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[Update: Google statement] Google allegedly used stolen Genius lyrics, caught through Morse code trick

Google's knowledge graph is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it's great for us users and offers us information at a glance before we ever need to enter a website. On the other hand, publishers are losing a lot of impressions because people don't click through to them anymore. This is particularly evident for lyrics providers; ever since Google started to offer song texts in search, traffic has naturally dropped for them. Now, one of the biggest players, Genius, has accused the search engine of illegally lifting lyrics from their platform and has provided evidence in the form of clever apostrophe use.

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[Update: New gameplay trailer] Pearl Abyss will launch Black Desert Mobile globally on Android this year

Black Desert Mobile is an MMORPG that's already available on Android, though you can only download it off the Play Store if you live in Korea or Japan. Now that the developer Pearl Abyss has had some time to iron out a few kinks and find some success in the regions the game was launched, the studio has announced on Facebook that a global release will happen this year, which means an English version is expected land on the Play Store sometime in the next eight months.

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[Update: Out now] ROME: Total War – Barbarian Invasion expansion coming to Android this year

The mobile port of the ROME: Total War – Barbarian Invasion expansion landed on the iPad back in 2017, and today Feral Interactive has announced that it's finally coming to iPhone and Android users sometime later this year. The central premise of this expansion revolves around the final years of Rome, and it will be up to choose whether you should defend the empire or lead the troops that aim to destroy it.

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Dr. Mario World is up for pre-registration on the Play Store

If you're champing at the bit to eliminate some cartoon viruses by lobbing like-colored pills at them, now's your chance to get in line. The latest in Nintendo's ever-expanding library of mobile titles, Dr. Mario World, is up for pre-registration on the Play Store.

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Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency is official, Calibra wallet app coming 2020

Rumors have swirled for some time about a Facebook cryptocurrency and now it's official. It's called Libra and its lofty mission is similar to that of other digital currencies that have come before it, to "reinvent money" and "transform the global economy." At the same time, Facebook is sharing the wider plans for Calibra, a newly-formed subsidiary in charge of blockchain and financial services products going forward.

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DoodleLens brings your silly drawings to life in AR

Augmented Reality can be used for serious applications but also for fun. Besides taking photos with Captain America or inviting a panda into your living room, you can now bring your doodles to life and use them to add a bit of flair to your photos and videos thanks to a new app, DoodleLens. The concept is similar to Google's own Just a Line, but instead of scribbling on a screen, you can take your time to create more elaborate drawings on paper and apply several edits and animations to them.

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QR code app on Play Store ripping people off for $100+ through shady trial scheme

With over two million applications in the Play Store, there are bound to be a few bad apples here and there. However, the creatively named "QR Code Reader-Barcode scanner & QR Code Scanner" might be one of the absolute worst apps in the entire marketplace. At over one million installs, there's a lot of dirty money in play if even a small fraction of people were defrauded out of roughly $100 each.

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22 temporarily free and 29 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Welcome to the start of yet another week. June keeps trucking on. I have another list of app sales for you all today, so have fun.

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Individual Stadia controllers now available for Google Store pre-order

Before today the only way to pre-order an extra Stadia controller was if you already purchased the $130 Founder's Edition. As of this morning, Google is now offering a standalone Stadia controller to anyone for $69 plus shipping, though there is a catch, only those that own access to the Founder's Edition will be able to make use of the device before the public release of the game streaming service in 2020.

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See Overwatch running on a Nintendo Switch - courtesy of Android

Earlier this year, a handful of enterprising developers were able to boot Android Q on the Nintendo Switch, though it was pretty rough at the time. In the intervening months, they've made quite a lot of progress, and a new @switchroot_org Twitter account was started yesterday to show off the group's achievements, which include rigging Nintendo's console to play Overwatch via Nvidia's GameStream.

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