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Record Labels Sensibly Decide to Wind Down Pointless Vevo Service

Vevo, the major label-owned music video service, is pulling back from the spotlight. On Thursday, the company announced that it will be shutting down its website and mobile apps over the next few weeks. Read More >>

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Apple Is Going to Let You Download All the Data it Collects About You

Today, Apple announced a new privacy website to help users better navigate just how much of their data is collected by the company. Read More >>

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Even the Obamas Work for Netflix Now

The Obamas are about enter into your Netflix cue. The New York Times reported on Monday that Netflix has partnered with Higher Ground Productions, a company created by the former president and first lady, to produce content for the streaming service. The content that will be produced remains up in the air, as last we heard, the couple was allegedly in talks with Amazon and Apple as well for the production deal. Read More >>

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Is YouTube Music Already Doomed?

Google isn’t giving up on its quest to get you to pay it for music. That’s the main takeaway from Thursday’s announcement of YouTube Music, a re-imagining of how music-listening works on YouTube. The new streaming service will come in two flavors: a free tier called YouTube Music and a $10-per-month tier dubbed YouTube Music Premium, and it’s scheduled to debut on May 22 in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and South Korea. Read More >>

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Tidal Reportedly Late on Payments to Record Labels

Waves of bad news keep crashing down upon Tidal. Today Dagens Næringsliv, a Norwegian newspaper, reported claims from Norweign record labels that the struggling music service has stopped sending out royalty payments. Read More >>

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YouTube Might Finally Get an Incognito Mode to Hide Your Weird Searches

Right now the best way to watch YouTube on your phone without being tracked by its ever-knowing recommendation algorithm is to either completely log out or pause your viewing history. But on Tuesday morning, Android Police reported that Google is experimenting with an Incognito mode inside the YouTube for Android app. Read More >>

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Twitter Says it Will Start Hiding Tweets That ‘Negatively Impact’ the Service

Twitter in 2018 remains a cesspool of narcissists, scammers, and trolls — I’m not just talking about Kanye West’s mentions — and on Tuesday the service announced its latest attempt to solve that problem. In the coming weeks, Twitter will begin hiding tweets that are “detracting from the conversation.” Read More >>

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Report: Facebook is Considering Creating Its Own Cryptocurrency 

Life comes at you fast. On Tuesday, news broke that Facebook formed a blockchain division. Now there is word that the company is looking into creating its own cryptocurrency. Read More >>

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Spotify to Stop Promoting R. Kelly with New ‘Hate Content and Hateful Conduct’ Policy

Spotify apparently no longer wants to promote terrible people across its streaming platform. That’s the undercurrent of its freshly announced “Hate Content and Hateful Conduct Public Policy.” The meandering statement revealed that Spotify is establishing a number of external and internal policing methods for content. Read More >>

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Report Alleges Tidal Faked Streaming Numbers for Beyoncé and Kanye West Albums

Tidal, the Jay-Z-backed streaming service that is supposed to put artists first, might have gone a bit overboard with that mantra. The Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reports that in 2016 the streaming service falsified and inflated streaming numbers for Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo and Beyoncé’s Lemonade albums. The disputed numbers in question were that The Life of Pablo achieved 250 million streams in 10 days and that Lemonade tallied 306 million streams within 15 days. Read More >>

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Gmail Now Writes Emails for You

Emails take too long. Well, at least according to Google, which is why today at Google I/O, the company announced a new Gmail feature called Smart Compose. The feature allows for artificial intelligence to auto-fill information in the emails you compose in an effort to cut down on the time spent typing up mindless messages. If typing emails is truly one of the bane’s of your day-to-day existence, this feature is here to alleviate that stress. Read More >>

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The Rebirth of Vine Just Isn’t Going to Happen, Is It?

On Friday, Dan Hoffman, a co-founder of the defunct six-second video app, announced via Twitter that v2, his Vine sequel, is now indefinitely on hold. Hoffman said his vision of a small passion project was engulfed by too much attention, and that he would need a larger team and potential investors (?!) to see it through properly. Read More >>

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Facebook Accidentally Asked Users If Every Single Post in Their Feed Contained Hate Speech

For a brief period earlier today, Facebook asked at least some of its users to report whether every single post in their feed contained hate speech. Right above where one would normally like or comment on a post, Facebook users were asked: “Does this post contain hate speech?” For users who saw this request today, it appeared on all user-generated posts within the newsfeed and even on advertisements. Read More >>

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Spotify Just Gave You a Pretty Good Reason Not to Pay for Spotify

On Tuesday morning Spotify announced a pretty big change to its mobile app. At an event in New York City, the Swedish music giant announced that users who don’t want to pay up for a premium plan will soon get their hands on a lot more features, including the ability to personally choose songs on select playlists. Read More >>

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Instagram Says It’s Fixing the Worst Thing About Its Algorithm

Instagram apparently no longer wants you to see Christmas Day photos on New Year’s Eve. On Thursday, the Facebook-owed service announced that it’s implementing new changes to its algorithm. The changes will prioritize newer posts in your feed, hopefully reducing the number of old posts that appear when you open up the app. Read More >>