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New York hip hop trio De La Soul is making its entire back catalog of music free to download. According to Rolling Stone, all the group’s albums will be free to download for a period of 25 hours, starting Friday at 8AM PT until Saturday at 9AM, from its official website. The group is doing this to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its classic debut 3 Feet High and Rising. And this is actually your best bet for a getting a digital copy of the group’s work, since many of the samples used in its music have prevented a number of albums from being sold through iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

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Re/code reports that gadget maker Jawbone is set to close a $250 million funding round, led by Rizvi Traverse Management, that values the company at $3.3 billion. The round, which is said to be oversubscribed, could go as high as $300 million, and Rizvi Traverse chief investment officer Suhail Rizvi might join Jawbone’s board as part of the transaction. Jawbone is becoming increasingly well known for its UP and UP24 activity trackers, but according to TechCrunch, the company has a $600 million revenue run rate over the next 12 months primarily due to its Jambox family of Bluetooth speakers. One thing’s clear: Jawbone has come a long way since it was just a noise cancellation company.

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BlackBerry might not be doing too well, but BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) has seen a recent uptick in popularity, thanks to new Android and iOS apps. It comes as a surprise, then, that the executive VP in charge of BBM, Andrew Brocking, has left the company. BlackBerry confirmed Brocking’s departure on Monday to BGR. CNET is reporting that it was Brocking’s decision to leave the company, and John Sims, head of global solution, will now manage the BBM group. BlackBerry CEO John Chen had previously mentioned the company’s hopes for turning BBM into a revenue stream, though it is unclear how it plans to do so and if Brocking’s departure will have an effect.

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The patent battle between Nokia and HTC has come to an end. Nokia on Friday announced the companies have settled all patent litigation, and have entered into a patent licensing and technology collaboration agreement. The full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but HTC will make payments to Nokia, and both companies will have access to HTC’s LTE patents. Prior to this arrangement, the companies squared off in court most recently over a sales injunction against the HTC One and HTC One Mini in the UK. The timing of this deal is key, as Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s device business is expected to close this quarter.

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Apple will soon have everything it needs to put sapphire displays in the next generation of the iPhone, according to 9to5Mac. The company has reportedly ordered large quantities of furnaces and chambers used to make sapphire displays, along with tools for inspection. According to an analyst mentioned in the report, Apple will have enough materials for production parter GT Advanced Technologies to make anywhere from 100 million to 200 million sapphire iPhone displays, assuming a 5-inch screen size. Though debatable, it’s possible that sapphire could make for a stronger, more scratch-resistant display than the currently-employed Gorilla Glass.

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Amazon has acquired video game developer Double Helix Games, the company confirmed on Wednesday. Terms of the deal are unknown, but the acquisition includes both the development studio as well as all of the intellectual properties owned. “Amazon has acquired Double Helix as part of our ongoing commitment to build innovative games for customers,” the company said in a statement to TechCrunch, which first reported the news. Double Helix is the studio behind Xbox One launch title Killer Instinct, as well as the upcoming Strider reboot, set to launch this month on PS3. A recent report suggested that Amazon is planning to launch a game console, so this news only adds fuel to the speculation.

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