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Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Jawbone buys Playground.fm: Are wearable-curated playlists next?

Fitness wearable and Bluetooth speaker and headset firm Jawbone quietly bought up Playground.fm last year, a personalized internet radio app that uses social networking and Spotify activity to craft a custom station. Playground.fm uses Facebook Likes of existing music to figure out the listener's tastes, potentially opening the door to a Jawbone-branded music service, or even shaping playlists by physical activity.

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Amazon renews Alpha House in original show splurge

Amazon renews Alpha House in original show splurge

Amazon has renewed Alpha House and given the green-light to four new prime-time shows and a pair of children's shows for Amazon Original Series, the online retailer has confirmed today. The Garry Trudeau comedy - which stars John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson, and Matt Malloy - was Amazon's most popular TV show in its first season, and production of season two will begin over Summer 2014.

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Comcast Apple TV talk prompts streaming skepticism

Comcast Apple TV talk prompts streaming skepticism

Chatter of an Apple deal with Comcast that would secure priority access for Apple TV streamed content has renewed speculation about a new set-top box and given stock prices a bump, but questions around net neutrality remain. Apple has reportedly been continuing the talks it began with Time Warner Cable with Comcast, which is set to acquire TWC, in the aim of avoiding last-mile congestion by using the same private connection the ISP itself uses for its own streaming media services.

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OUYA Everywhere puts platform on Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Micro-Console

OUYA Everywhere puts platform on Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Micro-Console

Kickstarter success OUYA has made the jump from product to platform, with a deal that will put the open-source console's software on the new Mad Catz M.O.J.O. Micro-Console. Part of the startups' new OUYA Everywhere initiative, announced earlier this week, the agreement will mean all of the games and content that developers have released for OUYA will be available on the M.O.J.O. Micro-Console later this spring, along with a price cut.

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Aether Cone speaker promises streaming selection smarts

Aether Cone speaker promises streaming selection smarts

A conical intelligent speaker could cut through the choice-overload of online music services, with startup Aether promising simplicity without giving up choice with its new Cone streamer. Shaped, as the name suggests, like a soft-edged cone, the wireless speaker gets online via WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz) and streams from a number of unspecified online music services, mixing together content from internet radio, on-demand, and podcasts.

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