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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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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Australia ups the ante for Eurovision

Australia ups the ante for Eurovision

Image copyrightGetty Images Image caption Jessica Mauboy has had five top 10 albums, and 15 top 20 singles in AustraliaAfter finishing ninth at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Australia is upping its game for 2018. Pop star Jessica Mauboy will represent her country in Lisbon next May, broadcaster SBS announced on Monday. The 28-year-old instantly becomes one of the most current, established artists to take part in recent years. Mauboy, who is the first indigenous artist to reach number one on the Australian album charts, said she would “sing my…

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