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Spotify acquires Podz, a podcast discovery platform

Podcasts are all the rage, but podcast discovery is a challenge. Today, Spotify announced its acquisition of Podz, a startup that’s trying to solve the problem of podcast discovery. “At Spotify, we are investing to build and scale the world’s best (and most personalized) podcast discovery experience,” the company said. “We believe that Podz’ technology will complement and accelerate Spotify’s focused efforts to drive discovery, deliver listeners the right content at the right time, and accelerat...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Spotify, Podcast, Technology, Tech, Machine Learning, Paris Hilton, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Artist, Katie Couric, Canaan Partners, M13, Latif Peracha


Taj Alavi, Former Uber and Chime Exec, Is Now Global Head of Marketing at Spotify

Industry veteran Taj Alavi is now global head of marketing at Spotify, a newly created role for the music streaming company, the brand confirmed to Adweek today. Most recently, Alavi was vp of marketing and communications for banking app Chime--a fintech company that saw its popularity and valuation skyrocket during the Covid-19 pandemic. Spotify declined...
Tags: Spotify, Advertising, Adweek, Alavi, Taj Alavi, Leadership & Talent


Facebook to Launch Podcast Publishing Platform Next Week

Following in the footsteps of Apple and Spotify, Facebook will launch its own podcast platform offering next week, based on emails seen by The Verge. According to the messages, which were sent to podcast page owners, Facebook will roll out the podcast service on June 22, and content creators will be able to link their show's RSS feed to Facebook, which will generate News Feed posts for all subsequent episodes. "Facebook will be the place where people can enjoy, discuss, and share the podcast...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Spotify, Spotify Facebook


Daily Crunch: iOS 15 is latest milestone on Apple Health’s evolutionary path

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Thanks to a twist of fate, two large cups of coffee and help from editor Annie Saunders, the Extra Crunch team is taking over today’s edition of Daily Crunch. Don’t worry, we’ll hand it back as soon as Henry Pickavet returns or Alex Wilhelm is back from vacation, whichever occurs first. Since I’ve been handed the mic: We’re trying to identify the most effective gro...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Spotify, Tech, Browserstack, Denmark, Cupertino, Edtech, Sarah, Accel, Eric Eldon, Alex Wilhelm, PHOENIX Arizona, Lynch


From permanent work-from-home models to full-scale returns, companies like Amazon, Twitter, and Goldman Sachs are pursuing different office policies as restrictions ease

Spotify's work-from-anywhere program will promote flexibility and diversity, executives told Insider. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images Companies including Amazon, Twitter, and Goldman Sachs have taken different stances on remote work. Many companies are embracing permanent remote models, while others insist on a return to the office. Insider also spoke to experts to discuss the future of the workplace. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As COVID restrictions ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, UK, England, London, Washington Post, US, Trends, Goldman Sachs, Dell, Jack Dorsey, Wall Street Journal, Jamie Dimon, Cnbc


Spotify Launches Greenroom, Its Live-Audio App to Take on Clubhouse, With Plans to Pay Creators

Spotify is giving creators a new way to connect with their audience using live audio — borrowing a page from popular audio-chat app Clubhouse. In addition, Spotify announced plans to launch a Spotify Creator Fund to pay live audio creators for their work. The audio-streaming giant said it will open the Creator Fund later this […]
Tags: Spotify, News, Spotify Greenroom


Spotify launches its live audio app and Clubhouse rival, Spotify Greenroom

In March, Spotify announced it was acquiring the company behind the sports-focused audio app Locker Room to help speed its entry into the live audio market. Today, the company is making good on that deal with the launch of Spotify Greenroom, a new mobile app that allows Spotify users worldwide to join or host live audio rooms, and optionally turn those conversations into podcasts. It’s also announcing a Creator Fund which will help to fuel the new app with more content in the future. The Spotify...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Podcast, Music, Media, Audio, Social Media, Tech, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, Creators, Android Apps, Streaming, Streaming Service


Just when you thought Clubhouse clones were over, Spotify launches Greenroom

Spotify is officially marking its entry into the live audio arena with an app called Greenroom. However, it’s not entirely a new app. The streaming service has redesigned the Locker Room app — which it acquired back in March — with new bells and whistles. Apart from Locker Room’s live sports conversations feature, Spotify is also planning to add categories such as music, culture, and entertainment. Still feels like another Clubhouse-like app, doesn’t it? You’ll be able to login to this app with ...
Tags: Startups, Spotify, Locker Room, Plugged


Peloton Bike+ Was Vulnerable to Remote Hacking, Researchers Find

Following news that Peloton’s API exposed private user account data, McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research team says the Bike+ had a dangerous flaw that could enable hackers to invisibly and remotely gain control of bikes. Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Science, California, Companies, Netflix, McAfee, Peloton, Advanced Threat Research, Technology Internet, Hospitality Recreation


Extra Crunch roundup: TC Mobility recaps, Nubank EC-1, farewell to browser cookies

What, exactly, are investors looking for? Early-stage founders, usually first-timers, often tie themselves in knots as they try to project the qualities they hope investors are seeking. In reality, few entrepreneurs have the acting skills required to convince someone that they’re patient, dedicated or hard-working. Johan Brenner, general partner at Creandum, was an early backer of Klarna, Spotify and several other European startups. Over the last two decades, he’s identified five key traits shar...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, China, US, Toronto, Tech, Walmart, SEC, EC, Latin America, Nubank, David Velez, Creandum, Cto, Sequoia


Android announces six new features, emphasizing safety and accessibility

Android shared information today about six features that will roll out this summer. Some of these are just quality of life upgrades, like starring text messages to easily find them later, or getting contextual Emoji Kitchen suggestions depending on what you’re typing. But other aspects of this update emphasize security, safety, and accessibility. Last summer, Google added a feature on Android that basically uses your phone as a seismometer to create “the world’s largest earthquake detection netw...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Google Play, Apps, Spotify, Greece, Yahoo, Etsy, California, Ebay, Siri, Tech, Nike, Walmart, Turkey


Spotify Clinches Deal With Alex Cooper for ‘Call Her Daddy’ Podcast, Yanking It Away From Barstool

Alex Cooper and her sex-positive podcast “Call Her Daddy” are leaving Barstool Sports — coming to Spotify exclusively starting next month under a multiyear deal. All existing and new episodes of “Call Her Daddy” will remain free and, starting July 21, will available only on Spotify. In addition to bringing the podcast to Spotify exclusively, […]
Tags: Spotify, News, Alex Cooper, Alexandra Cooper, Call Her Daddy


Apple Podcasts Subscriptions go live worldwide

Apple Podcasts Subscriptions are now live across more than 170 countries and regions, Apple announced this morning. First unveiled this spring, subscriptions allow listeners to unlock additional benefits for their favorite podcasts, including things like ad-free listening, early access to new episodes, bonus material, exclusives, or whatever else the podcast creator believes will be something their fans will pay for. Channels allow podcasters to group their shows however they like — for instance...
Tags: Apple, TC, Spotify, Europe, Japan, UK, Abc, Australia, Washington Post, France, Germany, Russia, Tech, Canada, Italy, Korea


Netflix Spotify Drama Begins Production, Cast Unveiled

Production has commenced on Netflix’s untitled scripted series about Spotify, the Swedish start-up that revolutionized the music industry and evolved into one of the world’s leading music services. The six-part limited series revolves around the young Swedish tech entrepreneur Daniel Ek and his key partners who shook up the music industry by offering free and […]
Tags: Spotify, News, Global, Netflix, Daniel Ek, Netflix Spotify Drama


Singapore's VMC plans Mena expansion with $150m ADGM media investment fund | The National

Singapore's VMC plans Mena expansion with $150m ADGM media investment fund | The National Singapore-based Vistas Media Capital, the parent of the special purpose acquisition company that is taking music streaming platform Anghami public, is expanding its footprint in the Middle East and North Africa with an investment fund and an events and content production company in Abu Dhabi.The planned $150 million multi-strategy investment fund will be based in the emirate’s financial hub, Abu Dhabi Glo...
Tags: Travel, Spotify, New York, Singapore, Middle East, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mena, North Africa, VMC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Anghami, Sandeep Mishra, Vistas Media Capital, National Singapore, Abu Dhabi Global Market VMC


Why the Music Industry Doesn't Hate YouTube Any More (slashdot)

Today is Record Store Day, an annual event celebrating the culture of independently-owned record stores. And music industry players have said they actually got more money from the sale of vinyl records than they do from YouTube. But is that changing? The New York Times reports those figures are from a time when YouTube was only selling ads on (or beside) music videos and then sharing that cash with the record labels and performs: Fast forward to last week, when YouTube disclosed that it paid ...
Tags: Spotify, News, Youtube, Pandora, New York Times, Bloomberg News, Spotify YouTube, Lucas Shaw, EditorDavid


Why the Music Industry Doesn't Hate YouTube Any More

Today is Record Store Day, an annual event celebrating the culture of independently-owned record stores. And music industry players have said they actually got more money from the sale of vinyl records than they do from YouTube. But is that changing? The New York Times reports those figures are from a time when YouTube was only selling ads on (or beside) music videos and then sharing that cash with the record labels and performs: Fast forward to last week, when YouTube disclosed that it paid ...
Tags: Spotify, Youtube, Tech, Pandora, New York Times, Bloomberg News, Spotify YouTube, Lucas Shaw


Nespresso: Quality Pairings

To celebrate the arrival of summer, Nespresso and McCann Montreal are launching a vibrant campaign highlighting Nespresso Barista Creations Over Ice iced coffees. And, to capture Canadians’ attention, the team has stirred up some fresh new summertime playlists on Spotify, designed to elevate favourite summer moments through music carefully curated for the time, mood and place. So whether you want to bliss out and relax while you soak up the sun or play some poolside games – th...
Tags: Spotify, Advertising, Canada, Nespresso, McCann Montreal, Julie Pomerleau, Nespresso Canada


Spotify Closes in on Deal With ‘Call Her Daddy’ Podcaster Alexandra Cooper

Spotify is on the hunt for another big-name podcaster: The company is in advanced talks with Alexandra Cooper to bring raunchy talk show “Call Her Daddy” — currently produced and distributed by Barstool Sports — exclusively to its platform, Variety has confirmed. The pact could be worth $20 million or more. The perennially popular “Call […]
Tags: Spotify, News, Barstool Sports, Alexandra Cooper, Call Her Daddy


U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Antitrust Legislation That Could Significantly Impact Apple and Other Tech Companies

U.S. House lawmakers today announced sweeping bipartisan antitrust legislation that could result in major changes to the tech industry, impacting companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. These measures are the culmination of a 16-month antitrust investigation into tech companies practices that kicked off in 2019, and which saw Apple CEO Tim Cook testify in an antitrust hearing alongside Alphabet/Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. At ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Washington, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Department Of Justice, Jeff Bezos, Federal Trade Commission, Alphabet Google, U S House, Apple Amazon Facebook, David Cicilline, Ken Buck


A single Fastly customer changing their settings triggered the giant internet outage that hit Reddit, Spotify, and the White House's site

Andrea Izzotti/Shutterstock Large chunks of the internet went down Tuesday morning, including Reddit, Spotify, and the White House's site. The problem was caused by Fastly, a content-delivery network used by many sites. Fastly said the outage was due to a bug triggered by a single customer updating their settings. See more stories on Insider's business page. A huge outage hit numerous parts of the internet for an hour on Tuesday morning, with major sites including Reddit, Spotify,...
Tags: Spotify, News, White House, Trends, CDN, New York Times, Reddit, Rockwell, Tech Insider, Internet Outage, Fastly, Nick Rockwell, Reddit Spotify, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Andrea Izzotti Shutterstock, New York Times to Amazon


Mark Zuckerberg plans to work remotely for half the next year because it makes him 'happier and more productive'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP via Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg plans to spend half the next year working remotely, The Wall Street Journal reported. Zuckerberg said in a memo to staff that remote working helped him spend more time with his family. Facebook also said it would let more staff, including those at entry level, work from home permanently. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook is letting more employees work from home - and its CEO Mark ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Work From Home, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Europe, UK, News, US, San Francisco, Trends, Remote Work, Cnn, Canada, Ford


Behind the rise of hyperpop

The past decade has seen the formation of a vibrant and strange genre of music called hyperpop. Its growth has been spurred on by the internet – through Soundcloud, Twitter and now Spotify – and it has been linked to some of the most exciting young artists worldwide.Freelance music writer Shaad D’Souza speaks to Laura Murphy-Oates about the rise of hyperpop and what it tells us about the influence of big corporations such as Spotify.You can also read: Continue reading...
Tags: Spotify, Business, Music, Technology, Internet, Australia news, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, Digital music and audio, Australian Music, Laura Murphy Oates, Soundcloud Twitter, Shaad D'Souza


How to switch from Spotify to Apple Music

You don't have to lose all those songs and playlists on your Spotify account when you switch to Apple Music. The process is easier than ever.
Tags: Spotify, Music, Transfer, Trends, How-to, Home Theater, Streaming Music, Apple Music


How One Fastly Customer Broke the Internet

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, a tech vendor named Fastly experienced a major outage that inadvertently broke some of the biggest sites on the web. And now, we know why. In a blog post published late yesterday, Fastly engineering VP Nick Rockwell explained the company “experienced a global outage due to an…Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Science, Technology, Internet, Netflix, Internet Security, Computing, Dropbox, Aws, Cloudflare, Soundcloud, Amazon Web Services, Outage, Information and Communications Technology, Content Delivery Networks, Fastly


Youngster Fabio Vieira of interest to Liverpool after impressive tournament

Vieira’s stock rises It has been a whirlwind week for Fabio Vieira.Starring in Portugal’s U21 side’s journey to the European Championships final, he suffered heartbreak at the hands of Germany, who defeated the Portuguese 1-0 to lift the trophy. Despite this disappointment, Vieira picked up a personal accolade, winning the player of the tournament award, which has previously been held by the likes of Thiago and William Carvalho. 🗣️ “An excellent link between midfield and attack.” Portugal’s Fáb...
Tags: Spotify, Germany, Sport, Soccer, Premier League, Liverpool, Portugal, John Terry, Bournemouth, Uefa, Merseyside, Patrick Vieira, Porto, FC Porto, William Carvalho, Vieira


Sony just revealed new $280 earbuds that are a serious competitor to Apple's AirPods Pro

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Sony Sony's WF-1000XM4 are the successors to one of our favorite true wireless earbuds - the WF-1000XM3. The new earbuds include additional features and promise better audio and noise cancellation. You can buy the WF-1000XM4 now for $280 from Amazon, Best Buy, and Sony's website. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky WF-1000XM4 (small) Sony's new WF-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling earbuds ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Spotify, Audio, Trends, Tech, Headphones, Sony, Earbuds, Apple Music, Amazon Best, Tech Accessories, Tech Insider, Sony Sony, Wireless Earbuds, Antonio Villas Boas


Sony just announced the successor to its highly rated noise-cancelling earbuds, and the new $280 headphones are serious competitors to Apple's AirPods Pro

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Sony Sony's WF-1000XM4 are the successors to one of our favorite true wireless earbuds - the WF-1000XM3. The new earbuds include additional features and promise better audio and noise cancellation. You can buy the WF-1000XM4 now for $280 from Amazon, Best Buy, and Sony's website. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky WF-1000XM4 (small) Sony's new WF-1000XM4 wireless noise-cancelling earbuds ...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Spotify, Audio, Trends, Headphones, Sony, Earbuds, Apple Music, Amazon Best, Tech Accessories, Tech Insider, Sony Sony, Wireless Earbuds, Antonio Villas Boas, LDAC


New pop music radio show available for syndication

A new pop music show with interviews and the latest releases will be available for radio stations from August. The A-Grade Pop Show, hosted and produced by Luis Wyatt, will be an hour-long show home to the week’s pop tracks from the UK and around the world. Luis says it will have exclusive interviews with the next big international pop stars. Luis, who won Best Male Presenter at the Community Radio Awards 2020, told RadioToday: “I have noticed that both community and local commercial radio s...
Tags: Spotify, UK, Industry, Radio, Luis, Bebe Rexha, Global Academy, Luis Wyatt, Ultimate Radio, Mark Fielding