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Desperate For Ad Data, Twitter Offers Animated Balloons For Your Birthdate (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

5 hours 53 min ago

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Desperate For Ad Data, Twitter Offers Animated Balloons For Your Birthdate  —  Twitter's ads would work a lot better if it knew how old you are.  So in an obvious data grab, Twitter will show animated balloons on your profile when it's your birthday if you're willing to give it your birthdate.

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Court orders founder of media and software pirate forum Wawa-Mania to pay $17M+ in damages (Andy/TorrentFreak)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:30pm

Andy / TorrentFreak:
Court orders founder of media and software pirate forum Wawa-Mania to pay $17M+ in damages  —  ‘Pirate’ Site Admin Ordered to Pay Hollywood $12.8m  —  In an October 2014 submission to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), the RIAA bemoaned the existence of several leading ‘pirate’ sites.

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Eddy Cue: Apple 'working' to bring back music Home Sharing with iOS 9 (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 9:25pm

Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Eddy Cue: Apple ‘working’ to bring back music Home Sharing with iOS 9  —  Last week, we noted that Apple's latest iOS 8.4 release with Apple Music removes support for the long-existing Music Home Sharing feature.  This function allows an iOS device user to stream music from a computer running iTunes on their own WiFi network.

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Sheryl Sandberg Joins SurveyMonkey's Board (Quentin Hardy/New York Times)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 8:15pm

Quentin Hardy / New York Times:
Sheryl Sandberg Joins SurveyMonkey's Board  —  Sheryl Sandberg is taking a seat on the board of SurveyMonkey, her late husband's online survey and polling company.  —  Ms. Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the book “Lean In,” unexpectedly lost her husband, Dave Goldberg, while on vacation in May.

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Sony Xperia Z4 tablet review: incredibly thin and light, and near-flawless performance, but useless keyboard dock makes it too expensive (Aaron Souppouris/Engadget)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 7:40pm

Aaron Souppouris / Engadget:
Sony Xperia Z4 tablet review: incredibly thin and light, and near-flawless performance, but useless keyboard dock makes it too expensive  —  Sony Xperia Z4 tablet review: a great device saddled with a terrible dock  —  Sony's tablets have quietly been getting better over the years.

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Amazon must face trademark lawsuit by high-end watchmaker Multi Time Machine, which claims search results were misleading users (Dan Levine/Reuters)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 6:35pm

Dan Levine / Reuters:
Amazon must face trademark lawsuit by high-end watchmaker Multi Time Machine, which claims search results were misleading users  —  Amazon must face trademark lawsuit over search results  —  Amazon.com Inc must face a trademark lawsuit brought by a watchmaker which says the online retailer's search results …

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All Apple Stores to reduce third-party accessories selection to items sold in packaging co-designed by Apple, starting next week (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 5:05pm

Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
All Apple Stores to reduce third-party accessories selection to items sold in packaging co-designed by Apple, starting next week  —  All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory selection with Apple designed boxes  —  Apple-designed packaging for the Mophie Juice Pack and Logitech iPad Keyboard

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Google releases Material Design Lite, a web framework for making Material Design-style websites (Tom Maxwell/9to5Google)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:35pm

Tom Maxwell / 9to5Google:
Google releases Material Design Lite, a web framework for making Material Design-style websites  —  Google Developers, the team at Google which creates tools and learning materials for developers to take advantage of, has released a front-end web framework for building sites to the Material Design specification.

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Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music as Groove, Xbox Video as Movies & TV (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 4:07pm

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music as Groove, Xbox Video as Movies & TV  —  Microsoft just announced a big change for its entertainment apps and services.  In short, Xbox Music is being rebranded as Groove and Xbox Video is being rebranded as Movies & TV.  Both apps will be available in a new Windows 10 preview available later this week.

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Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music to Groove (Tom Warren/The Verge)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 3:45pm

Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft rebrands Xbox Music to Groove  —  Microsoft killed off the Xbox Music branding in its music and video apps for Windows 10, but today the company is rebranding the entire service to Groove.  In a blog post detailing the changes, Microsoft's reasoning for the new name appears to be because …

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T-Mobile's transparency report shows 352K customer data requests in 2014, up 11% from 2013 and more than Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint (Roger Cheng/CNET)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 2:40pm

Roger Cheng / CNET:
T-Mobile's transparency report shows 352K customer data requests in 2014, up 11% from 2013 and more than Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint  —  T-Mobile was asked to turn over more customer info than its larger rivals  —  The nation's fourth-largest wireless carrier fielded more government data requests than AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.

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McDonald's to start mobile payment and ordering pilot program in China in Q3; KFC teams up with Alipay on mobile payments (Laurie Burkitt/Wall Street Journal)

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 1:55pm

Laurie Burkitt / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's to start mobile payment and ordering pilot program in China in Q3; KFC teams up with Alipay on mobile payments  —  McDonald's, KFC Look to Get Faster in China by Adding Digital Pay Option  —  To cater to a growing Chinese trend, outlets offer mobile ordering and mobile payments

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