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Spotify launches ad campaign, looks to gain wider use

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 9:02 pm

Streaming music provider Spotify is looking to move into the mainstream with a new series of TV advertisements. The first campaign kicks off with a spot during NBC's "The Voice." This particular advertisement will feature complementary Wed and social media components to increase engagement.

 

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This advertising campaign likely comes as a result of, at least partly, complaints by major music label executives that Spotify hasn't done enough to expand in the US market. In December, Spotify announced that they have one million paying subscribers in the US. It's worth noting they've only been in the US for a year and a half.

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NASDAQ to pay out just $62m to investors who lost an estimated $500m in Facebook IPO

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 8:34 pm

We all remember that fateful day last year when Facebook had its IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange. I'm sure most of us recall some of the difficulties associated with the IPO and how the price plummeted from its list price of $38. The estimated loss to investors due to the glitches suffered by the NASDAQ stock exchange is $500 million.

 

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NASDAQ will be paying out just $62 million to those affected. The United States Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) have agreed with this payout. Investors who had orders not completed or who were not correctly notified of buys or sells successfully completed are among the eligible.

Kim Dotcom looking to sue Hong Kong government

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 7:28 pm

The Megaupload and Kim Dotcom saga just won't end. The latest from Mega's founder, Kim Dotcom, is that they are readying a lawsuit against the Hong Kong government over the raid of his business back in January 2012. He says the raid on his headquarters and freezing of his assets were illegal.

 

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Dotcom:

We were in the process of preparing a listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange and the valuation of our company was over $US2 billion. Fortunately, the US government will have to indemnify Hong Kong for any damages awarded to us.

 

So far, Dotcom's legal adventures have been fairly successful. He has won the right to sue New Zealand over the raid on his mansion and has yet to be extradited to the United States. We will have to wait and see if his legal successes continue to come.

 

Dotcom plans to keep his headquarters in Hong Kong due to the tax benefits. "It involves some US artists as potential shareholders and they want a more tax-friendly jurisdiction. That's why we looked at Hong Kong and Singapore."

Pi MusicBox creates a Raspberry Pi and Spotify mashup that we love

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 6:30 pm

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services available, and Raspberry Pi is one of the hottest devices on the market right now. It only seems natural that they find each other and mesh into a form of music streaming goodness.

 

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Pi MusicBox is a bootable Debian image designed to work with the Raspberry Pi and implements Modipy, which is a music streaming server. One of the awesome features of Modipy is its ability to stream music straight from Spotify as well as playback from local storage. It can be remote controlled from any Music Player Daemon (MPD) or web browser.

 

There are MPD apps for virtually every OS you can think of including Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux. Pi MusicBox would make the perfect wireless music streaming device for those who do not want to shell out the funds for something like a Sonos or Wi-Fi enabled stereo.

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China to get its own official Linux distro called 'Kylin'

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 5:27 pm

China is notorious for trying to control every aspect of its citizen's computing lives. It regularly blocks websites, restricts software and cuts internet connection from its people. Surprisingly even with all of that control, the Chinese government seemingly loves Linux.

 

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Most of you will be surprised to hear that China has had open source "Software Promotion Union" since 2004 and the union is teaming up with Canonical to create a better Linux distro just for China. Dubbed Kylin, this version of Linux is designed to replace "Red Flag", the current "Chinese only" Linux based OS.

 

Kylin will support Chinese characters and will link up with Chinese web services for banking, music streaming and local mapping. Reports have us seeing an official release of the distro as early as April. With Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth heading up the Software Promotion Union, we expect that estimate to be fairly accurate.

More issues arise for EA as security holes are found in Battlefield Play4Free

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 4:26 pm

Whether you love or hate EA, you kind of have to feel sorry for them at this point. After what could be described as one of the worst launches in history, the hits just keep coming for the company behind the Need for Speed, SimCity and Battlefield franchises.

 

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This time the bad news comes out of EA's Battlefield spin-off, Battlefield Play4Free. At the Black Hat security conference last week, crackers demonstrated a proof-of-concept exploit that would allow attackers to execute and run malicious code on systems running Windows XP and Battlefield Play4Free.

 

According to the report, a webpage is used in the exploit, and opens the game on a victim's computer, which it then instructs it to load a malicious "MOD" file used to customize game settings and features. With games that charge for "perks", this malicious software could possibly steal a user's payment information, or hijack the users account altogether. EA is said to be investigating the hole, but no word has been released on a patch.

Facebook to launch VoIP Calling to its Messenger iOS app today for United Kingdom residents

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 3:23 pm

US and Canadian users of Facebook's Messenger App for iOS have had the privilege of VoIP calling since January, but UK users have been left in the dark, while testing was conducted. Today all of that changes as Facebook has released VoIP Calling for Messenger to its UK users.

 

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"From today, VOIP calling for Facebook Messenger on iOS will go live in the UK. This means that you can call friends in Facebook Messenger for free by tapping the 'I' button in an individual conversation and then tapping 'Free Call'."

 

Facebook is said to have begun the world wide VoIP rollout to compete with services such as What's App, IMO, and iCall which see billions of messages and calls sent a day.

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Sony opens up its high-end Xperia ZL smartphone for pre-order in the US

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 2:15 pm

Another week and another new smartphone for everyone to lust over! This morning Sony announced that its high-end flagship Xperia ZL was now available in the US for pre-order. Unlike most other flagship phones we have covered in the last few months, the Xperia ZL is not attached to any specific carriers and pre-orders go straight through Sony.

 

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The 5-inch class smartphone features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and sports a 1920x1080 display that is powered by Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2 Technology. A 13-megapixel Exmor RD sensor handles the photographic duties while a smaller front facing camera handles all of your video chatting wants and needs.

 

A 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro powers this beast, while 2GB of RAM keeps things running nice and smooth. Also featured is NFC technology, and a high capacity battery that provides up to 10 hours of talk time and a reported 500 hours of standby time. The unlocked phone is available in both LTE and HSPA+ versions and can be pre-ordered from Sony for $759.99 and $719.99 respectively.

FCC Commissioner calls net neutrality the agency's biggest failure

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 1:20 pm

Last week FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell announced that he would be stepping down from his seat at the FCC. McDowell was one of the biggest opponents to the Net Neutrality rules that were adopted by the FCC in 2010.

 

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In 2010 the FCC approved net neutrality rules that prevented Internet service providers from blocking lawful traffic and banning discrimination against competitive services running over the ISP's networks. This was seen as a major win for internet lovers across the nation.

 

The controversy came when Wireless carriers were deemed to not be subject to those rules. McDowell opposed the net neutrality rules stating "I just think it was needlessly disruptive and a diversion of FCC resources." When asked to elaborate, McDowell had the following to say:

 

First of all, I've been a strong advocate for a free and open Internet. What I opposed really focused on, first of all, there is no market failure that needed to be addressed. Second, the FCC did not have the statutory authority to do what it did. Third, if there had been a problem there were laws already on the books that would have addressed the problem.

 

There wasn't a problem before the rules and there's not a problem with any danger of a closed Internet in this country after the rules. For those who think the rules have preserved an open Internet, that's sort of like a rooster taking credit for the sunrise.

Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod departs from Samsung, takes a jab at TouchWiz on his way out

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 25, 2013 12:29 pm

Less than two years after being scooped up by Samsung, CyanogenMod founder Steve Kondik has left the company and his role as software engineer behind him. His reason for departure is that he "just decided to try something new."

 

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Despite his departure, Kondik seems to be a big fan of Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy S4. He says that the new Galaxy "blows the competition out of the water" and that its specifications are second to none. The new TouchWiz interface, however, is another story. Kondik says that it "feels like it has been sent a few years back in time to the Froyo days."

 

Kondik leaves Samsung on good terms and he stated in a blog post that he might even have another position already lined up. He said to his readers "ask me in a couple of months." Where ever Steve lands, we wish him the best of luck and cannot wait to see the awesome new things he does with CyanogenMod.

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