reading News of 02/28/20
Storytelling Community Wattpad Embraces Adult Content With New Personalization Tools
Wattpad , the online storytelling community that’s home to some 80 million monthly users , has successfully tapped into the power of crowdsourcing to help uncover the next potential hits for media companies including Netflix , Hulu , NBCU, ...
Inkitt Raises $16m Led By Kleiner Perkins To Publish Crowdsourced Novels In ‘Mini-Episodes’
The traditional world of publishing has been challenged hard by the digital revolution. Reading as a pastime has been in significant decline , in part because of the proliferation of screens and options for what to watch and do on them. On the other ...
Storytelling Community Wattpad Launches Paid Stories And Its Ad-Free Subscription Globally
Online storytelling community Wattpad, also now a content feeder for streaming services and other media companies, is taking its two consumer-facing paid products global. Wattpad Premium, the ad-free subscription tier, first launched in 2017 and ...
China Silences Podcast And Music Apps As Online Crackdown Widens
Audio apps are flying high in China. In 2018, online listeners in the country grew 22.1% to surpass 400 million, at a rate far exceeding that of the mobile video and e-reading populations, according to market researcher iiMedia . But the fledgling ...
Report: Chinese Spend Nearly 5 Hours On Entertainment Apps Daily
Like the rest of the world, China is getting more glued to smartphones that can perform an endless list of tasks, from talking to workmates, shopping for groceries, all the way to getting a dose of dopamine through games. Chinese internet users now ...
Google’S Latest App, Rivet, Uses Speech Processing To Help Kids Learn To Read
Rivet , a new app from Google’s in-house incubator, wants to help children struggling to read. The app hails from Area 120 — Google’s workshop for experimental projects — and includes over 2,000 free books for kids as well ...
The Definitive Niantic Reading Guide
In just a few years, Niantic has evolved from internal side project into an independent industry trailblazer. Having reached tremendous scale in such a short period of time, Niantic acts as a poignant crash course for founders and company builders. ...
Apple To Close Texture On May 28, Following Launch Of Apple News+
A year ago, Apple acquired the digital newsstand app Texture to form the basis of its new subscription-based service, Apple News+, which launched on Monday. As some have expected, the standalone Texture app will soon shut down as a result. ...
Google Introduces Educational App Bolo To Improve Children’S Literacy In India
Google is expanding its suite of apps designed for the Indian market with today’s launch of a new language-learning app aimed at children, called Bolo . The app, which is aimed at elementary school-aged students, leverages technology like ...
An Apple Event, But With Bad Lip Reading
Bad Lip Reading has held a special place in my heart longer than just about any other YouTube channel. The formula is just too perfect: take a thing we know, blend it up in a stew of uncanny absurdity, and re-release it into the world. ...
Wattpad Launches A New Program Offering Paid Access To Exclusive Stories
Steve Jobs famously once said that people don’t read anymore, but it turns out younger people are, in fact, reading quite a lot – just in different ways than expected. Case in point: 70 million readers log in to online community Wattpad ...