Smule raises $16.6 million

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Smule has raised $16.6 million in funding led by Roth Capital Partners with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Shasta  Ventures, and Granite Ventures. Smule has now raised a total of $42 million.

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Sprint and Spotify is rumored to be partnering

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AT&T partnered with Beats Music earlier this year to offer its customers access to discounted subscriptions to the streaming music service. Now there is a rumor that Sprint will be setting up a similar deal with Spotify, according to Re/Code. The deal is expected to go live on April 29th. It is believed that Sprint will allow its customers to sign up for free Spotify trials and allow them to pay for the music service through the Sprint billing system. We’ll know more when the deal is made official. Stay tuned, folks.

Report: 44% of Twitter users never sent out a tweet

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Twitter currently has 974 million registered users, but there is a report by Twopcharts that says around 44% of them never sent out a tweet. Many of these Twitter users are spectators of debates that take place on trending topics. 

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Windows 8.1 Update Installation now only requires 3GB of space

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Microsoft has reduced the minimum system requirements of Windows 8.1 with the “Sprint 2014″ Update. This means that it requires only 1GB of RAM and 3GB of space. Microsoft launched a new installation mode called Windows Boot Image (WIMBoot), which allows you to deploy the new operating system quickly. This could encourage OEMs to build budget Windows 8.1 devices with smaller disks such as 16GB or 32GB. To be able to access WIMBoot, your device must be Windows 8 logo-certified (requiring UEFI) with SSDs or eMMC storage. The update will be available through Windows Update starting April 8th.
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Photo social network Instagram suffers downtime (Update: It’s Back)

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Instagram, Facebook’s photos social network, is suffering from an outage today. Users are able to open the app, but no new images are being display. The app loads without actually showing new photos. Instagram sent out a tweet that it is working on the problem. Frustrated users went on Twitter to complain about the issue using the hashtag #InstagramIsDown. Below are some of the best responses.
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What is the Heartbleed software bug?

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Heartbleed is a software bug in the open-source cryptography library OpenSSL. The cybersecurity problem started on New Year’s Eve 2011, around an hour before the midnight on a Saturday. A British computer consultant in Staffordshire, England posted a new version of the popular free cryptographic system OpenSSL.

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Salesforce.com is spending almost $700M on HQ expansion

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Salesforce.com, Inc. (NYSE:CRM) is a cloud software company that is planning to expand its San Francisco headquarters by more than 700,000 square feet by taking a 15.5-year lease on a 61-story office story building that is under construction. Salesforce.com is going to lease over half of the building, which will be located at: 415 Mission Street. Part of the HQ will be called Salesforce Tower.

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Google adds additional Android app security

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Google is taking additional steps to make sure that Android users are protected from malware within its apps. Google announced on Thursday that it is expanding its app verification service to monitor apps on all devices, including apps downloaded from the Google Play Store.

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