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Spotify to Appear as a Windows 11 Feature

Microsoft is all set to integrate Spotify as a new Windows 11 feature. 

As revealed by Panos Panay, Microsoft’s head of Windows and devices, the Spotify integration would allow creating a focus timer to work through tasks while listening to a Spotify music playlist. 

The Spotify integration will come as a part of Microsoft’s Focus Sessions offerings that will be built into Windows 11’s Clock app. 

Although Microsoft has not yet started testing the feature in the public builds of Windows 11, the implementation strategy is apparently along the lines of the Pomodoro Technique. 

Pomodoro is a method to manage time by breaking down work into smaller phases with short breaks. 

Microsoft retired its Groove Music service in 2017. After that, Microsoft partnered with Spotify, however, at that time, the collaboration aimed to shift Groove Music subscribers and their playlists to Spotify. 

Microsoft and Spotify have also worked together on a Windows 10 app and an app for Xbox consoles. 

Widespread Uncertainty Over the US Job Market

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The Dow Jones consensus estimate believes the US economy to have added around 845,000 payrolls in July. However, Wall Street forecasts for the July employment numbers are all over the place. 

While Wilmington Trust economists have been expecting 350,000 new payrolls only, the Jefferies economists predict the number to be as high as 1.2 million.

According to market experts, the number of unfilled openings might not go down drastically until the schools reopen and employment benefits expire in September. 

At present, with the impact of the Delta variant surging all over the country, the rate of new infections in the US is near the mark of 100,000 per day. 

While this surge might not have impacted the July job numbers, it could slow down growth and employment rate in the long run. 

To add context to the July numbers estimated by Dow Jones, there were nearly 850,000 new jobs added in June 2020, and after all the job losses and recoveries, the June 2021 employment level was still 7.13 million below the February 2020 level. 

Twitter Spaces to Allow Co-Host Invites

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Twitter Spaces is an offering similar to audio rooms, a Clubhouse feature. 

The product team of the social media giant is marching ahead vigorously with Spaces, as it has decided to allow the feature to anyone who has at least 600 followers. Earlier it was a limited test feature. 

To make managing Twitter Spaces a more seamless and convenient affair, it is now allowing hosts to have two co-hosts. 

Overall, the lineup will now include 1 host, 2 co-hosts, and 10 speakers. 

The co-hosts will be equipped with a host of features, such as helping the host to invite speakers, manage requests, remove participants, pin tweets, and more. 

Open Banking Bulk Payment Startup Comma Raises $6 Million

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Octopus Ventures and Connect Ventures led the seed round, supported by Village Global and the founders of Wagestream, Peter Biffett, and Portman Wills.

The capabilities of Comma are diverse and wide-ranging. It empowers small and micro businesses to pay bills, salaries and taxes in bulk, leveraging high street small business bank accounts.

Comma also connects to accounting systems, such as Xero, QuickBooks, and Sage, allowing a business and its accountant to enter and manage supplier bank details without having access to the bank. 

The Comma is a UK-based startup and has competitors in Credec, Telleroo, and BACS bureaus such as ADP in England. In the US, the closest competitor is Melio, whereas, in France, it is Libeo.

AROUND THE WEB

🚀 Virgin Galactic Back To Ticket Sales: Richard Branson’s space tourism firm Virgin Galactic has reopened ticket sales for its SpaceShipTwo spaceplane at an initial price of $450,000.

📈 Nigeria’s Decagon Raises Funds: Tech talent aggregator Decagon has announced a $1.5 million seed round along with a student loan financing facility of $25 million from the Nigerian financial institution Sterling Bank.


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