Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

Taylor Swift song is 8 seconds of static, still hits #1 in Canada

How often do you download a song without previewing it first? If it is an artist you're fond of, the odds are likely high, as you figure it's something you'll want in your collection. We have to assume that is the reason behind what happened in Canada recently, where a newly released Taylor Swift song hit the #1 slot...even though it was only 8 seconds of loud, obnoxious static. It's either that, or our Canadian friends have a rather eclectic taste in music.

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Apple, GT Advanced officially part ways

Apple, GT Advanced officially part ways

After a protracted relationship that churned out no physical product from their famed Arizona facility, GT Advanced and Apple have parted ways. The separation is said to be amicable, and comes on the heels of GT’s bankruptcy and subsequent bashing of their deal with Apple. Calling the arrangement “oppressive”, GT failed to meet thresholds for getting the facility up and running, which led Apple to hold back payments in their $500 million deal. Now, GT Advanced will need to sell off equipment to pay Apple.

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Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Dish Network and Turner squabble, channels go dark

Contract disputes are a common thing, and we've seen them span all varieties of companies: Amazon has had its share of battles this year, for example, and we've seen television watchers suffer as a result of soured negotiations. That latter issue has again arisen, this time affecting Dish Network subscribers who enjoy watching certain channels, CNN among them. It seems the satellite company is in a dispute with Turner over contractual issues, and as a result several channels -- fairly notable and high-demand ones -- have been pulled.

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Yahoo earnings: 17% of revenue is from mobile ads

Yahoo earnings: 17% of revenue is from mobile ads

When Marissa Mayer took over at Yahoo, the company was in a tailspin. At first blush, her shopping spree after assuming control didn’t seem to help. Spending big cash on properties like Tumblr seemed like they may do more harm than good. Now, with Yahoo’s recent earnings report, we find out Mayer might have been taking a few steps back to start sprinting and get up to speed. Yahoo’s numbers now reflect their mobile properties, and just how well they’re doing for the once dominant search giant.

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iPad Air 2 benchmarks blow away iPhone 6, iPad Air

iPad Air 2 benchmarks blow away iPhone 6, iPad Air

When the iPad Air 2 came out, much of the energy circulated around whether or not you should upgrade. The device had some nice new tweaks, but was it enough to permit spending a few hundred more bucks? The original iPad Air seemed just fine at the time, and really — it still is. Unless you look at the benchmark numbers below. If you do that, any Apple device you might currently have, including the iPhone 6, will feel really dated.

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Shia LaBeouf music video tells tale of “actual cannibal”

Shia LaBeouf music video tells tale of “actual cannibal”

We’ve reached peak Shia LaBeouf, and the actor superstar himself isn’t even directly involved. His name is involved, and indeed it does appear that the artist Rob Cantor does truly believe that he is speaking about Shia LeBeouf, but Shia is not actually in the building. What you’re about to witness is pure, unadulterated entertainment and musical magic the likes of which we’ve not seen for… at least a week. This this "peak" goes entirely the opposite direction of the peak Matthew McConaughey.

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Yelp teams with Hipmunk for in-app hotel reservations

Yelp teams with Hipmunk for in-app hotel reservations

AirBNB sounds (and is) really awesome, but they have a unique set of problems. In some states, listing a room or home on the service means you’ll have to jump through bureaucratic hoops and bust through the red tape. Many are turned off by that, leaving would-be renters searching for a hotel room instead. Today, Yelp announces they’ve teamed up with Hipmunk to provide you with the ability to book a hotel room without ever having to leave Yelp’s app.

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iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

iCloud attacks were real: Apple comments

This week it was reported that Apple’s iCloud servers were under attack by China - as it turns out that’s not entirely true. Apple has made clear in a statement that there were indeed "intermittent organized network attacks" this week, but that they were done on people attempting to access the iCloud webpage. There weren’t any attacks on the iCloud servers themselves, nor were there any drops of user information. Apple does, however, suggest that you pay attention to "certificate warnings."

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Tesla unable to sell direct to customers in Michigan

Tesla unable to sell direct to customers in Michigan

Tesla has been dealt a major blow in their quest to sell direct to customers. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is set to sign legislation that will make it impossible for auto manufacturers to sell direct to customers. Tesla has long-held the position that it’s best for the consumer if they buy direct from Tesla, with the company opening several showrooms across the country. At least in Michigan, Tesla is going to have to try the same route other auto companies make use of.

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Apple Pay loyalty program coming this year, uses iAds

Apple Pay loyalty program coming this year, uses iAds

Making its home in Passbook, Apple Pay credit cards might sit next to your loyalty cards from some establishments. A new loyalty program specific to Apple Pay may arrive later this year, just in time for the holiday shopping rush. The new program won’t be the “scan your card to earn points” kind of thing (which clearly already exists via your iPhone), but a way for users to get little bonus items or discounts for using Apple Pay instead of plastic or cash.

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