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WhoSampled taps Spotify to show you who covered, remixed, or sampled your favorite songs
/ February 8, 2016 12:11 pm
WhoSampled taps Spotify to show you who covered, remixed, or sampled your favorite songs

VentureBeat reports "WhoSampled isn’t always on the mainstream startup radar, but the London-based company has been building a solid product over the past eight years, one that unearths the veritable spider web of connections between your favorite songs. And with the company’s latest update, users will now be able to connect the dots between more than 30 million tracks on Spotify." Read More


Watching Pirated Content Just Got Easier; Showbox Adds Streaming Music
/ February 8, 2016 12:05 pm
Watching Pirated Content Just Got Easier; Showbox Adds Streaming Music

Billboard reports "A new plugin called Torrents Time makes it easier for users of The Pirate Bay and other torrent sites to stream pirated content directly to their desktops. Released to beta earlier this month, the plugin runs inside most popular browsers and eliminates the need to download any content. In addition to options to get the torrent or download, users seeking ripped content will also get the option to “Stream It!” in a YouTube-like video player." Read More


More People Streamed the Super Bowl Than Ever Before
/ February 8, 2016 12:02 pm
More People Streamed the Super Bowl Than Ever Before

Re/code reports "Late last night CBS announced its had streamed the Super Bowl to a “record” audience, but didn’t break out the numbers for the Broncos-Panthers. Now we have some numbers that give us a pretty good sense of the growth of the game’s online audience. These don’t map exactly to the numbers we got last year from NBC, which broadcast and streamed the game, so you’ll have to bear with a little bit of apples and oranges." Read More

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Kickstarter just hit 100,000 successfully funded campaigns
/ February 8, 2016 11:59 am
Kickstarter just hit 100,000 successfully funded campaigns

The Verge reports "Kickstarter hit a big milestone overnight: the successful funding of a 100,000th campaign. It's taken Kickstarter nearly seven years to reach 100,000 funded projects, but the rate at which projects are being funded is much faster than it used to be." Read More


Google Working On Its Own Gear VR-Like Virtual Reality Headset
/ February 8, 2016 11:56 am
Google Working On Its Own Gear VR-Like Virtual Reality Headset

Variety reports "The new headset reportedly includes better lenses and actual sensors to deliver a better viewing experience than Google’s existing Cardboard headsets. And unlike the cheap Cardboard viewers, which are routinely given away, the new headset would also be made from a solid plastic casing — again similar to Samsung’s Gear VR headset." Read More


India Shutters Facebook’s Free Web Access Program
/ February 8, 2016 11:54 am
India Shutters Facebook’s Free Web Access Program

Billboard reports "Free Basics, the program developed by Facebook which seeks to provide low-income people in emerging markets like Africa and India with a limited -- but free -- way to access the web, has been shut down following an order by India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI)." Read More


Research shows culture is the most critical attribute for mobile app marketers
/ February 8, 2016 11:51 am
Research shows culture is the most critical attribute for mobile app marketers

VentureBeat reports "While it’s fairly common knowledge that iOS and Android users have different priorities and tendencies, one wouldn’t necessarily guess that Apple customers have a more than 300 percent higher conversion rate in key app categories. It might also come as a surprise that certain cultural groups, regardless of location, stay engaged and convert at more than double or triple the rate of others, and for several hours later into the evening." Read More

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