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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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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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Singles Club Year Two: Brooklyn’s vinyl subscription service sets its sight on new musical styles, launching into its second year with Monster Rally

Singles Club Year Two

These days, many see vinyl records as coveted relics of interest for a niche audience, though in fact international sales hit a two-decade high in 2014 with six million LPs sold in the US alone. While some chalk this up to a widespread vintage fetish……

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This movie sharing service is the first good use of Ultraviolet we’ve seen

Former Wall Street analyst Steve Wang has just launched Wavelength, a free movie-sharing service, or, as Wang is calling it, “the first social movie service.”

Wavelength is powered by Ultraviolet, a cloud locker created by movie studios in 2010 that allows users to buy one copy of a movie and stream it to multiple devices. Users can post a listing of all the movies they have in their Ultraviolet libraries to Wavelength, allowing their friends to browse and watch. Instead of hosting the movies, Wavelength sends users to an online portal run by the film’s original retailer, like Walmart’s Vudu or FlixsterUp to three people can watch the same movie posted by a shared friend.

Stream your friends’ movies

By working with Ultraviolet, Wang…

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You can get a free month of Dish’s new Sling TV streaming service on Xbox One

Dish just announced Sling TV, its bold new experiment in internet TV that gives cord cutters access to big names like ESPN and Adult Swim without a cable subscription. If you’re not quite sold on the idea, though, there’s a month-long free trial coming up — but only for Xbox One owners. Microsoft partnered with Dish to bring the extended trial to the console — which is also the only games console that will support the new service at launch — and says it will be available to Xbox Live members in the “coming weeks.” The service will regularly cost $ 20 a month when it launches, and you can add bundles of premium content like “kids” or “news” for an extra $ 5 each. Sling TV is expected to launch later this month on devices including Amazon’s…

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This new service wants to be the Airbnb for Airbnb

Airbnb has grown so large that it’s now spawning other startups that fill the tiniest of niches. Meet “Can I Stay with You While I Rent my Place on Airbnb?” which, perhaps due to the unwieldy name, is also being called the “Airbnb for Airbnb.” Just like the name suggests, this startup — featured this week on Product Hunt — pairs Airbnb hosts together so one can rent out their place and still have a place to sleep.

There’s no cost to using the service, but you’ll likely want to come to some agreement with your fellow host before shacking up at their place. The site suggests that you could split some of the cash proceeds from your rental with your new-found Airbnb buddy, or you could offer to host them for free in the future while they…

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Uber CEO faces two years in prison for operating illegal taxi service in South Korea

South Korean prosecutors have indicted the founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, for operating an illegal taxi service in the country. The formal accusation against Kalanick and another man, a local rental car service operator, was made without physical detention. Yonhap News says that violators of the Korean law in question, which stops rental car services from offering paid passenger transport, could face a fine of up to 20 million won ($ 18,121), or up to two years in jail.

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MoviePass lands deal with AMC theaters for subscription movie service

MoviePass has finally signed on a big partner for its unique subscription service, which lets moviegoers see one film every day for a flat monthly total. AMC, the second-largest movie theater chain in North America, will pilot a partnership with MoviePass in two cities. Beginning in January, select theaters in Boston and Denver will offer MoviePass subscriptions priced between $ 35 and $ 45. The more expensive package will allow customers to see films in more immersive formats like IMAX and 3D, whereas the default option will be limited to regular screenings. AMC says the partnership will expand to include other cities, but isn’t making any promises about where or when. “The data will determine how fast we go,” a spokesperson told The New…

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Starbucks is testing an ordering service that lets you avoid baristas entirely

I like baristas and efficiency, so the often daily exercise of buying coffee can either be a blissful example of commerce, caffeination, and human interaction, or feel like a trip to the DMV. Starbucks, which is often somewhere in the middle of those two, has now done something seemingly unremarkable to solve the DMV feeling by letting you both order and pay for your coffee with its iPhone app before you enter the store. That’s not an unusual thing in the world mobile food apps (see Chipotle), but Starbucks serves up a rather staggering 47 million transactions every week, and before this it only handled the payments part.

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Uber begins testing out its carpooling service in New York this week

After launching its carpooling service in both Paris and San Francisco earlier this year, Uber is adding New York to that list. Today, the company said it plans to offer UberPool in New York, a city with a lot of people and a lot of cars, but often not people with cars of their own. UberPool, which launches there on Thursday, offers a way to share a ride with someone else who ordered an UberX ride along the same route. That promises to trim costs anywhere from 20 to 50 percent, Uber says, as well as cut downtime for drivers who are waiting to pick people up.

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