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Verizon to acquire Intel’s media division:
Ars Technica reports Verizon will acquire Intel’s media division including the OnCue TV service. Verizon gets the intellectual property, products and employees in the deal. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam plans to incorporate OnCue into Verizon’s FiOS TV service. The acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of this quarter. The news came along with Verizon’s 4th quarter earnings report. Verizon posted a net income of $7.9 billion, or $1.76 a share, a nice jump over last year when the company lost $1.9 billion, or $1.48 a share. The company also added 1.6 million contract subscribers, despite price competition from T-Mobile USA.
Launch Day for Beats: CNET reports Jimmy Iovine’s Beats launched their new music service today on iOS and Android, with a Windows Phone version coming this Friday. There’s also a limited Web version for desktop. The service features staff-curated playlists as well as playlists curated from partners like music magazines. Users can select a ‘Just for You’ playlist based on their preferences, Highlighted lists created by Beats staff, The Sentence, which is a playlist created by filling in words mad-lib style, or just browse through genres and activities. The service has a 7 day free trial and then costs $10 a month, although longer trial periods and family plans are available for AT&T users.
News From You:
Dustin Schmidt on Google+ points us to a Bloomberg BusinessWeek story highlighting the fact that when Windows XP support ends on April 8, a lot of ATMs will be running an unsupported OS.
Habichuelacondulce submitted this BuzzFeed article reporting that people have raised 26 million dogecoins, about $33,000 worth, in support of the Jamaican Bobsleigh team. The team qualified for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia but needed $40,000 to pay for equipment and travel.Since that time Jamaica’s Olympic committee has announced it will pay for travel costs.
Webitube submitted this Washington Post story that the recently passed US budget will make about half of taxpayer-funded research available to the public. Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education agencies with research budgets of $100 million or more must give online access to their funded research within 12 months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal, making it openly accessible.
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