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YouTube Music and YouTube Premium expand to Canada and 11 European markets

YouTube today expanded YouTube Music and YouTube Premium to the services’ first new markets since they officially debuted last month. The Google-owned video-streaming platform announced the two services in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Mexico on May 16, and revealed at the time that they would be landing in a bunch of […]

Sensible Object raises $3.2 million for board games you play with Alexa and Google Assistant

Sensible Object today announced it has raised .2 million to expand its operation to make experiences that combine Alexa with board games. The company’s first game, When in Rome, will go on sale July 2 on Amazon in Australia, Canada, United States, and United Kingdom. When in Rome launches exclusively for Alexa but will be […]

Kount claims Apple Pay and Google Pay are losing ground to PayPal and AmEx

Countering conventional wisdom that Apple’s and Google’s mobile wallets are increasing in popularity, fraud and risk management firm Kount claims that significantly fewer merchants are accepting Apple Pay and Google Pay this year, with each supposedly falling by 13 percent from 2017 to 2018. These are the headline findings of Kount…Read More Social – VentureBeat

Mobile industry completes 5G standard by approving standalone 5G spec

Working under the auspices of international standards organization 3GPP, the mobile industry today confirmed that it has achieved a critical milestone in the race to bring 5G networks to life: official approval of “5G standalone” specifications. In a collective announcement, 3GPP and dozens of wireless companies are describing the appro…Read More Social – VentureBeat

Snapchat will now let you delete regrettable messages for everyone in a conversation

Snap today announced a new feature for its flagship Snapchat app, one that allows users to manually delete messages for everyone in individual or group chats. The “delete chat” feature will be landing on all platforms globally in the coming weeks, according to a statement issued by the company, and it will work even when […]

LinkedIn now shows your commute times for prospective jobs

LinkedIn plays a number of roles in the business realm, from professional networking platform to glorified CV database. But it’s also used by countless people who are proactively seeking new employment opportunities. With that in mind, LinkedIn is today rolling out a new feature that tells prospective candidates what their commute time for a…Read More […]

Facebook expands its privacy review alerts to users globally

Facebook is expanding its data privacy spring cleaning initiative beyond the European Union (EU) to the rest of the world. Last month, the social network first started asking users in the EU to review their privacy settings as part of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which seeks to tighten the scope of data […]

Rover raises $155 million to grow its dog-sitting platform in Europe

Rover has raised 5 million in a fresh round of funding, as the dog-sitting platform looks to expedite its expansion into Europe. The cash influx constitutes 5 million from a range of funds and accounts “advised” by T. Rowe Price Associates, as well as contributions from Winslow Capital, Cross Creek, TCV, Greenspring Associates, Sp…Read More […]

ProBeat: 3 issues Slack needs to fix

OPINION: I’ve used Slack on and off for years, but only about a month ago did my team start using it full time. The tool is growing on me, sure, but having used a variety of alternatives, I also find it unnecessarily frustrating at times. The good news is that Slack’s problems can be fixed. […]

Stop adding Stories to every app

OPINION: Every few months, it seems another company decides to copy Snapchat’s Stories feature that lets users create approximately 10-second videos their followers can view for just 24 hours. Instagram announced it was introducing Stories in 2016, followed by YouTube, Facebook, and Skype in 2017. Even dating apps like  Bumble and Match have starte…Read More Social […]