Amazon Music customers can now talk to Alexa more naturally – TechCrunch

Amazon Music, reportedly the third-largest subscription-based music service worldwide, is doubling down on voice. The company is today announcing the launch of a new set of features that will...

Spotify for Xbox One now works with Cortana voice commands – TechCrunch

Spotify arrived on the Xbox One back in August 2017 to give gamers the option of streaming their own tunes while in a gaming session. Today, Spotify is upgrading...

Acast raises $35M to help podcasters make money – TechCrunch

Podcasting has grown tremendously in recent years, and a Stockholm-based company called Acast is looking to help all those podcasters make money. Acast is announcing today that it has raised...

Why Oath keeps Tumblring – TechCrunch

I dig on my employer Oath, and then Tencent Music notes and a major loss for the NYC ecosystem and what it means for open source. TechCrunch is experimenting with new...

The economics and tradeoffs of ad-funded smart city tech – TechCrunch

In order to have innovative smart city applications, cities first need to build out the connected infrastructure, which can be a costly, lengthy, and politicized process. Third-parties are helping build...

AT&T details its streaming service plans as it weighs a sale of its Hulu...

AT&T may be ready to sell its stake in Hulu, the company revealed in an analyst presentation on Thursday. The company currently owns a 10 percent stake in the...

Americans are streaming 8 billion hours of content per month on connected TVs –...

With the rise of streaming services and the trend toward cord cutting, the way U.S. consumers are watching video is also changing. Today, more than two-thirds of U.S. homes have...

Steemit, a decentralized sharing system, lays off 70% of staff – TechCrunch

Steemit, a distributed app designed to reward content creators, has laid off 70 percent of its staff, citing “the weakness of the cryptocurrency market, the fiat returns on our automated...

The PlayStation Classic takes you back to the ’90s, for better and for worse...

Lifelong PlayStation fans have probably decided already if they’re interested in buying the PlayStation Classic — particularly since Sony has already released a list of the 20 games preloaded on...