Mobile Minutes: Ad-free YouTube; MasterCard’s selfie pay; Twitter expands coder kit; Rovio cutbacks
Google challenges Netflix with ad-free YouTube subscription
Google’s YouTube unveiled a paid version of its video-sharing service, a new source of revenue for parent company Alphabet Inc. as the Internet giant tries to make the website more profitable and fend off competition from other premium content sites. The new service, called YouTube Red, will cost $9.99 a month and is available beginning Oct. 28, the company said Wednesday in a blog post.
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MasterCard tries out ‘selfie pay’ for online purchases
For the selfie generation, it might be the perfect way to pay. MasterCard is trying out a new technology that lets online shoppers authorize a transaction with a snapshot of their face instead of a password.
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Twitter’s expanded coder kit embraces third-party services
For most people, the phrase “software development kit” is gibberish. The acronym SDK is even worse.
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Angry Birds maker Rovio to cut 213 jobs and spin off learning business
Finland’s Rovio, maker of hit mobile phone game Angry Birds, said it will axe about a third of its workforce and will spin off its learning business to focus on games, media and consumer products.The company will cut 213 jobs, having said in August it planned to slash up to 260 jobs when it forecast flat sales and falling profits for the full year.
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