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Led Zeppelin Spotify deal is exclusive – to a point

Led Zeppelin Spotify deal is exclusive – to a point

There's been word that one of the last major hold-outs in the streaming music business, Led Zeppelin, was in negotiations with several companies since early this year. Now that they've officially joined up with Spotify for their entire official record collection, it would appear that Spotify has won the battle - according to a NYTimes release from January, several companies were still in the running for rights. With Rhapsody, Rdio, and Deezer having also been on the list, there's a distinct possibility that Spotify's "exclusive" launch wont last for long.

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Gmail app Vacation Responder live: holidays truly begin

Gmail app Vacation Responder live: holidays truly begin

This holiday season the folks responsible for the Gmail app for Android have added the ability to set an instant-response email to incoming emails, a service that's existed in the web browser-based interface for some time. This feature will allow users to set up and respond to all emails - or select contacts - for a certain number of days.

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Play Store app update rolling out with activity page, more social recommendations

Play Store app update rolling out with activity page, more social recommendations

The world is a social place, and the digital variety is no exception. Keeping pace with this, Google has announced a new update to the Play Store app that brings with it a couple different social elements achieved with Google Plus integration. The update is rolling out now, but will continue to do so for the next couple days, so those who aren't seeing it yet might have to wait a bit longer.

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Aereo Chromecast app to bring streaming broadcast TV to the TV

Aereo Chromecast app to bring streaming broadcast TV to the TV

Aereo is testing a Chromecast app, CEO Chet Kanojia said today. The app would effectively bring the company's streaming broadcast TV service full circle in a historical sense, returning broadcast TV to the TV. From locally installed antennas on Aereo property to mobile devices and browsers around the United States to the Google streaming media dongle to the display on your TV, this confluence of technology is poised to bring the broadcast and cable TV lawsuit machine down even harder on Aereo -- if it's even possible for this David-and-Goliath legal saga to get more spectacular.

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Google Music update brings save to SD card, sharing abilities

Google Music update brings save to SD card, sharing abilities

The Android version of the Google Music app has been updated this week to bring on several much-requested abilities to the masses. The first of these changes is the ability to download and save song files to your smartphone's SD card. This does not mean that you'll be able to pop the SD card out and have all the files ready to play on any device, only that you'll be able to store your on-device files on the card itself - they need the app to play.

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Instagram printing and messaging possibilities for NYC event

Instagram printing and messaging possibilities for NYC event

Invites have been sent today to a collection of Instagram users and press alike, these invites containing a block of wood with an Instagram photo printed up front. These blocks are approximately 4-inches wide and 4-inches tall and have a hole at the back made for hanging. These blocks could very well mean that Instagram is moving forward with physical printing on a variety of objects in the near future.

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Google Compute Engine made generally available

Google Compute Engine made generally available

Google has made its Google Compute Engine generally available, more reliable, and less expensive. This will attract more developers and engineers to use Google's cloud platform for running computations and apps on behalf of their customers. This in turn will lead to more of the public's data and activities being processed through Google's data centers -- even on services that have no apparent ties to Google.

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