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Google launches free music streaming ahead of Apple Music debut

The company's great, human-curated playlists are now free (with ads)<p>As Apple Music nears its June 30th launch, Google is getting more aggressive about trying to sell users on its own Google Play Music service. Today the company is launching a free, ad-supported tier that offers curated playlists (a …

Google Play

Report: The NSA Still Doesn't Know Which Files Edward Snowden Took

According to an NBC News report, an "overwhelmed" National Security Agency still isn't sure which files Edward Snowden took with him when he fled to …

JPMorgan's China Hires Underscore Power Of State Enterprises

Anyone versed in China’s political economy will be unmoved by the news that Western investment banks court the children of the well-connected. But it’s still worth paying attention to how privilege is parlayed into hard cash and what it says about the challenge of making over China’s state-directed …

Snowden Case Continues to Stir Anger About Domestic Spying in Europe | Public Radio International

The lengthy saga of Edward Snowden and his search for asylum has fueled a bitter debate in Europe about how governments there are keeping tabs on their own citizens, says Time correspondent Vivienne Walt in Paris.<p>"Perhaps no nerve is rawer than the one in Germany, where the memories of the Stasi …

Samsung Slips Behind Apple's Quality With New S4s

Samsung continued to deploy its unique innovation strategy yesterday, launching 9 new devices, three of which are variants of the Galaxy S4 (but are they? We’ll go into that below). The line-up also included new Windows-based tablets and computers. Given so many new devices, what is the Korean …

Apple's low-cost iPhone won't be cheap, says Pegatron CEO

The head of one of Apple's suppliers says the phone will be more of a midrange product with a relatively high price tag.<p>Has one of Apple's major suppliers just outted the much-rumored low-cost iPhone?<p>At a shareholders meeting on Thursday, Pegatron CEO T.H. Tung served up one intriguing comment …

Wall Street

Second-screen TV heats up for Viacom, Twitter, Shazam and Gracenote

Viacom has become the latest recruit to Twitter's Amplify program, which aims to team up broadcasters and brands for sponsored tweets including video …

Microsoft thinks buying Nokia is a bad idea

Microsoft came close to buying Nokia, but decided against it. The two companies, entwined by Windows Phone software, reached "advanced talks" and …

Samsung user manual confirms Galaxy S 4 variant with Snapdragon 800 chip

Welcome to Samsung Day, 2013. While we wait on some big (and little) product launches this afternoon, here's a quick bite to keep us going: an interesting processor spec mentioned in the user manual for the SHV-E330S, which we think will be the new LTE-Advanced variant of the Galaxy S 4 intended …

How to use Pinterest for small business

Keeping up with the latest developments in marketing for your small business means staying up-to-date on the world of social media. Aside from the challenge of simply staying informed about new platforms and changes to existing platforms, figuring out how to maneuver within the sometimes …

Small Business

Online universities: it's time for teachers to join the revolution

The past few centuries have witnessed revolutions in virtually every area of our world – health, transport, communications and genomics, to name but …

Google gives £3m to aid crackdown on child abuse images

Google has announced that it will hand out £3m in grants to protection schemes for children after coming under pressure to act against the growing …

Through a PRISM darkly: Tracking the ongoing NSA surveillance story

Advertisement<p>25 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Lightspring<p>It was a relatively quiet week for internet news until <i>Guardian</i> blogger Glenn Greenwald …

Brazil 'on alert' over an oil spill from Ecuador

<b>Brazil is "on alert" over an oil spill that originated in Ecuador and is travelling downstream towards the Brazilian Amazon.</b><p>In a statement, the Brazilian foreign ministry said the navy and other agencies had been informed, and help was offered to Ecuador and Peru.<p>Last month, an estimated 11,480 …

South America

Forget dowries: Chinese men have to pay up to $24,000 to get a bride

China’s recent crackdown on luxury goods may be overlooking a wildly popular big-ticket item: brides.<p>Shanghai grooms typically have to pay their would-be wives a “bride price,” which startsat 100,000 yuan ($16,300). That’s according to a national map (registration required) of bride prices—a kind …

Weddings

China railways minister tried for corruption

<b>China has held a half-day trial for a former railways minister accused of corruption and abuse of state power.</b><p>Liu Zhijun, who held the once-powerful position of Railways Minister, wept during Sunday's trial and asked for leniency, his lawyer said.<p>Mr Liu is accused of accepting bribes totalling over …

Corruption

Edward Snowden, NSA files source: 'If they want to get you, in time they will'

Edward Snowden was interviewed over several days in Hong Kong by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill.<p><b>Q: Why did you decide to become a …

Facebook and Google insist they did not know of Prism surveillance program

America's tech giants continued to deny any knowledge of a giant government surveillance programme called Prism, even as president Barack Obama …

President Obama, Xi Jinping meet in California

Play Slideshow<p>PALM SPRINGS, Calif.—Vowing to usher in a "new model" of relations between the U.S. and China, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping sat down together Friday in southern California for their first meeting since Xi assumed China's presidency early this year.<p>With talk …

China bus fire probed as 'criminal case'

<b>A deadly bus explosion and fire in south-east China is being treated as "a serious criminal case" and not an accident, state media said.</b><p>At least 47 people died and more than 30 were injured after the fire in the port city of Xiamen on Friday.<p>Investigators found traces of petrol on the bus although …

China

Silicon Valley firms deny giving government broad access to data

The top executives of Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley firms on Friday fiercely denied they gave intelligence officials broad access to data about their users.<p>The statements sharply contradict the language in a National Security Agency document, cited by The Washington Post and the British …

Any.DO to launch Cal to simplify calendar and task management

Any.DO is making time management seamless with Cal, a simple and sophisticated calendar application.<p>With the addition of Cal for iPhone, Any.DO’s suite of connected life management applications promises to streamline your tasks, email, notes, and calendar in a stylish and connected way.<p>Any.DO is …