SoundCloud, known for its free-wheeling user uploads of music that often irked the traditional music industry, just got a major label to take it by the hand.
Since last week, there has been some good news on the Ebola front: a suggestion that the epidemic in Liberia is beginning to slow down, with fewer new cases reported. At the same time, there is a new outbreak in Sierra Leone, in a part of the country that thought it had beaten the disease and then self-quarantined to keep it at bay. So it is probably too soon to hope that the entire international outbreak is on its way to being extinguished.
The cuts of approximately 3,000 employees today are believed to be largely support staff in human resources, finance, sales and marketing and IT. They are part of the 18,000 employees Microsoft officials said back in July that they'd be laying off over the course of a year.
Most of us are already attached at the hip to our smartphones, so why not make them ever more useful in our daily lives? Apple seems intent on doing so by expanding use of near-field communication (NFC) to do more and more things.
NFC was just introduced to the latest iPhone and iPad models to facilitate the launch of Apple Pay, which allows users to charge a credit card or account by placing the device near a payment terminal, and Apple is currently rolling the feature out to more and more places around the world.