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Twitter’s response to Apple Music reads like a eulogy for Spotify

Excitement for Apple Music came with an enthusiastic farewell to Spotify for some on Twitter.

Excitement for Apple Music came with an enthusiastic farewell to Spotify for some on Twitter.

Two minutes after Apple Music launched Tuesday, Hans Metzke was listening to it on his device. He hit pause on his excitement to send out this Tweet: “And we’re live! Awesome! Bye Spotify.”

Apple Music users immediately took to social media to sing the praises of Apple’s new music streaming service. At the same time, many were saying farewell to music streaming’s current king, Spotify.

Whether Apple Music, which is currently free for the three months, will usurp Spotify or the other big player, Pandora, remains to be seen.

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MIT: Apple is smarter than Snapchat, dumber than Google

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S-M-R-T.

Tesla Motors is the smartest company in the world, according to MIT Tech Review’s latest survey of the brainiest corporations. Apple, which was not on last year’s list returns at number 16, beating out other firms like ride-sharing company Uber and smartbulb-maker Philips. MIT cites the newly released Apple Watch and touchless payment method Apple Pay as its reasons for inclusion, saying that these two products “set the pace for competitors.”

You can see the full list of smartiespants in the table below.

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Tweetbot 2 for Mac’s latest update pushes it ahead of Twitter

Tweetbot's new "quote tweet" functionality.

Tweetbot’s new “quote tweet” functionality.

Tweetbot 2 for Mac was a long awaited update to Tapbots’ fantastic Twitter app, bringing a host of new functionality and a flat, Yosemite-friendly redesign to fans. But it wasn’t exactly a finished release, as Macworld’s review makes clear.

But Tapbots is not a developer to leave things half-done. They have just released Tweetbot 2.0.1 for Mac, and it’s so ahead of the curve it supports a feature even Twitter hasn’t delivered on yet.

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Napster’s Sean Parker is trying to create the Twitter of political opinions

Napster's Sean Parker is backing the Twitter for political opinions.

Napster’s Sean Parker is backing the Twitter for political opinions.

Sean Parker — the rogue Silicon Valley investor behind Napster, and a formative part of Facebook’s early development — has a new iOS app out. It’s called Brigade, and it’s got good election timing: it’s an app devoted to sharing and polling people on their political opinions.

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Twitter and Wall Street react to Dick Costolo’s departure

Dick Costolo - Twitter

Dick Costolo.

Twitter head Dick Costolo will step down as company CEO, effective July 1. Co-founder Jack Dorsey will replace him while the company finds new leadership.

This is pretty huge news for the microblogging site, but you almost wouldn’t know that from reading Twitter.

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Obama tweeting from an iPhone isn’t all that it seems

Barry sending his first tweet from an iPhone.

Barry sending his first tweet from an iPhone.

The Apple-watching world lost its shiz yesterday when Obama made his first tweet from his brand-new presidential Twitter account using an iPhone. But don’t get too excited, because the White House has revealed that the phone in question isn’t Obama’s regular handset after all.

Which prompts the question, “Who did it belong to?” Maybe Apple should commission JFK director Oliver Stone to shoot an advert/paranoid conspiracy thriller on the subject of the Obama iPhone.

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Barack Obama writes his first tweet from an iPhone

Barack Obama writes his first tweet from an iPhone

President Obama sending his first tweet.

President Barack Obama is finally ready to enter the age of social media. After sitting behind the Resolute desk for six years, the president finally opened his own Twitter account today, but rather than using his hacker-proof BlackBerry to send his first message, POTUS turned to an Apple product.

Here’s his first tweet, sent from an iPhone:

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China goes wild during Tim Cook’s week-long Apple Store tour

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Tim Cook, Eddy Cue, and Lisa Jackson together at the Hangzhou West Lake Apple Store.

Tim Cook just finished a week-long tour of China, complete with stops at new Apple Stores across the country, as well as a visit to the elementary school at Communication University of China, and a meeting with China’s Vice Premier.

Cook created a Weibo account earlier this week to announce Apple’s new green initiatives in China, but the Apple CEO didn’t stop there. Rather than posting to Twitter, Cook stayed active on the Chinese microblogging all week, posting his interactions with customers and colleagues. In just five days, Tim has amassed over half a million Weibo followers (he’s got 1.3 million on Twitter) by keeping Chinese fans updated with seven posts during the trip.

Take a look at Tim’s awesome Weibo travelogue:

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Twitter and Apple’s Spotlight are getting friendlier

Photo: Buster Hein/ Cult of Mac

Photo: Buster Hein/ Cult of Mac

Spotlight can do a lot of things, but did you know that it can search hashtags on Twitter?

The feature, which many are just now discovering, could be only the beginning of how Apple and Twitter will work together in the future.

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The NHL hates your Meerkat and Periscope videos

The NHL isn't happy about all your livestreaming, hockey fans. Photo: Meerkat / Periscope

The NHL isn’t happy about all your livestreaming, hockey fans. Photo: Meerkat / Periscope

You can be a fan of hockey, and you can be a fan of iPhone live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat, but according to the National Hockey League, you can’t be both. The NHL has just laid down the proverbial banhammer on Periscope and Meerkat.

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