Welcome back to This Week in Digital. Included this week are plenty of voice-search updates, the return of Michael Jordan and Facebook’s new music opportunities.
- Philip Hammond, the UK Chancellor, is setting a deadline for the implementation of a new sales tax for large tech companies such as Amazon. And the UK isn’t the only country seeking to impose new taxation, in what is now becoming a global push.
- Facebook’s £500k fine for the Cambridge Analytica scandal has been upheld, the ICO has announced.
- Snapchat is launching its AR capabilities in a webcam version and across a host of streaming and calling services.
- Twitter is set to remove the ‘Like’ button in an attempt to improve the quality of debates.
- YouTube now holds 25% of the live streaming market, a new report finds.
- 9 out of 10 consumers use a voice assistant on their smartphones, with 41% saying they use it daily.
- The number of marketing reviews has dropped 8.2% in 2018 thus far, with GDPR highlighted as a major contributing factor.
- Facebook has officially rolled out the ability to add songs to Stories and News Feed posts. Long live the ghost of MySpace! At the same time, you can now add Soundcloud music tracks onto your Instagram stories.
- An AI-created painting has sold for $432k at auction. In your face, Banksy.
- Michael Jordan is the newest high-profile investor in e-sports.