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Microsoft rumored to launch a new music service

As if the world needs yet another music streaming service, it looks like Microsoft might be hopping onto the bandwagon (again). According to a report from CNET, Microsoft “has discussed creating a deliver service that would supply tunes to the Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone”. Corroborating with the rumor, The Verge also reported that Microsoft will be relaunching its Zune Pass music service with its Xbox Live branding to bring a music service that is described to be very similar to Spotify. There aren’t a lot of details about the new service at this point in time, but it is said to offer video as well as music, and current Zune Pass subscribers will also be able to keep their subscriptions. A holiday season release date is scheduled, and the subscription service is said to be given away to new PC buyers to jump start adoption.

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As if the world needs yet another music streaming service, it looks like Microsoft might be hopping onto the bandwagon (again). According to a report from CNET, Microsoft “has discussed creating a deliver service that would supply tunes to the Xbox as well as an upcoming Windows-based phone”. Corroborating with the rumor, The Verge also reported that Microsoft will be relaunching its Zune Pass music service with its Xbox Live branding to bring a music service that is described to be very similar to Spotify. There aren’t a lot of details about the new service at this point in time, but it is said to offer video as well as music, and current Zune Pass subscribers will also be able to keep their subscriptions. A holiday season release date is scheduled, and the subscription service is said to be given away to new PC buyers to jump start adoption.
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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?
– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

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A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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How the Rural-Urban Divide Plays Out on Digital Platforms

It is one thing for entrepreneurs, whether urban or rural, to create and operate an online store, as some digital platforms have made it relatively easy to manage an e-store – even by using just a smartphone.

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