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  • The Samsung Free podcast app will “soon be updated”, according to a communication from Acast to its podcasters, to remove the cause of a significant increase in downloads from automatic plays. (See yesterday’s Tech Stuff for more). In the meantime, Acast has demonetised listens coming from the Dalvik useragent “to protect our advertisers”; and notes that “under IAB guidelines, these listens are considered valid”. (Also considered valid downloads: those podcast plays bought in games apps)

  • Want to buy a successful podcast app? How about one of the biggest podcast apps on phones in developing countries? An app newly listed on MicroAcquire is, Podnews understands, popular KaiOS app PodLP.

  • Transistor has followed Buzzsprout’s lead by removing email addresses from podcast RSS feeds, to combat spam: something Podnews has highlighted for a number of years. The company has also added support for a verification code to help podcasters claim their shows.

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