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Spotify launches a dedicated Kids app for Premium Family subscribers

Spotify launches a dedicated Kids app for Premium Family subscribers

In a move to boost family subscriptions to its app, Spotify this morning announced the launch of a dedicated Kids application which allows children three and up to listen to their own music, both online and offline, as well as explore playlists and recommendations picked by experts, and more. The music selection is also filtered so songs won’t have explicit content. The launch is a first in the online music streaming space, where kids on parents’ music plans typically sign in through the same app — just with a different login. But Spotify believes children deserve their own space, where...

October 30, 2019
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Twitter is exploring the use of Facebook-style emoji reactions – TechCrunch

Twitter is exploring the use of Facebook-style emoji reactions – TechCrunch

If you’re old enough to remember the that followed Twitter’s decision to (aka likes instead of favorites), then you know that Twitter’s user base has strong feelings about how it wants to engage with tweets. Now, Twitter is considering another radical change on this front that could shake things up yet again. The company has been surveying users throughout the month to get input on how they feel about a broader set of emoji-style reactions, similar to what you’d see on Facebook.“We’re exploring additional ways for people to express themselves in conversations happening on Twitter,” a...

Mar 24
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US government appeals the injunction against its TikTok ban – TechCrunch

US government appeals the injunction against its TikTok ban – TechCrunch

The U.S. government is appealing the ruling that blocked the Trump administration’s TikTok ban, according to a new court filing. On December 7, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington the Commerce Department’s attempt to from being downloaded from U.S. app stores, citing threats to national security.The Trump administration had raised concerns over the videosharing app due to its Chinese ownership by way of parent company ByteDance and the potential risk of TikTok’s U.S. user data being accessed by the Chinese government. This ultimately in President Trump’s decision to...

Dec 28
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‘Anonymous’ fintech startup Millions raises $3 million, gives away cash on Twitter – TechCrunch

‘Anonymous’ fintech startup Millions raises $3 million, gives away cash on Twitter – TechCrunch

An “anonymously” led startup called has raised a $3 million seed round for its fintech company that’s currently giving away free money through its Twitter account. The concept, inspired by the likes of YouTuber , is partly aimed at attracting attention for the new company but is also setting the stage for a forthcoming business model of sorts, where brands could participate in giveaways more directly.The idea of brand and cash giveaways is not a new one, of course. Outside of social media personalities and traditional sweepstakes like Publishers Clearing House, the more recently had tried...

Feb 2
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Apple’s new editorial franchise, Apple Podcasts Spotlight, to highlight interesting creators – TechCrunch

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

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 Apple Podcasts app and promote them across social media and elsewhere. This will allow creators to reach a wider audience, similar to how the App Store showcases a selection of recommended apps and games with large banners at the top of its screen.The first Spotlight creator is Chelsea Devantez, who hosts the...

Jan 19
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Google to add App Store privacy labels to its iOS apps as soon as this week – TechCrunch

Google to add App Store privacy labels to its iOS apps as soon as this week – TechCrunch

Contrary , Google is not delaying updates to its iOS apps because it doesn’t want to comply with Apple’s recently announced . The new policy, a part of the company’s larger privacy push, requires developers to disclose how data is collected from App Store users and used to track them. TechCrunch confirmed Google is not taking a stand against the labels. It is, in fact, preparing to roll out privacy labels across its sizable iOS app catalog as soon as this week or the next.TechCrunch looked into the situation with Google’s apps following a story by today that speculated that Google’s...

Jan 5
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Jiobit launches an improved version of its kid (or pet) tracker, the Jiobit Next – TechCrunch

Jiobit launches an improved version of its kid (or pet) tracker, the Jiobit Next – TechCrunch

A Chicago-based startup, , wanted to make a better child location tracker than the bulky smartwatches and other insecurely designed products already on the market. So in 2018, it launched its — a small dongle of sorts that could be tied to shoelaces, belt loops or school backpacks, for example. Today, the company is out with a new generation of this device, the Jiobit Next, which aims to improve accuracy, battery life, reliability and more.The company says it took its two years’ of learning and customer feedback into account when developing the new design, which is today used not only by...

Feb 8
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Twitter launches its voice-based ‘Spaces’ social networking feature into beta testing – TechCrunch

Twitter launches its voice-based ‘Spaces’ social networking feature into beta testing – TechCrunch

Last month, Twitter it would soon begin testing a new social experience on its platforms involving audio-only chat rooms, similar to the sometimes startup Clubhouse. Today, Twitter Spaces, as the product is now being called, is launching into private beta testing. During this time, the product will be limited to select individuals, largely from underrepresented backgrounds, Twitter says.As the company had explained in November, it would be critical to getting safety right in order for people to feel comfortable in these sorts of spaces. That’s a difficult challenge to overcome —...

Dec 17
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Walmart to pilot test livestreamed video shopping on TikTok – TechCrunch

Walmart to pilot test livestreamed video shopping on TikTok – TechCrunch

Walmart and TikTok announced this morning they will be partnering on the first pilot test of a new shoppable product experience on TikTok’s social video app. Walmart, as you may recall, when the app was being threatened with a ban from the U.S. market unless it sold its U.S. operations to an American company, per a Trump administration executive order — a ban that’s now. Walmart’s interest in TikTok, however, has not waned. The retailer, though seemingly an odd fit for a social network, had seen the potential to attract a younger online consumer through video and, in particular,...

Dec 17
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Facebook’s Clubhouse rival looks a lot like Clubhouse right now – TechCrunch

Facebook’s Clubhouse rival looks a lot like Clubhouse right now – TechCrunch

Facebook is building a Clubhouse rival, The New York Times in February. But what that product will look like or how it will work have been questions that have remained unanswered. However, new screenshots of a Facebook audio product, still under development, show what appears to be a live audio broadcast experience that’s more of an extension of Facebook’s existing Messenger Rooms, rather than a standalone app experience. Facebook confirmed with TechCrunch the images are indeed examples of the company’s “exploratory audio efforts,” but cautioned that they don’t represent a live product at...

Mar 23
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