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Minecraft, originally released in 2011 after two years of experimental versions, was acquired by Microsoft via its purchase of software company Mojang in 2014. Photograph: Bloomberg

Microsoft is adding a new marketplace and a currency within Minecraft, opening up the opportunity for businesses to sell their original content and cr(...)

Carlin Music was founded by Freddy Bienstock, a wartime US immigrant from Vienna. Photograph: iStock

Carlin Music, the publishing company built up by Elvis Presley’s record picker, has been put up for sale with a $250 million (€235 million) price tag.(...)

Spotify and other music-streaming services online have helped the industry not just to get by, but to grow.

When More Life, the album by the Canadian rapper Drake, was released last month, it was streamed 385 million times in its first week in the US. The nu(...)

Nielsen and AAP figures show  ebook consumers falling away from ebooks and ereader devices. Photograph: Getty Images

Guess what’s back? Physical books that you can hold in your hand, open wide to breathe in that satisfying ink-on-paper bouquet, and carry without fear(...)

Spotify: may restrict the biggest album releases to its paid tier for a period of time. Photograph: Dado Ruvic

Spotify is closing in on licensing deals with the world’s largest record labels, hoping to clear a hurdle in the streaming music company’s path toward(...)

Rusangano Family:  a sound and a scene that has energised spaces up and down the land. Photograph: Eric Luke

RUSANGANO FAMILY It is indeed a long, long way from Clare to here. Some of the most exciting music going under the umbrella with its 40 shades of gre(...)

The new Sony Xperia XZ smartphone is displayed at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

TBA Last week was mobile World Congress, the usual venue for major mobile announcements. Among the offerings was the Sony Xperia XZ, the company’s new(...)

A world debut for the Audi RS5

For all the pre-show hoopla and publicity, the 2017 Geneva motor show will go down as one of the quieter ones. There were only a precious few cars mak(...)

The Nintendo Switch has been viewed by analysts as a “critical test” as to whether Nintendo  should continue making hardware. Photograph:  Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Shares in Nintendo jumped following the worldwide launch of its Switch console as fans queued up for a device whose success hinges on whether home con(...)

The new Nintendo Switch game console, on sale on Friday

There will be sleeping-bag queues, “sold out” signs, and disappointed fans from Sapporo to San Diego. On the face of it, very little about Friday’s la(...)

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