Snapchat will produce scripted shows
Snapchat has teamed up with NBC Universal to create shows (scripted and other genres) for the app. There will be a studio dedicated to this in Santa Monica, California, and will be made specifically for mobile viewing. The Duplass Brothers’ studio Donut is the first deal to come out of the partnership. Sean Mills, head of original content for the company is excited about this new addition to Snapchat.
‘Pay with Google’ goes live today
Google have announced today that you can now make payments via Chrome and mobile apps. Furthermore, users can use any card they have saved online, including ones saved on their Google account. Making a ‘pay with Google’ payment is quick and easy; simply choose which card you would like to pay with from the drop down list which appears at the checkout. Google have also partnered with over 40 payment providers who want to offer ‘pay with Google’, and plan to offer it for other browsers in the near future.
Facebook Messenger now allows PayPal payments
Facebook Messenger users in the US can now send and receive PayPal payments. To access this new feature, simply click on the blue plus icon in Messenger, then on the green payments option to send or request payments. Users can also set PayPal as a default payment option. What’s more, PayPal’s first customer service bot will be integrated within Messenger. This new feature is now available on iOS and online, and PayPal hopes it will soon be added to Messenger globally.
Pokémon Go is making changes for Halloween
Niantic confirmed last week that Pokémon Go is running a Halloween event that will run till November 2nd. Moreover, new versions of Pikachu are available exclusively over this period; a witch hat Pikachu, ash hat Pikachu, Santa hat Pikachu and party hat Pikachu. What’s more, ghost-type Pokémon have been added such as Gastly, Misdreavus, and Cubone, and a Mimikyu-themed hat for avatars. Players also get double candy for all transfers, catches, and hatches, and buddy Pokémon will find candy twice as fast.
Spotify launches RISE
Spotify’s RISE has just been announced, a new platform for artists to help them break out. The first artists to be showcased include pop artist Kim Petras, pop/rock artist Lauv, country singer Russell Dickerson and hip hop artist Trippie Redd. RISE will first be available in the U.S., Canada and U.K., and Spotify plans to add four new artists to it every few months. Spotify’s goal is to help 16 emerging artists per year break out in to the fiercely competitive music industry.