YouTube to revamp music service, charge more for ad-free shows

YouTube will launch a revamped version of its music service, YouTube Red, which comes with extra features like personalized playlists. (Reuters)
Updated 17 May 2018
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YouTube to revamp music service, charge more for ad-free shows

BENGALURU: Google’s YouTube is launching a new version of its music service and also getting ready to charge more on its original shows like “Cobra Kai,” Recode reported on Wednesday.
YouTube will launch a revamped version of its music service, YouTube Red, which comes with extra features like personalized playlists based on individual’s YouTube history and other usage patterns, Recode said.
The revamped music service, to be renamed as YouTube Premium, supposed to soft-launch on May 22, will cost $10 a month after a trial period, and will eventually also replace Google Play Music, the report added.
The video-streaming company plans to charge $2 more for the other parts of YouTube Red, including original shows like “Cobra Kai,” but will require individuals to also pay for YouTube Music, the report said.
“Cobra Kai” is a comedy series of 10 episodes, and is a sequel to the hit franchise “Karate Kid.”
Alphabet Inc’s Google, which owns YouTube, did not respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours.


Freelance journalist killed amid new round of Libya clashes

Members of the Tripoli Protection Force, an alliance of militias from the capital city, patrol an area south of the Libyan capital on January 18, 2019, during clashes with the Seventh Brigade group from the town of Tarhuna. (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Freelance journalist killed amid new round of Libya clashes

  • Ben Khalifa, a photographer and video journalist, is survived by his wife and a 7-month-old daughter, another colleague said

BENGHAZI, Libya: A freelance journalist who contributed to The Associated Press and other news organizations was killed Saturday in the Libyan capital, a colleague said.
Mohamed Ben Khalifa, who was in his 30s, was hit by shrapnel while accompanying a militia patrolling the Qaser Bin Ghashir area south of Tripoli, said Hamza Turkia, also a freelance journalist.
The militia came under attack by another armed group, said Turkia. He said there was gunfire, and that a missile was also fired.
Ben Khalifa, a photographer and video journalist, is survived by his wife and a 7-month-old daughter, another colleague said.
A new round of fighting between rival militias erupted earlier this week, killing 13 people and wounding more than 50, according to the Libyan Health Ministry.
The clashes shattered a UN-brokered cease-fire reached in September. A bout of violence last year killed nearly 100 people.
The fighting between militias allied with Libya’s UN-backed government in Tripoli and an armed group from a nearby town underscores Libya’s lingering lawlessness since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
The energy-rich North African nation is governed by rival authorities in Tripoli and the country’s east, each of which is backed by an array of militias.