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YouTube Acquires BandPage, A Musician Profile Company, On Undisclosed Terms

You may have heard: YouTube is getting into music in a big way. The Google-owned service has been a hotbed of music videos and independent artists almost since its inception, and lately pushes like YouTube Music and YouTube Red are formalizing that relationship. The latest progression comes out of left field: YouTube (and by extension, Google/Alphabet) has purchased BandPage, a service that helps artists and groups create website profiles specifically for music.

The acquisition was announced on BandPage's company blog, and the terms of the sale were not disclosed. BandPage uses a WYSIWIG editor for easy website creation, and publishing music or videos on the site allows for easy distribution on YouTube, Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, and other music and social websites all over the Internet.

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Verizon's HTC One M9 Will Get The Marshmallow Update February 16th

HTC tried (and failed) to get all its Lollipop updates taken care of in 90 days last year, but this time they were not so ambitious as to make any promises. They aren't doing bad, though. After earlier getting approval from T-Mobile to push Android 6.0 to the M9, now Verizon is also scheduled for February 16th.

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Sony's Xperia Weather App Is Out Of Beta And Live In The Play Store

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Google Decides To Shut Down Picasa, Directs Users To Google Photos Instead

Before Google+ and Google Photos, Picasa was Google's photo sharing and management product. You may not be aware, but it has continued to exist all this time—well, languish may actually be a better term. There have been no improvements to Picasa lately, and now Google is closing it down.

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Samsung's 18.4-Inch Galaxy View Tablet Drops Further In Price, Now Costs $449

You could think of the Galaxy View as an Android-powered all-in-one computer that isn't tethered to a wall. The 18.4-inch tablet is so much larger than the competition that early images showed it being carried around like a briefcase. It launched at $599.99, but after only two weeks of availability, Samsung dropped the price by $100.

Now the number is dipping down again.

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[Deal Alert] Google Play Music Subscription Gifts Are 50% Off Until February 15

Do you like music? Do you want to listen to as much music as you can, online and offline, from albums you know and others you don't, legally, without ads, and for as little money as possible? Then boy have I got some awesome news for you! Google Play Music subscription gifts are discounted by 50% today and until February 15.

What is that? You want to gift yourself? Sure you can. Here's all the good news:

  • All subscription tiers are discounted: 1 month $9.99 -> $4.99, 3 months $29.96 -> $14.98, 6 months $59.94 -> $$29.97.
  • We know that the discount is valid in the US and the UK, but other countries should probably have it too.
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Motorola Publishes Android Marshmallow Kernel Source Code For The 2014 Moto G 4G

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Moto Voice Updated In The Play Store With A Ton Of Fixes And Improvements

Motorola's Android build is very close to Google's stock version of the platform, but there are a couple of important additions that have made Moto devices stand out. For example, the voice command feature known as Moto Voice. Like Motorola's other custom components, it's updated via the Play Store, and some changes are being pushed down today in the form of numerous fixes and improvements.

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Microsoft Services Will Soon Come Preinstalled On Acer Phones And Tablets, Partnerships Expand To 74 Global OEMs

Microsoft is slowly reinventing itself, acquiring interesting companies like SwiftKey and Sunrise Calendar, changing the way people perceive it and its services, and improving its apps across multiple platforms. We've sure seen the effects here on Android Police — there's hardly any week that passes by without us mentioning the company at least once, and that's Android which isn't even its main platform.

With its new and improved services and apps, Microsoft has been trying to find a permanent home on your devices, and what better way to do that than come preinstalled on your phone or tablet? That means it'd be the de-facto office viewer for many users when they come across a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document.

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Google Drive Now Lets You Disable Shared File Notifications On Android

Google Drive has been giving us notifications about new shared files and requests to access our files for several months, but the notification setting was only accessible from Drive on the web. If you were wondering how to turn it off after you saw it on your phone, you were probably stumped. That's why the Drive team is rolling out an update that adds a Notification pane in the app's settings, which allows you to toggle them on or off.

The settings also let you pick a sound, enable vibration, and choose whether you get notified only for new shared items, or for requests for access, or both.

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