Category: Media

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March 18, 2021

Daily Crunch: YouTube’s TikTok rival launches in the US

YouTube Shorts comes to the U.S., Amazon starts testing electric delivery vans in San Francisco and new data suggests the impact of Google Play’s recent changes. This is your Daily Crunch for March 18, 2021. The big story: YouTube’s TikTok rival launches in the US...


by Anthony Ha in Daily Crunch
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March 15, 2021

Swell launches its app for asynchronous voice conversations

You might think that Clubhouse is the final word on audio-centric social networks, but a San Francisco startup called Swell is launching its own iOS and Android app focused on voice conversations. The big difference: While conversations on Clubhouse all happen in real-time — meaning...


by Anthony Ha in Apps
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March 9, 2021

Songclip raises $11M to bring more licensed music to social media

The team behind Songclip thinks that social media could use more music. Yes, music is a big part of the experience on a handful of apps like TikTok and Triller, but Songclip co-founder and COO John vanSuchtelen told me, “That is not the end of...


by Anthony Ha in Evolution VC Partners
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March 4, 2021

TikTok launches ‘TikTok Q&A,’ a new feature for creators to engage with viewers’ questions

Earlier this year, TikTok was spotted testing a new Q&A feature that would allow creators to more directly respond to their audience’s questions using either text or video. Today, the company has announced the feature is now available to all users globally. With the release...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
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March 2, 2021

Flipboard expands its local coverage to more than 1,000 cities and towns

News aggregator Flipboard‘s local coverage is making what product lead Brian Gottesman described as a “quantum leap,” expanding from 60 topics (a.k.a. cities, towns and communities that you can follow) to more than 1,000. While Flipboard has allowed users to follow stories focused on major...


by Anthony Ha in Apps
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February 22, 2021

Daily Crunch: Spotify announces a high-end subscription

Spotify makes a bunch of announcements, Netflix introduces an intriguing new feature and Clubhouse faces security concerns. This is your Daily Crunch for February 22, 2021. The big story: Spotify announces a high-end subscription Spotify listeners will get the chance to pay for higher-quality audio...


by Anthony Ha in Apps
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February 22, 2021

Spotify to test paid podcast subscriptions this spring via new Anchor feature

During its live-streamed event today, Spotify officially confirmed its plans to launch paid podcast subscriptions on its platform. As a first step, the company will this spring begin beta testing a new feature in its Anchor podcast creation tool that will allow U.S. creators to...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
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February 22, 2021

Netflix launches ‘Downloads for You,’ a new feature that automatically downloads content you’ll like

Netflix today is launching a new feature that aims to bring more offline content to users who opt in automatic downloads. With “Downloads for You” enabled, the Netflix app will download recommended TV shows and movies to your mobile device based on your tastes, as...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
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February 19, 2021

Acast acquires podcasting startup RadioPublic

Podcast advertising company Acast is announcing that it has acquired RadioPublic, the startup that spun out of public radio marketplace PRX in 2016. At first, RadioPublic’s main product was a mobile app for podcast listening, and it still supports the app. But co-founder and Chief...


by Anthony Ha in Acast
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February 17, 2021

Artie raises $10M for app-less mobile games

Artie, a startup looking to rethink the distribution of mobile games, announced today that it has raised $10 million in funding. There are some big names backing the company — its latest investors include Zynga founder Mark Pincus, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five...


by Anthony Ha in Artie