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OSN-Anghami Merger Creates New MENA Media Giant

The combined entity will leverage Anghami’s advanced infrastructure to enhance the streaming experience, with OSN integrating 18,000 hours of premium content.

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In a significant development, OSN has secured a controlling stake in Anghami, consolidating its position as the Middle East’s premier online media and streaming service provider. Initially announced in November 2023, the acquisition has now received all necessary regulatory approvals.

Anghami stands out as the leading music technology platform in the Middle East and North Africa, boasting a strong market presence and rapid growth. With OSN Group now owning 55.45% of Anghami’s shares (valued at $3.69 each, representing a 1.9x of the closing price on March 28), the combined entity emerges as a formidable media force.

This strategic move unites 120 million registered users and around 2.5 million paid subscribers, and will generate nearly $100 million in revenue upon completion. The merger integrates OSN+’s extensive library of premium video content, spanning 18,000 hours, with Anghami’s vast catalog of over 100 million songs and podcasts.

Moreover, the combined entity will leverage Anghami’s advanced technological infrastructure to enhance the streaming experience through AI-driven hyper-personalization and upcoming cutting-edge products.

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Elie Habib, co-founder and CTO of Anghami will assume the role of CEO in the merged company, underscoring a commitment to continuity and expertise. Meanwhile, Joe Kawkabani will remain at the helm as CEO of OSN Group.

Anghami’s journey has been marked by several transformative deals, including a SPAC buyout culminating in a listing on Nasdaq New York, reflecting its evolution and resilience in the market.

The Middle East’s media landscape continues to witness dynamic shifts, evident in notable events such as the high-profile IPO of Saudi MBC Group on Tadawul and the acquisition of Starzplay Arabia by e& Group’s E-Vision and ADQ. The developments highlight the region’s growing dominance of the global media industry.

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Truecaller To Use Microsoft Azure AI Speech For Call Answering

The new service features a powerful speech generation tool to allow users to create AI versions of their voices.

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Truecaller, a well-known app for identifying and blocking spam calls, is enhancing its services by allowing users to create AI versions of their voices. The new feature, available to those with access to Truecaller’s AI Assistant, stems from a partnership with Microsoft and its Azure AI Speech tool, allowing the generation of realistic AI voices that accurately mimic users’ speech patterns and tone.

“This groundbreaking capability not only adds a touch of familiarity and comfort for the users but also showcases the power of AI in transforming the way we interact with our digital assistants,” explained Truecaller product director and general manager Raphael Mimoun in a recent blog post.

The AI Assistant in Truecaller screens incoming calls, informing recipients of a caller’s purpose. Based on this information, users can decide whether to answer the call themselves or let the AI Assistant handle it.

When the feature was introduced in 2022, users could only choose from a collection of preset voices. The ability to record one’s own voice represents a significant step towards the complete personalization of the service.

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Azure AI Speech, showcased during the last Build conference, only recently added a personal voice feature that lets people record and replicate voices. Microsoft explained in a blog post, however, that Personal Voice is available on a limited basis and only for specific use cases like voice assistants.

To maintain ethical standards, Microsoft’s Azure AI Speech automatically adds watermarks to AI-generated voices. Additionally, a code of conduct requires companies to obtain full consent from individuals being recorded and prohibits impersonation.

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