Prince didn’t like streaming, but it could be a big boost to his estate anyway

Despite Prince’s contention in a November 2015 interview that no musician “got rich off digital sales,” the sudden reappearance of his music on streaming services may prove to be a big posthumous boost to his estate — just as it was for Michael Jackson, whose music royalties put his estate back in the black after he died. That is because since last year, streaming now counts toward singles and album certifications. – Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC

Understanding which wireless network is actually the best

RootMetrics and OpenSignal are two good examples of the most common approach to actually measuring network signal and speed (as opposed to something like Nielsen, which surveys users for their perception of their network). RootMetrics buys devices and sends testers out to set locations, where they test all the networks head-to-head and record the results. […] OpenSignal takes a completely different approach. Rather than sending employees out with test devices, it encourages users to download an app. Users then conduct speed tests and coverage tests as they go about their day-to-day lives, and the data is uploaded to OpenSignal. – Chris Mills, BGR

5G specs announced: 20Gbps download, 1ms latency, 1M devices per square km

The total download capacity for a single 5G cell must be at least 20Gbps, the International Telcommunication Union (ITU) has decided. In contrast, the peak data rate for current LTE cells is about 1Gbps. The incoming 5G standard must also support up to 1 million connected devices per square kilometre, and the standard will require carriers to have at least 100MHz of free spectrum, scaling up to 1GHz where feasible. – Sebastian Anthony, Ars Technica

Mike Tyson Is Getting His Own Web Series On YouTube

Since retiring from boxing in 2006, Mike Tyson has managed to establish himself as an entertainer thanks to a few memorable roles. He famously appeared in a cameo in The Hangover, and he currently stars in Mike Tyson Mysteries, a cult hit on Adult Swim. Based on his acting chops, Shots believes the 50-year-old Tyson can appeal to the young audience that flocks to YouTube. “Mike’s a very funny guy, on camera and in real life,” said Shots Studios CEO John Shahidi. “We’ll introduce him to a whole new audience, and we’ll introduce our audience to Mike.”- Sam Gutelle, Tubefilter

Roku Streaming Company Raising New Funds

Roku is in advanced discussions to raise at least $200 million in new funding at a post-money valuation of approximately $1.5 billion, according to sources familiar with the situation. The company received a term sheet this week. The round will be led by U.S.-based investors, one source says, but “not standard Silicon Valley venture firms.” The total raise could go above $200 million because a portion of the deal may include secondary sales by existing investors.- Erin Griffith,Fortune

FCC lifts transparency requirements for some internet providers

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to remove reporting requirements for internet providers with fewer than 250,000 subscribers, a move that chips away at the foundation of net neutrality. Today’s vote means these smaller carriers no longer have to publicly share information about data caps, fees, and network performance and management practices for at least five years. – Jessica Conditt, Engadget
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