Starship Technologies CEO Lex Bayer on focus and opportunity in autonomous delivery

Starship Technologies is fresh off a recent $40 million funding round, and the robotics startup finds itself in a much-changed market compared to when it got its start in 2014. Founded by software ind

JioSaavn becomes India’s answer to Spotify and Apple Music

India finally has its answer to Spotify after Reliance Jio merged its music service with Saavn, the startup it acquired earlier this year. The deal itself isn’t new — it was announced bac

Pandora should revive Rdio as pay-for-what-you-want streaming

Music listeners are cheapskates. Few will pay Spotify or Apple $10 a month even to stream almost every song ever. Meanwhile, radio services like Pandora hardly scrape by on the meager ad rates after

Pandora To Buy Rdio Assets For $75M In Cash, Rdio Files Ch.11, Will Shutter Service

That was fast: just as soon as it was reported that Pandora was in talks to buy Rdio, the two sides have confirmed that an acquisition is indeed taking place. Pandora has acquired “key assets&#

Prince Won’t Stream 4 U (Unless You’re On Tidal, Or Maybe Google Music)

Call it the Taylor effect: it looks like another high-profile musician is sharpening his arrows to take aim at how streaming music services pay artists. Music from the artist currently known as Prince

Forget The U.S., India’s Music Streaming Race Is The Big Growth Story

A key part of Rdio's new $3.99 plan for cost conscious consumers taking a baby step towards music streaming services is the important caveat that this new service is cheaper outside of the U.S.. In In

Rdio Launches $3.99 Monthly Plan For Cost-Conscious Subscribers

In a bid to compete with rival streaming music services, Rdio has announced a new low-cost subscription program called Rdio Select. For $3.99 a month, users can download up to 25 new songs every day t

8tracks Signs Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels To Improve Playlist Creation

Music streaming service 8tracks just signed a few licensing deals with independent music labels to make playlist creation much easier. As a reminder, 8tracks true advantage lies in its community &#821

Slack’s Co-Founders Take Home The Crunchie For Founder Of The Year

If your team collaborates online, you've almost certainly heard of Slack. Launched in mid-2013, it's quickly become one of the top names in team communications. That success has just netted Slack c

Rdio Teams Up With Caribbean Operator Digicel To Expand Into 24 New Countries

A week after entering India, Rdio has expanded into 24 additional markets in the Caribbean and Central America region to take it to 85 countries worldwide.

Rdio Brings Its Global Music Streaming Service To India

India has welcomed the first international music streaming service to its shores after Rdio, the San Francisco based company, launched in the country.

Rdio Signs Bosch, Jaguar Deals For In-Car Music; Google, LG For Connected Home Gadgets

Rdio, the music-streaming service founded by Skype co-founder Janus Friis that offers 30 million songs in 60 countries, is trailing behind Spotify and Deezer in the race for paying music streaming sub

Spotify Now Converts What Friends Listen To Into A “Top Tracks In Your Network” Playlist

Now you can listen to Spotify like you read the Facebook News Feed. Spotify’s new “Top Tracks In Your Network” is a personalized, constantly updated playlist based on what the peopl

Rdio’s Redesigned Desktop, Web And Mobile Apps Put The Focus On Free Radio

Streaming music startup Rdio is overhauling its look across platforms, and adding more robust personalization features powered by its own growing in-house music intelligence data science team. The new

Facebook Adds Shazam-Style Audio Recognition To Help You Automatically Tag Posts With TV Shows And Songs

Facebook has a new weapon in the battle against Twitter to host lucrative conversations about media. A Shazam-esque opt-in feature coming to the iOS and Android status composer can activate your phone

Rdio Adds Chromecast Support For TV Music Streaming

Streaming music service Rdio has added support for Google’s Chromecast media accessory, the company announced today. What that means is that you’ll be able to send your Rdio music from you

Rdio Will Drop The Echo Nest For Music Recommendations Post-Spotify Acquisition

Music streaming service Rdio is getting rid of partner The Echo Nest, its CEO Anthony Bay told CNBC in an interview published this week (via Verge). The news comes despite promises by The Echo Nest an

Spotify Acquires The Echo Nest, Gaining Control Of The Music DNA Company That Powers Its Rivals

Spotify has acquired The Echo Nest, as revealed by an official blog post today. The financial details of the acquisition haven’t been revealed, but The Echo Nest is a self-described “music

Janus Friis’ Next Act Is A Hardware Startup Called Aether, And A “Thinking” Music Player Called Cone

Janus Friis made his name founding a series of disruptive software startups such as Skype, Rdio, Joost and (much earlier) KaZaA. Now the Danish entrepreneur is moving into new territory: a hardware st

Rdio Shuts Down Video-Streaming Site Vdio, Offers Amazon Credits As Reimbursement For Purchases

It's only been six months since Rdio <a target="_blank" href="http://www.techmeme.com/130619/p26#a130619p26">launched its video-streaming platform Vdio</a> to the world, but it appears that the compan
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