John Paul Titlow

John Paul Titlow is a writer at Fast Company focused on music and technology, among other things. Find me here: Twitter: @johnpaul Instagram: @feralcatcolonist
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Insanely popular lip-syncing app Musical.ly just got acquired for $1 billion

Musical.ly, the massively popular social lip-syncing app beloved by teenagers, has a new owner. Chinese tech firm Beijing Bytedance reportedly just acquired the company for as much as $1 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. If you’re not familiar with Musical.ly, just inquire with the nearest teenager or tween. There’s a decent chance they’re … Continue reading “Insanely popular lip-syncing app Musical.ly just got acquired for $1 billion”

Insanely popular lip-syncing app Musical.ly just got acquired for $1 billion
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Facebook now lets you buy tickets right on event pages, thanks to SeatGeek

If there’s one thing that keeps me from getting rid of my Facebook account, it’s events. No matter how distracting, banal, or overly politicized the news feed can get, Facebook is still the best place to keep track of parties, concerts, film screenings, geeky meet-ups, and anything else that may be going on IRL. Well, … Continue reading “Facebook now lets you buy tickets right on event pages, thanks to SeatGeek”

Facebook now lets you buy tickets right on event pages, thanks to SeatGeek
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Google combats the internet’s trust problem with more fact-checkers

The internet has a credibility problem as of late, and apparently Google is eager to throw resources at it. A new partnership with Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) aims to expand Google’s army of fact-checkers and promote many of the best practices in fact-checking commonly adopted by news organizations like the Washington Post. Google will … Continue reading “Google combats the internet’s trust problem with more fact-checkers”

Google combats the internet’s trust problem with more fact-checkers
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Hopper brings its predictive travel-booking smarts to hotels

Ever since I learned about Hopper, it’s become my go-to app for booking flights. The price predictions, color-coded map, and customized price change notifications make it dangerously addictive, especially for those on-a-whim travel choices. Now it’s about to get even more useful. Today, Hopper is adding support for booking hotels on its platform. Using machine … Continue reading “Hopper brings its predictive travel-booking smarts to hotels”

Hopper brings its predictive travel-booking smarts to hotels
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Netflix earnings preview: Will a price hike and Disney showdown hamper growth?

Netflix is set to report its latest earnings on Monday. Those quarterly headlines tend to contain positive news for the streaming video giant–about its subscriber growth, especially–but what should we expect as the company preps its letter to investors for Q3? $2.97 billion. That’s how much quarterly revenue Netflix is expected to report, according to … Continue reading “Netflix earnings preview: Will a price hike and Disney showdown hamper growth?”

Netflix earnings preview: Will a price hike and Disney showdown hamper growth?
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