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Amazon prevails in battle with South American countries for ‘.amazon’ domain name


E-commerce giant Amazon has prevailed in its domain name battle with Amazon, the geographic region in South America.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has approved of Amazon’s proposal to run the top level domain name extension “.amazon” after a 7 year dispute with more than a half dozen countries, according to the Financial Times.

The dispute was backed by the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO), a group promoting the development of the Amazon Basin. Its member states include Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. Read more…

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TikTok owner ByteDance reportedly plans to launch Spotify rival


ByteDance, the company behind the hugely popular TikTok app, is reportedly preparing to launch a streaming music service.

According to anonymous sources who talked to Bloomberg, ByteDance’s music streaming app would be a paid subscription service akin to Spotify and Apple Music. However, instead of a wide rollout, the China-based tech company would focus on launching in “emerging markets” in the fall. 

With about 217 million monthly worldwide and 100 million paid subscribers, Spotify is the clear leader when it comes to music streaming. However, as the report points out, emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East only make up around 10 percent of Spotify’s customer base. Read more…

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‘Therapeutic’ NSFW workshop lets you decorate your own bespoke sex toys


May is National Masturbation Month, and we’re celebrating with Feeling Yourself, a series exploring the finer points of self-pleasure.

There’s a workshop in London where groups can decorate dildos with intricate designs and receive them a few days later by post.

Adele Brydges, a ceramic designer and maker, started the workshop to create a “safe space,” where people can talk openly about pleasure. She welcomed Mashable into her studio and introduced us to the community-building process of porcelain dildo-making. Read more…

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