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Pandora AMPs up the Music With New Marketing Platform — Earlier this week we reported how Pandora wants to reward listeners with ad-free music for engaging with brands. Today, Pandora has announced it's giving artists new tools to monitor and analyze fan-engagement on the internet radio streaming service. With AMP (artist marketing platform), Pandora says it's looking to 'eliminate the guesswork' by letting artists know which songs are performing well (e.g.

ESL eSports Hits Xbox One — There's little question that eSports is big business, which goes some way towards explaining why Amazon snapped up Twitch back in August. Now, ESL Gaming, one of the biggest eSports competition organizers in the world, is arriving on Microsoft's Xbox One.

Microsoft Changing 'Nokia' Brand to 'Microsoft Lumia' — It's been a gradual process since Microsoft finalized the deal to acquire Nokia's Devices & Services division back in April, but we finally have some clarity on what will happen... Keep reading →

Microsoft Xbox One Digital TV Tuner Now on Sale in Europe — Back in August, we revealed that Microsoft was launching a digital TV tuner in Europe, so that Xbox One owners could use their console to access and control live TV. Well, this is now available to buy, costing £24.99 in the UK or €29.99 in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Quicket App Can Show Who's on the Same Flight as You — Quicket sells itself as a multi-purpose mobile app that wants to be a "one-stop-app for all your travel needs," letting you search for and book flights anywhere in the world. But with its latest update for Android and iOS, it's introducing a Facebook seat check-in feature, letting you see who's going to be sitting where on any given flight.

Xbox One Update Brings Deep Twitter Integration — Members of Microsoft's Xbox One preview program are getting access to a bevy of new features this week, including deeper Twitter integration and more customization options. As Microsoft notes, you will now be able to tweet your favorite game clips to your Twitter followers, using the Share button next to any clip you've created.

Pandora Offers Ad-Free Music for Engaging With Brands — Internet radio streaming service Pandora has announced a new Sponsored Listening offering, letting brands give listeners a full hour of ad-free beats in exchange for a little engagement. Available in the US, Australia and New Zealand, Pandora serves up music from across a multitude of genres for free, though you can cough up $4.99/month to remove the ads.

Holvi Supports IBANs to Transform Banking in Europe — Holvi launched its online banking platform for small businesses in Europe back in August, and now the Finnish startup has announced it supports International Bank Account Numbers ( IBANs), which sees it edge neatly into the traditional banking setup to broaden its appeal.

Dr. Who Teaches Kids the Basics of Coding — Tying in with the new coding and computing content initiative announced by the BBC last month, the British broadcaster has announced a new Doctor Who-themed game designed to teach the basics of programming to kids. Available online in the UK from Wednesday 22 October, 'The Doctor and the Dalek' game is aimed at CBBC-age viewers, and is voiced by the good Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi.

Google[X] Chief on Finding the Right Problems to Fix — ' Head of getting moonshots ready for contact with the real world' isn't the simplest job title you'll ever see, but that's exactly what Obi Felten at Google[X] gets to call herself. In more comprehensible terms, Felten is a director of product management for early stage Google projects, working alongside engineers, scientists and everyone else to help turn "science fiction-like technology into real world products and businesses."
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Oct 22, 2014

Bit ridic this >> Goodfellas actor files $250m lawsuit against The Simpsons for using his likeness

Oct 22, 2014

Atlas Obscura Wants to Become the National Geographic of the Digital Age

Oct 22, 2014

@ingridlunden I get that from time to time, worry that it's early stages of RSI. Oh well.

Oct 21, 2014

Recommended >> Nokia's HERE maps is now available for all (compatible) Android phones

Oct 21, 2014

Polish fans wait for Tartan Army outside stadium… to applaud them for atmosphere

Oct 21, 2014

RT @BBCAndrewH: Just spoke to Barry and June Steenkamp. Both happy with sentence and relieved it is over. Am told Pistorius will be released after 10 months

Oct 21, 2014

So 5 years, but probably out in about 2 years though (assuming he behaves himself). Tough pill for the Steenkamp family to swallow.

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