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Starbucks and Spotify Link Up to Bring Digital Music Into Stores
/ May 19, 2015 11:23 am
Starbucks and Spotify Link Up to Bring Digital Music Into Stores

AdWeek reports "This fall, the two companies are teaming up to equip all employees in Starbucks' 7,000 domestic stores with free Spotify Premium subscriptions that normally cost $10 a month—the subscriptions will ultimately power the in-store music. The coffee chain's 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members will be able to stream the playlists baristas concoct and vote for what kind of music they would like to listen to, location by location. What's more, the listening and voting features can be done on either the Spotify or Starbucks app." Read More

YouTube Kids App Rapped for Videos Citing Porn, Pedophilia, Drug Use
/ May 19, 2015 11:18 am

Variety reports “Google is deceiving parents by marketing YouTube Kids as a safe place for children under five to explore when, in reality, the app is rife with videos that would not meet anyone’s definition of ‘family friendly,'” the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood said in a statement." Read More

Search giant Baidu invests in content recommender Taboola for Chinese expansion
/ May 18, 2015 11:31 am
Search giant Baidu invests in content recommender Taboola for Chinese expansion

VentureBeat reports "Taboola CEO and founder Adam Singolda, who told me that the new strategic partnership is “bringing content discovery as a new advertising category to China,” declined to specify the amount of the investment. He noted this was Baidu’s fourth investment in a U.S. company, following alternative ride provider Uber, indoor positioning service Indoor Atlas, and the acquisition of mobile security firm TrustGo Mobile." Read More

Games May Be Next for Facebook Messenger
/ May 18, 2015 11:16 am
Games May Be Next for Facebook Messenger

Variety reports "Facebook officially announced support for third-party app integration into Messenger at its F8developer platform in March. Since then, the company has partnered with a small number of third-party app developers, allowing users to add photos, animations and short video clips made with these third-party apps directly to their conversations." Read More

The Narrative Clip 2 Camera Is Up For Pre-Order At $199
/ May 18, 2015 11:12 am
The Narrative Clip 2 Camera Is Up For Pre-Order At $199

TechCrunch reports "Narrative, the startup whose cameras are built to surreptitiously capture moments throughout a person’s day, has put its second-generation camera up for pre-order on its website." Read More

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know Verizon Will Own After the AOL Deal Closes
/ May 18, 2015 11:08 am
Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know Verizon Will Own After the AOL Deal Closes

Multichannel News reports "The pundits may all be touting how Verizon’s deal to purchase AOL Inc. for $4.4 billion will broaden their mobile video horizons and give them access to content and ad technology that could help revolutionize the online video industry, but there are a handful of other ancient technologies (10 years or more old, this is the Internet), products, services and companies that the wireless giant will inherit as part of the deal." Read More

Carl Icahn: Apple’s TV Plans Will Help To Create A “Mega-Ecosystem”
/ May 18, 2015 11:05 am
Carl Icahn: Apple’s TV Plans Will Help To Create A “Mega-Ecosystem”

Deadline Hollywood reports "Apple is tight-lipped about whether, let alone how, it might sell TV sets and an online video service that would compete with cable and satellite. But Carl Icahn still has high hopes for the businesses — as well a potential Apple entree into auto sales — he says today in an open letter to CEO Tim Cook that gave a modest lift to the company’s shares." Read More

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