With domestic profitability in reach, Pandora looks to expand internationally

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Please come to Canada. I used Pandora all the time when it was new and not region locked. I still get emails from Pandora whenever new music from bands I listened to is added but I can’t listen to it because I’m in Canada.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Pandora (S P) conquered mobile, it’s been expanding its automotive integration, and it expects to be profitable in 2014. So where should the company go next? One answer could be: Abroad.

Pandora has been tight-lipped about its international plans, with executives saying in the past that it would focus on the U.S. market. But Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews gave some hints during Thursday’s earnings call that this may change, saying:

“It’s certainly something that we are long-term interested in exploring and investing in appropriately.”

McAndrews went on to emphasize that Pandora is primarily concentrating on the U.S. for near-term growth, and that there is “no specific timeline, no specific goal” in place for expanding abroad.

Asked about the company’s plans for expanding abroad, a company spokesperson told me:

“International expansion is certainly top of mind, but right now we cannot comment on a timeline for additional country launches. It…

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Devices Business is an Important Part of Our End-to-End Strategy

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BlackBerry Handsets aren’t going away anytime soon. http://blogs.blackberry.com/2014/04/not-leaving-handsets/

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:

John Chen clarifies a recent Reuters article and reiterates that BlackBerry is Not Leaving the Handset Market

John Chen

Yesterday, Reuters published an article that said I would consider selling our Devices business. My comments were taken out of context.

I want to assure you that I have no intention of selling off or abandoning this business any time soon.‎ I know you still love your BlackBerry devices. I love them too and I know they created the foundation of this company. Our focus today is on finding a way to make this business profitable.

BlackBerry is not a handset-only company. We offer an end-to-end solution and devices are an important part of that equation. That’s why we’re complementing our Devices business with other revenue streams from enterprise services and software, to messaging. We’re also investing in emerging solutions such as Machine to Machine technologies that will help to power the…

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BlackBerry World Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Free Apps

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Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:


This week marks the fifth anniversary of the BlackBerry World storefront. In that time we’ve had a lot of milestones and we’re honoring the occasion with a special gift for you –free premium app downloads! Celebrate with with us by enjoying this promotion… it’s like cake, but it lasts longer!

Free App Details

From March 31st to April 4th, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS users can visit BlackBerry World and be treated to a selection of 5 free premium apps and game downloads.

List of Free Apps:

BlackBerry 10 Apps:

BlackBerry OS Apps:

Free App Details

From March 31st to April 4th, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS users can visit BlackBerry World and be treated to a selection of 5 free premium apps and game downloads.


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The problem with WhatsApp’s privacy boasts: They’re not true

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Originally posted on PandoDaily:


“In short, we value your privacy…”

— WhatsApp’s FAQ, before the company sold to Facebook

Ever since news of the WhatsApp/Facebook deal broke, members of the tech press have been heaping crazy amounts of praise on founder Jan Koum for his anti-commercialism and his intense dedication to safeguarding user privacy — which they attribute to his experience growing up under constant Big Brother surveillance in Soviet Ukraine.

“WhatsApp co-founder’s Ukraine years are why app has strong focus on users’ privacy,” declared the Washington Post. “WhatsApp grew up in Silicon Valley, but its founder’s background in Eastern Europe gave it its DNA,” wrote Reuters.

Wired UK magazine, which just published a hagiographic account of WhatsApp’s sudden rise and triumph, got the privacy story directly from Koum:

I grew up in a society where everything you did was eavesdropped on, recorded, snitched on. I had friends when we were kids getting into trouble for…

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Important New BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 Update: Lets You Do More, More Easily

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry:


It’s been almost a year since we officially launched, and today we’re announcing an exciting software update to the platform. BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1, is designed to help you be more productive and stay better connected. The update includes many brand new changes and updates to go over, keep reading for the inside scoop on it all. The best news is it starts rolling out today! So dive in to see when you can expect the update to begin rolling out in your region.

BlackBerry 10.2.1 Highlights:

BlackBerry OS 10.2.1 includes hundreds of new enhancements and refinements that will make the things you do every day faster and easier:

  • Customize Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry Hub –
    Pinch to Filter BlackBerry Hub
    BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your messages and notifications in one place. A new feature lets you instantly filter the message list in the Hub. You can customize the Hub…

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