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Amazon said to be adding a music-streaming service

Amazon is said to be looking to create its own version of Apple's popular iTunes Radio. According to The Wall Street Journal, the e-commerce giant has reportedly been in talks with major record labels to create its own music-streaming service.

The service would reportedly be available to Amazon Prime customers -- who pay $79 per year for free two-day shipping and Amazon's video-streaming service. The music service is said to be like iTunes Radio that plays music based on user preferences, rather than a subscription service like Spotify that gives users unlimited music access.

Amazon would limit how … Read more

Vimeo relaunches On Demand pay-for-play platform

For the first birthday of Vimeo On Demand, the video-sharing site is giving its pay-for-play platform an overhaul.

Monday, user-created-video site Vimeo released its refreshed version of Vimeo On Demand, which is a feature of its $199-a-year subscription known as Vimeo Pro.

Vimeo Pro lets creators upload higher-quality video and get access to tools like Vimeo On Demand, which packages and sells videos to viewers on the terms the creator specifies. Vimeo also gets a 10 percent cut of the pay-for-play sales, but the rest goes directly to the people who created the video.

Starting Monday, Vimeo On Demand has … Read more

Indie-darling filmmakers: Vimeo has $10M with your names on it

In a bid to get an exclusive hold on the most promising content it can, video-hosting site Vimeo is taking the Kickstarter ethos of directly connecting fans with creators and flavoring it with a dash of Netflix -- and $10 million.

The company is carving out a $10 million fund to directly invest in films that either premiere at one of the top 20 US film festivals or garner $10,000 in crowdfunded support on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, in exchange for giving Vimeo a window of time as the only place you can go to see the videos … Read more

Woo-hoo! FX app will legally stream every episode of 'The Simpsons'

It's pretty easy to catch reruns of "The Simpsons," which in some TV markets air twice daily. But if you want to watch the show on the go, or watch a particular episode, you're out of luck unless you buy it from your favorite app store.

That will change this summer when FX Networks begins streaming all 530(!) episodes of the long-running series via its FXNOW app, which delivers content from three networks: FX, FXX, and FXM. The app is currently available for iOS and Windows 8.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, FXX Networks in November … Read more

One of Uber's core crew said to launch on-demand doctors

With the US government's botched rollout of Healthcare.gov, it appears some techie types are thinking about how to startup-ify doctor visits for the country's upper class.

Oscar Salazar, one of Uber's core crew who helped build the early prototype, is reportedly creating a new company that will send doctors on on-demand house calls, according to Valleywag. If the patient needs more care after the home visit, the doctor will send them to the emergency room.

"It will work like Uber, but with doctors coming to you. I mean it will start out for the 1 … Read more

Phone 5S supply finally matches demand, says analyst

The iPhone 5S is now fully stocked at Apple Stores, says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

In his latest survey of 60 US Apple retail stores, conducted on December 4, Munster found that 100 percent of iPhone 5S models were in stock at each store. That number was up from 24 percent two weeks ago and 8 percent at the start of October.

"We believe Apple has caught up to demand, which we had expected ahead of the core holiday period," the analyst said in an investors note released Monday. "In reflecting on the supply for the … Read more

Uber kicks off the holidays with Christmas tree deliveries

Uber passengers may be getting a faint whiff of pine trees in their next ride. That's because the car service is kicking off a promotion to deliver Christmas trees to customers' doorsteps.

To promote its service, Uber has teamed up with The Home Depot to deliver on-demand Christmas trees in 10 US cities for one-day only. On Thursday, people will be able to open their Uber smartphone app, click on "UberTree," and have a freshly cut Christmas tree and stand at their home or office within minutes.

"Instead of spending your weekend wrestling with a tree … Read more

iPhone 5S ship time drops to 3 to 5 days

iPhone 5S supply continues to try to catch up with demand.

As of Monday, Apple's US online store lists an estimated wait time of three to five business days for all variations of the popular 5S. That's an improvement over the one to two weeks listed a little more than a week ago.

Prior to last week, 5S buyers faced a wait of two to three weeks before the phone would ship.

Since its debut on September 20, the iPhone 5S has seen heavy demand. On launch day, ship time jumped to seven to 10 days within 10 minutesRead more

Blockbuster stores meet their end

CNET Update is making it a Netflix night:

In this episode of Update:

- Get nostalgic for the video store as Dish Network closes Blockbuster stores and stops offering DVDs through the mail. (But you still may find a few franchised Blockbuster stores that stay open.)

- See if Amazon can convince small bookshop owners to sell Kindles with a new program called Amazon Source.

- Dream of a day when a tablet can fold like a newspaper, because Samsung is hard at work on the concept.

- Check if Google knows your number, because it can use your photo … Read more

iPhone 5S supply may not reach demand until December

Apple's supply of the iPhone 5S may not catch up with demand until early December. At least, that's the forecast from analyst Gene Munster.

In an investors' note out Thursday, Munster said that Apple's online stores in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China all forecast a ship time of October for the 5S. In Japan, the gold 5S was listed as unavailable, and customers were advised to check their local stores.

The analyst believes the 5S will mimic its precedessor in supply and demand.

"By comparison, the iPhone 5 … Read more