, Kalyanji-Anandji, and Hemant Kumar. The giant says its library contains over 100,000 songs, ghazals, and more in over 25 languages.

Facebook maintains similar

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Cisco, Sony, Google and EA postponing events amid protests sweeping the US

Cisco Live 2020 has been postponed this week, along with Sony’s PlayStation 5 event, so that other voices can be heard instead.

Crowds gather in Washington, D.C. on May 29, 2020 to protest racism and discrimination.

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As racial inequalities again take center stage in the United States, some companies are putting aside scheduled events as the world focuses instead on the condemnation of racism, discrimination and senseless violence.
 
The all-digital Cisco Live 2020, which was to take place Tuesday and Wednesday, has been postponed until later in June. Cisco is also donating $5 million to charities dedicated to fighting racism and discrimination.

Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins said in a video clip on the Cisco website, “This decision was a difficult one to come by given how badly we want to connect with you, share what we’ve been working on at Cisco,

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Office culture is fading due to remote work during the coronavirus lockdown

Less than half of companies host social events online, and collaboration tools are not enough to fill the gap.

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Online events are not enough to keep people connected to their colleagues at work, according to a new small survey. Sixty-three percent of people who took the Clutch survey said they spend less time socializing with colleagues since the COVID-19 shutdown started. On a positive note, 52% of workers said managers are just as available now as they were during regular office operations.

Less than half of the respondents said their companies are hosting online events, and 35% are doing nothing. Companies making an effort to connect are offering these activities:

  • Professional development sessions        19%
  • Happy hours                                            13%
  • Activities or games                                    9%
  • Meals                                                         5%

In the report on the survey, Shivbhadrasinh Gohil, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Meetanshi, a Magento development company, said his team has

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