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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 21, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 21, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone. Depending on who you choose to believe, today was the day it was all supposed to come crashing down, but since that doesn't seem like it'll be happening, let's recap the news from the day and then jump into the weekend, shall we? Today was a historic day aside from being the rumored end of the world, as Psy's ridiculously popular hit Gangnam Style topped 1 billion views on YouTube, officially becoming the first video to do so and beating Justin Bieber to the punch. We had a new Acer-related leak today, with benchmarks for the rumored V350 flagship phone surfacing, as well as images for the ASUS ME172V tablet.

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Gangnam Style hits one billion views on YouTube

Gangnam Style hits one billion views on YouTube

Have you ever heard of a video getting over one billion views on YouTube? That's because it's never happened, until now. Korean superstar PSY has become an instant hit with his "Gangnam Style" single, and it's made its way to the US big time. The accompanying music video, which is hosted on YouTube, has garnered more than one billion views, making it the first YouTube video ever to reach that milestone.

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Eagles won’t steal your baby: Animation students admit YouTube hoax

Eagles won’t steal your baby: Animation students admit YouTube hoax

The Canadian students behind the viral "Golden Eagle Snatches Kid" video that took Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks by storm this week have 'fessed up on their 3D tomfoolery. The clip - which appears to show an eagle swooping in and attempting to snatch a toddler from a park, then dropping the child several feet above the grass - was the handiwork of four three students at media training school Centre NAD in Montreal. "Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation" the school admitted, "and integrated in to the film afterwards."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 18, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 18, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. In the wake of the Instagram controversy, today we broke down the company's new Terms of Service to examine what they really mean while telling you how you can ditch Instagram for good, if that's what you want to do. We also told you about five services that would make a good replacement for Instagram, while the company's co-founder wrote a blog post in an attempt to clear some things up. Instagram controversy aside, today Google Play launched a free alternative to iTunes Match, while Twitter shot past the 200 million monthly active users mark.

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Iran launches its answer to YouTube

Iran launches its answer to YouTube

Watching videos of cats on YouTube when you should be doing other things may be a part of your daily routine, but in some regions of the world, that isn't possible. As many of you know, countries like Iran like to ban popular websites like YouTube and Facebook for varying reasons, leaving their citizens without access to the aforementioned cat videos. Today, however, Iranians are getting a video streaming site of their own, but don't expect it to be as open as YouTube is.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 6, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 6, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone - just one more work day to go and we'll be at the weekend once again. This afternoon started with a bang, with Spotify holding a press conference to announce a number of things. Perhaps most importantly, the service has 1 million paying subscribers in the US, with 5 million worldwide. The company also launched Spotify Collections and the Spotify Music Graph today, announcing a new web app for all users too. Finally, we found out that Metallica's full catalog of music has been added to Spotify, so all of you metal fans have a reason to celebrate this evening.

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