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Apple TV+ show ‘Little America’ to get a companion podcast, exec producer says –

A recent report from Bloomberg claimed Apple was considering making original podcasts related to its Apple TV+ streaming service shows. Now we have further confirmation that these companion podcasts are indeed in the works. In an interview with Forbes, an executive producer of the Apple TV+ anthology series “Little America,” Lee Eisenberg, talks about the […] → Read More

NBC partners with Snapchat on four daily shows for 2020 Tokyo Olympics –

Snapchat and NBC Olympics are again teaming up to produce customized Olympics content for users in the U.S. — this time, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer. The companies had previously worked together during the Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Olympics. The PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games in 2018 reached over 40 million U.S. users, […] → Read More

U.S. mobile app subscription revenue jumped 21% in 2019 to $4.6B across the top 100 apps –

Outside of in-app purchases in mobile games, subscription revenue from non-game apps helped to boost 2019’s mobile consumer spend — a figure that reached $120 billion globally last year, according to a recent report by App Annie. Now, new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower indicates U.S. subscription app revenue grew by 21% last […] → Read More

Match Group invests in Noonlight to power new safety features in Tinder and other dating apps –

Match Group, the dating app giant and parent company to Match, Tinder, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, and several other dating apps, announced this morning it has invested in and partnered with connected safety platform Noonlight to roll out a series of new safety features to its suite of dating apps. The tools include those for […] → Read More

Google’s Collections feature now pushes people to save recipes & products, using A.I. –

Google is giving an A.I. upgrade to its Collections feature — basically Google’s own take on Pinterest, but built into Google Search. Originally a name given to organizing images, the Collections feature that launched in 2018 let you save any type of search result — images, bookmarks, or maps locations — into groups called “Collections” […] → Read More

Disney sells mobile game studio FoxNet Games to Scopely –

Disney announced today it has sold the game studio FoxNet Games Los Angeles, the makers of “MARVEL Strike Force” and other titles, as well as Cold Iron Studios in San Jose, to the interactive entertainment and mobile game company, Scopely. The studios were acquired by Disney in 2019 as a part of its $71.3 billion […] → Read More

Netflix is still saying ‘no’ to ads –

Despite ongoing speculation and investor pressure, Netflix is still declining to adopt an advertising-based business model as a means to boost its revenue, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed on Tuesday. The company on its Q4 earnings call again shot down the idea of an ad-supported option, with Hastings explaining there’s no “easy money” in an […] → Read More

Google’s new experimental apps focus on reducing screen time — including one that uses a paper envelope –

In October, Google debuted experimental apps focused on digital wellbeing, including one that offered a notification mailbox, another that tracked how long you went between phone unlocks, and even one that let you print out the information you needed from your phone for the day so you wouldn’t have to use it, to name a […] → Read More

Spotify test lets influencers post Stories to introduce their own playlists –

Spotify is testing a new Stories feature that will allow select influencers to incorporate video elements into their public playlists, TechCrunch has learned and Spotify confirmed. The first influencer to test the feature is makeup and fashion YouTube star Summer Mckeen, who currently has a social media fan base that includes 2.33 million YouTube subscribers, […] → Read More

Apple TV+ scores Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Meryl Streep, announces release dates for new shows –

Apple has scored more big names for its newly launched streaming service, Apple TV+, including “Veep” and “Seinfeld” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as well as Meryl Streep, the latter who’s attached to an animated short film about Earth Day, set to premiere on April 17. In addition, Apple has now announced several new series for Apple […] → Read More

Roku expands to Brazil, launches Roku TV featuring Globoplay in partnership with AOC –

Roku announced this morning it’s expanding into Brazil, a sizable market that could have a notable impact on the streaming device maker’s advertising business. The company last summer was said to be considering a Brazil expansion, at a time when over 90% of its advertising business’s revenue came from the U.S. Since then, Roku expanded […] → Read More

Venmo woos retailers with branded, animated stickers for its newsfeed –

Venmo’s newsfeed is about to get more interesting. Historically, the PayPal-owned app’s users would comment on their transactions using text, or as is more common, emoji. But now the company is planning to add support for custom, animated stickers, as well. These animations were designed in partnership with Holler so they’re unique to the Venmo […] → Read More

This Week in Apps: App trends from 2019, Pinterest tops Snapchat, Disney+ hits No. 1 in Q4 –

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s […] → Read More

NBCU’s streaming service Peacock launches April 15 for Comcast subscribers, everyone else on July 15 –

NBCUniversal officially unveiled its new streaming service Peacock today, announcing that the service will be available at no additional cost for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on April 15, before launching nationally on July 15. The company had announced its plans to enter the streaming market a year ago, describing it as an ad-supported, subscription […] → Read More

44% of TikTok’s all-time downloads were in 2019, but app hasn’t figured out monetization –

Despite the U.S. government’s concerns over TikTok which most recently led to the U.S. Navy banning service members’ use of the app, TikTok had a stellar 2019 in terms of both downloads and revenue. According to new data from Sensor Tower, 44% of TikTok’s total 1.65 billion downloads to date, or 738+ million installs, took […] → Read More

Twitch’s loss of top streamers impacts hours watched and streamed in Q4 2019, report says –

The loss of several big-name streamers is finally taking its toll on Twitch, according to a new report from StreamLabs and Newzoo out today. In August 2019, top streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, announced his intention to leave Twitch for Microsoft Mixer. Several others have since defected as well, including competitive gamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek who […] → Read More

YouTube launches Profile cards that show a user’s comment history –

Last September, YouTube began testing a new feature called profile cards, which showed a user’s public information and comment history on the current channel. The feature was touted as a way for creators to more easily identify their biggest fans by offering easy access to their past comments. Now, YouTube is launching the product to […] → Read More

Google’s new feature makes it easier to shop from search results –

Following the big revamp of Google Shopping last fall, Google today is updating the shopping experience on Google Search, on mobile. Now, when you do a web search for clothing and accessories, you won’t just get a set of links to different products and stores. Instead, Google will present a new section where it features […] → Read More

Hulu to debut new ad formats in 2020 focused on letting users make choices, transact with advertisers –

Hulu is preparing to roll out new forms of advertising this year — one which will allow viewers to have more say in the ads that play, and another that lets the viewer engage with the brand in question, either by getting information sent directly to their mobile phone or by using QR codes. In […] → Read More

App stores saw record 204 billion app downloads in 2019, consumer spend of $120 billion –

Consumers downloaded a record 204 billion apps in 2019, up 6% from 2018 and up 45% since 2016, and spent $120 billion on apps, subscriptions and other in-app spending in the past year. The average mobile user, meanwhile, is spending 3.7 hours per day using apps. This data and more comes from App Annie’s annual […] → Read More