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Prince has reportedly asked that all streaming services except Tidal remove his catalog from circulation. There’s been no reason given for the sudden change of heart. Prince’s Spotify page has a note for some that suggests the widespread takedown. The text (seen below) seems to have been removed, but Spotify users still can’t stream his tracks. Tidal and Prince have been cozy of late, with the streaming service broadcasting his “Rally 4 Peace” concert. Prince’s Tidal page still has what looks to be his full catalog. Prince has frowned on digital music in the past. After his record deal with Warner… This story continues at The Next Web

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Extensis, a developer specializing in font management software, has released Extensis Fonts, a new font panel for Google Docs that lets users access thousands of fonts from the Google Fonts collection. Available as a free add-on via Google Docs, Extensis Fonts provides a panel where you can browse, preview and apply fonts directly from within Google documents. The panel facilitates immediate access to the entire Google Fonts collection of more than 1200 fonts and lets you select text to apply a font to in one click. In addition, the panel lets you preview font options, search for fonts by popularity and trending status and browse by style.… This story continues at The Next Web

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To help connect people around the world, Facebook’s Internet.org initiative is testing a method for delivering the Internet via lasers. The thinking in Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is that affixing lasers to drones and satellites will beam a signal to just about anywhere. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says it will “dramatically increase the speed of sending data over long distances.” While the beams in the picture above are visible, Zuckerberg says that’s all for show; the beams typically can’t be seen. Zuckerberg didn’t explain how the program would work in his post, but Facebook outlined the method previously. Connectivity Lab is… This story continues at The Next Web

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The folks at CocoLogics are at it again. The company has just released a huge update to ProCamera 8 for iOS, its DSLR-style photo app. Featured as one of TNW’s Apps of the Year for 2014, ProCamera 8 is now further improved with a host of new features. This app has always been about replacing the need to use your DSLR for complex shots. While it can’t literally do that, it can provide way more functionality that the native app that comes with the phone. Its intuitive interface keeps it from being intimidating, unlike many other pro-level apps. The new Photo… This story continues at The Next Web

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With Facebook and Square reigning in on the money transferring business, PayPal isn’t resting on its laurels. The company today dropped $890 million on Xoom, a payment transfer service similar to the already PayPal-owned Venmo. PayPal says the acquisition will allow it broaden its services by cross-selling to Xoom’s 68 million active users, and expand its presence in Xoom’s 37 countries – Mexico, India, the Philippines, China and Brazil in particular. Meanwhile, Xoom also gets access to PayPal’s customers. There’s no word on PayPal’s future plans for the company, but in the meantime it will continue to operate independently, much like Venmo. ➤ PayPal to Acquire Xoom [Business Wire… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple Music was designed to give us a central place for all of our music. A big part of that missive is iCloud, and the fiddly iTunes Match, which now resides in Apple Music. Did iTunes Match improve, though? The jury is still out. Though Apple never outright said as much, slipping iTunes Match into the juggernaut that is Apple Music seemed to be the plan all along. It was one part rebranding a conceptually popular service that worked poorly, and one part helping us forget it ever even existed because — well, it works so poorly. Did iTunes Match… This story continues at The Next Web

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Twitter’s mobile apps could be getting a notable upgrade for social media guru’s: Some users are spotting new way to access ad campaigns on Android and iOS right from their profile page. If you update to the most recent version of the app on either platform, you might spot a new graph icon sitting atop your profile that lets you directly access a mobile version of the Twitter Ads manager. Twitter for iOS made minor UI changes today. New pin and weblink icon + Ad account selection button pic.twitter.com/z51otKc61I — Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) July 1, 2015 From there, you can check your campaign performances, optimize your… This story continues at The Next Web

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Google Drive is getting a little more powerful today by integrating custom Maps. Now Drive users can create, share and manage Google’s custom My Maps right from Drive. You can even import data from your Drive documents, such as addresses from a spreadsheet or form, to pinpoint them on the map. The change should make it a little easier to mange all your custom mapping, as these will now be accessible from the same place you find your documents and spreadsheets. It also makes it easier to share custom maps with coworkers and team members, as you can simply drop the map… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook is set to offer video creators a cut of revenue from ads that display before or during their videos. It’s the first time Facebook has shared video revenue, and may challenge YouTube for the attention of creators. Speaking to Re/Code, Dan Rose, Facebook’s VP of partnerships says “A lot of [our partners] have said this will be a big motivation to start publishing a lot more video content to Facebook. That’s exactly what we’re hoping for.” Revenue sharing only comes via a new Facebook feature called Suggested Videos, a sub-section of NewsFeed. If you were to click on a… This story continues at The Next Web

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There are plenty of great accelerators that have track records in supporting entrepreneurs, but not every programme is open about its motives, and it’s an unfortunate fact of life that there are organisations that deliberately mislead founders. It’s important for accelerator programmes to be open and transparent with startups — before, during and after the programme, because a bad accelerator can not only damage a team’s prospects, they can kill them outright. Today, Ignite is launching an Accelerator Manifesto. It’s a list of basic, actionable statements that all programmes should meet with ease if they’re willing to be transparent with startups. This… This story continues at The Next Web

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OS X is a pretty operating system under normal circumstances. But viewed on the 5k display of the new iMac, it’s other-worldly. For a chance to look at this beauty on your desk every day, you just need to enter our giveaway. That’s right, we’re giving away a 5K iMac valued at $1,999. The 27-inch Retina iMac has an almost unbelievable resolution of 5120×2880, but a pretty picture isn’t all it offers. Under the hood, there is a quad-core 3.3GHz i5 processor, and 8GB of RAM. In other words, it is the dream machine for any videographer, developer or photographer… This story continues at The Next Web

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Shyp, the on-demand courier service, has switched all drivers to W2 employees. The company calls it “an investment in a longer-term relationship with our couriers, which we believe will ultimately create the best experience for our customers.” The change won’t affect Shyp’s other main roles, satellite van drivers or warehouse personnel, as they were already employees. W2 couriers will get the full compliment of benefits Shyp provides like unemployment and workers compensation, and Shyp will also pay for all vehicle expenses. As the service grows, Shyp says it wants to provide “additional supervision, coaching, branded assets and training” for couriers;… This story continues at The Next Web

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Don’t miss out on the most popular TNW Deals from the month of June! Pay what you want: Mobile-First Developer’s Bundle To turn an idea into an App Store best-seller requires coding skill. The Mobile-First Developer’s Bundle teaches you native app development from scratch, and you can pay whatever you like for it. It comprises 10 courses, which show you how to start making apps for iOS, Android and HTML5. It starts with beginner tuition for all three platforms, including how to use Apple’s efficient Swift programming language, and how to optimize your Android apps for Lollipop 5.0. With the… This story continues at The Next Web

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The first extended trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs movie is here and Michael Fassbender still looks absolutely nothing like the Apple co-founder. In fact, he seems to be channelling Christian Bale. Seth Rogan does a fair impression of Steve Wozniak though. And the quote in there about the graphical user interface being stolen? It’s a myth. Xerox PARC got a million dollars in Apple stock. But then, Sorkin tends to go with legends over facts. Just ask Mark Zuckerberg. Read next: 10 Steve Jobs videos you should watch instead 

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Snapchat has changed how you view snaps or stories. Instead of pressing and holding, you only need to tap the screen. No more numb fingers when you’re checking out longer snaps! There is also a neat new ‘add nearby’ function that allows you to find local Snapchat users and add them to your friends list. Additionally, you can see friends on the list and get in touch when they’re nearby. Snapcodes are also getting a “serious upgrade.” You can now add a selfie to the center of the code so everyone knows it’s yours. Snapcode screenshots can be sent through… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple Music arrived yesterday and one of its biggest features is Beats 1, the global streaming music station. Don’t try asking Siri about that though. Apple’s personal assistant hasn’t got the memo. I’m in Ireland (using a UK iTunes account) and have been listening to Beats 1 with no problem. But if I ask Siri to play the station for me, it won’t comply. In fact, it tells me the service “isn’t available in [my] country.” The same thing happens for other colleagues in the UK and beyond, despite the obvious fact that they’ve already been listening to the station and Beats 1 is available… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you live in Chicago, streaming services get more expensive. A new “cloud tax” law goes into effect in the city today, aimed at seeking out more revenue from popular streaming platforms. According to The Verge, the tax is made up of two different rulings from the city’s Department of Finance. One covers streaming platforms like Netflix and Spotify (for ‘electronically delivered amusements’), the other would cover remote databases like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft’s Azure (for ‘nonpossessory computer leases’). It’s a 9 percent tax, so $100 of server time elsewhere would cost $109 in Chicago. The tax is applied… This story continues at The Next Web

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Emoji have eaten the world. I’m calling it, this is moment we hit peak emoji: Phil Ferguson is an Australian man whose Instagram account has become incredibly popular thanks to the novelty hats he crochets then dons in selfies. Here he is dressed as the eggplant emoji: And here he is as the pizza emoji: Business Insider has a good interview with the man turned emoji. Eventually we will evolve into a species whose real faces can only render emotion in a limited selection of rictus emoji grins. It’s inevitable. ➤ Chili Philly [Instagram via Business Insider] Read next: Someone from 4Chan is building… This story continues at The Next Web

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Microsoft announced the availability of three technical previews today that form a part of Skype for Business, one of which allows for mass video calling across the Web. Although you’ll need to be an Office 365 enterprise subscriber to test it, you can now register for access to Skype Meeting Broadcast – a largely device-agnostic video conferencing tool for ‘town hall’ type meetings with up to 10,000 participants. Preview features include the ability to take feedback from attendees via Yammer integration and Bing Pulse sentiment tracking. Aside of Skype Meeting Broadcast, enterprise users can now register for PSTN Conferencing, which lets… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fews is a news aggregator app for iOS, Apple Watch and Android that features local and international news from 28 countries, in their native languages. Released this week, it’s free to download and works by integrating over 1,000 RSS feeds. Content on Fews is divided into five main categories: general news, lifestyle, sports, economy and tech. Countries covered by the app include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States. While I’m a big fan… This story continues at The Next Web

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Activity trackers are all the rage, and the potential benefits of technology on health are innumerable: it enables access to information, it allows for monitoring of persistent conditions without trips to the doctor and it helps with earlier diagnoses of diseases, among other things. It speeds up the admin side of things too – there’s more data than ever before, and better access to that data, but that’s also where the problems start. You might be happy to share your personal info in exchange for access to free apps and services, but are you just as comfortable sharing personal medical info with an e-health… This story continues at The Next Web

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Facebook quietly changed its logo yesterday for the first time since 2005 and you probably didn’t even notice. Say hello to the new Facebook logo pic.twitter.com/ofoFm4JQmK — Christophe Tauziet (@ChrisTauziet) June 30, 2015 The update is only a refresh of the company’s wordmark, which is the text-only version of its logo used for identifying its brand. Josh Higgins, Facebook’s Creative Director told Brand New that the company “set out to modernize the logo to make it feel more friendly and approachable” and settled on an update instead of a full redesign. Facebook asked Eric Olson, the designer of Klavika, the font used for the original… This story continues at The Next Web

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This post was brought to you by desk.com the fast, awesome customer service app for small business.Think of a brand that you have nothing but positive things to say about. Conjure elements up of the company, its products or services, the logo, maybe the last time you had to jump on a customer service call with them. For fairly commonplace reasons you like them probably because you got what you expected—maybe even a little extra. Now, consider the last time you told a friend about the brand. Maybe suggesting their website or praising their customer service. Perhaps you took an Instagram photo of your new product, telling more than enough friends what you love about it.… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s plenty of cases of drones crashing and hurting people lately, but I’ve not seen a video where the pilot crashes into himself. There aren’t any details attached to the video which was spotted by Reddit user Ghost_Animator. Another Reddit user suggested that the drone being used is likely a tiny 250-sized racing quadcopter which can fly at very high speeds and is often used for drone racing. The pilot in the video is wearing virtual reality glasses that allow him to view the perspective of the drone to help fly it and make the experience a little more exhilarating. Unfortunately they don’t help much when you realize that it’s two… This story continues at The Next Web

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The U.S. job market seems to be reliably back on its feet, and it’s signalling a sea change for employers and employees alike. Job seekers are no longer desperate for any opportunity that comes along. Those who are currently employed are discarding the I’m-just-thankful-I-have-a- job mindset. At long last, many people have the luxury of stepping back, taking stock, and figuring out what they really want out of a job, career and company. This means businesses are suddenly facing serious competition for talent, something they haven’t had to deal with in a while. Recruitment and retention, two corporate players who’ve… This story continues at The Next Web

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