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Reverberate: Media and marketing news you need to know today – Microsoft's Azure generates $1bn, YouTube spins 360-degree video & FCC net rules released


By Rebecca Stewart | Trends Editor

March 13, 2015 | 4 min read

Morning all, here’s a glimpse at all the media and marketing news you should know today.

1. Leaked figures show Microsoft's Azure, a cloud competitor to Amazon Web Services, has generated $1bn in total worldwide revenue since 2011, reports Business Insider. The figures also show that over the past four years more than 3,000 companies have added Azure to their enterprise contracts.

2. YouTube has spun up 360-degree video for creators and brands, says AdAge. The Google-owned service has created a playlist of 360-degree films which allow viewers to swivel their viewpoints and explore a scene's entire surroundings. The feature will go live in the next few days.

3. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released extensive details of how it would regulate broadband internet providers as a public utility, claims the New York Times. The publication of the rules, which have been eagerly anticipated by tech companies and broadband firms alike, revealed how the strict laws would be altered for providers and exempt the companies from the usual price controls applied to utilities.

4. Google has accidentally leaked the personal details of more than 280,000 customers, according to Business Insider. The fault first appeared in 2013 and was only recently identified by security researchers at Cisco. It affects websites registered via Google Apps for work.

5. Inmobi's chief executive Naveen Tewari, has disputed claims that the company will be acquired by Google, reports MediaPost. He quashed the rumours, saying that the mobile ad firm will remain independent and eventually sell stock in an IPO.

6. Twitter is to experiment with TV timelines, claims Mashable. The social network's first foray into Twitter TV conversation management will pick up trending TV hashtags which will invite users to view a relevant interface separated into three columns or comprising highlights, media and other.

7. Apple had removed Nike’s Fuelband and Jawbone’s Up24 fitness trackers from retail — both online and in stores, according to Yahoo. Since the timing coincides with the upcoming Apple Watch launch, some are floating the idea that Apple may be attempting to rid its shelves of other wearable competition.

8. Univision has fired host Rodner Figueroa derogatory comments he made about Michelle Obama live on air, says the New York Times. The American Spanish TV network let go of the presenter after he remarked that Obama looked like someone from the cast of the film “Planet of the Apes".

9. And president Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, offering his first official comment on the recent events in Ferguson, reports The Verge. He addressed several topics including Hilary Clinton's email scandal and took part in the show's 'Mean Tweets' segment.

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