Turntable.fm is shutting down their virtual DJ website to focus more on the Turntable Live platform, which focuses on live performances. Turntable.fm launched over two years ago. Over those two years, Turntable.fm made UI improvements, launched the GOLD service, built a mini player, and designed avatars. Over 400 million songs have been played in around one million rooms. Playlists and songs can be exported to Spotify or to a CSV file. Turntable.fm is hosting a live party on December 2nd and the website will likely shut down after that date.
[Source: Turntable Blog]
Microsoft has released a montage video that shows teasers from a range of games that will be arriving for the new console. In the montage video, you will see clips from games like Halo, Sunset Overdrive, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, Kinect Sports Rivals, Final Fantasy XV, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and Titanfall. Several of the games in this montage video will be available on the Xbox 360 and Windows PCs. Check out the video above.
Alpine Data Labs has announced that they have raised $16 million in Series B funding from Sierra Ventures, Mission Ventures, UMC Capital and Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH. Alpine Data Labs is known for selling big data analytics solutions.
Apple has announced today that they are now selling a SIM-free and unlocked iPhone 5s through their U.S. online store. The new version of the iPhone 5s does not ship with a SIM at all, which means that you can insert one with a GSM-compatible operator of your choosing. The unlocked and SIM-free iPhone 5s costs $649 for the 16GB model.
LG has apologized to customers when admitting that they have collected data on viewing habits of the user without him or her knowing. Jason Huntley discovered the smart TV spying issue and wrote about it on his blog after noticing that his LG Smart TV sending him targeted ads on the Smart landing screen.
Earlier this week, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) changed their guidelines on how car companies reference safety ratings. The NHTSA said that companies may no longer refer to safety ratings with decimal points or ratings above five stars.
Snapchat founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy are being sued by ousted co-founder Reggie Brown. Spiegel acknowledged that Brown came up with the idea behind Snapchat, but he ultimately decided that Brown could not handle being a co-founder of the company. Spiegel, Murphy, and Brown were all connected through the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Stanford University.
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Just in time for the holiday season, Amazon has launched a new feature that allows users to give Amazon Prime as a gift. Amazon Prime costs $79 for a one-year membership. Recipients will receive an e-mail on the day that the giver’s choose with instructions on how to set up the gift. Amazon Prime includes unlimited streaming of Prime Instant Video, one Kindle Book each month from the Owners’ Lending Library, Kindle First, and two-day shipping.
[Source: Amazon PR]
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