Music Video Company VEVO Learns Dutch, Launches In The Netherlands
VEVO just became available in a whole new market, as its streaming music video service was launched in The Netherlands today. The launch will make more than 75,000 music videos available to Dutch viewers, and brings the total number of countries that it operates in to 11. It serves music videos in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.K.
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.
Anonymous Helps Turn In Hacker Who Targeted Charity
netbuzz writes "A hacker who defaced and disabled the website of a New Zealand film company known for helping poor children could find himself in legal hot water in his home country of Spain after his attack spurred a Facebook/Twitter posse that included members of Anonymous, who the hacker may have been trying to impress. 'Apparently, one of the (Anonymous) rules is you don't hack charity sites, you don't hack sites of people trying to help kids,' says the owner of the damaged site. 'This guy was trying to impress them, to try and get into their group and boasting about what he'd done — but they turned on him, they chased him.'"
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Facebook’s App Center Goes International: Open To English-Speaking Countries; Translation Tool Added
Last week we got a little clue that Facebook was gearing up to take its App Center to markets outside the U.S., when it began to appear in the UK. As of today, it's official: Facebook has now extended the App Center to Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, with Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey coming in following weeks. And in a nod to making the platform more accessible to developers from around the world, it's also introducing a translation tool. The App Center was first launched in June in the U.S. as a way to help discover new apps, with personalized recommendations, and for people to get apps specifically for mobile devices. Quickly ramping up the service to cover Facebook's users outside of the U.S. is a crucial step. Users outside of the U.S. and Canada make up more than 80 percent of Facebook's user base; it will help it increase time spent on the site by all users; and it will also make the App Center a ...