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Kanye West previews four bracing new songs at Facebook headquarters( facebo )

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Kanye West previewed a big chunk of his upcoming fifth album at Facebook’s corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. last night. He didn’t play finished tracks from an iPod, or perform any typical concert. The suited rapper simply climbed on a table and spit verses from four new tunes, a cappella, for what looks like a fluorescently lit conference room full of employees. It’s the biggest glimpse we’ve gotten yet of West’s highly anticipated disc, for which his label has yet to announce a confirmed title or release date. Crisp footage of West’s unconventional performance made it to YouTube lickety-split, of course. So what can we glean from his latest lyrics? Check them out after the jump (clips via Rap Radar, some NSFW language) and see. West opened with a song of unknown title. After being interrupted by a ringing phone — seriously, Facebook employees, Kanye West is giving you an exclusive private performance and you’re not on vibrate? — he launches into what he describes as “a fun rap.” “Kill the hypocrisy/This is an aristocracy,” West rhymes.

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Google Piling Up Social Network Arsenal to Challenge Facebook ( facebo )

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This Google gaming and social network story is really boiling over. In the last month, Digg's Kevin Rose tweeted that Google has a social network in the works, an assertion backed up Quora's Adam D'Angelo and possibly by this document. In mid-July, TechCrunch said Google had invested $100 million in social gaming platform Zynga and was striking a deal with that sensational startup. Now the Wall Street Journal reports (paywall warning) that Google is in "talks with several makers of popular online games as it seeks to develop a broader social networking service that could compete with Facebook." But isn't this the worst-kept secret in high tech? I could resort to snarky commentary about traditional media outlets merely building off of blogs like TechCrunch, but they do a much better job of trashing mainstream media. Oh, wait, TechCrunch is the new mainstream media. They just don't know it yet. Anyway, the WSJ says Google is also talking with Playdom, which Disney just purchased for as much as $763 million.

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iPhone: Skype with multitasking ability on iOS4

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Skype has proposed the launch of an advanced version of the iPhone and the iPod Touch app.
It is stated that the latest version of the app and permits Skype users to offer calls for in the same old manner. The best part of this inclusion comes in the form of multitasking ability. Via Skype running at the back one can run several other tasks on the same go. In addition to this the app comes with a higher resolution of the new Retina Display. Skype has claimed of dropping any plans that are in relation with 3G, a decision that has been well supported by most Skype users. One who have an iOS 4 on an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, or a third-generation iPod touch, can avail the latest version of Skype app from the App Store and also can avail the app with a low price offer.

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Skype Finally Breaks Free on the iPhone

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If any doubt lingered that voice is now just another feature on cellphones, the latest version of Skype for the iPhone should dispel it. Skype can now receive calls when the app is running invisibly in the background, which was a major omission in previous versions released before Apple added multitasking to its OS. Combined with the May addition of support for Skype calls over AT&T’s 3G data network — and Skype’s simultaneous decision to keep 3G calls free indefinitely — the app is now a workable replacement for the iPhone’s normal calling feature, especially for those people who have Skype accounts which provide real telephone numbers. Video calling is not included — “yet,” we hope, since the iPhone 4 is the first model to have a front-facing camera. But that feature may have a hard time passing Apple muster since it duplicates a new core functionality, FaceTime. Still, this is what we’ve been talking about when we spoke of mobile VoIP nirvana, and it puts the iPhone in the forefront of Skype handsets (in the United States, anyway). Skype mobile is available on a handful of Android and Blackberry phones with Verizon

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Skype Updates iPhone App with Multitasking, Promises Free 3G Calls

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Skype on Wednesday announced that it had added multitasking and improved call quality on its iPhone app. Taking advantage of iOS 4's ability to selectively multitask, Skype's app can now receive calls while working with another app or while on the home screen. Users potentially can also switch from Skype to another app while on a phone call.
The app update also includes graphics that take full advantage of the iPhone 4's retina display and says it "allows you to make calls with high quality sound." No further details are given about either one of these two attributes, but they are welcome. Skype also announced that it no longer had plans to charge extra for making calls over 3G. We previously reported that Skype had planned to charge for calls made over 3G sometime in the future. It's possible they received enough negative response from the announcement to change their plans. We recently reviewed Skype for iOS and awarded it 3.5 stars. Two of the major drawbacks Contributing Editor Jamie Lendino had with the app were no background calling and the premise of paying for 3G calls in the future. Since both of these issues are addressed with the latest update

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