Awards for Steve Jobs movie, rise of Apple Music, EU rules against Belgium re Apple, new cameras


Kate Winslet with her award (Image: The Guardian)
Kate Winslet with her award (Image: The Guardian)

Winslet and Sorkin pick up Golden Globes for Steve Jobs — While the Danny Boyle film Steve Jobs hasn’t exactly been a box-office smash, the movie has received critical acclaim since its first showing at the Telluride Film Festival in 2015. Last night, the movie was honoured with two Golden Globe awards.
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin decided to show the life of Steve Jobs in three acts: three different product introductions. Sorkin won the Best Screenplay award. Kate Winslet, who played Joanna Hoffman in a highly-fictionalised role (she’s shown as being behind the scenes at all of the product introductions when she was not), won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Apple Music has over 10 million subscribers — In Midia Research’s Predictions for 2016 report — as noted by Music Business Worldwide last month— music business analyst Mark Mulligan predicted that Apple Music will have nearly 8 million subscribers by year’s end with that number hitting 20 million in 2016.
He noted that Apple’s music service “went from zero to the No.2 streaming service in just months in mid-2015.” Twenty million subscribers still won’t catch Spotify, but will solidify Apple’s runner-up position.

EU ruling against Belgian corporate tax breaks may set precedent for decision on Apple — The European Commission on Monday ruled that Belgium broke state aid rules by offering tax breaks to a number of multinational corporations, 35 of which will have to repay $765 million. Belgium’s practices hurt competition by “putting smaller competitors who are not multinational on an unequal footing,” according to the Commission’s competition policy head, Margrethe Vestager.

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