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Rdio is shutting down and selling itself to Pandora

On-demand music provider Rdio has confirmed it is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy. Several of its "key assets" will be sold to streaming provider Pandora, making it the third music service to die in the past week.

Google launches YouTube Music to mixed reviews

Google has officially launched YouTube Music in the U.S. The service is designed to take on rival streaming apps including Spotify and Apple Music. Users can listen for free or enjoy an "amplified experience" for a $9.99 per month subscription.

Apple shutting down Beats Music at the end of this month

Apple has announced it will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it now owns at the end of this month. The move has been widely expected since the launch of Apple Music earlier this year.

UK to make fast broadband a 'fundamental right' by 2020

UK PM David Cameron has pledged to introduce a "universal service obligation" for broadband Internet that will see it obtain a similar status to water and electricity and force providers to offer fast connections to every home and business by 2020.

Google unveils ad-free subscription YouTube for $10 a month

Google has today taken the wraps off its long-rumoured YouTube subscription service. For $9.99 a month, members will get ad-free access to every video on the service as well as exclusive benefits including offline download and background playback.

6.5 million people are now paying for Apple Music

Apple CEO Tim Cook has ended the speculation surrounding how many users Apple Music has managed to retain by saying the service now has over 6.5 million paying subscribers. The number still falls significantly short of industry leader Spotify.

Not just 10: Microsoft caught spying on Windows 7 and 8 users too

Microsoft has been caught installing updates onto Windows 7 and 8 computers that effectively introduce the same diagnostic telemetry technology used in Windows 10. It indiscriminately uploads data to Microsoft's servers, a major privacy concern for many.

Facebook announces 'M' — a human-powered virtual assistant

Facebook has announced its own virtual assistant to rival Siri, Cortana and Google Now. 'M' will live inside Messenger and is supervised and enhanced by real people, giving it a unique advantage over its all-digital competitors.

Spotify to users: 'We have heard your concerns loud and clear'

Spotify's updated privacy policy has had a lot of people up in arms this week owing to its requests to track nearly everything that a user does on their phone. Now, the company has apologised and explained - after debating with Minecraft maker Notch.

Spotify set to end 'free' streaming next year

Music streaming service Spotify is looking to move towards a premium-only model next year, according to reports this weekend. Listening for free with adverts will no longer be an option as the music industry pushes for greater revenue from streaming.

John Legere says T-Mobile is 'saying yes to FM' on new phones

Following in the footsteps of AT&T's announcement last month, T-Mobile has said its users will be able to enjoy FM radio on Android smartphones bought from next year. The news comes amid a resurgence of support for analogue FM and local radio.

Apple is preparing its all-new Apple TV for launch next month

It is looking increasingly likely that Apple will unveil a redesigned Apple TV media streaming device next month. It will be receiving a substantial overhaul for the first time since 2012, introducing new features and controls.

Spotify will now make you a new playlist to try every Monday

Spotify is launching a new way of discovering music to listen to. The streaming service will be adding a feature that will automatically generate users personalised playlists of tracks that they may like, refreshing the list with new entries each week.

TV streaming should be treated like cable operators: U.S. judge

In a landmark ruling for the world of TV broadcasting and streaming, a U.S. judge has ruled that one streaming company could be entitled to a license that would let it transmit the copyrighted content of other broadcasters over the Internet.

Report: Apple wants to launch a TV streaming service this fall

A new report has claimed Apple may be intending to follow up on Apple Music with a new TV streaming service that could be ready to launch as early as this fall. The company is currently negotiating with cable networks and affiliate feeds in the U.S.

Facebook working on a shopping assistant dubbed 'Moneypenny'

Facebook is apparently working on creating its own digital assistant. Unlike Siri, Cortana or anything else, "Moneypenny" will not be focused on productivity but rather something else entirely: shopping.

Report: 999 needs to adapt to the modern world of smartphones

A report has called for Britain's 999 hotline to allow people to report emergencies by texting or using an app. It says this is more applicable to the modern world and could help in cases where sound isn't viable, such as a break-in.

Microsoft rebranding Xbox Music to 'Groove'

Microsoft has announced it is rebranding its Xbox Music streaming service to "Groove Music" ahead of the launch of Windows 10. The company cites consumer confusion about the use of the Xbox brand as the reason for the change.

Facebook wants to launch a 'unique' music service

Just days after Apple Music launched in a new iOS update, a report has indicated that Facebook may be in talks with a view towards launching its own streaming service too. It will bring yet another tech company to an increasingly crowded market.

iMessage experiences severe widespread outage, no known cause

Apple's iMessage service has been experiencing widespread service issues this morning, according to numerous frustrated reports from users on social media sites. There has been no official acknowledgement but the outage is now trending on Twitter.

Britain's poo-powered bus sets a land-speed record

The land-speed record for the world's fastest service bus was broken last week by a vehicle powered not by polluting diesel but rather clean and green poo. The feat, set by the "Bus Hound," was achieved in Britain and has since been verified as accurate.

Apple buys mapping firm to improve iOS9 navigation

Apple has confirmed the purchase of a company specialising in GPS and navigation, strongly suggesting the company is working on improving its Apple Maps app before the launch of iOS9 later this year. Apple Maps has drawn heavy criticism in the past.

Starbucks and Spotify pairing announced for customers and workers

Coffee chain Starbucks has announced a new streaming music deal with Spotify which will give customers the chance to choose what is played in Starbucks stores via a series of special playlists integrated into the company's mobile app.

'World's angriest AI' being built to train call centre staff

An AI company in New Zealand has tasked itself with building the angriest robot ever made. It has invested over £200,000 into the product which is intended to help companies deliver better customer service by telling them how to understand angry callers.

Windows 10 will come with Candy Crush Saga preinstalled

Microsoft has managed to create a new divide in technology communities by announcing that Windows 10 will be shipping with publisher King's hit match-three mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" preinstalled alongside the ubiquitous Solitaire and Minesweeper.

EE has signed up 10 million 4G users in less than three years

European mobile network EE has confirmed that over 10 million customers have signed up to its 4G service since its launch in late 2012 as the first 4G network in Britain, making it the only European operator to achieve the astounding figure so far.

56-kilobit AOL dial-up Internet still used by 2.1 million in USA

AOL has revealed it has still has 2.1 million subscribers using its ancient dial-up Internet service provided by landline telephones and only offering speeds of 56 kilobits per second. It seems that some will steadfastly resist the modern Internet.

Windows 10 is the 'last version of Windows', says Microsoft

A Microsoft developer has revealed that the company is viewing Windows 10 as the last major version of the renowned operating system, confirming many previous rumours of how Microsoft will update Windows over-the-air with incremental feature additions.

ICANN has spent $7M trying to get control of DNS from U.S. gov

Domain directory manager ICANN is reported to have spent nearly $7 million trying to gain complete control of the global DNS registries from the U.S. government in a bid to dominate how web address are allocated online.

Google's wireless service 'Project Fi' revealed in leaked app

Google's plans to create a subscription-based wireless mobile service controlled entirely through an app have been fully revealed in the best possible way - a leaked version of the under-development app called Tycho.
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