• Michelle Obama Jul 16

    Michelle Obama to Host Podcast on Health, Relationships

    Michelle Obama will let her own voice be heard on a new podcast. The Obama’s Higher Ground and Spotify announced Thursday that the former first lady will host “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on the streaming service.

  • 2020 Elections Dec 27, 2019

    Spotify Suspends Political Ads for 2020

    Spotify has become the latest tech company to enter the conversation around political ads, announcing Friday it will suspend them at the beginning of 2020. Unlike Twitter and Facebook, however, Spotify refrained from offering its perspective on political advertising, saying that the decision is the result of the music-streaming company not having sufficient tools to vet the ads. “At this point in time,...

  • Netflix Nov 19, 2019

    Muted Launch for Google's Game-Streaming Service Stadia

    Google’s new game-streaming service Stadia demonstrates the possibilities of gaming from the cloud, but experts say it’s hindered by a lack of compelling games and a somewhat convoluted pricing scheme.

  • California Nov 6, 2019

    Airbnb Pushes New Safety Measures Days After Deadly Party-House Shooting

    Airbnb is pushing out several new safety features in the wake of a tragic incident at one of their bookings, CEO Brian Chesky announced Wednesday.

  • Donald Trump Sep 25, 2019

    From Luckenbach to Rocky Top, Country Music Is an American Roadmap

    The storytelling of country music connects a wide swath of Americans from East Coast to the West Coast, from North to the South. For many country writers, their lyrics were inspired by real places and real people, adding authenticity to the melody. A scan of popular country song titles, from “Luckenbach, Texas,” ″Okie from Muskogee,” ″New San Antonio Rose,” and...

  • United Kingdom Sep 15, 2019

    Vinyl Records on Track to Outsell CDs for First Time in 33 Years

    This past week, the Recording Industry Association of America released its mid-year report. It showed that 80% of the of music industry’s revenue comes from streaming, but it also showed that revenue from sales of vinyl records is on track to overtake that of compact discs by the year’s end, should current trends continue. When the compact disc was introduced...

  • NBCUniversal Inc. Sep 14, 2019

    Tim Ryan Talks Health Care and New Album

    U.S. Rep. and presidential hopeful Tim Ryan discuss Democratic front runners, healthcare and his new album on Spotify.

  • Facebook Jun 20, 2019

    Work Messaging Service Slack's Value Jumps After Stock Debut

    Slack’s newly public shares aren’t slacking off. The work messaging service’s market value grew 60% after it started trading Thursday under the ticker “WORK.”

  • NBC News Jun 6, 2019

    Spotify Lands Exclusive Podcast Deal With Barack, Michelle Obama

    The Obamas are getting into the podcasting business, and Spotify has the exclusive rights. Spotify announced Thursday that it has signed a partnership deal with Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground, to produce podcasts that will be available only on its streaming platform. The deal comes on the heels of a similar agreement between Higher Ground and Netflix...

  • CEO Mar 13, 2019

    Business Executives Out After Being Charged in College Admissions Scam

    Manuel Henriquez has resigned as CEO of Hercules Capital and TPG executive William McGlashan has been placed on indefinite leave at the private equity firm after they were accused in a scam to help their children get into top colleges. The two were among 50 people charged in what investigators said was a $25 million bribery scam. Henriquez, 55, resigned...

  • Netflix Mar 6, 2019

    iPhone Sales Are Falling, and Apple's App Fees Might Be Next

    As iPhone sales slip, Apple has been positioning its booming digital-services business as its new profit engine. But there could be a snag in that plan. A brewing backlash against the rich commissions Apple earns from all purchases and subscriptions made via iPhone apps could undercut the app store, which generates about a third of the company’s services revenue. Late...

  • social media Jan 22, 2019

    Ariana Grande Apologizes Following Racially-Charged Backlash Over ‘7 Rings'

    Ariana Grande says she is “so sorry” to anyone offended by her latest single, “7 Rings.” As rappers including Princess Nokia and Soulja Boy have come forward to accuse the pop star of stealing the song, Ariana is apologizing for a completely separate controversy involving the lyrics. It all started when the pop star shared (and then swiftly deleted) a...

  • JUDGE Jan 12, 2019

    More R. Kelly Allegations; Fiji Water Girl ID Revealed

    The Reverend Irene Monroe of WGBH Radio’s “All Revved Up”, and Scott Kearnan, food editor of Boston Magazine, join Sue to talk about current events. Among the hot topics… prosecutors in two states are now investigating singer R. Kelly for allegations of sexual assault; the Fiji water girl’s identity is revealed; and Nutella can now be bought in nearly...

  • Instagram Dec 27, 2018

    Mariah Carey's ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You' Sets New Record on Spotify

    Mariah Carey’s 24-year-old Christmas classic is so popular it set a new one-day streaming record on Spotify on Christmas Eve. Chart Data reported that “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” released in 1994, was played 10.8 million times on Spotify on Monday. The song bested the record set by rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who logged 10.4 million streams with “SAD!” a...

  • Facebook Dec 20, 2018

    Facebook Tries to Explain Why Companies Could Erase Your Messages

    Facebook again aimed to convince its 2.3 billion users that it didn’t allow more than 150 other companies to misuse their personal data on Wednesday night after its valuation fell by more than $28 billion on the stock market, NBC News reported. “In the past day, we’ve been accused of disclosing people’s private messages to partners without their knowledge,” Ime...

  • Facebook Dec 19, 2018

    Facebook Denies It Let Other Tech Companies Misuse Personal Data

    Facebook denied Tuesday night that its dozens of “partners” — companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Yahoo — were able to misuse Facebook users’ personal data, NBC News reported. The company, however, didn’t address explosive new allegations that it gave those companies far broader access to private data than it has previously acknowledged. The New York Times reported Tuesday...

  • NBC News Dec 12, 2018

    ‘Bohemian Rhapsody' Is the Most Streamed Song of 20th Century

    Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the most streamed song of the 20th century, racking up more than 1.6 billion streams, NBC News reported. It’s also the most streamed classic rock song of all time, according to Universal Music Group, which represents the band’s catalog globally, outside of North America. “So the River of Rock Music has metamorphosed into streams! Very happy...

  • Twitter Oct 23, 2018

    Twitter Removes Accounts Linked to Alex Jones, Infowars

    Twitter has removed some accounts thought to be used to circumvent a ban on conspiracy-monger Alex Jones and Infowars, the company said Tuesday. A Twitter spokesman confirmed that the accounts had been removed but provided no additional comment. The company says it usually does not discuss specific accounts. Twitter permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope in early...

  • Twitter Oct 11, 2018

    New York-Presbyterian Hospital Creates Life-Saving CPR Spotify Playlist

    Perhaps you’re familiar with the rumor that humming “Stayin’ Alive” while doing chest compressions is the best way to perform CPR on someone. Some of you might even remember when Michael Scott memorably sang the Bee Gees’ hit when learning CPR with his co-workers on The Office.

  • Amazon Sep 24, 2018

    SiriusXM to Buy Pandora in All-Stock Deal Valued at $3.5 Billion

    Satellite radio company SiriusXM plans to acquire music streaming service Pandora in a $3.5 billion all-stock deal unveiled Monday. The agreement includes a “go-shop” provision where Pandora “may actively solicit, receive, evaluate and potentially enter negotiations with parties that offer alternative proposals following the execution date of the definitive agreement.” Acquiring Pandora would make SiriusXM the world’s largest audio entertainment...

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