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The music-streaming company could double the amount of funding it has, which might lead to a delayed IPO.>

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Spotify is reportedly in the process of raising $500 million in funding, a move that could open up new avenues for expansion, though delay its plans to go public. Citing sources, both The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times say that the streaming music company has hired Goldman Sachs to help it raise the funds, which would value it at around $7 billion. The round would be Spotify's biggest yet, following the $250 million it raised in November 2013 led by venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures. There's also been some pushback from artists like Taylor Swift, who have shunned making their newest music available there versus turning to digital sales.

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Samsung execs talk about what the company has planned for 2015 as it gears up to prepare for what may be its toughest time in recent years.

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You’ll have to trudge through most of February before The Order: 1886, the first major PlayStation 4 exclusive of the year, hits store shelves. In the meantime, Sony wants to make the wait a little easier with its latest selection of free games. On Thursday, the PlayStation community team revealed the six games PS Plus subscribers will get for free on February 3rd. LAST TIME: Sony reveals the free PlayStation games it’s giving away in January – here are the details PlayStation 4 owners will be treated to two visually captivating action RPGs — Transistor, which won countless awards in 2014, and Apotheon, which will release day-and-date with the February free games lineup. I don’t know much about Apotheon, but based on the fact that

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More video games should be set in mundane places.

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Forever 21 has been pirating photoshop, according to a new lawsuit from Adobe, and it's facing serious fines as a result. The suit was filed yesterday in California District Court, alleging that Forever 21 pirated 63 different instances of Adobe software including copies of Photoshop, Acrobat, and Illustrator.

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(Reuters) - Online music streaming service Spotify is working with Goldman Sachs for a new round of private fundraising which could potentially put off the initial public offering for another year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Spotify is talking with investors who are known to buy into companies before a IPO, including mutual fund T. Rowe Price Group, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. The company was founded in 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon. Representatives at Goldman Sachs and T. Rowe Price declined to comment.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has gotten into the habit of missing analysts' earnings targets, frustrating investors who believe the online search leader would be more profitable it wasn't pouring so much money into far-flung projects such as Internet-connected eyewear and driverless cars.

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Images of Cyclone Bansi taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station show an eye aglow with lightning.>

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By Luciana Lopez and David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alibaba Group's surprise revenue miss sent shares plunging on Thursday, but some investors say their enthusiasm for the Chinese e-commerce giant has not cooled given its long-term potential. "I don't think it's even a stumbling block," said Mark Yusko, head of the $4 billion Morgan Creek Capital Management. Alibaba shares fell 8.8 percent on Thursday to close at $89.81, sending the stock below its Sept. 19 first-day opening price of $92.70, after reporting lower-than-expected revenues for the third quarter. The company's record $25 billion initial public offering was met with great fanfare, attracting big purchases from hedge funds managers eager for exposure to a company frequently referred to as the 'Amazon of China.' Shares soared, hitting a high of $120 in November, but the stock has slumped since, losing 25 percent of its value.

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The Chinese government has introduced new rules that require foreign tech companies to turn over source code, submit to audits, and build back doors into hardware and software.

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We’ve shared dozens of incredible GoPro videos on BGR over the past year, but thanks to an upcoming firmware update, some of the videos we post in the future are going to be a lot more epic. Gizmodo had a chance to check out a GoPro Hero4 Black update at the Winter X Games over the weekend — an update which allows the Hero4 Black to film at 240 frames per second in 720p resolution. DON’T MISS: Microsoft may have found the perfect way to cap Google at the knees “Everything looks better in slow motion,” writes Gizmodo’s Brent Rose. “But until now, the Hero4 Black couldn’t do super smooth slow-mo and HD at the same time. When it launched, it was

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It was a surprise to everyone, even Bay of Plenty Regional Council, when an evaluation led it to choose software from US company Accela.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The runaway success of Apple's newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea's Samsung for the title of world's leading seller of smartphones.

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Google on Thursday reported that its profit jumped in the recently ended quarter, but the leap fell short of market expectations. The Internet colossus reported net profit up 41 percent year-over-year at $4.76 billion in the final three months of 2014. Revenues were up 15 percent in the quarter to $18.1 billion, also slower that anticipated as Google saw slowdowns in some of its online advertising metrics such as costs per click. Google shares fell immediately following the results in after-hours trade, but later recouped the losses and traded up 0.3 percent.

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Apple is widely expected to launch an even bigger iPad this year: A 12-inch device that’s tentatively being called the iPad Air Plus or the iPad Pro. Many reports and image leaks have already provided various details about the tablet so far, and French publication Nowhereelse on Thursday published a leaked image of what appears to be a protective case for the bigger tablet. DON’T MISS: One company may have finally solved the smartphone battery life problem It’s clear from the cutouts in this alleged iPad case that it’s not made for the existing iPad Air 2 model. The tablet accessory has four cutouts placed symmetrically in the four corners of the device, which could reveal speaker placements for the device. Previous reports

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NEW YORK (AP) — It was a Prime quarter for Amazon.

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The poem of your life is a selection of tweets from your account hacked together in pseudo-rhyme. Don't believe us? Try poetweet out for yourself using any Twitter account you'd like. It may take a few tries for it to work, but the results can be revealing. Our own Chris Ziegler put it best: "I mean, these are better than most real poems." (For poems derived from news outlets, including "Lol balls #balls" by SB Nation, check out Vox.com!)

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Have you run into a few old-school users with antiquated ideas about how to treat smartphone batteries? Here are a few myths worth debunking.

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By Leonardo Goy and Jeferson Ribeiro BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government has no preferred model for consolidation of the country's telecom market, a source told Reuters on Thursday, leaving behind the days when Brazilian telecom company Oi SA was held up as a "national champion". Oi has been in talks with Spain's Telefonica SA and Mexico's America Movil SAB about making a joint bid to buy rival TIM Participações SA and dividing it three ways. TIM majority owner Telecom Italia SpA, however, is also mulling a takeover of Oi, raising questions about which option might be favored by the government, which has played an active role in the industry in recent years. President Dilma Rousseff's predecessor and political mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva championed the merger that created Oi in 2008 as the birth of a national "super telecom" that could go toe-to-toe with foreign rivals Telefonica and America Movil.

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We went hands-on with Samsung’s new virtual reality headset back in September, and we have discussed how fantastic Gear VR is a few times here on the site. The device uses the brains and quad HD display of a Galaxy Note 4 to power a wonderfully responsive virtual reality experience, and it’s well worth the $200 price of admission. Now, Samsung has struck a brilliant partnership with an airline that will give first-class passengers free access to a Gear VR headset during flights. DON’T MISS: Video: Watch terrified passengers’ reactions when the driver floors it in a Tesla P85D Beginning sometime next month, Australian airline Qantas will begin offering Samsung’s Gear VR headset to first-class passengers flying between Los Angeles and Sydney or

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NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Amazon.com jumped over 8 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce giant beat quarterly profit expectations by a mile.

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