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Pandora gets into ticket biz with Ticketfly acquisition

Pandora gets into ticket biz with Ticketfly acquisition

Pandora, the Internet radio service, has decided to take things up a notch by acquiring Ticketfly, a competitor to Ticketmaster. Pandora announced the acquisition today, saying it has entered into an agreement to buy the independent company. This could prove to be a good thing for concert-goers of all sorts, not just Pandora users, as ticket sales have long been dominated by Ticketmaster.

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Hulu and Viacom expand deal: more shows inbound

Hulu and Viacom expand deal: more shows inbound

Hulu and Viacom have a good relationship, something yet again demonstrated by a new expanded deal between the two companies. Under this, Hulu has scored VOD rights for a bunch of new shows, including some from Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and more. Viacom and Hulu first began their relationship back in 2011, and have since grown it, tacking on more shows and expanding its offerings to cover a wide range of television programming.

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Brown University researchers grow mini-brains for testing

Brown University researchers grow mini-brains for testing

Why bother acquiring a full sized (read: expensive) brain when a miniature (read: cheaper) one will do? Brown University researchers have detailed in a new report their efforts to create a non-thinking miniature brain composed of central nervous system tissue. The mini-brain creation process is said to be both simple — relatively speaking — and inexpensive, and they have a big upside: these mini-brains could reduce the number of animal brains that are used for testing.

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Netflix has seven new original shows for kids inbound

Netflix has seven new original shows for kids inbound

Earlier this year, Netflix announced a handful of new shows for young children, and now the company is back with more than half a dozen additional original shows, all of them aimed at kids in the tween and teen age groups. Counted among them are two shows concerning LEGO’s Bionicle and LEGO Friends products. Also notable with the new announcement is the maker’s first original animated show for Latin America called “Las Leyendas.”

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Tidal says it has hit the 1m subscribers milestone

Tidal says it has hit the 1m subscribers milestone

Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal has hit the 1 million subscribers milestone, and to celebrate the company will be holding a charity concert in New York. Tidal is a new music service, being only six months old and having survived despite some sharp criticism. The service billed itself as a music streaming option that puts the artists first, but better known services like Spotify — with free streaming options — were hard to contend with.

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HTC’s upcoming One hero phone launches October 20

HTC’s upcoming One hero phone launches October 20

HTC has fired out an invitation for its upcoming One hero phone, which it will be launching on October 20. This will be the maker's first One smartphone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow; the unveiling will be done via a livestream over on HTC's "Launch" site. The invite and website provide precious few details -- just that you'll need to tune in at noon EST to find out for yourself.

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UberEVENTS lets hosts send guest passes to invitees

UberEVENTS lets hosts send guest passes to invitees

Uber has introduced the beta for what sounds to be a promising new feature for users: uberEVENTS, a program under which event throwers can arrange transportation for the people coming to their events. Right now the feature is only available for Uber for Business users and some riders, but in the coming weeks the ridesharing service will begin to expand the service by launching across New York City. When it will roll out to all users isn’t clear.

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Blue Apron challenges Amazon with wine delivery service

Blue Apron challenges Amazon with wine delivery service

The modern world is full of people who are too busy to pop into the local grocery store -- or, more likely, simply enjoy the efficiency of having their groceries show up at their doorstep. The same goes for those who enjoy a can of beer or glass of wine with dinner, and Amazon recently expanded its own such delivery service. Not to be left behind is food delivery service Blue Apron, which has just announced it'll also bring a bottle of wine to your home.

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Facebook launches Signal curation tool for journalists

Facebook launches Signal curation tool for journalists

Facebook shows trending topics in the little ticker in the upper corner of one’s newsfeed, but it is capable of so much more. To better leverage its mass of data (and, likely, take on Twitter), the company has introduced a new curation tool for journalists called Signal, which offers up content from both Instagram and Facebook. The social network says it has received many requests from journalists for such a tool, and that Signal will make Facebook more central to their news-gathering efforts.

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