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Does a drunken video posted to Facebook count as confirmation that Apple is purchasing Beats Electronics? According to CNET, it could very well, with Beats co-founder Dr. Dre proclaiming himself to be the "first billionaire in hip-hop" in a obscenity-laced video clip. "The Forbes list just changed, in a big way," added singer-songwriter Tyrese Gibson. And that's just the first part of today's Apple-Beats related coverage...
The tech community was stunned Thursday by a rumor claiming Apple plans to acquire Beats Electronics in $3.2 billion deal, but only hours later The New York Post added some additional color to that story. The news outlet claims that music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine won't simply hand over the keys to the company he co-founded with rapper Dr. Dre, but actually stay on at Apple as a "special adviser" to CEO Tim Cook, with two sources claiming the Beats executive will work closely on "creative matters." Iovine is currently chairman of three Universal Music Group labels, but the report noted that contract is up at the end of this year.
"LEGO. Marvel. 'Nuff said," the app description for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes begins, and indeed, that's likely all fans of the two super brands will need to know before plunking down $29.99 to buy latest version which touched down Thursday on the Mac App Store. The whopping 5.95GB download includes more than 100 classic Marvel comic book characters reimagined in a LEGO-themed world, delivering all of the same fun featured in the recent console-based releases, only this time on your Mac. Publisher Feral Interactive has included both Asgard and Super DLC packs with this version 1.0 release, allowing Mac owners to play as characters from Thor: The Dark World as well as 10 additional races aboard the Spider Buggy and Hawkeye’s Skycycle.
Betaworks announced Thursday the release of new iOS, Android and web versions of Instapaper, which now include one of the most-requested features ever: Text highlighting, allowing users to select a block of text and apply a highlight to passages they want to remember for later. Available as a so-called "freemium" feature, highlights can even be tweeted, posted to a Tumblr blog or saved into Evernote, with subscribers receiving unlimited highlights, while everyone else can do five each month. Instapaper.com has also received another makeover, with site-wide theming, drag-and-drop, the ability to select multiple articles and better folder management and organization.
Fierce Wireless reported Thursday that the nation's last holdout for truly unlimited data will soon begin slamming the brakes on the top five percent of its heaviest data customers. Sprint broke the news to direct customers in a text message this week, which also includes those on prepaid brands such as Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile. The carrier plans to throttle heavy data users in "congested areas" starting June 1 in an effort to "provide more customers with a high quality data experience during heavy usage times," according to the text sent to Virgin customers. The downside of this approach is that Sprint customers won't even have to hit a certain data cap — say, 5GB — in order for throttling to kick in, similar to how rival T-Mobile currently handles this problem.
Flayvr Media announced Thursday the release of Flayvr 2.0, a new update to the company's interactive photo gallery app. With the latest version, the free app introduces Shared Timelines, allowing users to share entire memories via SMS text message or social networks like Facebook and Twitter — no more sending photos one at a time. Thanks to a shared timeline menu, it's also easy to track which images and videos users have shared with others, which get pushed to Flayvr's cloud and are available from other iOS or Android devices as well as the web. Flayvr 2.0 is now available for download from the App Store.
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