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11. August 2018

Spotify Testing Way for Free Tier Users to Skip Ads ‚Any Time They Want‘

Spotify has begun a test for select users in Australia, allowing free tier listeners to skip „any“ audio and video ads that they come across „as often as they want,“ according to a new report by Ad Age. Currently, users who don’t pay for a Spotify Premium subscription ($9.99/month) have to listen to ads and can’t skip them.

Spotify’s head of partner solutions, Danielle Lee, explained that unlimited ad skipping is something the company is interested in because it will allow users to hear or watch only the ads they are interested in. As such, Spotify will know which ads each user lets play to the end, „informing Spotify [...]

 
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9. August 2018

Apple Pay Gains Momentum With Estimated 250 Million Users, 200% Transaction Growth Predicted Next Year

An estimated 31 percent of iPhone users have made a purchase with Apple Pay in the past year, up from 25 percent a year ago, according to a new Apple Pay estimates shared today by Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster.

Apple Pay now has an estimated 252 million users, equating to 31 percent of the active installed iPhone base, according to Munster.

Apple does not provide official details on how many people use Apple Pay, but in a recent earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that there were upwards of 1 billion Apple Pay transactions in Q3 2018, triple the amount from a year ago.

Based on these figures combined with past Apple reports of yearly Apple Pay [...]

 
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8. August 2018

Snapchat’s Recent Redesign Resulted in Millions of Lost Users

Snapchat’s controversial redesign, introduced last November, caused it to lose millions of subscribers according to data shared today in its second quarter earnings results.

Snap said it had 188 million daily active Snapchat users during the second quarter of 2018, down from 191 million during the first quarter of the year.

In prepared remarks [PDF] on Snapchat’s performance, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said that the two percent decline in daily active users was „primarily driven“ by a lower frequency of use among the company’s user base due to „the disruption caused by our redesign.“

Spiegel said that Snapchat is [...]

 
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1. August 2018

Reddit Suffers Data Breach With Hackers Obtaining Email Addresses From Some Users

Reddit this morning announced that it has suffered a data breach, with a hacker able to access email addresses from some current accounts and a 2007 database backup that included old salted and hashed passwords.

The data breach occurred between June 14 and June 18, with hackers accessing Reddit employee accounts through the company’s cloud and source code hosting providers rather than the site itself. Those systems used SMS-based two-factor authentication that failed, and the main attack happened through SMS intercept.

Reddit has a detailed list of what was accessed. A complete copy of an old database backup containing early Reddit user data was stolen, and [...]

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