Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m'

Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m'

Image copyrightShazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has more than 100 million monthly users, makes most of its revenue from commissions paid on referrals to Apple’s iTunes Store. Neither Apple nor Shazam have commented on the reports on the TechCrunch site. If the deal is confirmed, Shazam will become…

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Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Margaret Hodge repays £2.97 after Garden Bridge apology

Image copyrightHouse of Commons A senior Labour MP has apologised to the Commons and repaid £2.97 after she was found to have breached Parliament’s code of conduct. Dame Margaret Hodge offered a “sincere” apology for “inadvertently” breaching the rules over her review of the London Garden Bridge project. An inquiry said the Barking MP should not have used Parliamentary resources for the review. The £2.97 repayment was the cost of House of Commons stationery, she said. Read more about the inquiry into Dame Margaret Hodge The code of conduct states…

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Gove: I'll make Brexit work for animals too

Gove: I'll make Brexit work for animals too

The government has published a new law that says it must treat animals as “sentient beings” when it makes laws. Environment Secretary Michael Gove promised to “make Brexit work not just for citizens but for the animals we love and cherish too”. The draft law also increases the maximum sentence for serious animal cruelty to five years in jail. The Green Party said the government had done a “screeching u-turn”. Gove hits back at ‘animal sentience’ social media campaign The move follows last month’s animal sentience “fake news” row involving…

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Granny dam-builder

Granny dam-builder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmla Ruia is trying to help people suffering water shortages in IndiaIt is easy to underestimate Amla Ruia. But at 71, this mild-mannered Mumbai matriarch is one of the most prolific dam builders in the world, and at the forefront of India’s fight against drought. Each year more than 300 million people in India have to battle severe water shortages. In recent years when the monsoon rains have been disappointing the government has been forced to deliver water to farms and villages…

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Rugby-Rugby Australia call news conference as Castle set to be new boss

Rugby-Rugby Australia call news conference as Castle set to be new boss

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Former New Zealand Netball chief executive Raelene Castle is expected to be named as Rugby Australia’s first female boss later on Tuesday at a news conference. Local media reported that Castle, who left the Canterbury Bulldogs at the end of the National Rugby League season, had pipped former Wallaby captain Phil Kearns for the role. Rugby Australia called a news conference for 1 p.m. local time (0200 GMT) to make the announcement of their new chief executive to replace Bill Pulver, who said in August…

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