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Facebook signs first-ever music deal with a record label

The deal, announced on Thursday , also applies to Facebook's Instagram and its virtual reality arm Oculus . "This partnership is an important first step demonstrating that innovation and fair compensation for music creators are mutually reinforcing - they thrive together".

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The iPhone X is proving a blowout success, at least in China

See, for example, the difference between the distribution of iPhone 6s scores between 10.2.1 and 11.2.0. After looking at benchmark numbers for iPhone 6s models running different versions of iOS , the Geekbench team observed that while scores were consistently high on iPhones running iOS 10.2, there were clusters of sub par results when looking at iPhone 6s models running iOS 10.2.1 and 11.2.

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Facebook slams infringing content in first half of 2017

Each government had over half their submissions granted, with the United Kingdom (90 percent), U.S. (85 percent), and France (74 percent) in the lead. This is not a new trend, and it's not unique to Facebook. The US alone accounted for 41 percent of data requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France with 12 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent and 6 percent respectively.

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Draft legislation banning instant triple talaq cleared

That the government is giving top priority to the Bill can be gauged from the fact that it has already submitted a list of more than 25 bills that are to be tabled in the ongoing Winter session. The Supreme Court referred to the fact that several Islamic countries like Pakistan do not allow triple talaq; judges questioned why it should not be abolished in India.

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Vivo Likely To Beat Samsung, Apple To Introduce Display Integrated Fingerprint Sensor

That illusive tech has finally become a reality, but neither Samsung or Apple will be first. The company that manufactures touch controllers, display drivers and more, said that the component is already in mass production stage with one of the top five OEM, which in all probability could be Samsung.

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Unboxing: OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition

So if you are a Star Wars fan and want to grab this limited edition phone, now is the best time. OnePlus has launched the Star Wars themed edition of the recently launched 5T in India for Rs 38,999. For me, the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition is a great piece of kit that not only functions well as a smartphone, but also adds that distinct aesthetic touch that helps the phone stand out in a crowd.

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Kaspersky dragged into United States govt's trashcan as weaponized blockchain agile devops mulled

USA agencies have investigated the allegations multiple times and it appears that they're convinced that the Moscow-based company might have links with the country's administration . Earlier this month, Britain's main cyber security agency warned the British government about using Kaspersky Lab products in government systems. "Yet, Congress failed to address this fact or take a comprehensive look at federal IT sourcing policies to determine what improvements, if any, Congress could make to ...

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Geminids meteor shower set to peak Wednesday night

It is reported by NASA on their Twitter page. NASA will livestream the Geminid shower beginning at 9 p.m. on December 13, from the Automated Lunar and Meteor Observatory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. What are the Geminids and where did they get their name? "The shower stays active for pretty much the entire month of December in some form or another, but the real peak activity is on that night of the 13th to the morning of the 14th", Chester said.

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Google launches three AI-enabled photography apps on iOS and Android

These apps were created to help explore "the potentials of mobile photography", says Google, which calls its new apps Storyboard , Selfissimo! , and Scrubbies . Given that these are experimental apps, they have limited functionality and are definitely not going to appeal to everyone. Scrubbies ( iOS ) lets you easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce delightful video loops that highlight actions, capture amusing faces, and replay moments.

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Trump to revive U.S. space program

He was asked by CNBC host Jim Cramer if he believed Boeing or SpaceX would "get a man on Mars first", to which Muilenburg replied, "Eventually we're going to go to Mars, and I firmly believe the first person that sets foot on Mars will get there on a Boeing rocket".

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This Is What the Devastating California Wildfires Look Like From Space

As multiple wildfires wreak havoc on Southern California, astronauts and satellites are documenting the scene from above . Thursday's fire prompted closure of state Highway 76 in both directions and evacuations in an area near the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.

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Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Is Working On Another Paid YouTube Music Service

As this wasn't as successful among the users as its competitors, the company tried again with YouTube Music Key in 2014, which turned into YouTube Red in 2016. Moreover, YouTube is also in talks with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group as well as Merlin. YouTube has reached out to artists to seek their help in promoting the new service, one of the people said .

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Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam

Photo Shazam said past year that it had surpassed a billion mobile downloads . Shazam lets users identify a song they're listening to by matching it to the songs in its database. Buying out Shazam would also rid Apple of having to pay Shazam for click-throughs to iTunes purchases like it does now. Last year, the company said that it had surpassed a billion mobile downloads and was used by "hundreds of millions of people each month".

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"Karnataka election bhi sambhaal liyo", Narendra Modi requests MS Aiyar

As Aiyar's remarks that PM Modi was a " neech aadmi " (low-life) in the context of his criticism of the Congress vis-a-vis B.R. Ambedkar snowballed, the Prime Minister referred to it in an election meeting in Surat and attacked the Congress leader, saying he had called him a " neech jaati" (low caste).

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Instagram Tests Direct for a Stand-Alone Messaging App

Apparently if you keep swiping left from your inbox, you see the Instagram logo and are then sent to the Instagram app. It's no secret that Facebook has its sights set on Snapchat , one of the social media giant's fiercest competitors.

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You Can Now Watch Amazon Prime Video on Your Apple TV

The technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products made the announcement in light of their brewing rift with Amazon after failing to come up with terms that would both benefit them fairly. You can get YouTube, Google Play and Amazon video, but not iTunes. In part at least, this dispute dates back to 2015, when Amazon ceased to stock both Chromecast and Apple TV devices on its main website - leaving them only available for sale on the Amazon platform via third ...

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Rock star John Mayer admitted to hospital for emergency appendectomy

FILe - In this April 7, 2017 file photo, John Mayer performs in concert during his "The Search for Everything Tour" in Philadelphia. We're wishing John all the best, and we'll provide updates when we hear more news. A publicist for the 40-yeaar-old said in a statement Wednesday that Mayer is recovering and "is in good spirits". The New Orleans show slated for Tuesday evening was the third-to-last show of the string of gigs, initially set to conclude December 8 in Sunrise, Florida .

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Amazon and Google, Will You Two Figure This Shit Out Already?

Amazon said in a statement that it believes Google is "setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website". In November, Amazon introduced a redesigned interface for the video streaming service, and Google said everything was A-OK . An in-app notification informs users that YouTube will disappear from Fire TV devices on January 1.

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Microsoft highlights the benefits of Windows 10 on ARM

Microsoft unveiled the new PCs, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset using ARM architecture at an event in Hawaii today. As CNBC notes , Microsoft's partnership with Qualcomm stands out, as the tech giant typically gets its chips from Intel and AMD.

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Facebook previews Messenger Kids, new messaging and video chat for children

Right now Messenger Kids is designed for sending messages and video chatting, but Facebook hasn't ruled out the possibility of adding new features as it learns more about how people use the app. "Whether it's using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she's working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families", wrote Loren Cheng, Facebook's product management ...

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The Only Supermoon of 2017 Is Happening. Here's When to View It

Supermoon is the term given to the moon when it's two cycles around the earth match up. This Sunday's supermoon will appear a little boring in comparison, only appearing seven percent larger and 16 percent brighter. The Slooh Supermoon Challenge livestream will kick off on Sunday December 3 at 9pm EST (Monday December 4 at 2am). You'll be able to watch the supermoon starting on Sunday Dec.

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Nintendo Confirms Super Mario Cereal Is Coming to the US

Although the product has not been officially unveiled by Nintendo, the U.K. Kellogg's Twitter account confirmed the cereal is certainly real. No word yet on whether or not it works in other games, or whether we'll eventually get a Mystery Mushroom costume for Super Mario Maker that's a literal box.

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Supermoon to Light Up the Sky for the First Time in 2017

On Sunday, stargazers, astronomers and curious sky-watchers will get a chance to witness the first and only supermoon of 2017. (The point at which the moon is closest to Earth is known as the perigee.) Basically, what that means is it will look like the moon is particularly large and bright to viewers of the nightsky.

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YouTube Go launching in South Africa

Previously, when you received a link to a YouTube video , it would open up in YouTube app or a browser when clicked. However, there are some caveats, like you can not view photo/video while recording a locked voice message. Referred to as "picture-in-picture" feature, the update will hopefully stop the autoplay hole as well, Mashable reports. Another feature that WhatsApp for iOS promises is locking recording while sending recorded voice messages.

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Apple fixes macOS High Sierra bug just after one day

They can even tamper with Apple ID email addresses and do a handful of malicious actions that could otherwise not be possible without access. Apple has released Security Update 2017-001 , which should prevent users from gaining control over another user's Mac.