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With Nasdaq at records, investors ask what's next for tech
NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the Nasdaq Composite last hit record highs during the dotcom era, fund manager Walter Price struggled with justifying paying 400 times a company's earnings for rapid growth.






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Smartphones pack huge batteries
New smartphones from Lenovo and Acer feature much bigger batteries than is the norm for a handset.

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Lenovo ships free OS recovery media for Superfish-affected laptops
Lenovo in February admitted to preloading Superfish on some consumer notebooks, and now the company has taken steps so the dangerous adware doesn't reappear when users reinstall Windows.

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Google launches portal to buy patents

A logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich(Reuters) - Google Inc said it would launch an experimental portal that allows interested patent holders to sell their patents to the company. Patent holders can tell Google about the patents they're willing to sell and the expected price through the portal, the company said on its blog. Google said it will let the submitters know of its interest in buying their patents by June 26 and expects to pay the sellers by late August.


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Mom tries to Facebook-shame daughter, gets pizza on face
A mother makes her daughter pose for a picture to prove that it will travel far and wide on the Web. She ends up getting prank calls, pizza deliveries, and a lesson for herself.

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39 "Harry Potter" GIFs That Perfectly Capture Your Night Out

Accio a butterbeer or 12, and solemnly swear you’re up to no good.

When the bouncer asks to see your ID and takes forever looking at it:

When the bouncer asks to see your ID and takes forever looking at it:

Warner Bros.

When you walk in the bar at the beginning of the night and you're feeling your look:

When you walk in the bar at the beginning of the night and you're feeling your look:

Warner Bros. / Via 1.static.upcoming.nl

And when you wake up in the morning after a night of heavy drinking:

And when you wake up in the morning after a night of heavy drinking:

Warner Bros. / Via giphy.com

When you think you see your friend across the bar, but it's not them:

When you think you see your friend across the bar, but it's not them:

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We Fact-Checked All of Jay Z’s #TidalFacts
He's not a businessman; he's a prognosticator of the future of streaming music consumption, man

Things have been rocky for Jay Z’s Tidal service ever since the service relaunched with an Avengers-like call-to-arms of music superstars last month. Since then, the streaming platform has fallen out of the top 750 apps on Apple’s App Store, replaced its CEO and taken several dings in the press. So it’s no surprise Jay Z is eager to defend his new service against detractors.

The mogul-rapper tweeted a bevy of “#TidalFacts” Sunday, arguing his music service is actually doing just fine (on the rare occasions Jay tweets, he loves to talk about #facts).

But how do we separate truth from corporate spin? Here’s a quick fact-check of the claims Jay Z made about Tidal.

Verdict: True(ish)

Tidal is older than Jay Z wants to admit. It launched back in October 2014 in the U.S. and the U.K., with its main pitch being high-fidelity music streams. After Jay Z bought parent company Aspiro for $56 million in January, the brand was relaunched in March with a new emphasis on compensating artists and providing exclusive content to fans.

Regarding subscribers, 770,000 is certainly a respectable figure in a world where every on-demand music subscription service not named Spotify is fighting for table scraps. However, the vast majority of those users were using Tidal before Jay Z showed up. Aspiro previously had another music streaming service called WiMP, which had 500,000 paying subscribers at the end of 2014. The WiMP and Tidal platforms were merged in March, just before Tidal’s relaunch. So it’s unclear how many new subscribers Tidal has picked up thanks to all its publicity in recent weeks.

Verdict: False

Maybe it wasn’t one day, but the iTunes Store did sell one million songs in its first week of existence. It was wildly successful from the start. Spotify, which launched in 2006, was a bit of a slow burn, but it would be hard to argue that the platform only became successful in 2015. As the digital music space gets more crowded, it’s only going to become more challenging for new entrants to grab significant marketshare.

Verdict: False

The spate of bad press Tidal has received since it launched is mostly its own doing. The optics of the launch event, with music’s biggest wealthiest stars on stage begging fans to spend more on music, couldn’t have been worse. Perhaps instead of the press, Jay Z is referring more to behind-the-scenes dealings between streaming competitors and record labels to vie for exclusives and keep artists off of Tidal. That’s almost definitely happening, and competition among the streaming services will only get increasingly fierce as more of the music industry’s revenue pours into the sector.

Verdict: True

One of Tidal’s selling points is supposed to be that it offers a more comprehensive fan experience than other music services. Exclusive videos from stars like Jay Z and Beyonce have been popping up on the platform. And the company has been livestreaming some concerts, including a recent Jack White concert. But the service has yet to nab the kind of massive exclusive–think Beyonce’s surprise album dropping excluisvely on the iTunes Store–to truly turn heads.

Verdict: Possibly True

Here Jay may be referring to Tidal Discovery, an upcoming feature of the platform that will allow independent artists to upload their music directly to the streaming service. On platforms like Spotify, independent artists have to use third-party aggregators to make their music available. Tidal will also soon allow individual artists to access a dashboard that shows listening data and demographic information about their fans, according to tech culture site Smashd. This type of fine data is often routed to labels rather than to artists themselves.

Verdict: Possibly True

It’s not entirely clear what Jay means by “royalty rate.” If he’s talking about the amount of total revenue that Tidal plans to redistribute to artists and record labels, that would mean Tidal is doling out a larger portion of its total sales than Spotify, which pays 70% of its revenue to music rights holders. A Tidal spokesperson did not identify which rate Jay Z was referring to at press time.

Verdict: True

Yep, Apple’s market capitalization is about $760 billion and a new funding round will reportedly value Spotify at $8.4 billion. YouTube is not worth anything close to $390 billion, but its parent company Google is. And Jay bought Tidal for $56 million, so he’s mostly right here.

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liamalexander: My daily stats: 12 new followers, 9 new unfollowers via http://t.co/hROlspGI
liamalexander: My daily stats: 12 new followers, 9 new unfollowers via http://t.co/hROlspGI

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alanjonesUK: RT @PopSci: Scientists finally have some answers about the mysterious "dark matter" in the human genome: http://t.co/Gm4Fh0B6
alanjonesUK: RT @PopSci: Scientists finally have some answers about the mysterious "dark matter" in the human genome: http://t.co/Gm4Fh0B6

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