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Weird Al's newest song 'Tacky' skewers Pharell's 'Happy'

Weird Al Yankovic is kicking off a full week of new songs from his album Mandatory Fun, and the first one is called "Tacky". The song lampoons the hugely popular song "Happy" by Pharell Williams, and there's a decidedly colorful music video that goes with it. Big names like Jack Black, Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler, Kristen Schaal, and others dance shamelessly towards the camera just like in the Williams original. As always, the lyrics have been twisted in an entirely new (and hilarious) direction.

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On iOS 8 Maps, Music, and managing culture

While the sheer quantity and quality of announcements made at WWDC 2014 was enough to stun a bevy of bloggers, there were some anticipated announcements that didn't materialize, things like updates to Maps and Music. So what's happening with these key apps in iOS 8? Unless and until we hear from Apple, all we have is rumor.

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Amazon reportedly close to launching Prime music streaming service with hand-picked albums

Amazon may be the latest entrant into the streaming music business, and could be adding the feature to its $99 per year Prime service as early as next month. According to sources of BuzzFeed, Amazon has locked up deals with two of the big three music labels (Universal Music Group is on the fence) to launch a music streaming service that would be included at no extra cost with your Amazon Prime subscription.

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Facebook will make it even easier to tell your friends what you're watching or listening to

There's an update coming down the pike for the official Facebook app that will enable users to automatically tag the music and TV that they're listening/watching in their status updates. As demoed in the video above, the system works by tapping a button when creating a new status — not unlike the "moods" feature Facebook added last year, and then it uses audio ID software to identify the music, TV show, or movie that is blasting its sounds into your vicinity, and then tags your status with that information.

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Twitter reportedly looking to buy SoundCloud after failing with first music venture

Twitter is reportedly looking to acquire SoundCloud in what could be its biggest acquisition to date. According to Re/code, which cites sources familiar with the matter, SoundCloud's 250 million consumer base is a major motivator behind the deal.

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Sonos app with revamped interface and universal search now live

Sonos has released a new Controller app for iOS that brings a new design as well as a bevy of new features. The app has been available for beta testing on Android since March.

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Google Play Music All Access crosses the border to Canada

Google's Play Music All Access subscription service is now streaming in Canada! By signing up to All Access, you can get a healthy cloud library of tunes, as well as your own private collection. Us Canadians are used to these sorts of services taking awhile to get up here, but it sure is welcome. As an early bird promotion, Google is cutting the normal subscription rate from $9.99 to $7.99, and tossing in 30 days of service for free. You'll also get Chromecast support as usual, plus, as of recently, you can stream out to Sonos.

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Beats Music hits version 2.0, now properly designed for iPad

Beats Music has updated to version 2.0, and the highlight of the update is native iPad support. The iPad version includes all of the features of the original app, taking advantage of the iPad's larger screen to show you more and speed up navigation.

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Record labels reportedly underwhelmed by iTunes Radio, want more change from Apple

There are two places in the world — the movie and record industries — where it's apparently permissible to be stunned that people will stop paying for something when they can get it for free. That's where the record industry is today, reportedly disappointed by the lack of revenue coming their way after the launch of iTunes Radio. The report comes courtesy of Billboard.

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Coachella music festival deploying iBeacons for localized notifications

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is amping up their tech game for 2014. Both their iPhone and Android apps have been seen an overhaul for the two-weekend event in California, and while the redesign is nice, it's the use of iBeacons that really piqued our interest.

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