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Apple’s new premium music service reportedly launching by this summer

According to Billboard, Apple’s upcoming streaming service – the next evolution of Beats Music – could see a “possible” launch sometime in the spring, but is “certain” to reach consumers by summer. 9to5Mac reported on the revamped Beats-based service last week, putting forward iOS 8.4 as the update that could potentially put the on-demand, premium service into the hands of millions of iPhone users without making them download a standalone app. Apple is expected to integrate Beats’ features, curated playlists, and social/sharing functionality directly into the Music app, though 9to5Mac also suggested that development of Apple’s new premium music service hasn’t been going so smoothly, with one source calling the situation “a mess.”

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Pinterest is reportedly adding a ‘buy’ button

Pinterest is planning to introduce a “buy” button that would let users purchase some items from inside the online scrapbooking service, Recode reports. The button will apparently allow users to order and pay for goods pinned to Pinterest boards without leaving the company’s app or website, a feature that could turn Pinterest into an online shopping powerhouse. Recode’s sources say the feature could launch in three to six months, but also noted that it may take a little longer, or roll out first in a limited trial.

Transactions would reportedly be handled by payments company Stripe, a San Francisco-based startup that has similar deals in place with both Twitter and Facebook. Both social networking giants beat Pinterest to the punch —…

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Apple will reportedly focus on stability and bug fixes with iOS 9

Apple’s breakneck pace of releasing new versions of iOS and tacking on major features every year has resulted in some unwanted bumps, and it sounds like the company is planning to fix up the rough edges with iOS 9. 9to5Mac reports that the next big release of iOS will focus on stability and optimizing the mobile experience that Apple has spent years evolving. Apple’s engineers are putting a “huge” focus on “fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system,” according to the report. Presumably some new features will come along with the update, but the priority seems to be making iOS faster and more reliable than it is today.

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Netflix reportedly developing new live-action series based on Legend of Zelda

Nintendo fans have all the more reason to sign up for Netflix. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is in the process of developing a new live-action series based on The Legend of Zelda. The series is reportedly in early stages, as the streaming company courts writers, but sources say Netflix wants it to resemble Game of Thrones but with a more family-friendly tone.

The Journal reports that Netflix is working closely with Nintendo to develop the show, which, as in most incarnations of the games, will feature a young boy named Link on an adventure to save Hyrule and the titular Princess Zelda. Few other details about the show were given. Netflix and Nintendo have both declined to comment on the news.

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Apple is reportedly in talks to build its own web TV service

Apple is in talks with TV programmers to put together its own over-the-top pay TV service, Recode says. According to the site’s industry sources, Apple’s proposed service would comprise of bundles of programming, secured through deals with content providers and sold direct to consumers, rather than a full TV lineup. Apple has reportedly already shown demonstrations of the proposed service to people in charge of TV programming, but Recode says the talks “seem to be in early stages,” with the pricing and release date still yet to be set.

The company’s proposed product sounds similar to Sling TV, the $ 20-a-month Dish service that offers a small number of channels such as ESPN for streaming on mobile devices, video game consoles, set-top…

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Amazon reportedly wants to buy RadioShack stores to better compete with Apple

Amazon is reportedly in discussion with RadioShack to buy some of the company’s brick-and-mortar stores after the troubled electronics chain files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. Bloomberg says that the Seattle-based e-commerce giant is considering using the stores as showrooms for its hardware, and as pick-up and drop-off centers for items purchased online. Both Amazon and Radio Shack declined to comment on the situation, but two people apparently familiar with the matter said that Amazon may use the locations to give people a chance to try its growing range of hardware, including its range of Kindle tablets, its Fire smartphone, and its new Echo speaker.

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A Jetsons animated movie is reportedly in the works

The Jetsons might just get a second chance on the silver screen. Warner Bros. has hired writer Matt Lieberman to pen a script for a feature film based on the iconic Hanna-Barbera show from the early ‘60s, reports Deadline and Variety. According to those reports, the script is being put together from scratch for an animated feature. (There have been murmurs of a live-action “Jetsons” film over the past couple of years, but this is a different project.) Lieberman is also working on a “Scooby-Doo” animated film, which is further along the production cycle.

Back in 1990, The Jetsons had a less-than-stellar theatrical debut with Jetsons: The Movie. Despite being directed by Joseph Barbera, one of the show’s original creators, the film was…

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HTC’s M9 flagship phone reportedly coming in March alongside smartwatch

HTC has already begun the hype cycle for its next flagship smartphone by teasing its March 1st Mobile World Congress event, and now Bloomberg has some more details on what might be in store. The follow-up to the HTC One M8 is indeed codenamed M9, the news service reports, and features a similar design to its predecessor with gold, gray, and silver color options.

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James Cameron and Jennifer Lawrence reportedly joining forces for The Dive

James Cameron’s new Avatar trilogy may have been delayed recently due to production complications, but that isn’t stopping him from signing up people for his other projects. The Wrap reports that Jennifer Lawrence and Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence have boarded The Dive. To be produced by Cameron, the project tells the story of Audrey Mestre and Francisco Ferraras, a real-world couple the set records by freediving as deep as possible without the help of any external breathing apparatus. Jennifer Lawrence will be played Mestre, who died in 2002 during one of the diving attempts.

Cameron, of course, is no stranger to the water or traveling to the ocean depths. 1989’s The Abyss took place on an oil rig based on the ocean floor, and…

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FCC reportedly voting on new net neutrality rules in February

FCC chair Tom Wheeler is reportedly planning to vote on a new net neutrality proposal in February. The Washington Post reports that Wheeler is planning to internally circulate an updated version of the Open Internet rules he’s been working on for almost a year, with hopes of getting them passed in a February 26th meeting. There’s no clue as to what these rules might entail, but the Post paraphrases analysts and officials close to the FCC, saying that Wheeler is planning “far more aggressive regulation” than he originally proposed.

The proposal would replace the Open Internet Order that was struck down in court at the beginning of last year, creating rules to prevent internet service providers from unfairly blocking or discriminating…

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