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Spotify ends test that required family plan subscribers to share their GPS location

Spotify has ended a test that required its family plan subscribers to verify their location, or risk losing accessing to its music streaming service. According to recent reports, the company had sent out emails to its “Premium for Family” customers which asked them to confirm their locations using GPS. The idea here is that some customers may have been sharing Family Plans, even though they’re not related, as a means of paying less for Spotify by splitting the plan’s support for multiple users. And Spotify wanted to bust them.

Spiegel Online and Quartz first reported this news on Thursday.

Of course, as these reports pointed out, asking users to confirm a GPS location is a poor means of verification. Families often have members who live or work outside the home – they may live abroad, have divorced or separated parents, have kids in college, they may travel for work, or any other number of reasons.

But technically, these sorts of situations are prohibited by Spotify’s family plan terms – the rules require all members to share a physical address. That rule hadn’t really been as strictly enforced before, so many didn’t realize they had broken it when they added members who don’t live at home.

Customers were also uncomfortable with how Spotify wanted to verify their location – instead of entering a mailing address for the main account, for instance, they were asked for their exact (GPS) location.

The emails also threatened that failure to verify the account this way could cause them to lose access to the service.

Family plans are often abused by those who use them as a loophole for paying full price. For example, a few years ago, Amazon decided to cut down on Prime members sharing their benefits, because they found these were being broadly shared outside immediate families. In its case, it limited sharing to two adults who could both authorize and use the payment cards on file, and allowed them to create other, more limited profiles for the kids.

Spotify could have done something similar. It could have asked Family Plan adult subscribers to re-enter their payment card information to confirm their account, or it could have designated select slots for child members with a different set of privileges to make sharing less appealing.

Maybe it will now reconsider how verification works, given the customer backlash.

We understand the verification emails were only a small-scale test of a new system, not something Spotify is rolling out to all users. The emails were sent out in only four of Spotify’s markets, including the U.S.

And the test only ran for a short time before Spotify shut it down.

Reached for comment, a Spotify spokesperson confirmed this, saying:

“Spotify is currently testing improvements to the user experience of Premium for Family with small user groups in select markets. We are always testing new products and experiences at Spotify, but have no further news to share regarding this particular feature test at this time.”

 

 

 


Source: TechCrunch

How to watch Microsoft’s Oct. 2 Surface event

October is almost here, which means that we’re closer to seeing refreshed Surface Pros and Surface Laptops at Microsoft’s October 2 event in New York. We’ll show you how to watch the event to stay updated on all the Surface news.

The post How to watch Microsoft’s Oct. 2 Surface event appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Ransomware attack hits Port of San Diego – CNET

There’s no safe harbor here.
Source: CNET

Smart Forease concept chops its top for Paris – Roadshow

The concept celebrates the automaker’s 20th birthday.
Source: CNET

OnePlus 6T promo teases its in-screen fingerprint sensor – CNET

OnePlus released a teaser video with the slogan “Unlock the Future.”
Source: CNET

These are the best National Coffee Day deals – CNET

Celebrate with a damn fine cup of joe — and some great savings on coffee and coffeemakers.
Source: CNET

'Fortnite' Season 6 Lands, and the Rest of the Week in Games

We’ve got skins, pets, and spooky purple lights everywhere—and even some stuff that isn’t ‘Fortnite.’
Source: Wired

Apple Store robbery ring: 17 charged in $1M scheme – CNET

The alleged crimes took place across 19 counties in California.
Source: CNET

Voting Machines Are Still Absurdly At Risk

A new report details dozens of vulnerabilities across seven models of voting machines—all of which are currently in use.
Source: Wired

Last day to buy early-bird tickets for TC Sessions: AR/VR 2018

Holy smokes, TC Sessions: AR/VR 2018 is less than a month away, and it’s going to be an epic, day-long event. But listen up tech fans, the following reality is neither augmented nor virtual: our $99 early-bird ticket price — a 50 percent savings — ends today. If you want to join us in Los Angeles on October 18 at the lowest possible price, buy your ticket here today.

We’re also offering a special discount to students. You can buy your $45 ticket right here.

Looking to save even more money? Simply tweet your attendance through our ticketing platform, and you’ll save an extra 25 percent — for early-bird tickets — and 15 percent for student tickets.

What can you expect at TC Sessions: AR/VR 2018? An excellent question! We partnered with UCLA’s Anderson Venture Accelerator for a program-packed day featuring some of the world’s brightest minds in AR/VR. You’ll have ample opportunity for hands-on demos, deep-dive conversations, in-depth workshops — and time to network with influential, ground-breaking leaders in all realities augmented and virtual.

Here’s just a quick sampling of our speakers: Parham Aarabi, founder and CEO of ModiFace; Adam Arrigo, co-founder and CEO of TheWaveVR; and Cyan Banister, a partner at Founders Fund.

We have great presentations on tap, too. Hear Ashley Crowder (VNTANA), Shawn Frayne (Looking Glass Factory) and Brett Jones (Lightform) talk about using holograms to replace expensive headsets.

AR and VR — it’s not all fun and games. Derek Belch (STRIVR), Clorama Dorvilias (DebiasVR) and Morgan Mercer (Vantage Point) will talk about ways business can use the technologies to train employees.

Greg Castle (Anorak Ventures) and Peter Rojas (Betaworks) will discuss how early-stage investors have changed their approach to funding new talent and suggest ways founders can grab their attention.

That’s just a taste of what industry leaders, content creators and game changers will present. Take a gander at the full agenda.

Join us October 18 in Los Angeles at TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR for an incredible gathering of the augmented and virtual reality community. Our early-bird pricing ends today, so get real and buy your ticket today.


Source: TechCrunch

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