Untapped Opportunities in Singapore

When people think of Singapore, they probably think of a bustling financial center. What many people do not realize, however, is that Singapore is also developing a thriving software ecosystem that makes it a perfect place…

Spotify doubles its app library with a mix of blue chip partners and third party developers (sort of)

The number of Spotify apps jumped from 10 to 22 yesterday, with the launch of the company’s second wave of apps. There are more partnerships with big names music brands, as there was in the first ten apps. But there are also some playful apps created by third party developers (sort of) which show the direction that Spotify is headed in trying to expand into a full fledged music platform. Below is a nice summary from Ellis Hamburger:

Too lazy for Pandora? Songza’s music concierge will suggest the right tunes to match your mood

Back on March 5th, streaming music service Songza released a new feature on its web app called Concierge. “We found in studies that the main thing people disliked about Pandora and Spotify was having to work at discovering new music,” Elias Roman, co-founder and CEO, told me during a visit to the VentureBeat offices yesterday. “They end up listening to the same Bob Dylan playlist four times a day and it’s killing them inside.”

The Daily doubles down on custom app development, hints about move to iPhone

The Daily, which began life as Rupert Murdoch’s first stab at a tablet only newspaper, has found a new life as a custom app developer. Today it’s releasing the Android version of its guide to the much anticipated Angry Birds Space, the new game from Rovio that debuts tomorrow. I chatted with The Daily’s publisher, Greg Clayman, about the role of custom apps in his business.

Encouraged by nearly 500K digital subscribers, NY Times is making its online paywall twice as high

Here’s some crappy news for cheapskates like myself. Apparently emboldened by the nearly half a million people who signed up to pay for online access to the New York Times, the venerable media company is cutting the number of free articles non-subscribers get from 20 per month to just 10. It’s hoping to drive more folks into paying for digital access, as its revenue from traditional print advertising continues to decline.