Hashtag Trending – Net Neutrality might not be dead; YouTube is launching a Spotify rival; Microsoft announces Xbox Adaptive Controller

Net Neutrality tries to stay alive in the U.S., YouTube looks to take on Spotify, and Microsoft announces a controller designed for people with disabilities.

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From Reddit – The U.S. Senate has voted to save net neutrality. In a 52-47 vote earlier this week, senators gave the FCC’s restoring internet freedom order a big thumbs down. But two more things have to happen before net neutrality is reinstated: A full majority of House members have to collect signatures further supporting its reinstatement, and the movement has to get the final stamp from President Trump. The uphill battle is still seen as a major positive for many who had to watch the FCC roll back net neutrality protections in December 2017.

From LinkedIn – YouTube is launching a music streaming service called YouTube Music. In an attempt to compete directly with Spotify, Google will launch YouTube music May 22 for free with ads, or $10 USD per month. Google says the advantage over Spotify will come with YouTube’s additional access to thousands of related playlists, covers, remixes and music videos. Reports suggest music discovery is taking a front seat in the new service, with the app’s home screen recommending new listening based on your location, history and recent activity. YouTube also renamed YouTube Red to Premium. The service will cost $12 U.S. per month for original video content.

And lastly, from Reddit – The internet is gushing over Microsoft’s latest announcement that it’s releasing a new Xbox controller designed for people with disabilities later this year. The Xbox Adaptive Controller has two large programmable buttons and 19 jacks that can connect to various joysticks, buttons and switches to make it easier for a wider range of people to play games on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. The controller even allows people to play games entirely with their feet. The controller is expected to cost $100 U.S.

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