Apple Music service to launch June 30 for $9.99/month: Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, where it unveiled “Apple Music,” the much-anticipated music streaming service.
The service will be available for iPhone and Mac users on June 30 and will cost $9.99 per month. Apple also said it users will be able to pay $14.99 per month if they want to share the service with up to six family members, Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet software at Apple. (CNBC)
Uber expands French car ride service despite government ruling: Uber, the San Francisco-based car-hailing app, has unveiled a big expansion in France despite a government ruling that its ride-sharing services are illegal and potentially dangerous.
The company on Monday launched UberPop, its service which allows users to arrange rides with private cars, in Marseille, Nantes and Strasbourg, taking its presence to nine cities across the country. (Financial Times)
Twitter tweaks tweet page conversations with more algorithmic surfacing: Amid the noise of Apple’s annual WWDC keynote yesterday, Twitter posted a note about a new tweak it’s made to the conversation view of tweets that suggests it’s doing (yet) more algorithmic ordering of the content on its network. The new feature started rolling out yesterday.
Last year the company confirmed the launch of a more algorithmic timeline — intentionally diluting the human-powered curation that otherwise defines the network and allows Twitter users to be exposed to a greater breadth of content vs other more tightly controlled social services like Facebook. (Tech Crunch)
U.S. tech industry appeals to Obama to keep hands off encryption: Top U.S. tech companies are warning the Obama administration against imposing new policies that the companies say would weaken increasingly sophisticated encryption systems designed to protect consumers’ privacy.
In a strongly worded letter to President Barack Obama on Monday, two industry associations representing major software and hardware companies said, “We are opposed to any policy actions or measures that would undermine encryption as an available and effective tool.” (Reuters)