Monthly Archives: June 2015

Jay Z’s Tidal waves goodbye to another CEO


The interim CEO of Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal is leaving the company after just three months on the job, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Peter Tonsta began as Tidal’s interim chief after former CEO Andy Chen departed in April. Tidal is owned by Jay-Z and a group of other musical artists, including rocker Jack White, formerly of The White Stripes.

Existing leaders at the company will run the business until a replacement is brought in, according to the company.

“We are thankful to Peter for stepping in as interim CEO and wish him the best for the future,” a Tidal official told the Journal.

Tidal relaunched earlier this year with a star-studded New York City launch event. However, the service, which offers no free tier, has less than a million subscribers, whereas rival Spotify reports over 75 million active users and 20 million paying customers. Meanwhile, Apple…

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Chevy published a press release entirely in emoji


Well, this is where we are, world: General Motors, one of the biggest companies in the world, has published a press release in emoji. Entirely in emoji.

Honestly, the release is pretty difficult to decipher. We know it’s about the 2016 Chevy Cruze, a compact car GM’s been making since 2008.

Outside of that — maybe some of the kids reading this will be able to do a better job decoding the message, but it does seem that GM wants you to know the new Cruze is 100% awesome, that it will work well with your smartphone, and that you will love it. It also seems to say that you’ll be better at sports if you buy the car, but that may be a bad interpretation.

If you want to try your hand at reading these millennial hieroglyphs, check out the release. Or, wait for GM to post the…

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Twitter is finally launching something that its users might actually want


There’s been a lot of gloom and doom around Twitter recently, what with CEO Dick Costolo stepping down, amid criticism that he was ineffective in improving the company’s fortunes, and being replaced as interim CEO by co-founder Jack Dorsey. And when it comes to new products, it often seems as though they are designed primarily to please advertisers (i.e. auto-play videos) rather than to enhance the user experience.

So in that respect, it’s kind of a refreshing change of pace to see that the company is working on something that looks as though it might actually be useful, possibly even enjoyable—and could fill one of the holes that many say exist in the service.

The company recently gave BuzzFeed a look at a new offering currently known as Project Lightning. From the description, it sounds very much like what Twitter has been trying to do for some time—including…

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