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Jordan Novet / CNBC:
Spotify acquires French machine-learning music recommendation startup Niland   —  - Spotify bought a French AI start-up called Niland that has a unique approach to music recommendations.  — It's in a race with Apple and Pandora to use AI and other methods to give music customers the best music-discovery experience.
May 18, 2017, 8:25 PMIn context
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Pandora announces $150M investment from private equity firm KKR as it posts $132M Q1 loss, resignation of two board members, new independent board committee   —  Pandora Media Inc. received $150 million from KKR & Co. and will step up its efforts to explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the internet radio company.
May 8, 2017, 6:45 PMIn context
Yahoo! Finance:
Rendering leaks of Fitbit's first smartwatch, coming fall; sources: it will have 1K-nit display, GPS, heart-rate tracking, touchless payments, Pandora streaming   —  Yahoo Finance has obtained photos of Fitbit's (FIT) first “proper” smartwatch and first-ever pair of bluetooth headphones due out this fall.
May 1, 2017, 1:06 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify brings its half-price student tier to 33 new countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Japan, and New Zealand   —  Hot on the heels of Pandora's public launch of its on-demand streaming service, Pandora Premium, rival Spotify is looking to make its service more appealing …
Apr 19, 2017, 1:10 PMIn context
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Pandora's on-demand streaming service Pandora Premium opens to all users for $9.99 per month   —  It's been just about a month since Pandora unveiled its attempt at building full-fledged, on-demand streaming music service.  Aside from a handful of bugs, the big problem with Pandora Premium was that it was invite only.
Apr 18, 2017, 9:25 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix to replace star ratings with thumbs up and thumbs down in coming weeks after A/B testing showed thumbs got 200% more ratings   —  Get ready to say good-bye to star ratings on Netflix: The company is getting ready to replace stars with Pandora-like thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs in the coming weeks.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:30 PMIn context
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Pandora debuts premium on-demand music streaming service for $10 per month; invites will start rolling out to existing users March 15   —  Just over 15 months after Pandora acquired key assets from Rdio, and three months after it announced its plans, the company is ready to launch its full-fledged …
Mar 13, 2017, 9:25 AMIn context
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Pandora beats with Q4 revenue of $393M, up 17% YoY, vs. $374M expected, predicts Q1 loss of $70-$80M   —  Internet music giant Pandora fell 4 percent in initial after-hours trading after the company released its fourth-quarter 2016 earnings results.  —  Pandora actually beat expectations …
Feb 9, 2017, 4:50 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Pandora announces it's laying off 7% of its US workforce, excluding Ticketfly group, in Q1 2017 in a bid to reduce costs   —  Music streaming service Pandora is going to reduce its workforce by 7 percent in Q1 of 2017, the company announced Thursday after the close of the markets.
Jan 12, 2017, 5:37 PMIn context
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Pandora unveils its on-demand, personalized music streaming service Premium, with launch expected in Q1 2017   —  That Pandora was planning to launch a full fledged Spotify competitor was no secret.  The company said as much last year when it bought the ashes of Rdio, which had filed for bankruptcy.
Dec 6, 2016, 7:50 PMIn context

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