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Tribune acquires Gracenote from Sony for one big smart media data stream

Tribune acquires Gracenote from Sony for one big smart media data stream

Two major sources for technology that organizes and mades sense of your media have, this week, combined into a single entity. What’s happening here is a transaction between Tribune Company and Sony Corporation of America in which the former will acquire “the global leader in music technology and metadata” from the latter: Gracenote. This data will be added to Tribune Media Services, making this one entity into “one of the largest entertainment metadata companies in the world.”

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Spotify sees rapid growth following free streaming launch

Spotify sees rapid growth following free streaming launch

On December 11, Spotify opened the doors to a gaggle of mobile users by allowing free mobile streaming in exchange for advertisements and some limitations. Now, a week later, the numbers show the benefits of such a business move: mobile users growth has skyrocketed for the service, with downloads increasing by a factor of four over the course of the first week. The announcement was made by Spotify yesterday in a statement.

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Pharrell Williams interviews Spock

Pharrell Williams interviews Spock

As part of a creator series of interviews called "ARTST TLK", the multi-platform artist known as Pharrell Williams has brought aboard none other than Leonard Nimoy for a chat. While this actor, synonymous with his iconic half-human/half-alien Star Trek character Spock, has had many chats on the subject, this one is unique. This one is like watching the world's biggest geek speak with an unnatural amount of restraint while asking questions so well thought out, you'd swear he'd written them over the course of a lifetime.

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U2 joins Google+, high-fives Vic Gundotra

U2 joins Google+, high-fives Vic Gundotra

You know the feeling you get when you walk past a Google executive and just casually say hello as you enter their social network for the first time? That's the feeling Bono-led U2 got this week as their presence on Google+ becomes news enough to cover in the ever-so-important cross-brand collaboration war between the social networks. Here U2 appears, and they appear official from the start.

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Microsoft Surfaces scarce for the holidays as Music Kit remains in limbo

Microsoft Surfaces scarce for the holidays as Music Kit remains in limbo

Looking to buy a Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablet computer in time for Christmas? Don't go to the source. It seems the Surface situation over at the online Microsoft Store is bleak. The online retailer has been out of its two hero tablet models for "the past several days," reports Neowin. But they're out there if you know where to keep digging. "X" marks the spot after the jump.

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Beyonce album Target store skip enlivens digital media war

Beyonce album Target store skip enlivens digital media war

If the fact that Target announced that they wont be carrying Beyonce's 2013 self-titled album weren't enough, the writing on the wall should be. Here we're seeing another big push in the war waged between artists, record labels, and those that would stand to lose profit at the hands of the oncoming digital revolution. While the release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" had the record industry in a tizzy with its "pay whatever you want" model, Beyonce's "release as a surprise to iTunes first" model seems to be taking retail stores out a whole new door.

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iTunes and App Store Best of 2013

iTunes and App Store Best of 2013

With the end of 2013 closing in, Apple's annual App Store and iTunes numbers are in, and among them we find an eclectic mix of apps, albums, movies, books, and other varied content categories. Not surprisingly, "Candy Crush" topped the free iPhone apps chart, beating out Google's YouTube app and similar, while Macklemore makes a double appearance on the music charts, Gravity trumps all other movies, and Happy Tree Friends takes top slot in the podcast category. Read on to find out what other content took 2013 by storm.

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AwoX StriimLight B-10 lightbulb features built-in Bluetooth speaker

AwoX StriimLight B-10 lightbulb features built-in Bluetooth speaker

Home automation not only gives extensive control over one's home, but also enables features of it to work in ways not previously possible. One example is the StriimLight B-10 from AwoX, which combines a speaker and an LED light to enable music playback from wherever you have a light socket. Using Bluetooth technology, owners can control the speaker using their mobile device.

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