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  • Musical.ly reportedly partners with Apple Music for its music snippets

    Musical.ly reportedly partners with Apple Music for its music snippets

    According to a new report from Recode, Musical.ly is about to release a new update to its mobile app with a major change. The company is switching from 7digital to Apple music for its music catalog. Musical.ly’s video social network app has skyrocketed last year, raising $100 million at a $500 million valuation and reaching 40 million monthly active users. And yet, the app is mostly used… Read More

  • Alphabet’s efforts beyond search are ballooning into their own huge businesses

    Alphabet’s efforts beyond search are ballooning into their own huge businesses

    Alphabet’s advertising business seems to be following the same pattern these days — but its operations beyond that look like they are beginning to grow into strong businesses in their own right. The company reported its first-quarter earnings today that outperformed what Wall Street expected, with its advertising business once again continuing to generate an enormous amount of money. Read More

  • Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories

    Snapchat will no longer show a white border around old Memories

    Snapchat will no longer show that annoying white border around old photos that you share from Memories. Previously, if you shared a photo from Memories that was more than 24 hours old it would have a white border around the image. The border ended up annoying users who didn’t want their snaps altered, sometimes to the point where they would decide not to share the old content at all. Read More

  • Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else

    Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else

    Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too. This means anyone can create and organize a class on the platform, which allows educators to set up and… Read More

  • Facebook sidesteps Snapchat by launching Messenger Lite in over 100 more countries

    Facebook sidesteps Snapchat by launching Messenger Lite in over 100 more countries

    Facebook is aggressively pursuing the international and developing world markets Snapchat hasn’t prioritized. Facebook Lite recently hit 200 million users, and Instagram just rolled out offline mode for Android. Now after launching Messenger Lite for Android in five countries in October, it’s expanding to 150 more, including Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan and… Read More

  • Apple could be launching a peer-to-peer payment service for Apple Pay

    Apple could be launching a peer-to-peer payment service for Apple Pay

    This rumor has been going on for years, but 2017 might be the year of peer-to-peer Apple Pay. According to a new report from Recode, the company could be launching a new Apple Pay feature later this year so that you can send money to other people using the service. While you all know and use Apple Pay if you have an iPhone and live in one of the countries where it works, Apple Pay has always… Read More

  • Report: Apple Music revamp planned for iOS 11, service to include up to 10 original series

    Report: Apple Music revamp planned for iOS 11, service to include up to 10 original series

    A new version of Apple Music will ship later this year that puts an increased emphasis on video content, and particularly its own original video programming, according to a new report from Bloomberg out today. The piece delves into Apple’s larger video plans, and suggests that the platform may host up to 10 original shows by year’s end. Read More

  • Lyft’s opt-in automatic rider donation program goes live May 1

    Lyft’s opt-in automatic rider donation program goes live May 1

    Lyft previously announced that it would be introducing “Round Up & Donate,” a program that would allow its riders to automatically top-off their fare to the nearest dollar and donate the excess to a worthy cause. The program is now all set to go live for the first time on Monday, May 1, and the first organization that Lyft is supporting is United Services Organizations (USO)… Read More

  • App stores saw record revenue and downloads in Q1 2017

    App stores saw record revenue and downloads in Q1 2017

    Mobile applications saw a record number of downloads and revenue in the first quarter of the year, according to a new report from app store analytics firm App Annie out this morning. Across both iOS and Android, downloads grew by 15 percent year-over-year to reach nearly 25 billion worldwide – a figure that includes only new downloads, and not re-installs or downloads from prior… Read More

  • Propel raises $4M to make the social safety net more tech savvy and user friendly

    Propel raises $4M to make the social safety net more tech savvy and user friendly

    Some big names are making an investment in food stamps — specifically in Propel, a startup that helps food stamp recipients manage their benefits. Propel is announcing that it has raised $4 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Omidyar Network, Kevin Durant’s The Durant Company and Max Levchin’s SciFi VC, as well as previous investors Jay Borenstein, WinWin and… Read More

  • Didi Chuxing adds Ofo bike sharing to its main app

    Didi Chuxing adds Ofo bike sharing to its main app

    Ride hailing and bike sharing come together under one roof through Didi Chuxing’s new partnership with Ofo, the bike sharing service easily spotted in China thanks to its signature canary yellow bicycles. The team-up makes a ton of sense, given Didi’s strategic investment in Ofo from September 2016, and the way its short-term bike rentals can supplement car travel and sidestep… Read More

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