Apple Music's paying subscriber count has topped 20 million, the company confirmed to Billboard. It's been available since mid-2015 and had reached 17 million users by September. The service's growth is pretty significant, though Music remains well behind Spotify's 40 million.
Microsoft's acquisition of business social networking service LinkedIn is expected to close in the coming days now that it's been approved by the European Union. The $26.2 billion deal was submitted to the EU in October following Microsoft's reveal of the acquisition in June.
Netflix is adding video previews, which will either be helpful or annoying depending on the situation. To help users figure out if they're interested in a show or movie, videos will appear to "quickly highlight the story, characters and tone of a title."
Pandora's answer to Spotify and Apple Music has been unveiled. The new $10/month "Premium" streaming option is ad-free, on-demand, and lets users save their music offline. It includes a smart playlist feature for quickly adding similar content to a playlist with a single click.
Reddit's algorithm has received an update that'll continue fighting illegitimate voting while more accurately displaying a post's upvotes. KeyserSosa, an admin, says this change will boost the public-facing score on a lot of content. Reddit's rule system has been streamlined.
4K movies are now available from Google Play Movies. The company says users can order 125 films in 4K right now and more will be added shortly. They're encoded with the Google VP9 codec. You'll pay quite a bit to rent the movies since each is listed for $8.
Dailymotion was hacked in October, affecting around 85 million users. Email addresses, usernames, and some passwords were taken in the attack. The passwords were protected, though it's not clear how secure they are. Users should reset their passwords.
DirecTV Now launched without any CBS content, but it may not be long before the network's content is available. CBS CEO Les Moonves thinks a deal is likely to be reached, but trying to work something out with AT&T and DirecTV has been somewhat complex.
Some of the biggest names in tech are coming together to fight online terrorist content. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Google will create a shared database that'll help each company track the "digital fingerprints" of terrorism-related images and videos.
Amazon's cashier-less store in Seattle, known as Amazon Go, reportedly isn't the only physical store it's working on. The Wall Street Journal reports Amazon wants to open over 2,000 grocery and convenience stores around the United States. It'll further compete against Walmart.
Amazon is turning on a new DDoS protection service and is making it available to AWS customers. Called AWS Shield, the technology will protect sites against DDoS attacks, like the one that disrupted service to sites using Dyn in October. Amazon was affected by the Dyn incident.
Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others still aren't adequately addressing the problem of online hate speech, claims the European Commission. Those companies need to more effectively deal with hate speech soon. If they don't, new legislation may be enacted.
As we are approaching the end of 2016, Google has made a list of best games, apps, books, movies and TV shows of 2016. You still have enough time to argue about the choices, but without further ado, here is the list of the top trending best performing applications, games, movies
To comply with Chinese law, Tencent's WeChat must censor content in the app for users in the country. However, the censorship in WeChat appears to extend beyond the country's borders. A study from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab shows how censorship follows Chinese users.
4K streaming has been added to Hulu, but only for a limited selection of content. The service's original shows and a set of 20 James Bond films will be streamed in 4K to supported devices. Hulu says you can stream at that resolution on the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro.
HTML5 is now the default for Google Chrome on most websites. As of Chrome 55, the browser will always treat HTML5 as the default unless a website is Flash-only or is among the top 10 sites on the web. You'll be asked to enable Flash when visiting all other sites.
AT&T's live TV streaming service, DirecTV Now, hasn't experienced a perfectly smooth launch. Many users have reported problems with sign-ins and with connecting to the network. In the latter case, users are logged in, but they can't access the content they want to view.
Amazon Prime subscribers who would like to consolidate their expenses can now add HBO Now and Cinemax Max Go to Amazon Channels, which offers over 70 video services. HBO's service costs $15 and Cinemax costs $10. You would spend the same amount independent of Prime.
Streams of live NFL games have been added to CBS All Access and the first games will be available this Sunday. An agreement was reached between CBS and the NFL to let users view matches that would normally be available on CBS TV. All Access costs $6 to $10.
Facebook is developing an AI-based system that can detect offensive content in livestreams, which will enable faster video removals. Joaquin Candela, Facebook's director of applied machine learning, told Reuters the company's tool will automatically find nudity and violence.