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Patreon defends new pricing after user uproar

Patreon is defending a new payment structure that critics say hurts smaller artists. The change, which goes into effect on December 18th, adds a processing fee to each individual patron pledge, instead of taking the cut out of creators’ total earnings. Because this fee includes a flat 35-cent charge on …

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Apple is reportedly buying Shazam

Apple is finalizing a deal to acquire Shazam, the app that lets you identify songs, movies, and TV shows from an audio clip, according to TechCrunch. The deal is reportedly for $400 million, according to Recode, which also confirmed the news. For Apple, the obvious benefit of acquiring Shazam is …

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Google brings play and pause buttons back to the Home Mini

Google is bringing play and pause buttons back to the Home Mini today, after initially removing them due to an issue that could cause the device to constantly record users. Instead of tapping the top of the Home Mini to start and stop playback as had been originally planned, owners …

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Google Home job listing is another hint at touchscreen device

Google is rumored to be developing a touchscreen device that would join the company’s Home lineup of consumer products. A recent job posting for a “touch sensor hardware engineer” spotted by Variety confirms that the company is looking to add multi-touch products to its repertoire. “In this role, you’ll work …

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