Spotify beefs up free tier to attract more paying customers

Global music sales grew 8.1 percent last year — the third straight annual increase — and streaming for the first time became the largest single revenue source. Total sales spiked to $17.3 billion, with digital revenues accounting for 54 percent of the take, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said Tuesday. Into the growing streaming sector, Spotify, the world’s […]

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What to do when you need a TV for a mansion, resort or superyacht

It's pretty scary when you look down a pricelist for televisions and find one for 662,000 euros, or somewhere vaguely north of a million bucks. What's even scarier is finding that the next telly on the list is marked 'price on request'. C Seed specialises in tellies designed for the decks of superyachts, for the grounds of $5000-a-night resorts and […]

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Facebook finally explains why it bans some content, in 27 pages

Among the most challenging issues for Facebook is its role as the policeman for the free expression of its 2 billion users. Now the social network is opening up about its decision-making over which posts it decides to take down, and why. On Tuesday the company for the first time published the 27-page guidelines, called Community Standards, that it gives […]

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Netflix Might Soon Be Worth More Than Disney

Hollywood has been waiting to see when Netflix will downshift out of the fast lane — specifically, when it will stop burning tons of cash on an ever-expanding bonfire of original titles. That day is not coming anytime soon. Netflix could soon be worth more than Disney, which once was rumored to be a suitor, as it rides investor excitement […]

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Facebook regularly shared user data, claims app creator

The Cambridge University figure at the centre of the Facebook data scandal has claimed that the social network regularly handed its user data to academics without questioning how it would be used. Dr Aleksandr Kogan, who created an app that harvested 87 million Facebook users' data, which was then allegedly used by Cambridge Analytica for political purposes, revealed that Facebook […]

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Google parent’s revenues beat projections, but investors wary

Google parent company Alphabet on Monday delivered another stellar performance, reporting first-quarter profit and revenue that beat forecasts — as its ad business continued to hum along. The tech titan’s $31.15 billion of revenue beat Wall Street’s $30.29 billion estimate — a 22 percent year-on-year improvement. However, operating income margins dropped to 22 percent from 27 percent a year ago. […]

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Kanye West rekindles bromance with Elon Musk

The bromance between Kanye West and Elon Musk just shifted into high gear. The superstar rapper took to Twitter Sunday night to gush about his Tesla, calling his Model S with a custom matte silver finish “the funnest car I’ve ever driven.” “I really love my Tesla. I’m in the future. Thank you Elon,” the Grammy-winner wrote. The rapper added […]

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