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Spotify Launches Android Redesign (CBS News / Techtalk)
The new Spotify for Android will be completely redesigned from “top-to-bottom.” Some of the new features include: new “slide-out” navigation, the ability to view profiles and playlists, related artist view, high-resolution imagery and 320kbps listening. Support for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is also included in the update. PCMag “That’s not the end of it,” Spotify said. “We’re working hard on adding further features, including folders and Last.fm scrobbling, before the app goes live in Google Play.” Computerworld If you can’t wait for it to hit Google Play, Spotify is offering a preview version you can install right now. Cnet Before any Spotify users head to the company’s blog to download the application, though, be aware that it’s only available to Premium subscribers who pay $9.99 per month for that offering. Spotify’s free and Unlimited plans do not include mobile support.
Know Your Gmail Stats using Gmail Meter (Gmail Blog)
Gmail Meter is an Apps Script which runs on the first day of every month and sends you an email containing different statistics about your inbox. In a similar way to how recently introduced Google Account Activity gives key stats about how you’ve used your Google Account, Gmail Meter gives you different types of statistics that will help you analyze your Gmail habits. Lifehacker What will Gmail Meter uncover? How many emails you’ve received and sent, what your email traffic looks like each day, your various categories of email, word count, and — my favorite — how long it takes you to respond to a message (on average). TechCrunch How does any of this help you? Well, maybe if you’re planning to take a day off from email, you could better determine which day that should be. But mostly, it’s just a little fun navel-gazing. Which, really, given the 10,000+ unread emails you’ve got there, you might not actually have time for.
Groupon Gets To $14 With Social Recommendations (Forbes)
Despite a series of controversies and lawsuits, Groupon continues to march forward with its acquisition spree. This week, it acquired Ditto.me, a mobile social recommendation app, which enables users to discover new places to visit, restaurants to check out and movies to watch with their friends. Business Insider Now that Groupon’s stock has collapsed, is it cheap enough to buy yet? Almost! When Groupon went public, we said we wouldn’t touch the stock with a 50-foot pole… unless/until it dropped to $12 a share. Well, we’re nearly there. So at some point soon, we’ll take a close look at the company again.
Anontune: The New Social Music Platform From Anonymous (Wired / Underwire)
The project, called Anontune and still in its infancy, is designed to pull songs from third-party sources like YouTube and let anonymous users put them into playlists and share them — while keeping the service from being shut down by music industry lawsuits. Gizmodo UK The collective is planning on adding other music sources including Bandcamp, Myspace Music, Yahoo Music and others. It’s an intriguing idea, even if it is only “20 percent done” right now and is likely to have a massive target on its back from day one.
Facebook Pic of Police Car Gas-Siphoning Leads to Arrest (Mashable)
The photo shows Michael Baker, 20, giving the camera the finger as he’s in the process of swiping gas from a Jenkins Police Department squad car. Baker spent the night in jail for the offense. He was charged with theft by unlawful tanking. International Business Times “We was just standing there and thought it would be funny to take a picture and then post it on Facebook,” said Baker to WYMT-TV in Hazard, Kentucky. He maintained that the crime was committed in jest. The Washington Post Police didn’t laugh. Chief Allen Bormes says that if Baker would steal from police, he’d steal from “just about anybody.”
Don’t Download the Fake Instagram Android App (SocialTimes)
When you click the application, you do get sent to an install page, and it seems as if you are downloading Instagram but you’re actually downloading an imitation app that seems to be sending “background SMS messages to earn its creators revenue,” according to security firm Sophos.
Make Lego Movies The Easy Way With The New Movie Maker App (Fast Company / Co.Create)
San Francisco-based agency Pereira & O’Dell worked with Lego to launch the DC Super Hero Movie Maker app, which is now available on iTunes. The app helps kids (and adult nerds) pretend to be Tim Burton and create stop-motion superhero movies on their iPhones.
Who’s Next On Zynga’s Acquisition List? (Inside Social Games)
A week out from its Q1 earnings call, Zynga is talking about making more multi-million dollar acquisitions on the order of OMGPOP’s $180-million buy last month. Who could Zynga buy and where can they be found?
Can Reddit Create a Top 10 Radio Hit? (The Daily Dot)
What does it take to make a Billboard Hot 100 hit? Lyrics about boys and girls, a repetitive drum beat, and a boatload of disposable income to properly push the product. Rarely does a truly unique voice or vision matter. On Wednesday, one redditor set out to hot-wire the hit machine.