Rhapsody launches a VR app featuring 360-degree concert videos

The music-streaming service Rhapsody has released a virtual reality app, naturally called Rhapsody VR, which will offer exclusive 360-degree concert videos. The app is designed to work with Google Cardboard, and currently features performances from Talib Kweli, Flatbush Zombies, and Dem Atlas, among others. Rhapsody says users don’t need a subscription …

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These biodegradable six-pack rings double as fish food

Florida’s Saltwater Brewery has a pretty clever idea for replacing those environment-destroying plastic rings holding your Tecate cans together: animal food. Technically, the rings are a combination of wheat and barley, leftover from the brewing process. The brewery hopes the biodegradable (and fully digestable!) packaging will help stop marine life …

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Why Google's Allo messaging app is a big step backwards

A year ago, when Google began to unwind Google+, it felt like a positive sign for the company’s underperforming social efforts. After sinking years into building a product overstuffed with photos, communication tools, link-sharing, and discussions, Google began to shrink them into more manageable tools. The results were largely positive. …

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Lawsuit claims Facebook illegally scanned private messages

Facebook may have violated federal privacy laws by scanning private messages, according to a lawsuit certified for class action yesterday in Northern California District Court. The allegations center around Facebook’s practice of scanning and logging URLs sent through the site’s private messaging system. Those scans serve a number of purposes, including …

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