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TuneCore: first iTunes Match royalties are "magic money" out of "thin air"

arstechnica.com
Music distribution service TuneCore has described the royalties from iTunes Match as "magic money that Apple made exist out of thin air for copyright holders," signaling early support of the service from one part of the music industry. TuneCore CEO Jeff Price made the proclamation in a blog post...
TuneCore: first iTunes Match royalties are "magic money" out of "thin air"

Apple's iPhone Business Alone Is Now Bigger Than Microsoft

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Tech writer MG Siegler just noted a remarkable fact: Apple's iPhone business alone is now bigger than Microsoft. Think about that. The iPhone did not exist five years ago. And now it's bigger than Microsoft.  Not Windows. Not Office. Microsoft. The iPhone also appears to be considerably more profitable...
Apple's iPhone Business Alone Is Now Bigger Than Microsoft
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Galaxy Nexus owner refused prize upon beating Windows Phone challenge, receives apology and loot later

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Skatter Tech’s Sahas Katta posted a blog yesterday about his Windows Phone challenge experience and explained how he beat the contest using a Galaxy Nexus, but the store withheld his prize “just because.” Katta claimed he beat a “Get Smoked” Windows Phone challenge at the Santa Clara Microsoft Store yesterday. The assigned...
Galaxy Nexus owner refused prize upon beating Windows Phone challenge, receives apology and loot later
As apps dominate mobile, a little "borrowing" goes a long way

Energy harvester that creates power from ambient vibrations finally comes to market

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We can stuff as many powerful processors and as much memory as we want into our phones and tablets, but it won't matter unless the devices can draw enough energy to make use of it all. Even if the battery industry can produce a unit that can store significantly more...
Energy harvester that creates power from ambient vibrations finally comes to market

Why Instagram's videos are 15 seconds long

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“I don’t think that number was made up out of thin air.” Instagram launched video yesterday, as everyone and her social dog knows. But why 15 seconds long, when Vine, the massively growing video-based social network that premiered the medium, is six seconds? “They said it was to give people...
Why Instagram's videos are 15 seconds long
You can pluck graphene from thin air - but then what?

The rise of a frog-killing fungus pinned in part on global trade

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Justin C. Touchon, Smithsonian Tropical Research It’s a tough time to be a frog. A fungal disease known as chytridiomycosis has been decimating populations across the planet for about a decade. Since its discovery in the late 1990s, it has already wiped out about 100 species. Although it seemed...
The rise of a frog-killing fungus pinned in part on global trade
After collecting private Wi-Fi data, Google may give out $7M to U.S. states
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Why Mike Daisey isn’t done apologizing for his lies

Virtualization vs The Cloud: Are they really so different?

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This post is sponsored by VMware. Learn about VMware virtualization and cloud solutions for small & mid-size business visit info.vmware.com This article is available in other languages: Day to day, you may hear buzzwords like cloud hosting or virtualization and associate them with the same thing, but there are...
Virtualization vs The Cloud: Are they really so different?

Microsoft's top-secret Surface prototypes

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Microsoft's top-secret Surface prototypes: Good stuff from Tom Warren for The Verge. This, in particular, sticks out: The exact timing of Surface development is still a mystery though, and Panay refused to comment whether the iPad was available before work started on Surface. The official timing statement is that the...
Microsoft's top-secret Surface prototypes

TuneCore: iTunes Match created a whole new revenue stream for artists

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While the music world has shown some skepticism towards streaming services such as Spotify, Apple’s iTunes Match may be getting a much warmer reception, Ars Technica reports. So how is Apple’s cloud-based service any different from its competitors and why does it please musicians? The independent music distribution service TuneCore summarized it...
TuneCore: iTunes Match created a whole new revenue stream for artists

Revenues from 4G sale: Going, going, gone | Editorial

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It is a shame that flogging off thin air is nowhere near as valuable as it was in Gordon Brown's dayIf you are very bored and very lonely, you may have flicked around with the remote for long enough to discover auction channels, which hawk satin bedsheets and cut-glass decanters...
Revenues from 4G sale: Going, going, gone | Editorial

Facebook’s ‘Like’ is about to have a competitor and it’s called ‘Cheers’

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Liking things on Facebook has become commonplace for its 845M active users. If someone posts an interesting status update, YouTube video, link, or life event, you might be inclined to “Like” it. All of that activity is then sent back to Facebook and helps prioritize your relationships and the content...
Facebook’s ‘Like’ is about to have a competitor and it’s called ‘Cheers’

A road warrior's guide to locking down your laptop

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Mobile computing may be convenient, but it's also inherently risky. When you drag your laptop to the coffee shop or bring it along on your travels, you're making all your private data and one of your most expensive possessions a big, fat target for sticky-fingered thieves. And unlike traditional...
A road warrior's guide to locking down your laptop

Ethernet gets new IEEE standard, still requires your thumbnail

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If you've been taking your trusty ethernet cable for granted since 1985, then we don't blame you -- that's when the IEEE 802.3 standard was first published and it hasn't had a full revision since 2008. Behind the scenes, however, the IEEE Ethernet Working Group has continued to add...
Ethernet gets new IEEE standard, still requires your thumbnail
Bio artist Simon Park grows microbial masterpieces from contaminated bacteria food

Appeals Court Hears Case Over Constitutionality Of Copyright Royalty Board

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The Copyright Royalty Board is a horrific abomination of a judicial process -- it's basically a board of three totally out-of-touch judges who get to pick out of thin air what certain copyright royalties will be. They have a terrible track record, agreeing to set "webcasting" rates that would have...
Appeals Court Hears Case Over Constitutionality Of Copyright Royalty Board

iTunes turns 12: An image gallery

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SoundJam MP The first version of iTunes didn't just appear out of thin air. It was based on software named SoundJam, which was available for the Mac long before iTunes came to be. SoundJam MP player Check out that SoundJam MP player! You can see its influences on iTunes...
iTunes turns 12: An image gallery

New Form Of Cotton Can Grab Nearly Three And A Half Times Its Own Weight Of Water Out Of Thin Air

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A new treatment applied to cotton called PNIPAAm can make the material absorb up to 340% of its own weight in water from misty air and then release it as temperatures heat up. This makes it ideal for gathering water in desert and mountain environments. By comparison, untreated cotton can...
New Form Of Cotton Can Grab Nearly Three And A Half Times Its Own Weight Of Water Out Of Thin Air

With Licensing Deal, Apple Patent Lawsuit Simply Vanishes Into Thin Air

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Technology licensing company SimpleAir said on Thursday that Apple has licensed the company’s patents, ending a legal dispute between the two companies. SimpleAir said that the agreement was confidential and did not announce terms of the deal. The Marshall, Texas-based company sued Apple back in September 2009. A trial had...
With Licensing Deal, Apple Patent Lawsuit Simply Vanishes Into Thin Air

Judge rejects Facebook ad settlement, cites $10 million lawyer pay-out

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Facebook and class action lawyers thought they had a deal over “Sponsored Stories,” a type of advertising in which Facebook had users endorse products without their permission. But a federal judge has now kiboshed the $20 million settlement that would have resolved the matter. In an order handed down in...
Judge rejects Facebook ad settlement, cites $10 million lawyer pay-out

Inhabitat's Week in Green: Biobot, Nintendo Power Glove and an inflatable bathroom bubble

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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green. This week President Barack Obama set the tone for the coming year in his 2013 State of the Union address, which advocated 3D printing...
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Biobot, Nintendo Power Glove and an inflatable bathroom bubble

Social Messaging Kills Texting

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The rise of social messaging apps on smart phones has led to a decline in text messaging activity. It’s costing mobile providers an estimated $13.9 billion in potential revenues, a figure that’s jumped 60% in the last year, according to a new study. Short text messages are as high margin...
Social Messaging Kills Texting
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Okay, Here's What It Was Like To Meet The President...

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The White House was kind enough to invite Business Insider and me to a private briefing on the economy yesterday. The briefing featured the President's whole gang--Alan Krueger (Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors), Gene Sperling (head of the National Economic Council), et al. Basically, we got a...
Okay, Here's What It Was Like To Meet The President...
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