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Xbox One and 360 drop Xbox Live demand for Netflix, Hulu, more

Xbox One and 360 drop Xbox Live demand for Netflix, Hulu, more

Microsoft has ditched its requirement that Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners have Xbox Live subscriptions in order to access streaming services, meaning on-demand options like Netflix and Hulu will only require you pay up to the service themselves. The decision also brings Skype, OneDrive, and Internet Explorer to all Xbox users, as well as see Microsoft launch Games with Gold for Xbox One in June.

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Sonos app hits big 5.0: Universal search, smarter playlists, more

Sonos app hits big 5.0: Universal search, smarter playlists, more

Sonos has pushed out its new Sons app for iOS and Android, graduating the software from beta, and bringing universal search, musical alarms, and smoother multi-room support to all users. The new Sonos Software v5.0 updates the interface considerably, but it's the ability to search for music across all available sources rather than one at a time that will likely please avid listeners.

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Jawbone MINI JAMBOX Multi Play update adds duo-DJ’ing

Jawbone MINI JAMBOX Multi Play update adds duo-DJ’ing

Jawbone’s MINI JAMBOX is getting friendly, with new software allowing two of the portable, battery-powered speakers to easily pair up for room-filling sound, while giving two people the chance to collaborate as communal DJs. Released today, the new firmware enables Multipoint in the MINI JAMBOX’s Bluetooth Smart Ready stack: put a couple of the speakers near each other, hold down all three of the buttons on both, and after a few seconds they link up and spread whatever’s playing between both. I caught up with Jawbone to find out more.

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Five US ISPs accused of holding the internet to ransom

Five US ISPs accused of holding the internet to ransom

Five US internet providers have been accused of "deliberately harming" the web experience for their customers, with claims that the companies are purposefully keeping things congested so as to extract cash from content providers. The US ISPs - described as "large Broadband consumer networks with a dominant or exclusive market share in their local market" - and one European ISP are not named by "internet middleman" Level 3, though the company has previously requested that the FCC look into AT&T's handling of networks.

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This streaming war could bring YouTube and Spotify to their knees

This streaming war could bring YouTube and Spotify to their knees

YouTube, Spotify, and other streaming music providers like Pandora are reportedly facing a potential revolt from songwriters, angry at the meager slice of the royalty pie they receive, and threatening to veto tracks being included in some regions. Publishers - representing songwriters - have long had smaller rewards from streaming licensing compared to record labels, for instance making around 12x less from playback through Pandora, with chatter of a push-back brewing.

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Hulu hits 6M subs, makes more moves for original content

Hulu hits 6M subs, makes more moves for original content

It’s a battle between Netflix and Hulu for original content and exclusive content, make no mistake about it. This week there’s been another push by Hulu to make the public aware of their original content - called "Hulu Original", of course - with assurances that several titles will be coming to the service provider anew while several titles will be sticking around for future seasons.

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