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Sony ‘wouldn’t rule out launching Spotify rival’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/PA Image caption Stringer said Spotify had "built a robust and futuristic distribution model" The head of Sony Music has said the company would not rule out launching a rival streaming service to Spotify."We have hundreds of thousands of tracks going back 100 years, so we have quite a lot of leverage," Rob Stringer told BBC Radio 4."Do we want to take all our stuff off
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Shane Dawson and Jake Paul: How a YouTube series ‘could be making millions’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images One of the world's most subscribed-to vloggers, Shane Dawson, is halfway through an eight-part series about fellow YouTuber Jake Paul.The videos are around 40 minutes in length, have stacked up more than 50m views and, probably unsurprising to most, are making a lot of money.An industry expert told Radio 1 Newsbeat that Shane could be making around $2m (£1.5m) a month.Jake is the brother of
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‘Trump alert’: US mobile phone owners braced for test

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/Reuters Image caption Despite claims to the contrary, President Trump is not directly involved with the test More than 200 million US mobile phones are set to receive a test "Presidential Alert" later on Wednesday.The trial is designed to check that a previously unused emergency communications system works properly.Unlike other alerts - such as natural disaster warnings - there is no way to opt out, except
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Wikipedia’s broken links fixed by the Internet Archive

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Nine million broken Wikipedia links have been fixed thanks to an alliance with the Internet Archive.The online encyclopedia's editors have long been encouraged to provide links to web-based sources. But the details can be lost if the third-party sites close or update their pages.To address this, visitors are now pointed to snapshots of what the sites used to show, when required.It has also emerged that
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Disney ‘graffiti drone’ tags walls

[ad_1] Image copyright Disney Research Disney is known for its clean and tidy theme parks so it may come as a surprise to see it has developed a graffiti-spraying drone.Its research and development division has been working on a drone equipped with a spray-paint gun that can tag walls and even paint 3D objects.The researchers hope the idea will result in drones that can paint walls quickly and accurately.However, the
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Perth Prison drug smugglers filmed themselves on drone camera

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDrone smugglers caught on camera Two drug smugglers were caught after accidentally filming themselves packing cannabis and pills into a drone which they planned to fly into Perth Prison.Paul Reilly, 32, and Michael Martin, 35, intended to get the drugs to Martin's prisoner brother.But the drone crashed and when police studied footage from its camera, they found images of both men.At
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Facebook says other apps not caught in hack

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Facebook has said that services which let users log in using their accounts do not appear to have been compromised in the recent security attack.Tinder and Airbnb are among those which accept Facebook log-ins as an alternative to creating an account.Initially Facebook had suggested it was possible platforms such as these could also have been compromised.The firm's former security chief said this was an implication
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China’s Tencent Music applies to list in the US

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tencent Music is seeking a valuation of about $25bn, according to reports China's Tencent Music has filed a much-anticipated request to list its shares in the US, in what could be one of the biggest US initial public offerings by a Chinese company.Tencent Music's parent firm is China's tech giant Tencent Holdings. Other shareholders include Spotify.It includes digital streaming apps QQ Music, Kugou
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Would you want an AI version of yourself?

[ad_1] An artificial intelligence (AI) version of US President Donald Trump which can tweet and interact like him has been developed.It is based on data from the president’s interviews, speeches and tweets.The company behind the project now wants everyone to be able to have their own personalised AI which they claim can help make decisions.“Maybe you can frame it as a very, extremely good friend for yourself, who knows you
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GP at Hand’s smartphone doctor ads ruled misleading

[ad_1] Image copyright yuoak Adverts for a smartphone GP service that promised NHS doctor appointments "in minutes" have been ruled misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority.The service offers a symptom-checker and free GP consultations via videolink on smartphones.The ASA received complaints that the ads did not say users would first have to leave their GP, and registration could take up to three weeks.GP at Hand said it thought the process