This Week in Apps Metas paid verifications, Instagrams founders new app and Spotifys AI DJ

News Summary

  • Last month, Instagram’s creators Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger unveiled their latest venture as an invite-only experience, promising their news app would later evolve to include social elements, like being able to discuss the news with friends.
  • )The trend toward paid verification is a potentially fraught move for social networks like Meta and Twitter, as they’re now responsible for services that users believe should be free — things like safety, security and customer service.
  • And being able to get help with problems like impersonation or other customer support issues is also considered something that should be a part of the social network’s core service.
  • It’s initially rolling out to Australia and New Zealand.Twitter’s initial attempt at paid verification proved problematic, as users bought the badge then changed their name and profile picture to troll other high-profile accounts (including Musk) and businesses.
  • After you move through one style of music or selection (like your summer throwbacks), you’re then presented with another (like your favorite hip-hop tracks).
  • Music streaming service Spotify this week launched an AI DJ to personalize the music listening experience for its users.
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