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Micro-blogging site Twitter is rumoured to be launching a new music service after buying the music discovery site We Are Hunted. We Are Hunted confirmed the deal, adding “there’s no question that Twitter and music go well together” – and said it was shutting down. The hashtag #music is also featured on the newly-launched music.twitter.com. Reports suggest the new service will offer personalised recommendations on music through its own dedicated app. US celebrity host Ryan Seacrest confirmed the existence of Twitter’s new app on Thursday via a tweet: “playing with @twitter’s new music app (yes it’s real!)… there’s a serious dance party happening at idol right now”. The music app could be announced as soon as next Friday. The We Are Hunted acquisition actually happened in 2012, according to reports, suggesting that the music service has long been in the works. In seven years, Twitter has accumulated 200 million users worldwide, who now send an average of 400 million short messages – or tweets – every day. Twitter’s latest move comes as music streaming – where the songs are hosted on servers by companies such as Spotify rather than bought and kept on consumers’ computers – has taken off amid a boom in digital downloading. The streaming market is now worth £49m to record labels in the UK, the trade body BPI has said. It comes as iPhone-maker Apple is reported to have agreed a deal with the biggest music label Universal to create an internet radio service similar to Pandora using its iTunes platform.
Tom Jones & The Cardigans – Burning Down The House
Taylor Swift – 22
Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
Pink – Get The Party Started
Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
The Thirst – Today
Temptations – My Girl
Everything Everything – Duet
Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)
Mark Ronson – Valerie
Bran Van 3000 – Drinking In LA
Bon Jovi – Because We Can
David Bowie – The Stars Are Out Tonight
Killers – Human
Ben Lee Tyler – Would You Wake Up The Sun
Lara Fabien – Adagio
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
Ellie Goulding – Guns & Horses
Bangles – Manic Monday
Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
Tears for Fears – Mad World
Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited
Police – Message In A Bottle
Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
Talk Talk – It’s My Life
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Cure – Lullaby
Chris Rea – On The Beach
Cliff Richard – Dreamin’
Snippets from the week’s news, sliced, diced and processed for your convenience.
1. Tears do not fall in space.
2. Employees who install new web browsers on their computers perform better on average than those who use the default pre-installed browser that came with their machine.
3. Methane eating micro-organisms carry out a deep clean of the oceans after an oil spill.
4. Scientists are conducting searches for signs of extraterrestrial engineering.
5. The most popular place to hide valuables is a sock drawer.
6. Fractions of virtual currency Bitcoin are known as satoshis.
7. People in China hold “fake funerals” for themselves, so they can “enjoy” the day.
8. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak belonged to a group of hackers and hobbyists called the Homebrew Computer Club.
9. Brains can be rendered transparent.
10. Countries with the death penalty are now outnumbered by about five to one, by those who have abolished it.