Spotify is preparing this redesign for free users

While there are several notable changes in this version of Spotify free for mobile, perhaps the biggest is the new option to play certain playlists on demand, as seen with the “Gold Edition” playlist above. If a playlist can only be played in shuffle mode, that is now designated with a blue shuffle icon. Previously on the free tier, all playlists could only be played in shuffle mode. – Dani Deahl, The Verge https://ift.tt/2HcEVNq

Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 04/23/18

The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ tops the chart this week, followed by ‘12 Strong’. ‘Den of Thieves’ completes the top three. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak https://ift.tt/2HDMfF4

Fan-controlled football league to use blockchain; Amazon inks more streaming rights; and more sports tech news

The FCFL will feature eight indoor football teams playing one hour-long games in a production studio on a 50-yard field. Games will air on Twitch, the Amazon-owned streaming platform whose video overlay technology will allow fans to call plays in real-time. The league is also using helmet cameras, embedded chips in balls, drones, and other tech. – Taylor Soper, GeekWire https://ift.tt/2HTmNsT

YouTube promises expansion of sponsorships, other monetization tools for creators

[C]reator backlash is still making itself known. Just read the Twitter replies or comment thread on Susan Wojcicki’s announcement. YouTube’s smaller creators feel they’ve been unfairly punished because of the misdeeds of a few high-profile stars. They’re angry that they don’t have visibility into why their videos are seeing reduced viewership – they only know that something changed. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch https://tcrn.ch/2Hf4TUy

Vice goes to the big screen with Motherboard science documentary

Vice-owned outlet MOTHERBOARD’s documentary The Most Unknown, about “the biggest questions in science,” will debut on Netflix after its theatrical run. The publication sent nine scientists around the world to get answers to big topics like the definition of consciousness, what exactly comprises dark matter and where life originated… – Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget https://engt.co/2K0Q4Cu
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