Spotify may be offering mobile access to their music service for free, according to The Wall Street Journal. The free mobile tier will be launching on December 11th at a press event in New York. Users will not get unlimited on-demand access, but it will be less restricted if they listen to playlists or collections that they created. Spotify sent out press passes to the event last week saying “We’re having a media event. Like to come? There will be donuts.” Spotify’s mobile app is free to download, but only the “radio” can be accessed. After paying a monthly fee, Spotify will let you access any album, artist, or playlist you have created.
This week, Twitter announced tailored audiences, which is a “new way for advertisers to define your own groups of existing and potential customers, and connect with them on Twitter with relevant messages.” The service makes it possible for audiences to reach users on Twitter that have shown interest in a brand or category even while they were away from Twitter.
Acer has recently announced the Acer Aspire Z3-600 all-in-one desktop PC. The Z3-600 is powered by an Intel Pentium J2850 processor, 4GB RAM, and up to 750GB of hard drive space. The Z3-600 has a 21.5-inch 1080p display, which can be tilted back up to 90 degrees. The desktop has USB 3.0 ports and HDMI ports. The speakers are powered by Harman Kardon speakers. The Acer Aspire Z3-600 is expected to arrive this month with a price tag starting at $779.
[Source: Digital Trends]
Ryan Seacrest, the famous TV host and personality, has invested in a startup that he co-founded. The startup makes the Typo Keyboards, which makes a physical keyboard for the iPhone. Seacrest and his co-founded invested over $1 million into the company and is expecting to invest over $5 million. The Typo Keyboard will be making an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.
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Wywy is second screen startup company that has raised $7 million in Series B funding. Wywy launched in 2001 with a focus on video and audio detection, but launched on second screen products last year. Wywy’s primary second screen product is multi-screen ad synchronization so that mobile and tablet users can see ads that are connected to the commercials that they see on TV.
Intuit has acquired Docstoc, an electronic document storage company that has a wide variety of documents for businesses. It is unknown how much Docstoc was acquired for, but it is believed to be around $50 million. Docstoc will remain in Santa Monica, California for now. Docstoc raised around $4 million in funding from Rustic Canyon Partners, Mike Jones, Scott Walchek, Brett Brewer, Robin Richards, Matt Coffin, and Crosscut Ventures.
Beats Electronics CEO Jimmy Iovine said that they will be launching a music subscription service in January. Beats Electronics is a headphone company that was founded by Iovine and Dr. Dre. The new service is expected to compete against services like Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, and Pandora. The service was expected to launch this past summer.