Cloud-based Telco Disruptor Twilio Adds 5 More Markets Plus Local Numbers In 4 As It Preps A Move Into Asia
Twilio, the startup that lets developers incorporate cloud-based voice and messaging services directly into mobile and web apps via a series of APIs, continues to scale up its business -- crucial to how the company will make money on its low-cost service in the longer term. Today, Twilio added five more countries in beta to its list of supported markets for voice services: Czech Republic, Greece, Israel, Romania and Switzerland -- with Israel being the company's first move outside of the U.S. and Europe. And it's continuing to ramp up its offer of more localized services, with regional numbers now available in Belgium, Finland, Sweden and Spain. Counting full and beta services, Twilio's voice services are now available in 19 countries. The expansion, product specialist Lisa Weitekamp tells me, is a precursor to the next steps Twilio will take into international waters. The next region that it is likely to tackle, she says, is Asia Pacific, covering not just countries like Japan ...
Rdio Amps Up To 18M Tracks With New CD Baby And TuneCore Deals. More Tracks Than Spotify?
If part of the game in streaming music is to have the biggest catalog of tracks, then today Rdio made a significant move to turn its volume up to Spotify levels, and gain some street cred with indie fans in the process: it announced two key deals with CD Baby and TuneCore, both independent music aggregators, that ramps up its total track number to 18 million songs, and adds some 250,000 new musicians into the catalog. The deal also will mean a much bigger route to getting music on to Rdio for unsigned artists, which will now be able to offer their tracks via Rdio in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Sweden and Finland.