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Spotify adds more artists to its Blend tool, allows fans to buy merch via the feature

Spotify announced today that it’s expanding its Blend playlist creation tool to include more artists, and will now also allow fans to purchase artist merch through the feature. The Blend tool al

This Week in Apps: Mobile gaming’s market share hit, web3 app growth, Niantic’s new AR tools

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a re

Netflix launches a new ‘Mystery Box’ feature to help kids discover new content

Netflix is introducing a new “Mystery Box” feature aimed at helping kids discover new movies and TV shows, the company announced on Thursday. The new feature, which is similar to a shuffle

Spotify launches new fund to support independent open source projects

Spotify has announced that it’s launching a Free and Open Source Software Fund to support independent open source projects. The company says the purpose of the fund is to bring attention to inde

Spotify is testing a way to promote popular user-created playlists

Spotify is testing a new “Featured Curators” feature that promotes popular user playlists alongside its official Spotify playlists, the company announced on Monday. The new feature is part

Apple TV+ begins rolling out to Comcast’s Xfinity platforms

Apple TV+ is now available across Comcast’s Xfinity platforms, Comcast announced on Monday. The company said Apple TV+ is beginning to roll out on the Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and XClass TV toda

Microsoft brings back Twitch streaming integration directly into the Xbox dashboard

Microsoft is bringing Twitch streaming integration back into the Xbox dashboard for all Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One users, the company announced on Wednesday. The feature had been in testing since la

HBO Max is expanding to 15 more countries in March

HBO Max is launching in 15 additional countries on March 8, 2022, WarnerMedia announced on Tuesday. The 15 countries are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Mo

Netflix’s gaming service adds two more titles on iOS and Android

Late last year, Netflix’s new gaming service became globally available across both iOS and Android with a debut lineup that included two “Stranger Things”-themed games and a few casual games

Hulu rolls out personalized end-of-year recaps with stats about users’ streaming habits

Hulu is the latest company to introduce a Spotify Wrapped-like personalized end-of-year recap feature. The streaming service is giving subscribers the option to learn more about their viewing habits t

Netflix launches a website dedicated to news about renewals, exclusive interviews and more

Netflix has launched a new website called “Tudum,” which will host consumer news about renewals, release dates and extra content featuring its TV shows and movies. The company is marketing

Netflix’s gaming service adds three more titles globally on iOS and Android

Last month, Netflix’s new gaming service became globally available across both iOS and Android with a debut lineup that included two “Stranger Things”-themed games and a few more casual gaming

Netflix to acquire German visual effects studio behind ‘Stranger Things’ and more

Netflix is acquiring Munich-based visual effects studio Scanline VFX for an undisclosed amount. The company expects the deal to close in the first quarter of 2022, subject to regulatory approvals and