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Google Hangouts 2.0 for iOS redesigned with iPad tweaks, 10-second video messages

Google Hangouts just jumped a full version number on Apple hardware -- the first major update since it added voice calls late last year -- and 2.0 has more than just a new iOS 7-ready look. The new app is "fully optimized" for iPads, with a "two-pane" conversation view. On all devices, it's ready …

Spotify and Ministry of Sound settle music playlists copyright lawsuit

Playlists based on dance brand’s compilations will be removed from streaming service’s search engine<p>Dance brand Ministry of Sound and streaming service Spotify have reached an “amicable” out-of-court settlement in their legal battle over music playlists.<p>Ministry sued Spotify in September 2013, …

Facebook Messenger for Windows will Shut Down on March 3

Facebook today began prompting Facebook Messenger for Windows users with a message saying the app is shutting down next week. Without much of an explanation, the company plans to kill off Windows support for Facebook Messenger on March 3.<p>“We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger …

Facebook will leave your privacy settings intact after you die

The social network will no longer change dead users’ pages to the highest privacy setting<p>Facebook users whose friends and family have died leaving profiles on the site will be able to request “Look Back” videos for their loved ones.<p>The site has also changed its policies regarding memorial accounts …

Bebo kickstarts revival with 'Blab' video messaging service

Bebo begins its reinvention with the launch of a Snapchat-like video messaging app called Blab<p>Bebo is kickstarting its revival with the launch of a new video chat app called Blab, which allows users to send instant video messages to anyone, for free.<p>Bebo was once the most popular social networking …

Spotify revamp for Windows Phone will bring radio and a brand new look

Spotify's Windows Phone app has typically lagged its Android and iOS counterparts, but it's about to catch up in a big, big way. The streaming music provider has revealed a makeover of the app that will roll in the discovery, playlist browsing and radio features that we've seen elsewhere. It will …

Twitter search results get advertising via 'Promoted' users

There you are, leisurely perusing Twitter (<i>as one does</i>), when the stinking funk of marketing speak smacks your cerebellum like a Mack truck: "Want to grow your presence on Twitter? Reach more people with your Tweets using Promoted Accounts. Learn more today!" <i>It has begun</i>.<p>Too serious? Perhaps, but …

WhatsApp to introduce voice calls

Messaging app bought by Facebook for $19bn last week makes further advance on mobile operators' territory<p>WhatsApp, the free texting app <b>acquired by Facebook for $19bn last week</b>, will open a new front in its war on the cost of mobile communications by introducing free voice calls within months.<p>Jan …

Facebook quietly ends email address system

<b>Facebook has quietly closed its three-year-old email service that gave users "@facebook.com" email addresses.</b><p>From now on, emails sent to an "@facebook.com" address will be forwarded to the personal email address from which the member signed up for the site.<p>"We're making this change because most …

Internet

LinkedIn testing Chinese language site

<b>Professional networking service LinkedIn has launched a beta or test version of its Chinese language site.</b><p>The firm said the move was aimed at offering a more localised service to its users in China.<p>It is expected to boost LinkedIn's growth in China - where rival social networking firms such as …

China

Netflix agrees Comcast streaming deal

<b>Netflix has agreed a deal with Comcast, the biggest internet service provider in the US, that will see its videos streamed faster and more smoothly.</b><p>The multi-year deal will see Netflix servers connected directly to Comcast's network, removing third parties that slow down streaming speeds.<p>However, …

Televisions

LoveFilm to rebrand as Amazon Prime Instant Video in Europe

European streaming video service LoveFlim is getting rebranded as Prime Instant Video in the U.K. and Germany, the service’s owner Amazon announced today.<p>LoveFilm provides people with unlimited access to a large library of movies and TV shows as well as the ability to rent DVDs and Blu-rays by mail …

Facebook starts testing Highlights, a feed that shows only important life events

For some people, Facebook's latest iOS update doesn't only come with bug fixes in tow, it also replaces Requests with the experimental People section. According to <i>TechCrunch</i>, three tabs reside within the People section, including Highlights, which displays your friends' birthdays and important life …

Google Was Willing to Beat Facebook’s $19B Offer for WhatsApp

Last week, Google CEO Larry Page met with WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum in a last-ditch effort to prevent the rapidly growing messaging app from selling …

Mark Zuckerberg

YouTube makes finding and following others' playlists easier, debuts new card design for the web

We figured changes would be afoot after Susan Wojcicki (former chief ad guru at Google) became the head of YouTube, and it turns out, the first ones made since she got the job are all about playlists. Henceforth (or at least until the next round of UI tweaks arrive), the left rail on Youtube.com …

Facebook to Buy Messaging App WhatsApp for $19 Billion

Facebook Inc., the world’s largest social network, agreed to purchase mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. for as much as $19 billion in cash and …

Half of UK music industry income now comes from downloads and streaming as physical sales continue to decline

• <b>Digital music revenues rise by 11.9 per cent in 2013 after strong album sales</b>• <b><br>Income from streaming services such as Spotify have grown by 41 per</b> …

Spotify seeks to hire U.S. filings expert as bankers eye IPO | Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Online music streaming service Spotify is recruiting a U.S. financial reporting specialist, adding to speculation that the Swedish start-up is preparing for a share listing, which one banker said could value the firm at as much as $8 billion.<p>Spotify's VP Growth Alex Norstrom …

Twitter claims Venezuela is blocking its images to stifle protests

Venezuela's government has been trying to silence protests over shortages of basic goods, and that crackdown appears to be extending into the digital realm as well. A Twitter spokesperson tells Engadget and <i>Bloomberg</i> that pictures on its social network are "currently blocked" for at least some …

Former Groupon Product SVP Jeff Holden Joins Uber As Chief Product Officer

Well that was fast. Just a few days after it was revealed that Groupon product chief Jeff Holden was leaving the daily deals giant to join a “Bay Area tech company,” we now know where he has landed. Uber announced this morning that it has hired Holden as its new Chief Product Officer.<p>Holden joined …

Twitter Employees’ First Opportunity to Cash Out

A small pile of Twitter shares could be freed to the market this week as agreements that barred employees from selling a portion of their shares after the IPO expire.<p>On Saturday, Twitter employees may elect to sell as much as 9.9 million shares. The expiration is the first opportunity company …

Facebook 'Look Back' Videos Shared Almost 100 Million Times

Millions of Facebook users took a trip down memory lane last week to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary.<p>In honor of turning a decade old, …

Twitter hopes to grow by making it easier to follow your friends

You may have noticed that Twitter is very celebrity-focused; at least for awhile, it was more likely to suggest that new users follow a Kardashian than their friends down the street. That's changing, however. CEO Dick Costolo tells those at a Goldman Sachs conference that he plans to revive the …

Facebook allows users to customise gender

Facebook has announced that it will allow users to customise their gender, after consulting on the subject with gay and transgender advocacy groups.<p>The 50-odd options, which include "bi-gender", "transgender", "androgynous" and "transsexual", will allow people "to express themselves in an authentic …

LGBTQI

Facebook Drops Two Mobile Ad Partners For Keeping Data Too Long

Facebook has cut two partners from its mobile ad measurement program for failing to honor its policies around data retention and disclosure, …

New Streaming Media Blog Coming in 2018 - Streaming Media Magazine

New Streaming Media Blog Coming in 2018<p>New blog will be the go-to destination for opinion, analysis, and insights into the entire online video …

Facebook Testing 'Water Taxi' to Shuttle Employees From San Francisco

All aboard the Facebook ferry.<p>The social network launched a private ferry service last week that will shuttle employees between San Francisco and …

Facebook Auto-Play Video Ads May Not Come Until This Summer

If you're dreading the launch of auto-play video ads in your Facebook News Feed, here's some good news: Facebook is taking its time rolling them out. …

Twitter Testing Major Profile Redesign That Looks a Lot Like Facebook

Twitter is testing a major profile redesign that's very reminiscent of Facebook and Google+.<p><i>Mashable</i> assistant features editor Matt Petronzio spotted …