Watch your back, Spotify. YouTube has launched YouTube Music, a new music app. Among other features, the app allows users to search for artists and play individual songs and albums. It has a pool of about 30 million licensed audio tracks, similar to competitors. The service includes other numerous other features, like music videos, concert footage, and even karaoke tracks. There’s a free, ad-supported version of the app, as well as an ad-free version for YouTube Red subscribers. The subscription version includes additional features, including the ability to relegate videos to the background or even eliminate them altogether, listening only to the audio, to conserve battery life and data. YouTube Red subscribers can also opt for offline playback, and have the service create an automatic playlist – updated daily – that falls within whatever data restrictions the user specifies.
Former teen idol David Cassidy, who was admitted to a Florida hospital last week suffering from liver and kidney failure, has died at the age of 67. The troubled Partridge Family star had struggled with a drinking problem and this year said he was suffering from dementia. Later in his career, Cassidy starred in ABC […]
The U.S. Department of Justice sued Monday to prevent the $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner by AT&T. The merger “would greatly harm American consumers,” said Makan Delrahim, head of the antitrust division, adding it would lead to higher monthly television bills and “fewer of the newer, emerging innovative options that consumers are beginning to […]
Charlie Rose, co-anchor of CBS This Morning and host of PBS’s Charlie Rose the Week, has been accused of sexual misconduct by 8 women, the Washington Post reports. The women, age 21-37, either worked for Rose’s PBS show or aspired to between the late 1990s and 2011, said the Post, when they were subjected to […]
Advertisers would be wise to take note of a fascinating new study from Columbia Business School professor Sandra Matz. According to the new research, even a single “like” makes it far easier for advertisers to tailor ads to a user’s psychological profile. Simply relying on demographic traits like age or gender is significantly less effective. […]
Web browser maker Mozilla has formed a new team dedicated to develop “social mixed reality” technologies for the web. The non-profit made the announcement Monday, highlighting mixed reality’s capacity to facilitate online social interactions. The new group will focus on areas such as search, developing avatars and virtual identities, and facilitating virtual communications using text […]