Going public pits Spotify’s suggestions against everyone

Going public pits Spotify’s suggestions against everyone
 The secret to Spotify’s public market debut is actually an acquisition it made in 2014. The Echo Nest was powering music recommendations for Beats Music, Rdio, Vevo and iHeartRadio before Spotify pulled it out from under them by buying it for a reported $100 million — 90 percent in Spotify equity. That deal paid off big time. Read More

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There’s always a bigger fish

There’s always a bigger fish
 Hall One at Mobile World Congress — a single space more massive than most conference centers in major cities — contained only a few displays. Although a quarter of the room housed small phone and mobile manufacturers, Huawei controlled the rest, creating a walled-off compound patrolled by women in folk costumes from many lands. The Small World After All jollity stopped at the gates. Read More

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Spotify plays the long game with Family and Student Plans even as revenue per user drops

Spotify plays the long game with Family and Student Plans even as revenue per user drops
 Spotify’s “Family Plan,” a variation of which launched in 2014, as well as its “Student Plan” appear to be driving a significant portion of the company’s growth and improving retention, as the company points to it multiple times in its filing for a direct listing on public markets today. Read More

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Even with double the subscribers, Spotify says Apple will always have an edge owning the app store

Even with double the subscribers, Spotify says Apple will always have an edge owning the app store
 Spotify just filed for a direct listing in the U.S., sidestepping the traditional IPO process, and now we’re starting to see some of the true financial guts of the company — and some of the significant risks it faces from challenging services from Apple and Google. Read More

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Facebook rolls out job posts to become the blue-collar LinkedIn

Facebook rolls out job posts to become the blue-collar LinkedIn
 LinkedIn wasn’t built for low-skilled job seekers, so Facebook is barging in. Today Facebook is rolling out job posts to 40 more countries to make itself more meaningful to people’s lives while laying the foundation for a lucrative business. Businesses will be able to post job openings to a Jobs tab on their Page, Jobs dashboard, Facebook Marketplace, and the News Feed that they… Read More

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Square’s bets beyond a register brought in $253M last year as it posts a largely positive fourth quarter

Square’s bets beyond a register brought in 3M last year as it posts a largely positive fourth quarter
 Square posted a largely successful fourth quarter that showed continuing growth with its Cash App — with users spending around $90 million on its Cash card in December, putting it on a potentially $1 billion run rate. That would offer another significant avenue for Square to snap up additional customers as it looks to chip away at the alternatives available for directly sending cash… Read More

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Sonos One’s Alexa support comes to Canada

Sonos One’s Alexa support comes to Canada
 Sonos One users in Canada can now join their peers south of the border in yelling requests at their connected speakers – a free update issued today enables Amazon Alexa on the Sonos One. The One launched with Alexa support in the U.S., but while the speaker has been available to Canadian buyers since late last year, Alexa voice commands are new with the update. That means Canadians will… Read More

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These will be the first cities getting 5G from Sprint and T-Mobile

These will be the first cities getting 5G from Sprint and T-Mobile
 Just last week, AT&T announced the first handful of cities where it’ll roll out its 5G network later this year. Today at Mobile World Congress, T-Mobile and Sprint did the same. Sprint’s first 5G networks will go live in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Houston. T-Mobile will fire up 5G in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Dallas first. Read More

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Chinese smartphone maker Doogee shows off its vision for the smartphone camera


Chinese smartphone maker Doogee shows off its vision for the smartphone camera

 Doogee’s Mobile World Congress press conference is mostly what you’d expect from a company you’ve never heard of: small, low key, in the second basement meeting room at a hotel across from the convention center. It’s a bit like the smartphone farm system, the company’s hoping it can gin up enough awareness to rise above the din of news from the world’s… Read More

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Facebook launches a local news accelerator for publishers

Facebook launches a local news accelerator for publishers
 Facebook is trying to play extra nice with local news publishers by putting $3 million behind the launch of the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator. The three-month pilot program will help 10 to 15 U.S.-based metropolitan news organizations gain more digital subscribers both on and off Facebook. Read More

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