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AC/DC's vast catalog of tunes is set to hit streaming services today, the New York Times reports. After joining iTunes only three years ago, the popular and seemingly immortal Australian rock band will now also be accessible via Spotify, Rdio, and Apple Music, among other services. AC/DC has been a ... More »
Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know today.
1. Apple Music is set for release today. To use it, iPhone and iPad users will need to download and install a new iOS update, iOS 8.4, which will also become available today.
2. Music recognition app Shazam has launched new social features that let people "follow" musicians. Pitbull, Calvin Harris, Wiz Khalifa, Coldplay, One Direction and Usher are launching profiles on the mobile app, letting fans see what they're listening to.
3. Uber could be seeing $470 million in operating losses with $415 million in revenue, according to a bond prospectus. But it isn't clear whether these numbers are the results of one quarter, a full year, or some other time period, or where exactly they come from.
4. Two Uber bosses were taken into custody in France. The move came as part of a probe into its cheaper taxi service UberPOP.
5. First Round Capital believes some billion-dollar tech "unicorns" will be exposed as frauds. "We believe that some of them will be exposed as nothing more than horses with sticks taped to their heads," the firm's lead partner, Josh Kopelman, wrote in a letter to limited partners.
6. AOL, which is now owned by Verizon, will make Microsoft's Bing its default search engine instead of Google for the next ten-years. The switch will take place in January 2016.
7. Netflix will likely hit 70 million subscribers by the end of the year. That will include over 26 million international subscribers forecast by years end, in over 50 countries.
9. A fake news site is masquerading as The New York Times. "NYTimes.com.co" seems to have been around since February.
10. Apple has acquired nearly all the patents belonging to a biometric technology firm called Privaris. The patents could be related to Apple's plans to build a buttonless phone.
Plus500, the troubled trading firm that was hit with regulator woes last month, has weathered the storm and come out the other side.
Management said today that the vast majority of accounts at its UK business — 13,499 — have now been unfrozen, after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) told it last month to stop trading and re-verify every customer's identity. That followed a review that found Plus500's anti-money laundering checks weren't up to scratch.
Plus500 also thinks it will be signing up new clients again within three weeks. The Israeli company is just hammering out the final details of plans with the FCA.
All in all, it's back to "business as usual", according to Plus500, which lets ordinary people make risky, leveraged bets on stocks and currencies through something called a contract for difference (CFD).
Amazingly, the crisis has left its business relatively unscathed.
Some 72% of accounts that have been unfrozen have kept on trading rather than running for the hills and second quarter revenue stands at $43 million (£27.3 million). It's a big drop on the first quarter's $82 million (£52.2 million) but compares pretty well with last year's second quarter figure of $45.5 million (£28.9 million). Overall, first half revenues are around $19 million (£12 million) ahead of last year.
But Plus500 isn't totally out of the woods yet. While it has managed to unfreeze accounts, the FCA hasn't yet approved this process. A reviewer has sent a draft report to the FCA on the matter and Plus500 says the board is "confident" the FCA will rubber stamp it.
If it doesn't, it could derail Israeli gambling software maker Playtech's on-going takeover of Plus500.
After Plus500's share price went into free fall last month Playtech swooped in with a low-ball bid. The fellow Israeli company's offer is almost half the £862 million ($1.3 billion) Plus500 was worth before the crisis blew up.
Plus500's embattled management approved the bid, and looks likely to go through, but the offer has various break clauses in it that would allow Playtech to walk away.
Sydney (AFP) - Australian zookeepers Tuesday said they had successfully fostered an orphaned tree kangaroo with a surrogate wallaby in a rare case after its mother was crushed by a branch.
The Goodfellow's tree kangaroo, named Makaia by its carers at Adelaide Zoo in South Australia, was just five weeks old and at risk of dying after its three-year-old mother was killed by a falling tree branch in November.
In a bid to save the joey, which was too young to be hand-reared, zookeepers placed the baby marsupial in the pouch of a female yellow-foot rock wallaby in a "cross-fostering" technique they hoped would help it stay alive.
"We were so excited when we confirmed the joey had made it past the first critical 24-hour period," said Adelaide Zoo's team leader of natives, Gayl Males.
"We were uncertain as to whether the joey was going to be accepted. The joey... first popped its head out of the pouch around the end of January.
"It was certainly a sight to see a tree kangaroo joey, with its reddish-tan fur, bright blue eyes and long claws riding around in a wallaby."
Goodfellow's tree kangaroos, named after British zoological collector Walter Goodfellow, are found in the rainforests of New Guinea.
They are classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, with the species under threat from habitat loss and overhunting.
The zoo's veterinarian David McLelland said, as far as he knew, cross-fostering had not been attempted with a tree kangaroo before.
"We've had great success over the years' cross-fostering between wallaby species, but the specialised breeding technique has never been used on a tree kangaroo," McLelland said.
"Not only are tree kangaroos distant relatives of wallabies, they also have many behavioural and physical differences. We had no idea if the yellow-foot rock wallaby would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck."
Makaia lived with his surrogate mother for three-and-a-half months before Males took over caring for him.
Gestation takes about 45 days for Goodfellow's tree kangaroos. The babies spend their first few months in their mother's pouch, suckling, and then leave for progressively longer periods of time until fully independent.
"He's certainly a cheeky little fellow and loves running amok," Males said.
Ocado, the "Amazon of food" and one of Britain's most exciting tech companies, unveiled an 18.2% rise in revenue for the 24 weeks ending May 17, to £507.7 million ($798.4 million). This was down to some pretty impressive initiatives it had to boost sales.
The big deal is the group's continuing rise in sales and expansion of its customer base. It is also racking up massive revenue growth and creating a whole heap of technology that it can hive off and sell on to other businesses should it wish.
New customer growth rose by 30% year-on-year, bringing its customer base to 471,000. The way Ocado has gathered more people is pretty impressive and has clearly paid off. Here are some of its tactics:
It targeted vegetarians and broadened its product range: It gives customers a massive choice of products, which now stand at 45,000 stock keeping units (SKU) — or items. Out of these, 650 are vegetarian and vegan products. That's a lot in one place. It even won a host of awards for this.
It started selling slimming products: non-food sale items rocketed by 80%. It said sales of sports nutrition and slimming products was the largest category in its non-food sector.
It makes sure that a bulk of Ocado shopping baskets are the cheaper than its competitors: It revealed that over 70% of our customers' baskets were already cheaper at Ocado.
It makes sure its mobile technology is amazing: Over 50% of orders were checked out using a mobile device and its latest apps and browsers. It even launched an Apple Watch app.
However, statutory profit before tax fell to £7.2 million ($11.3 million), from £7.5 million ($11.8 million) in the same period last year. Ocado admitted that it has also suffered from the intense British supermarket pricing war which is being led by German budget grocers Aldi and Lidl.
"The channel shift towards online grocery shopping continued during the period, with the broader grocery market remaining characterised by intense price competition and deflationary pressures," said Tim Steiner, CEO of Ocado in a statement. "Against this backdrop, our relentless focus on customer satisfaction continues to drive customer numbers and like-for-like sales ahead of the online grocery market.
"The resilience of our business model and increasing operational leverage also mean that we have grown operating profit despite these industry headwinds. Our continuous commitment to constant innovation in technology not only allows us to give industry-leading service to our customers at home but to offer our end-to-end platform solution to retailers outside the UK."
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Google Translate is notorious for spewing out either oddly worded or overly formal results, but the company says it's getting better thanks to people's help. Mountain View's online translator is now more adept at figuring out informal speech -- for instance, it can tell if you want to ask "Is everything alright?" when what you've typed in has another more literal translation, as you can see below the fold. That's all made possible by the volunteers who spend time translating phrases and checking the quality of other people's submissions on the Translate community website. The company promises to incorporate more and more translations over time as its service learns each language better. Hopefully, that means locals won't look at us funny next time we try to use it overseas.
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