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Analysis: Twitter is the latest music file-sharing platform

Twitter is many things to many people, but we have to admit we never had it pegged down as a new file-sharing tool. However, two new services make it just that: FileTwt and SongTwit.Both are as simple to use as Twitter itself.
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HDGiants files for bankruptcy

US startup HDGiants launched with the intention of selling HD music downloads to audiophiles, complete with a concierge to hand-deliver people's purchases on a hard drive.
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Microsoft’s Bing isn’t a search engine, it’s a decision engine!

Microsoft took the wrappers off its new search engine, Bing.
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Skyfire mobile browser emerges from beta

We've got quite excited about Skyfire before: it's a web browser for mobile phones that supports Flash and multimedia, letting you visit MySpace and other streaming music or video websites and get the full experience, unlike...
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Farkie lets internet users strip music and videos from websites

More bad news for rights-owners comes in the form of another startup, Farkie. It's a free online tool to strip multimedia content from websites, including videos from YouTube and MP3s from MySpace Music playlists.
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FileTwt offers file-sharing through Twitter

We've written a lot about file-hosting services like Rapidshare and darknets being the new face of illegal file-sharing, but now it seems Twitter may have a role to play too.
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Get a video avatar status update from Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake's not just a pretty face and a swift pair of dancing feet - he's also a pretty shrewd investor, having previously put money into Tapulous, maker of iPhone applications such as Tap Tap Revenge.
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We Are Hunted attracts 100k users in first week

We were impressed with Australian online music chart We Are Hunted when it launched last week, and it seems plenty of other people were too - the site attracted nearly 100,000 users in its first week.
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Twones reveals new features in run-up to launch

We've written about Twones before - it started as a Last.fm type scrobbling tool with community features, and is now expanding into... a Last.fm type music community. So there are now artist pages on its website gathering...
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TopFans connects celebrities to their keenest fans

With all this talk about artists taking responsibility for their social media profiles, what about their fans? A new startup aims to provide fans with a way to create their own celebrity fan pages and keep them updated with...
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AQA launches premium mobile micro-blogging service

AQA is one of those SMS Q&A services where you text it questions and it texts you back the answers. But now it's launched a new service called AQA2U, which lets anyone set up a Twitter-style news feed that sends out your...
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The three key questions for new music startups

Silicon Valley boffin Reid Hoffman has written a column for TechCrunch in which he outlines the three key questions he asks startups before considering investing in them - and it's a worthwhile read for music firms looking...