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Apple Is Reportedly Buying Shazam For Nearly Half a Billion Dollars

Apple is close to acquiring Shazam, one of the most recognized services for music recognition. While the exact amount is unknown, the service may be purchased by Apple for around $400 million. PhoneDog reports: Apple is close to acquiring Shazam, say sources speaking to TechCrunch. The deal will reportedly be signed this week and could be announced as early as ... Read More »

Chrome 63 Offers Even More Protection From Malicious Sites, Using Even More Memory

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: To further increase its enterprise appeal, Chrome 63 — which hit the browser’s stable release channel yesterday — includes a couple of new security enhancements aimed particularly at the corporate market. The first of these is site isolation, an even stricter version of the multiple process model that Chrome has used ... Read More »

The Neon Glow of Tokyo Modified Car Culture

Jason Kottke: New Zealand drift racer Mike Whiddett recently travelled to Japan to explore Tokyo’s “extraordinary after-dark modified auto scene.” He found people making California-style lowriders, Dekotora (my favorite, if only for the sheer spectacle), illegally modified cars, and a man who says with a straight face that “driving an unmodified Lamborghini is boring.” Read more of this story at ... Read More »

Jony Ive Returns To Apple Design Management Role After Two Years

Zac Hall, writing for 9to5Mac: Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, is returning to his management role within Apple’s design group after handing off managerial duties in 2015. 9to5Mac noted that Ive’s design deputies Dye and Haywarth were no longer listed on Apple’s leadership page earlier today. Read more of this story at Slashdot. Read More »