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Pharrell Williams And 40 Other Singers Threaten To Sue YouTube

Pharrell Williams and about 40 other singers and songwriters have joined forces and are demanding that YouTube takes down about 20,000 videos, otherwise they will sue the company for $1 Billion.

The group of artists are all part of a newly founded legal Group called Global Music Rights which is headed by Irving Azoff who is a well known manager of many artists.

Google has announced the new subscription service Music Key under the YouTube brand which will go up against other streaming services such as Spotify. The company claims they do have the rights and so far has not agreed to take down the content.

This is the latest drama when it comes to digital music and the debate about artists being compensated properly. Just recently, Taylor Swift pulled all her music from Spotify ahead of her new 1989 album, here is what she said in an interview about the move:

“Music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment,” Swift said. “And I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music. And I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”

It will be interesting to see if the big players in the streaming business change the way they compensate artists in order to avoid law suits or music being pulled completely.

Android 5.0 Available For Samsung Galaxy S5

Users in Poland have reported that Samsung has started an over-the-air update of Galaxy S5 devices.

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It is not known when the update will be available in other regions.

Maybe the update will help Samsung to increase sales on the flagship smartphone as sales has been way below expectations so far.

LG was the first company to make the new Android OS available to G3 users, Motorola and Google have also offered Lollipop to their users.

Sony and HTC have announced that they are going to make the update available within shortly as well.

Patent Drawing Reveals Next Generation Google Glass

Google Glass was the hit when it was showcased during the Google Developer Conference back in 2012. But the product has struggled recently both in terms of the image problem it has and general development making it a product that Google can bring to the masses.

Google doesn’t seem to be distracted by that though, just earlier this week it was reported that the next generation of Google Glass will feature an Intel processor which could result in improved efficiency and Intel is also said to be involved on the hardware side of things.

Google has filled for a patent which included a drawing of what could be the next generation Glass.

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What’s new / different:

  • The camera and screen has been shifted to the right eye
  • No large battery
  • Ear hooks (batteries?)
  • No nose support

Can Google make Google Glass a success after all with a new design, updated hardware and the Intel partnership?

Firefox Coming For iPhone And iPad

Firefox is one of the most popular browsers but it isn’t available for iOS. The reason is because Apple doesn’t allow Firefox to its own web engine, so the company has always said it would not release a Firefox version for iOS which would force them to run Apple’s engine instead.

Firefox manager Lukas Blakk wrote on Twitter “”we need to be where our users are so we’re going to get Firefox on iOS”.

Chris Beard, the new CEO of Firefox, seems to be making a number of strategic changes, just last month it was announced that Yahoo will be the default search engine, replacing Google.

iPad Sales Will Continue To Decline, Android To Dominate Tablet Market For Years

While Apple had a record quarter last time around, iPad sales continued to disappoint and decreased by 13%.

According to market research firm IDC that trend is going to continue. For the first time since the launch of the iPad it will see a year over year decline which is not surprising if you look at the last few quarters.

Currently the iPad has 27.5% market share which is forecasted to decline to 24.5% by 2018. Android is dominating the space with 67.7% market share but will also experience a slight decrease to 64%.

What Apple and Google leave on the table will benefit Microsoft. During the last earnings we already pointed out that strong demand for the Surface Pro 3 has increased tablet revenues to almost $1 billion and if IDC is right that will multiply as they predict the market share to increase from 4.6% to 11.4%.

Bing Now With HD, Widescreen Images

A majority of people are using Google as the search engine of choice but Bing has a good amount of people as well that prefer the tight social integration and unlike the clean Google homepage, Bing users are by beautiful home page images.

One of the most requested features from users has been to make these pictures available in HD (1920 x 1080) and that is now the case.

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In addition to that Bing has also made it easier for you to find out what the picture is of. There is now a new info button, once you move your mouse over it, you get some information and will also be able to download the image.

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EU Parliament Wants To Split Up Google

The EU parliament and Google have not been getting along for quite some time now as they are looking into complaints from competitors that the search giant is abusing the dominant position in the market. Google has 90% market share in Europe and in September we reported on Germany’s justice minister Heiko Maas, said in an interview with Financial Times, that Google needs to be “more transparent” about how they create the search engine rankings.

Well, it just got even more ridiculous. According to the Financial Times, the EU parliament now wants to pressure antitrust regulators to look into splitting up Google. The final details are being worked and the parliament will vote on this Thursday.

Google has not commented yet but we would imagine this wouldn’t go down well.