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Twitter Considering Buying SoundCloud, YouTube Wants Twitch

There is a whole lot of buying going on in the tech industry right now. According to multiple reports, Twitter is considering a deal to buy SoundCloud, and the Google-owned YouTube is close to acquiring Twitch. SoundCloud is a free music and audio-sharing service with over 250 million users. The proposed acquisition comes after Twitter shuddered its own failed #Music app in April. Twitter hopes the addition of SoundCloud will help the company take advantage of users who share music on the microblogging service and enable it to grow its user base.

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Meanwhile, YouTube has set its sights on the live-streaming service Twitch. According to inside sources, YouTube has outbid several companies such as Microsoft and is close to acquiring Twitch for $1 billion. If the deal goes through, YouTube will own one of the most popular video game streaming services with over 1 million users. Variety claims the deal is "expected to be announced imminently," but according to The Wall Street Journal the "talks are at an early stage, and a deal isn't imminent".

Twitch Announces SDK for Mobile App Developers

The popular video platform for gamers Twitch announced today that the company is releasing an SDK that would allow mobile developers to add live broadcasting, capturing and archiving to iOS and Android games. Twitch hopes the new development kit will help their video service reach beyond PC and console gaming.

Twitch SDK

"Our vision is to provide the Twitch community with the ability not only to view, but to broadcast live video game content wherever they are, whether they’re on the go or in the living room,” said Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. “We’ve achieved that with our PC and console integrations, so the trifecta will soon be complete with our deep and concerted foray into mobile broadcasting.”

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