[En bref] Amazon, SoftBank, Microsoft: the last three announcements on the web
Amazon on the verge of buying the mobile chips business of Texas Instruments?…. [Mobile] SoftBank ready to inject more than 20 billion dollars in Sprint…. Microsoft formalizes the launch of its music streaming service Xbox Music…. The details of these three news.
Amazon on the verge of buying the mobile chip business from Texas Instruments?
According to the Israeli daily Calcalist, Amazon has entered into advanced negotiations to acquire the mobile chip branch of Texas Instruments. If the precise amount of the transaction remains unknown at the moment, it could nevertheless run into billions of dollars. Thanks to this operation, Amazon would be able to manufacture its own mobile chips and thus potentially compete with Apple and Samsung in this area, explains Techcrunch.
For the moment neither Amazon nor Texas Instruments have wished to comment on this information.
[Mobile] SoftBank ready to inject more than $ 20 billion into Sprint
Japanese mobile operator Softbank recently confirmed it is on the point to buy 70% of the capital of the American operator Sprint. The amount of the transaction could reach 20.1 billion dollars (15.4 billion euros), which would make it the largest external operation carried out by a Japanese company. The completion of this operation, scheduled for mid-2013, would propel SoftBank the third largest operator in terms of turnover, specifies AFP. In details, Softbank intends to inject $ 12.1 billion to buy back the shares of Sprint and put on the mat an additional $ 8 billion to recapitalize the group.
October 4, the website The Verge claimed that Microsoft was about to launch its music streaming service Xbox Music, in parallel with the release of Windows 8, scheduled for October 26. The Redmond firm confirmed this information on Sunday, specifying that the streaming service would be available tomorrow for owners of the Xbox 360 console.
Thanks to this offer, which replaces the Zune service, Microsoft intends to compete with streaming giants like Spotify and more generally online music, including iTunes. Users will therefore be able to both buy and download titles but also directly listen to streaming music. The company says it will offer a very large catalog of titles (30M announced). Two formulas will be offered : one free and supported by advertising and the other paid ($ 9.99 per month or $ 99.99 per year).