Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
A look at Spotify-exclusive “music and talk” podcasts, which let hosts avoid music licensing fees and fair-use legal fights via free access to Spotify catalog — Music-filled — and Spotify-exclusive — shows like “Black Girl Songbook” and “60 Songs That Explain the ´90s” dance around copyright constraints.
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Researcher: Twitter is working on Twitter Blue, a $2.99/month subscription offering with “Collections” to organize favorite tweets and an “undo tweet” function — Twitter has been working on its subscription service for a while now.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches miniTV, an ad-supported free video streaming service that is available within the Amazon shopping app in India — Amazon has long maintained that its video streaming service, Prime Video, helps it drive more sales on the shopping app. Now the e-commerce giant is testing …
Will Oremus / The Atlantic:
About a dozen highly active Clubhouse users, all of them women, say its block feature creates opportunities for abuse, tactical silencing, and intimidation — On Clubhouse, a black badge was meant to identify trolls. It´s become an emblem of the app´s dysfunctional moderation system.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at the renewed animosity between Apple and Microsoft, as they increasingly compete in everything from gaming to PCs to AR — At a virtual product launch in November for Apple´s Mac reboot, actor John Hodgman appeared in a nerdy, ill-fitting suit before a white backdrop.
Chris Metinko / Crunchbase News:
Waybridge, which digitizes the supply chains of commodity trading companies to give them visibility into their inventory, raises $30M Series B — New York-based Waybridge locked up a $30 million Series B as supply chain disruptions from the Suez Canal to the pandemic continue to dominate headlines.
MacKenzie Sigalos / CNBC:
Coinbase reports Q1 revenue of $1.8B, up 207% QoQ, monthly transacting users of 6.1M, up from 2.8M last quarter, says it plans to list dogecoin in 6-8 weeks — - In Q1, Coinbase reported earnings per share of $3.05, the company reported on Wednesday. — It also brought in $1.80 billion of revenue …
Vitalik Buterin sells large amounts of SHIB, AKITA, and ELON tokens, sent to him by coin creators, for ~$60M worth of ETH, and donates the proceeds to charities — Quick Take — Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin has offloaded a range of dog-themed meme tokens.
Peter White / Deadline:
IAB: podcast ad revenue in the US grew 19% in 2020 to hit $842M, up from $708M in 2019 and $479M in 2018, and is set to reach $2B by 2023 — The world of podcasting has grown exponentially over the last few years and it doesn´t look like it´s slowing down any time soon.
Rebecca Bellan / TechCrunch:
Chinese autonomous driving company WeRide says it raised an undisclosed sum to complete its Series C at a $3B+ valuation, four months after its $310M Series B — Only four months after securing Series B fundraising of $310 million, Chinese autonomous driving company WeRide says it has achieved …