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Distro's CES 2013 Daily Issue 73.1 is hot off the digital press

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Today may be the official first day of the rest of our lives CES, but we've already seen plenty of touchscreen laptops and UHD TVs. We've run ourselves ragged, covering every last bit of news worth your time, but we understand not everyone has the wherewithal to read every...
Distro's CES 2013 Daily Issue 73.1 is hot off the digital press
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Google Play, Apple's App Store Might Face "Legal Undertakings" In OFT's Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids

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The freemium kids’ app party that has seen some parents left with hefty bills because of their kids’ use of games could be heading for a sticky end — at least in the U.K. The Office of Fair Trading has announced a six-month investigation into whether children are being “unfairly...
Google Play, Apple's App Store Might Face "Legal Undertakings" In OFT's Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids

One Of Facebook's Great Hopes For Huge Revenues Is Fading (FB)

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From about 2008 to 2012, one way everyone thought Facebook would make a lot of money is through something called "f-commerce." "F-commerce," was a play on e-commerce. The vision was that small and large retailers alike would open stores on Facebook.com, and that through the magic of "social," the distribution...
One Of Facebook's Great Hopes For Huge Revenues Is Fading (FB)

Apple's edtech play, iTunes U, reaches 1B content downloads

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Apple doesn’t really talk much about iTunes U, its educational content service powered by iTunes on iOS devices, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a success. Apple announced today that iTunes U has reached 1 billion content downloads, a sign that schools around the world are embracing Apple’s edtech...
Apple's edtech play, iTunes U, reaches 1B content downloads

Now playing: Twitter #music

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Today, we're releasing Twitter #music, a new service that will change the way people find music, based on Twitter. It uses Twitter activity, including Tweets and engagement, to detect and surface the most popular tracks and emerging artists. It also brings artists’ music-related Twitter activity front and center: go to...
Now playing: Twitter #music

Hulu Plus on Apple TV redesigned with simplicity and easy discovery features in mind

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It's not often that we see those services present on the Apple TV get tweaked, but today Hulu announced its Plus offering has been on the receiving end of a major design overhaul. Clearly taking a cue from Cupertino's own iTunes app on the tiny media box, the Hulu...
Hulu Plus on Apple TV redesigned with simplicity and easy discovery features in mind

Chinese animation studio sues Apple over iTunes Store sales

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The company claims that Apple sold its movies through iTunes without approval. [Read more]...
Chinese animation studio sues Apple over iTunes Store sales

Google's Glass Project is Ramping up; the iWatch may adopt a Spiral User Interface; and the Woz Calls for iTunes on Android

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The afternoon edition of MORENEWS presents you with four links to interesting reports noted in our byline along with photos and a new video covering Google's upcoming Glass product line....
Google's Glass Project is Ramping up; the iWatch may adopt a Spiral User Interface; and the Woz Calls for iTunes on Android

Apple suspends password resets after critical account-hijack bug is found

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Apple suspended the password-reset functionality for its iCloud and iTunes services following a published report that hackers could exploit it to hijack other people's accounts. The password reset page stopped loading a few hours after The Verge reported there was an online tutorial that provided detailed instructions for taking...
Apple suspends password resets after critical account-hijack bug is found

Distro Issue 76: Will a duo of phones and a new OS bring BlackBerry back to life?

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After delays and a software preview, RIM BlackBerry finally pulled the wraps off of it's new hardware and operating system that we'd been looking for the end of January to bring. In this week's edition of our e-publication, we take a look at all of the wares that the...
Distro Issue 76: Will a duo of phones and a new OS bring BlackBerry back to life?

Parents told to beware children running up huge bills on iPad and iPhone game apps

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Developers are urged to make it less easy for a child to spend hundreds on 'in-app' purchasesParents are being warned to be vigilant with their iPhones and iPads, following increasing reports of children running up bills of hundreds of pounds while playing games such as Playmobil Pirates, Coin Dozer and...
Parents told to beware children running up huge bills on iPad and iPhone game apps

Podcast: Q&A, Google Voice on Windows Phone? Chromebook on iMac? AirPlay v. Bluetooth?

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With the mobile market becoming a central part of everyone’s lives, it should make things simple, right? Not so fast: All this mobile tech can be equally as confusing with different platforms, networks, devices and more. That’s the idea behind our newest GigaOm podcast. You can call in or tweet...
Podcast: Q&A, Google Voice on Windows Phone? Chromebook on iMac? AirPlay v. Bluetooth?

Netflix's Content-Marketing Secret Sauce Is Wrapped Up In 'House Of Cards'

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Editor’s note: Brandon Carter is a marketing manager at Outbrain, a content discovery platform on a mission to help readers find the most interesting content online. Follow him on Twitter at @sleepchant. It’s been nearly impossible to consume any kind of media in the last few weeks without hearing about Netflix’s new original series...
Netflix's Content-Marketing Secret Sauce Is Wrapped Up In 'House Of Cards'

Why Brick-And-Mortar Still Beats E-Commerce, An Analysis

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Editor’s note: Mike Ghaffary is the vice president of business development at Yelp. He also co-founded Stitcher and BarMax, the $1,000 iPhone app, and is a former VC. Follow him on Twitter at @newmike. Marc Andreessen and Reid Hoffman recently debated whether software would eat traditional retail, leaving no brick-and-mortar presence behind. Both articles noted that e-commerce...
Why Brick-And-Mortar Still Beats E-Commerce, An Analysis
Moving to digital-first is great, Disney - now go kill DVDs

The iTunes Store turns 10: It's Apple's empire to lose

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Apple's iTunes Store heads into its second decade on top -- and facing threats like its never had before. [Read more]...
The iTunes Store turns 10: It's Apple's empire to lose

Apple Close to Striking Deal with Record Labels for iRadio

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Apple is close to signing a deal with both Warner Music and Universal Music Group for its rumored streaming music service, reports CNET. Content negotiations between Apple and record companies were said to have stagnated because the Cupertino-based company was offering low royalty rates, but CNET's sources say that Apple's...
Apple Close to Striking Deal with Record Labels for iRadio
Jawfish launches real-time multiplayer tournaments on mobile devices
Twitter rolls out #Music app for iPhone and web, with iTunes, Spotify and Rdio integration

Is Google preparing another run at Apple's iTunes Business?

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It's been rumored for months now that Apple has been working on a "radio" feature in its iTunes program that would deliver streaming music based upon a user's tastes - a service something like Pandora - that further merges the experience of being in a "store" to purchase music, and...
Is Google preparing another run at Apple's iTunes Business?

Russia Commemorates Steve Jobs with Giant iPhone in St. Petersburg

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An enormous iPhone has been unveiled in St. Petersburg, Russia, as a tribute to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011 from pancreatic cancer. The six-foot-tall sculpture, which resembles a black iPhone 4, was brought to life by designer Gleb Tarasov, according to The Daily Mail....
Russia Commemorates Steve Jobs with Giant iPhone in St. Petersburg

Review: Mobiledit offers easy phone management

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Think your PC and your cell phone don't mix? Think again. Mobiledit, a $25 Windows application (free demo), bridges the gap between the two devices, allowing you to manage your phone and its contents from the big screen of your desktop. Mobiledit lets manage almost any kind of cell...
Review: Mobiledit offers easy phone management

iTunes playlists, tags, and track durations

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In the last Ask the iTunes Guy column of the year, I look at playlist views, a quick way to make playlists from folders of songs, adding tags to your tracks, and how to see the duration of selected tracks in iTunes 11....
iTunes playlists, tags, and track durations
Twitter's Vine App Now Supports Embeds, Expanded Sharing To Facebook & Twitter

Apple's iTunes dominates the music downloading world

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Spotify, Rdio, Pandora... pshaw. Despite people streaming music at a growing rate, digital-music downloading isn't going anywhere. [Read more]...
Apple's iTunes dominates the music downloading world
Apple confirms App Store, iTunes and Calendar outages, services still down for many

Autodesk 123D Creatures lets you create monsters on your iPad

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Love Spore's robust creature creator tool? Got an iPad? Autodesk has something for you. The company's latest iPad app, Creatures, is a streamlined monster maker -- allowing users to create the monstrosity of their dreams with relative ease. Abominations start as a simple stick figure, molded, thickened and textured...
Autodesk 123D Creatures lets you create monsters on your iPad

Best Buy selling $100 iTunes gift card for $80

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Consumers can score 20 percent off the usual price of the gift card. [Read more]...
Best Buy selling $100 iTunes gift card for $80

HBO and Apple reportedly team up for Apple TV content deal, said to begin first half of 2013

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According to Bloomberg, Apple and HBO will team up to deliver HBO Go content on the Apple TV. Cable and satellite subscribers who pay for HBO will be able to watch more than 600 hours of films and television shows on Apple TV, said the people, who asked not...
HBO and Apple reportedly team up for Apple TV content deal, said to begin first half of 2013
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