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Apple Has Acquired Lala

Earlier today we covered rumors that Apple was in talks to acquire streaming music service Lala . Now New York Times tech reporter Brad Stone has tweeted that it's a done deal. He writes, "Apple has acquired digital music startup Lala. Now updating our story". You can find the NYT story here . This could be bad news for Lala users. It's unlikely that the innovative deals negotiated by Lala will survive through the acquisition. For over a year, Lala users have been purchasing the rights to stream their music an unlimited number of times for ten cents per song. If the deals with the music labels go up in smoke, Lala may lose the right to stream those songs. In other words, all the money users have been spending on web songs may go down the drain. If the deals are nullified, hopefully Apple will renegotiate them to at least cover existing purchases until it releases its own streaming music service. We've reached out to Lala but have yet to hear back.

SGN’s Skies Of Glory For iPhone Looks Pretty Damn Fun

We've had a chance to play SGN's Skies Of Glory WWI person-to-person dogfighting game for the iPhone. But now they've released this trailer for the game to really show off what they've built. Look for a launch date shortly. Video is below. We’ve had a chance to play SGN’s Skies Of Glory WWI person-to-person dogfighting game for the iPhone. But now they’ve released this trailer for the game to really show off what they’ve built. Look for a launch date shortly. Crunch Network : CrunchGear drool over the sexiest new gadgets and hardware. Published by Original source : http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/OF0wX...

Man Promotes Band In The Middle Of Nowhere On Google Street View

We've heard of people getting upset when their picture shows up on Google Street View (the street-level picture you can zoom into from Google Maps). For this reason, Google blurs out people's faces for privacy. Others have protested Google coming down their street to photograph their house (cough, Paul McCartney ). But can Google Street View also be used as a marketing vehicle? Nate Heagy thinks so. He went to great lengths to follow a Google Street View vehicle and anticipate its movements so that he could set up a sign in its path and start playing a guitar so that he could promote his band, Fearless Salesman . Well, he is now on Google Street View . Heagy explains how he executed his bold plan: We’ve heard of people getting upset when their picture shows up on Google Street View (the street-level picture you can zoom into from Google Maps). For this reason, Google blurs out people’s faces for privacy. Others have protested Google coming down their street

Dear FDA, Gimme My iMac

Today was supposed to be a joyous day in my apartment. As of yesterday, my new Apple iMac was to be delivered at some point this afternoon. But alas, it was not to be. But the reason why is a truly great WTF moment. Apparently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has to approve its delivery to me. Well, to be more specific, either the FDA or the Department of AG/PPQ has to approve it, according to UPS. Seeing as the FDA having anything to say about my computer makes no sense, I decided to check what the latter department was. Apparently, it's the Department of Agriculture. Again, WTF? Today was supposed to be a joyous day in my apartment. As of yesterday, my new Apple iMac was to be delivered at some point this afternoon. But alas, it was not to be. But the reason why is a truly great WTF moment. Apparently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has to approve its delivery to me. Well, to be more specific, either the FDA or the Department of AG/PPQ has to approve it, ac

Confirmed: Google Acquires AppJet, The Maker Of EtherPad

That didn't take long. Less than half an hour ago we broke the news that Google was in the process of acquiring AppJet , the startup behind the powerful real-time document editor EtherPad . The official EtherPad blog has just been updated confirming the news. As we reported earlier, we're hearing that the acquisition price was in the low eight figures. The EtherPad post also says that they will be joining the Google Wave team, which is based out of Australia. CEO Aaron Iba, President & Chief Scientist David Greenspan, CTO J.D. Zamfirescu, and COO Daniel Clemens are all making the trip down under. That didn’t take long. Less than half an hour ago we broke the news that Google was in the process of acquiring AppJet , the startup behind the powerful real-time document editor EtherPad . The official EtherPad blog has just been updated confirming the news. As we reported earlier, we’re hearing that the acquisition price was in the low eight figures. The Ethe