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Beats Music powers up human-curated streaming Jan 21st

Beats Music powers up human-curated streaming Jan 21st

Beats Music, the much-anticipated Spotify rival from makers of the fashionable headphone brand, will launch on January 21st in the US, offering curated playlists delivered multiple times a day, ad-hoc track selection based on environment and mood, and over 20m tracks from major and independent labels. The service, created by Beats Electronics' Jimmy Iovine along with Dr. Dre, Luke Wood, Trent Reznor, and Ian Rogers, will attempt to address one of the big, lingering issues facing existing streaming providers: the problem of choice-overload and not being able to pick between the hundreds of thousands of albums on offer.

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SFBatKid takes over San Francisco with Make-a-Wish Foundation

SFBatKid takes over San Francisco with Make-a-Wish Foundation

Today may very well have been the greatest day ever for Miles Scott as his very batty wish was made a reality by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The foundation today turned San Francisco into Gotham City so that this 5-year-old could save the day as he became none other than BatKid! To do this, the foundation brought Miles and his family to San Francisco from their home in Northern California and began he day with a fantastic costume.

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Momentage combines multimedia shares into single posts

Momentage combines multimedia shares into single posts

Momentage, a new multimedia sharing app and social network, officially launched last week. The app lets you snap photos, shoot videos, add sound clips, write descriptions, and arrange it all as "moments" which you can quickly share to the Momentage network, Twitter, and Facebook. Shared moments take the form of media collages which can be viewed in-app or on the Web.

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ConnecTV second-screen TV companion app adds 6-second clip-and-share functionality

ConnecTV second-screen TV companion app adds 6-second clip-and-share functionality

ConnecTV, the second-screen app that syncs to whatever you're watching on TV for an information-rich, social sharing experience, is today rolling out a new feature that lets you select 6-second clips and share them via Twitter, Facebook, and email. The Vine- and Instagram-like clipping feature automatically loads the previous two minutes of the program and lets you swipe to cue to the moment you want to share. The update represents a major addition to the app and brings it more in line with the industry trend of TV- and device-pairing.

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Instagram hits 150 million users milestone

Instagram hits 150 million users milestone

Instagram has announced its latest milestone on its blog, revealing that its user base has grown by 50 million users over the past six months, bringing its total number of users since launch up to -- and beyond -- 150 million users. This follows the last milestone it announced in February when it reached the 100 million user mark.

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MixBit aims to cash in on YouTube success on iPhone [UPDATE: Android too!]

MixBit aims to cash in on YouTube success on iPhone [UPDATE: Android too!]

With the creation of YouTube came the first widespread use of video on the internet - the creators of this phenomenon aim to see lightening strike twice with the app MixBit for iPhone. While this app may eventually be available for other mobile platforms such as Android*, the app itself is being launched initially for the top-selling Apple phone, where several of the original founders of YouTube hope a video editing and mixing community can most effectively take off.

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HTC One Max and Robert Downy Jr teased in viral video spot

HTC One Max and Robert Downy Jr teased in viral video spot

This afternoon HTC has teased "Big things ahead" with a teaser for a trailer - yes, such things do now exist - for a new device or service, two of the most likely candidates being the fabled HTC One Max and the addition of Robert Downey Jr. It's been suggested more than once in the very recent past that Iron Man himself would be taking on a role not unlike a brand ambassador for the company, and it doesn't look impossible that the fellow jumping off the helicopter in this spot would be him - but that's far less important than the device, right?

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Facebook Embedded Posts spread public posts socially

Facebook Embedded Posts spread public posts socially

Facebook has launched Embedded Posts, allowing public posts on the social network to be included elsewhere online, just as Twitter, Vine, and Instagram already offer. The new feature, which is currently limited to a select number of company pages, along with individual and "Pages" posts, but will eventually be opened up to any publicly-shared company post, supports hashtags, "read more" splits and the ability to Like the source page directly from the embed.

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Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

It may be hard to believe, but before today, there was no way to embed Instagram content on other websites. However, the social photo-sharing company has finally announced the feature and launched embeds for both photos and videos. This will allow users to show Instagram content on their own website without just having to link to it.

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