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Google Play Newsstand Paid Content Is Now Available In India And The Netherlands [Update: Russia And Spain Too]

Update 2: Google has updated its official list of countries with access to paid Newsstand content, and it looks like Spain is the only other country to get in today. Enjoy your magazines and newspapers, amigos - better luck next time for everyone else.

Update: At least one of our Russian readers says that paid Newsstand content is available in Russia as well. Nasdarovje, Pavel Azroyan! If anyone else sees paid content in a previously unsupported country, check out the Contact page and drop us a line.

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Shazam Integrates Google Play Music Track Streaming And Purchasing Into Its Android App

Shazam, the app that makes identifying songs and TV show sound bites simple, also makes acquiring said content easy as well. Now the company has announced that it's adding Google Play Music to the app's list of supported streaming services and is integrating it directly into the experience. It's even giving Google's offering top placement.

The latest version of the Android app shows the store alongside Rdio, Beats Music, and Spotify. The option to stream is available in a drop-down arrow next to the play button.

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Duolingo Language Learning App Gets Dutch Course, Cuts File Size Down By 20%

Nifty language learning app Duolingo is expanding on its usefulness by adding another course for English speakers. Android users can now click on the green birdy app to learn how to say new words in Dutch. The option is accessible along with all of the other courses, which you can see in the screenshot below.

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For people who aren't at all interested in learning this particular language, the latest Duolingo update still comes with an added perk.

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23 Best New Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (9/2/2014 - 9/15/2014)

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

Please wait for this page to load in full in order to see the widgets, which include ratings and pricing info.

Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

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Android Police coverage: Stylish Stealth Platformer CounterSpy Mixes Metroid And Metal Gear Solid In A Cold War Caricature

CounterSpy is an intriguing little console port, a game that combines the 2D platforming elements of Metroid with the sneaky-sneaky gameplay of Metal Gear, all in a shiny 60s Cold War aesthetic.

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Flipboard Will Now Show You Video Ads, But Thankfully They Won't Autoplay

Your Flipboard experience is going to change a little bit today. Users of the social-magazine-thing are going to start seeing full-screen video ads, which Flipboard kindly describes as "a deeper brand moment." It's not as annoying as it seems at first, though.

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Light In The Dark Is A Clever Color-Based Puzzler

So what's going on in Light in the Darkness? The Totems are (apparently) a race of little gumdrop-shaped creatures that emit light. No need to judge, though. Their offspring have gone missing, and you have to use their luminous powers to spot the youngsters.

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Google Is Planning Offline YouTube Downloads In India 'In The Coming Weeks'

People have been searching for an easy way to download YouTube videos to Android since... well, probably since the original G1. And sometime in the very near future, Google is prepared to give it to them... if they live in India. Tucked into the promotional materials for Android One's launch was this tidbit about letting users download YouTube videos for watching online later. The idea is for users to download the videos on WiFi and save on data charges or access them when outside of mobile coverage. 

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Exactly when YouTube will be available offline hasn't been disclosed.

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It's Official, Microsoft Is Buying Minecraft Developer Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Last week a Wall Street Journal report suggested that Microsoft and Mojang were considering an acquisition worth upwards of $2 billion, and a Reuters article later stated that an announcement would come today, revealing an agreed price of $2.5 billion. Now it's official. Mojang's Chief World Officer Owen Hill has taken to its blog to confirm that the two and half billion dollar acquisition is definitely happening.

Speaking for Minecraft's creator, Hill says in the post that it was never Markus Persson's - known as Notch - intention for the game to get this big.

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Today Calendar Enters Public Beta In Preparation For Full Material Redesign

If you follow developer Jack Underwood (or myself) on Google+, you're probably aware that Today Calendar, a calendar replacement that has traditionally put streamlined, pleasing design at the center of its mission, is undergoing a full redesign in anticipation of Android's L release and inspired by Google's new design guidelines.

Until now, testing has been limited to a small community of intrepid early adopters, but today the app has entered a public beta through the Play Store.

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Futu Hoki Adds The Perfect New Elements To Air Hockey: More Players, Glowing Graphics, And Guns

Air Hockey would be a lot more fun if it had multiple players. And crazy Tron-inspired colors. And guns. That seems to be the basic idea behind Futu Hoki (Future Hockey, if that was too subtle), a new game from the developer of the popular Glow Hockey 3D. The new game is essentially Air Hockey squared, or perhaps Hungry Hungry Hippos in reverse: as the super-glowy guns at all four corners of the board shoot out rolling balls, you have to defend your side in Pong fashion.

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