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How Spotify ran the largest Google Dataflow job ever for Wrapped 2019

In early December, Spotify launched its annual personalized Wrapped playlist with its users’ most-streamed sounds of 2019. That has become a bit of a tradition and isn’t necessarily anything new, but for 2019, it also gave users a look back at how they used Spotify over the last decade. Because this was quite a large ...

Spotify mimics Apple’s design with new podcast show page updates

Spotify’s ongoing investments in the podcast-streaming side of its business helped boost podcast listening on its service by 200% last year. But today, only 16% of Spotify’s monthly listeners are engaging with podcats — a number the company today hopes to nudge higher by redesigning the podcast side of its streaming app. The new layout ...

Anniversary Sale: Get 1 year of Extra Crunch for $99

Last February we launched Extra Crunch, and today we’re celebrating its one-year anniversary. As a token of appreciation to our readers, we’re offering a limited-time deal for annual Extra Crunch membership. From now until the end of February, new users signing up for Extra Crunch in the U.S. can get a full year of membership ...

Netflix fishes for new subscribers in U.S. with free stream of ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

Netflix is looking to get young adults hooked on its service by making its popular teenage rom-com, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” available to stream for free to everyone in the U.S., including non-subscribers. This isn’t the first time Netflix has offered free streaming — it teased Brits last year by offering an ...

Facebook will pay Reuters to fact-check Deepfakes and more

Eye-witness photos and videos distributed by news wire Reuters already go through an exhaustive media verification process. Now the publisher will bring that expertise to the fight against misinformation on Facebook. Today it launches the new Reuters Fact Check business unit and blog, announcing that it will become one of the third-party partners tasked with ...

Daily Crunch: SiriusXM backs SoundCloud

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Music streaming pioneer SoundCloud raises $75M from Pandora owner SiriusXM The deal with SiriusXM is a positive development for SoundCloud and ...

Free streaming service Tubi claims 25M monthly users as of December

Free streaming service Tubi is growing. The company announced today it reached 25 million monthly active users as of December, up from the 20 million it reported in mid-2019. In addition, it claims users watched 163 million hours in December, up 160% year-over-year. The company says markets outside the U.S. saw significant growth in 2019, ...