Spotify

Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Spotify launches ‘Netflix Hub’ on its app to attract fans

Music streaming platform Spotify Technology has said it has introduced a new hub where fans can listen to all the official soundtracks, playlists and podcasts related to Netflix In...

Platform News: Octi App

James Murdoch-backed metaverse app Octi launches

An app that allows users to create and share videos that blend elements of the physical and virtual worlds has ben launched, with financing from James Murdoch and entertainment ind...

Google Cloud

Google Cloud, Snap, Spotify back up after brief outage

Multiple social media apps such as Snapchat, Spotify and Google Cloud appeared to be coming back online after a brief global outage yesterday.

Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Spotify bolsters audiobooks business with Findaway buy

Spotify has made a major push to have more audiobooks on its platform by buying US-based audio tech company Findaway as it tries to recreate its success with podcasts.

Apple App Store

Apple’s software boss warns against draft EU policy on App Store

Apple software leader Craig Federighi took the stage at the Web Summit in Lisbon to voice the iPhone maker’s objections to EU draft guidelines that could allow customers to i...

Platform News: Alphabet and Google search engine

Alphabet earns record profit on Google ad surge

Alphabet has reported higher than expected third-quarter ad sales, a sign that the business is overcoming new limits on tracking mobile users and that online shopping is as popular...

Platform News: Google

Google halves Play Store fees for subscription apps

Google has said it is lowering the fee that subscription-based apps need to pay Play Store to 15% right from day one, following criticism about its fee structure from companies suc...

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s tech hub sees surge of interest from start-ups

Abu Dhabi’s new technology hub says it has seen a surge in interest from start-up firms in the UAE and abroad despite the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic last year, ami...

Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Spotify to hire hundreds to drive ad sales in Europe, Australia, Canada

Spotify Technology is planning to hire hundreds of staff to boost its advertising sales in Europe and elsewhere, as the music streaming service looks to increase revenue from custo...

Platform News: Big Tech

US bill would stop Big Tech favouring its own products

About a dozen US senators from both parties formally introduced a bill that would bar Big Tech platforms, like Amazon and Google, from favouring their products and services.

Platform Industry: Apple logo on a window

Apple warns of cybercrime risks if EU forces it to allow others’ software

Apple has ramped up its criticism of EU draft rules that would force it to allow users to install software from outside its App Store, saying that would boost the risk of cybercrim...

Platform News: Spotify music streaming app based out of Sweden

Music streamers turn to telcos to make Africa pay

Africa, with its internationally recognised musical talent – and growing mobile phone use – is central to Swedish music streamer Spotify’s plans to extend its rea...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

French startup Swile gets unicorn status with Softbank-led fundraising

Swile has raised additional an $200 million in a capital increase backed by Japan’s Softbank, aiming at expanding its business internationally and beyond corporate benefits s...

Platform News: Apple retail store

Dutch watchdog finds Apple app store payment rules anti-competitive

The Dutch antitrust authority has found that Apple’s rules requiring software developers to use its in-app payment system are anti-competitive and ordered it to make changes, four ...

Platform News: Apple logo

Apple gives ‘reader’ apps a way around commissions. Who wins?

Apple has made a new concession on how App Store developers work with customers: it will allow subscription and content apps that it calls “reader” apps, a category tha...

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