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It’s true: Digg is doing original content, and one of its first pieces is a great long-form read titled “Is this thing on?” The article has radio journalist Stan Alcorn wondering why there are tons of viral videos on the internet, but rarely any viral audio stories. Alcorn found one great exception from that rule, but it’s not a podcast — and it may be hard to replicate. A must read for everyone interested in the future of radio, podcasts and online storytelling.

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Rdio is now letting U.S. listeners use its music subscription service for free — on the web, anyway: The music service announced Thursday that it is allowing users to listen as much as they want on its website. Rdio is monetizing the new free offering through ads, which are sold by its new partner Cumulus. Ad-free listening still costs $10 a month. The announcement comes a day after Spotify announced that it is removing limits to free listening in all of its territories, and less than a week before Beats Music launches its service in the U.S.

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Google brought its Google Play Movies and TV app to iOS Wednesday, making it easier for users of the service to watch rented and bought videos on their iPad or iPhone. The app also includes Chromecast support, making it possible to beam titles to Chromecast-equipped TV screens. However, there’s one thing amiss: Users won’t actually be able to rent or buy any movies or TV shows through the app — Google apparently wasn’t willing to send Apple checks for its 30 percent cut on in-app purchases.

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/12/uk-deezer-dailymotion-france-idUKBREA0B09420140112 Samsung is in negotiations to strike a commercial agreement with and possibly acquire  a stake in the Paris-based music subscription service Deezer, according to French media reports relayed by Reuters. Deezer seems like an interesting target for Samsung: The service is already available in a […] Read more »

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-katzenberg-youtube-20140113,0,5717603.story DreamWorks Animation and YouTube are going to launch a new daily video show called YouTube Nation on the service Tuesday. The show will highlight “some of the best and most interesting videos” on the service every day, according to the Los Angeles Times. Each episode […] Read more »

Google may be getting ready to add Chromecast support to its Google+ mobile apps: A resourceful Google+ user has found Chromecast icons in the latest version of the Google+ Android app, suggesting that the app could soon be used to cast photos and videos to a […] Read more »

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Netflix just added director’s commentary to the fist season on House of Cards, giving its subscribers the option to re-watch the political drama with audio commentary from all six season one directors, including most notably David Fincher. It’s a smart move that adds a new twist to the show in time to get people excited for season two, which is coming to the service in February. It also goes to show that original content comes with added benefits for Netflix, including the ability to add new features like this extra audio track, or the 4K resolution that Netflix will offer for season two.

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An ongoing legal fight between major record labels and video hoster Vimeo could finally decide whether internet users have the right to record lib dub videos of popular songs, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit against Vimeo is heading to appellate review, and one of the issues that is going to be explored there is the legality of lip dubs. Another question raised in a decision this week: Does a video site have knowledge of infringement if some of its employees watch an infringing video?

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