Among other new features, Google is integrating Google Assistant routines into the Android Clock app, Android Police reports. “The addition of dedicated in-app routines to the Clock app makes a lot of sense,” it writes. Other new features include “the ability to put your device into Do Not Disturb mode via smart speaker.”
Netflix is testing a cheaper mobile-only subscription in emerging markets, TechCrunch reports. “The first reports are from Malaysia, where Netflix quietly rolled out a mobile-only tier priced at … around $4, each month,” it writes. “That’s half the price of the company’s next cheapest package -- ‘Basic’ -- which retails for … around $7.90, per month in Malaysia.”
Nearly half of Facebook employees are not optimistic about the company’s future, The Wall Street Journal reports. “Facebook Inc.’s difficult year is taking a toll on employee morale, with several key measures of internal sentiment taking a sharp turn for the worse over the past year,” The Journal writes.
The New York Times has compiled some 6,000 words on why Facebook has struggled so mightily to address various scandals over the past year or so. “As evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled,” it writes.
Facebook just launched a new education portal, Learn with Facebook, as well as expanding features for its Mentorships and Jobs portals, TechCrunch reports. “Mentorships will now be opened for users to make their own matches; and those posting Jobs will now be able to post them in Groups where they are members.”
Yahoo Finance is launching a subscription service, Axios reports. The new offering “aims to compete with Bloomberg for the cash and attention of retail investors,” it writes, citing sources. More broadly, “Yahoo Finance Premium will act as a testing ground for Verizon Media Group (formerly called Oath) to launch more subscription services amongst its other brands (like TechCrunch and Yahoo Sports).” ]
Spotify is finally ready to launch an app for the Apple Watch. “Before you start shouting for joy though, you should know that Spotify’s Apple Watch app is still missing a few major features,” Gizmodo cautions. Namely, the app won’t let users download songs or podcasts, or stream music from the Watch to Bluetooth headphones on Apple Watches. ]
Snap just debuted what its calling “Friendship Profiles,” which highlight relationships between users and their closest friends. “The feature will dig up some of the highlights of the conversations shared between you and your friends,” Engadget writes. “Snap Inc. is also introducing new Bitmoji-centric features, including Bitmoji Stories and custom Bitmoji merchandise that will be sold through Snapchat.”
Facebook went down on Monday for users across the globe. The outage lasted for about an hour.
In an effort to drive international growth, Netflix plans to experiment with lower-cost subscriptions in various regions. “The company hasn’t committed to lowering prices anywhere, but does want to experiment, Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings told Bloomberg on Friday. “He didn’t say when or where the test would be conducted,” Bloomberg reports.