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Spotify acquires The Ringer to expand its podcast library

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Music streaming service Spotify has announced the acquisition of The Ringer, a website that, among other things, offers a large selection of podcasts on sports, popular culture, and more. Spotify will get these podcasts as part of the deal, as well as The Ringer website and its entertainment and sports team. If everything goes according to plan, the deal will … Continue reading

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Oculus is getting Facebook ads in VR: Here’s what they look like

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Facebook is adding adverts to Oculus Quest, revealing today that it’s testing in-headset ads in a handful of virtual reality titles. It’s an announcement that many predicted would one day happen, after Facebook acquired Oculus in early 2014, though until now the social networking behemoth had seemed content to leave its promotional campaigns to its smartphone and desktop interfaces. No … Continue reading

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Tim Cook slams sideloading law idea: Not in “best interest” of iPhone users

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken out against proposed tech regulation that would leave iPhone owners able to install apps from outside of the App Store, as the Cupertino firm comes under increasing pressure around its vice grip on smartphone software. The proposed law, known as DMA, would force companies with big platforms – like Apple, Amazon, and Google – … Continue reading

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OnePlus and OPPO are merging: Here’s what that means

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OnePlus and OPPO are merging their R&D teams, and bringing the two companies closer together as OnePlus co-founder and CEO confirms that the phone-makers will now “further integrate.” OnePlus will continue to operate as a separate brand, Lau insists, though it’s expected that the new organizational setup will be a shortcut to more cost-effective development. “As many of you know, … Continue reading

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