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Is There Any Merit To Neil Young's Plan To Improve The Quality Of Digital Music?

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Neil Young has been unhappy with the state of digital audio for a while, and he's made various overtures about fixing it. Now, some trademark applications found by Rolling Stone suggest his plans are in motion, though details on those plans are scarce. The only real clue comes from a...
Is There Any Merit To Neil Young's Plan To Improve The Quality Of Digital Music?

Is Bit.ly The Next Google?

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We still don't know what to think of Bit.ly, the popular URL shortener that was spun out of Betaworks and has raised $3.5 million in venture funding. Some people think it's preposterous that anyone could ever think that Bit.ly could be a successful business, given that anyone can hack together...
Is Bit.ly The Next Google?
Kill the bots: FTC puts a bounty on the heads of robo-telemarketers

Harry Redknapp: Luka Modric may be distracted by Manchester City talk

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• Roberto Mancini rates Tottenham playmaker highly• 'We want to keep Modric, we need to keep him'Harry Redknapp admits Luka Modric could be distracted by talk of a move to Manchester City after Roberto Mancini declared his admiration for the Tottenham playmaker.Redknapp had to fight hard to keep Modric at...
Harry Redknapp: Luka Modric may be distracted by Manchester City talk

Sony ends 8 years of resistance, finally brings its music to Apple's iTunes in its native Japan

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In what is a clear sign of the times, struggling entertainment giant Sony has finally given in to Apple and opened its catalogue of music to users of the US company’s iTunes service in its native Japan, ending an 8-year long shutout. The Nikkei reports that the service began yesterday...
Sony ends 8 years of resistance, finally brings its music to Apple's iTunes in its native Japan

Mobile Game Recording YC Alum Kamcord Raises $1.5 Million From Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, And Others

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It’s been about four months since YC alum Kamcord first opened its mobile game recording SDK to eager developers, and the team seems picked up quite a bit of steam since then. Today, Kamcord announced that it has raised a total of $1.5 million in seed funding from Andreesen Horowitz,...
Mobile Game Recording YC Alum Kamcord Raises $1.5 Million From Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, And Others

Why RIM Absolutely Must Seed BlackBerry 10 To The Federal Government

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During the decline of Research In Motions base of loyal followers, the BlackBerry maker could always count on one bastion of users that would never surrender to the iPhone/Android duopoly: the United States government.  Ever an organization of extremely security conscious agencies, the U.S. federal government has long preferred BlackBerries...
Why RIM Absolutely Must Seed BlackBerry 10 To The Federal Government

Anti-Piracy Outfits Think Megaupload, Demonoid & BTjunkie Are Still Alive

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During the past few years the world’s largest entertainment companies have regularly complained that Google isn’t doing enough to reduce accessibility of infringing content via its search service. In recent months Google has made a few overtures, such as doctoring its auto-complete feature to take out terms that could potentially...
Anti-Piracy Outfits Think Megaupload, Demonoid & BTjunkie Are Still Alive
Facebook Strikes Back at Yahoo With Its Own Patent Claims

DOJ, Apple lay out initial filings in e-book price-fixing trial

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In advance of the bench trial in which Apple will have to fight off charges that it colluded -- and fostered collusion -- with publishers to raise prices on e-books, both the iPhone maker and the US Department of Justice have filed initial court documents to lay out their respective...
DOJ, Apple lay out initial filings in e-book price-fixing trial

Barry Diller and Aereo Win Another Legal Battle

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Another legal victory for Aereo, the Web video startup that wants to upend the TV industry: A Federal appeals court has rejected a request from broadcasters and TV station owners to halt Aereo’s TV-over-the Web service. By a vote of 2 to 1, the Second Circuit appeals court denied a...
Barry Diller and Aereo Win Another Legal Battle

New Glasses Thwart Facial Recognition Scanners, Marking Trend In Privacy Wearables

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In an unexpected twist against the rising tide of image-capturing technologies, an engineer has created glasses that thwart facial recognition scanners. Tokyo’s National Institute of Informatics Professor Isao Echizen’s “Privacy Visor” emits an infrared light source that reportedly confuses facial recognition software. Last week, another designer announced a stealth hoodie...
New Glasses Thwart Facial Recognition Scanners, Marking Trend In Privacy Wearables

Dish Network Chairman Said To Be Seeking A Merger With T-Mobile USA

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Say what you will about Dish Network, but the Colorado company’s brass has some moxie. The satellite media service provider has been trying for years now to link up with notable national wireless carrier to help operate a mobile service to sell alongside its current offerings, and according to a...
Dish Network Chairman Said To Be Seeking A Merger With T-Mobile USA

China's homegrown GPS to open up for smartphones

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Now that China is comfortable letting drivers access Beidou to get around the middle kingdom, it's decided that everyone else should get easy access as well. Talking to Xinhua News, state official Yang Qiangwen said that it won't be long before the nation's made-at-home GPS is adopted by local...
China's homegrown GPS to open up for smartphones
Apple gets cozier with Twitter integration, but passes on investment

Oracle's Ellison Vindicated in Autonomy PR Flap by HP's $8.8 Billion Writedown

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Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.comOracle CEO Larry Ellison and President Mark Hurd look pretty good right now in light of the disclosure of alleged accounting improprieties at Autonomy, the British software firm Hewlett-Packard acquired in 2011. You may recall a brief PR kerfuffle in which Oracle disclosed that it had been...
Oracle's Ellison Vindicated in Autonomy PR Flap by HP's $8.8 Billion Writedown

Report: Microsoft Did Shop Bing To Facebook

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You know that rumor about Microsoft shopping Bing to Facebook? It sparked lots of speculation about whether that would be a good move for both companies. Turns out it did happen, according to a report in the New York Times citing executives who made overtures to Facebook on behalf of...
Report: Microsoft Did Shop Bing To Facebook

First European Intel phone arrives June 6

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Intel's (perhaps inappropriately named) San Diego smartphone goes to Orange with an Atom Z2460 processor. Intel The first Intel smartphone in Europe will arrive June 6, the company announced today. Orange's prepaid service will be the lucky carrier of the Intel San Diego, an Android smartphone with an Intel...
First European Intel phone arrives June 6
NYSE pokes Facebook to switch its listing

Instagram Launches Full Image Feed For Web Browsers, Including Commenting And Liking Functions

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Instagram has just announced that its full feed has made its way to the web, meaning that users no longer have to access through the dedicated mobile apps to check out all of their content, and participate in the conversation around posted photos. The web-based feed comes in both desktop-...
Instagram Launches Full Image Feed For Web Browsers, Including Commenting And Liking Functions

Uber Limo Driver Allegedly Raped a 20-Year-Old Customer In Washington D.C.

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The Washington Post reports that a 35-year-old limousine driver named Anouar Habib Trabelsi allegedly raped a 20-year-old passenger. The woman used Uber’s smartphone app to e-hail a taxi from outside a bar on U Street in December, which is when the alleged incident occurred. On Thursday, police held a news conference announcing...
Uber Limo Driver Allegedly Raped a 20-Year-Old Customer In Washington D.C.

TSMC reportedly getting mobile chip tryout with Apple

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Though Samsung has long been the supplier of all of Apple’s mobile processor needs, that may change soon. On Wednesday, reports out of Taiwan indicated that Apple is actively moving to take production of its A6X processor to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.: the company is reportedly going to start a...
TSMC reportedly getting mobile chip tryout with Apple

The Onion Totally Hearts TechCrunch

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You guys! You guys! TechCrunch totally got mentioned in The Onion! It’s been a pretty one-sided relationship until now, with the fabled satirical newspaper remaining aloof despite several overtures on our end. It’s almost like The Onion staff thought it was totally cooler than us. Not today, though. Today, we’re...
The Onion Totally Hearts TechCrunch

GASPARINO: NYSE Making 'Soft Pitch' To Facebook To Switch Exchanges

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Fox Business Network's Charlie Gasparino is reporting that following the Facebook IPO fiasco on NASDAQ, the New York Stock Exchange has been making "soft overtures" to the social network to switch exchanges.    The senior correspondent emphasized that these are soft pitches. While it's not common for companies to switch...
GASPARINO: NYSE Making 'Soft Pitch' To Facebook To Switch Exchanges

Microsoft pitches SkyDrive to Mac users, continuing the cloud wars

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The latest flash point between the technology giants is that of cloud storage for consumers, with Google, Apple, and Microsoft all crowding into a space that has long been dominated by the very successful Dropbox. Given that each service is offering a large block of free storage, usually 5 gigabytes,...
Microsoft pitches SkyDrive to Mac users, continuing the cloud wars

Can She Land a Big One? Yahoo's Mayer About to Hook Google Sales Exec De Castro for Top Role, Possibly COO

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has intensified efforts to hire one of Google’s top advertising execs, Henrique De Castro, for a top job at the Silicon Valley Internet giant, according to sources close to the situation. Both Mayer and also former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson have made previous overtures to...
Can She Land a Big One? Yahoo's Mayer About to Hook Google Sales Exec De Castro for Top Role, Possibly COO

Samsung Making Enterprise Push With “SAFE” Galaxy S IIIs

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BlackBerrys may still be the corporate device of choice, but that won’t be the case for much longer if Samsung has anything to say about it. The consumer electronics giant’s Galaxy S IIIs will sport the company’s SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) branding in an attempt to ingratiate their shiny...
Samsung Making Enterprise Push With “SAFE” Galaxy S IIIs

$1 Billion WhatsApp Acquisition Rumored For Google

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Trivial social chitchat is perhaps worth a billion dollars. Hot rumors are circulating that Google is in negotiations with non-SMS messaging service WhatsApp for a potential acquisition. The price could push up toward a billion dollars. According to a source who knows about the discussions, the WhatsApp team is...
$1 Billion WhatsApp Acquisition Rumored For Google

Three Facts That Stunned Us While We Researched Our List Of The World's Most Valuable Startups

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We spent a good month doing research and reporting to put together the Digital 100, our list of the world's most valuable digital private companies. In doing so, I was stunned to learn a few things that I hadn't read anywhere else... At the price it paid Yahoo to buy...
Three Facts That Stunned Us While We Researched Our List Of The World's Most Valuable Startups
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