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Digital round up August 16: Google buys Motorola, Bleep launches unsigned competition, US digital royalty rates up for renewal

Digital round up August 16: Google buys Motorola, Bleep launches unsigned competition, US digital royalty rates up for renewal

The deal is subject to regulatory approval but could see the company move into hardware and integrate it with its mobile OS (Android), cloud offerings and social media platform (Google+) (Gizmodo)

Download store Bleep is running an unsigned competition in conjunction with Warp Records, SoundCloud and Transition Studios. The winning act will have their music A&R-ed, mastered, released, promoted and put on retail. Winning tracks will appear on a new compilation, sold exclusively via Bleep, and acts have three weeks to submit their entries (Bleep)

The US Copyright Royalty Judges have opened proceedings to set the new statutory rates for digital music royalties in the US for 2013-2017. SoundExchange is looking to push for higher payments while Sirius XM is already reported to be looking to do deals which circumvent SoundExchange entirely (Hypebot)

Companies

In the light of the Motorola deal, a look at the 16 biggest Google acquisitions to date and what became of them. Includes Like.com, Android, YouTube and DoubleClick (Gizmodo)

Now Google has Motorola Mobility, Android will really take off. The deal covers 24,000 patents (including the patent on the mobile phone) so huge things are expected to give it even bigger market share (TechCrunch)

Legal

Apple has been accused of doctoring images of the Galaxy Tab device in its ongoing patent dispute with Samsung. Dutch website Webwereld.nl claimed it altered the images to make it look more like the iPad 2 in its filing to the German courts (TechRadar)

Services

Mobile Backstage is offering an enhanced version of its content management platform for free to acts on an invite-only beta basis. The update version adds in extra features around community and fan interaction (Mobile Backstage)

Mobile

Android is now running on 150 million devices globally (TechCrunch)

Social media

Visiongain forecasts that mobile social network users will grow for 1.1 billion globally this year to 1.9 billion by 2016. Currently Asian users account for 35% of the total (Mobile Entertainment)

Devices

Have a spare $21,000 and want a home audio system (and have high ceilings)? The Elipson Sound Tree might be your answer (Gizmodo)

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