Category: Media

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January 19, 2021

Apple’s new editorial franchise, Apple Podcasts Spotlight, to highlight interesting creators

Apple today announced a new editorial franchise called Apple Podcasts Spotlight, which aims to highlight rising podcast creators in the U.S. The editorial team at Apple will select new podcast creators to feature every month and then give them prominent screen real estate in the...


by Sarah Perez in Apple
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January 13, 2021

Amazon launches mobile-only Prime Video subscription in India

Amazon is doubling down on one of the biggest strengths of Prime Video streaming service: Aggressive pricing. The e-commerce giant on Wednesday launched Prime Video Mobile Edition, an even more affordable tier of the on-demand video streaming service — now also bundling additional perks. Prime...


by Manish Singh in Amazon
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January 11, 2021

YouTube and WhatsApp inch closer to half a billion users in India

WhatsApp has enjoyed unrivaled reach in India for years. By mid-2019, the Facebook-owned app had amassed over 400 million users in the country. Its closest app rival at the time was YouTube, which, according to the company’s own statement and data from mobile insight firm...


by Manish Singh in Apps
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January 8, 2021

Daily Crunch: Roku buys Quibi’s content library

Quibi’s content will live on, Hyundai may partner with Apple and Donald Trump returns to Twitter. This is your Daily Crunch for January 8, 2021. The big story: Roku buys Quibi’s content library If you’re wondering what will happen to Quibi shows like “Most Dangerous...


by Anthony Ha in Daily Crunch
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January 8, 2021

Roku acquires Quibi’s content

Quibi is dead, but its shows will live on. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Roku was in talks to acquire the short-form video service’s content. And this morning, Roku announced that it has indeed reached a deal for the exclusive distribution rights...


by Anthony Ha in Entertainment
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January 7, 2021

Local news app News Break raises $115M

The popular news app News Break is announcing that it has raised $115 million in new funding. The press release claims this round makes News Break “one of the first new unicorns of 2021,” but the startup declined to disclose its actual valuation. Founder and...


by Anthony Ha in Apps
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December 17, 2020

Gawq wants to burst your ‘echo chamber’ with its smarter news app

A new startup called Gawq wants to tackle the problem of fake news and the “echo chamber” problem created by social media, where our view of the world is shaped by manipulative algorithms and personalized feeds. Through Gawq’s newly launched mobile news app, it aims...


by Sarah Perez in App
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November 18, 2020

The crowd goes wild for Yiming

There’s no shortage of TikTok coverage in the news today as the app’s fate in the U.S. hangs in the air. What the press doesn’t always address is how TikTok gets here — how did a Chinese startup seize the lucrative short-video market in the...


by Rita Liao in Apps
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November 12, 2020

Netflix’s latest experiment is a TikTok-like feed of funny videos

Netflix already borrowed the concept of short-form video “Stories” from social apps like Snapchat and Instagram for its Previews feature back in 2018. Now, the company is looking to the full-screen vertical video feed, popularized by TikTok, for further inspiration. With its latest experiment, Fast...


by Sarah Perez in Apps
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November 11, 2020

MTV partners with Unrd to create a mobile version of ‘Ghosted: Love Gone Missing’

Mobile storytelling startup Unrd is making its first move into adapting existing intellectual property — specifically “Ghosted: Love Gone Missing,” an MTV reality series about ghosting (the dating practice, not anything supernatural). Until now, Unrd (pronounced “unread”) has created original crime, horror and romance stories...


by Anthony Ha in Apps