Audiobooks are coming very soon to Google Play

If you like having your literature read out to you, keep your eyes on the Google Play Store, as it looks like a dedicated audiobook section is on the way – and if you’re quick you might be able to get a hefty discount on your first purchase when the changes go live. You can already get a limited number of audiobooks through the Google Play Music app, but it’s not really a fully fledged service. As spotted by 9to5Google, an audiobook banner has been added to the Play Store, though for now the new section doesn’t seem to have been activated. Offering a clearer way to browse and buy… Read More

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Decentralization 2.0: Beyond the semi-monopolies of Uber and Airbnb

Four years ago, on Christmas Eve in my small hometown of Yakutsk, the temperature fell down to freezing -45°C and all the local taxi services simultaneously doubled their prices — leaving loads of people stranded in the Siberian winter. Angry and frustrated, a bunch of students formed a public group on VK.com, a popular Russian social network, where anyone could submit a request for a ride, and those who owned cars could accept their calls for help. A year later the group had 50,000 subscribers. A little later on, I gathered a lean team and transformed the group into a… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Gabriel fordert: Europa muss globale Rolle bei Technologie-Revolution spielen

Außenminister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) hat Europa aufgefordert, im globalen Technologie-Wettstreit das Feld nicht den USA und China zu überlassen. „Werden wir zu tatenlosen Zuschauern im neuen Kalten Krieg um Technologie werden? Oder kann Europa mit besseren Antworten aufwarten?“, umriss Gabriel die zentrale Frage am Samstag zum Auftakt der Innovationskonferenz DLD in München. Derzeit setzten sich global zwei Modelle durch: Die libertäre Weltsicht des Silicon Valley mit seinen Tech-Schwergewichten — und das chinesische System, in dem globale Digital-Champions unter dem Schutz eines autoritären Staates aufgebaut werden. „Es gibt das zunehmende Gefühl, dass die technologische Entwicklung den Westen mit seinen offenen Gesellschaften und Märkten erstmals global benachteiligen kann, statt ihm einen Vorsprung… Read More

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