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SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud strikes massive royalty deal with record labels

SoundCloud is home to a massive library of audio content, some of it from casual users, others from independent artists, podcasters, and more. There has been pressure on the service for a long while now to get squared away with official licensing deals and, under them, to pay out royalties where royalties are due. Today the service announced a big step toward that, with it having struck a large deal that covers about 20,000 indie record labels with the organization Merlin.

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Showtime and Apple partner to launch standalone streaming service

Showtime and Apple partner to launch standalone streaming service

Showtime has confirmed recent rumors, officially announcing that it will be launching a standalone Internet streaming service next month. The service will follow in line with HBO's recent embracing of the Internet (as well as Dish and many networks with its Sling TV), and it will be called simply "Showtime". Apple will be the first partner for the service, CBS Corporation announced this evening. The standalone Internet-based Showtime service will go live some time in early July. More after the jump.

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Nintendo unveils games coming to 3DS and more

Nintendo unveils games coming to 3DS and more

Nintendo decided to drop a “Nintendo Direct Micro” video today, and it mostly revolved around the surprise announcement of some new 3DS games slated for North America. The video was hosted by a micro version of Nintendo’s Director of Product Marketing Bill Trinen, who introduced a handful of games like Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash! which is currently in development. The games will be dropping at different times in the coming months, with the first arriving in less than two weeks.

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Facebook hires startup Tugboat Yards

Facebook hires startup Tugboat Yards

Facebook has acqui-hired, so to speak, the startup Tugboat Yards, it has been announced. The announcement was made by Tugboat Yards itself, which says that it is feeling both excited and melancholy about the new business deal. Under this deal, Tugboat Yards will be completely shutting down on June 30, with the team then heading on over to Facebook to join the social network’s product team. Says the new Facebook team members, they’ll be working on media products including video and news.

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AT&T tipped to be easing away from 2-year contracts

AT&T tipped to be easing away from 2-year contracts

With some carriers nowadays, you can elect to pay for a device in small monthly increments rather than shackling yourself into a long contract. Though the ultimate cost tends to be higher in the long run, many have embraced the option, and now word has it that AT&T will be nudging its subscribers toward that option by default. Starting June 1, says sources, the wireless carrier will be offering its AT&T Next in the place of 2-year contracts, the latter of which will be fizzling away.

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Seinfeld will start streaming on Hulu starting June 24

Seinfeld will start streaming on Hulu starting June 24

Late last month it was revealed that Hulu will be the exclusive streaming home of Seinfeld, and though we found out at the time that it would arrive in June, a specific date was not provided. Today that changed: Hulu says that you will be able to stream episodes of Seinfeld on the service starting June 26, leaving a little over one month of waiting. Rumor has it Hulu paid more than $500,000 USD per episode for the streaming deal.

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JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL, the audio company that recently had 16 speakers and two subwoofers squeezed into a Smart car, has taken the wraps off two new speakers: the JBL Clip+ and the JBL Charge 2+. Both are wireless speakers offering connectivity over Bluetooth, with the Clip+ featuring a hooked top and the Charge 2+ a long cylindrical design. Each speaker brings with it its own features, though the Charge 2+ is no doubt the higher end of the two. Both are up for order now, though the Clip+ won't be shipping again until September.

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Silver Mario amiibo arrives May 29

Silver Mario amiibo arrives May 29

As we reported back in February, Nintendo will be releasing Silver and Gold edition Mario amiibo figurines. No details about them were released at the time, but we’ve heard more about them since then, and now the most important detail has arrived: when you can get your hands on them…or, at least, on the Mario Silver Edition Amiibo (given that a gold edition hit Walmart back in March). The figurine will be available at retailers across the nation starting on May 29 at $12.99 USD.

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AT&T and Hulu partner to bring subscribers streaming videos

AT&T and Hulu partner to bring subscribers streaming videos

AT&T and Hulu have announced a new (expanded) partnership between the two that will bring video streaming content from the latter to AT&T’s own subscribers — both on the web and on their mobile devices. The two companies have previously had a deal that brings some content to the carrier’s subscribers, but under this they will be presented with more content through an AT&T app and, possibly, through a future Hulu app for TVs. The pair announced the expanded partnership today.

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Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Walmart takes on Amazon with flat-rate unlimited shipping option

Amazon Prime is enticing to some because of the discounts it offers on shipping, including a free option for those who spring for the $99/year subscription plan. Wal-Mart, it would seem, has felt the crunch because of this and will be challenging it. The company recently announced it will be offering a new unlimited shipping option for those who shop online, doing so with a flat-rate price of $50 per year. With this, the products will take up to three days to arrive, just a touch longer than Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping.

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