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Music-Streaming Service Spotify Signs Major Partnership Deal With Samsung

The biggest music-streaming service in the world, Spotify, has signed a new major partnership with Samsung, the biggest smartphone producer in the world. Spotify will now be the official music service provider for all of Samsung’s products, including smartphones, televisions, tablets, watches, and speakers. In the future, when you purchase a Samsung product, Spotify will be integrated into the set-up process on new devices, as well as merged into Samsung’s voice assistant program and Samsung’s smart-home apps.Although never directly addressed by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, there is now a clear competition between Spotify and Apple‘s Apple Music, as the latter app comes readily installed on all of Apple’s iPhones and also just landed a deal to give Verizon smartphone customers six months of free service. With Samsung being the biggest smartphone producer in the world, Spotify should have a less strenuous battle reaching smart-phone users around the world. Plus, unlike Apple Music’s subscription-only service, Spotify offers an ad-supported listening tier that costs nothing for the consumer, allowing a more pleasant experience for first-time Spotify users unfamiliar with the app’s interface.In a recent Q&A with his own company, CEO Daniel Ek explained that the partnership,Reduces the friction for users to get Spotify up and running on multiple Samsung devices once the accounts have been linked” and “allows us to create a seamless music listening experience together for the user that would be hard for either of us to build alone.” He added, “We believe that this significant long-term partnership will provide Samsung users across millions of devices with the best possible music streaming experience, and make discovering new music easier than ever — with even more opportunities to come.So what does this mean for Spotify? It’s likely we will see a rise in overall Spotify users and artists joining the platform. It also could mark the transition out of a completely Apple-product dominated world, but we’ll just have to wait and see. [H/T Rolling Stone] read more

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Lady Bulldogs Split With Lady Squires

first_imgThe BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team lost against South Dearborn: 25-20 and 25-16. Margaret Wilson scored 13 points, 4 of them were aces. Kaylin Hinners and Annie Shane each scored 4 points, and they both had 1 ace. Renee’ Lecher, Elena Kuisel, and Sydney Slavin each had 1 ace. Kaylie Raver had 1 kill and 4 good hits at the net. Laura Schwegman, Sara Lamping, and Taylor Blanton each played strong at the net with good passes and assist. Their record is 3-7.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Grade Volleyball team notched their 3rd win of the week by defeating South Dearborn 25-12, 25-7. The Bulldogs has strong serving from Kennedy Westrick with 10 points. Cayman Werner added 6 points. Timbre Davies, Laney Walsman, and Jadyn Harrington all added 5 points.  At the net Werner had 4 kills.  Kaitlyn Werner connected on 3 kills.  Tiffany Hawker had 2 kills, while Harrington, Samantha Kessens, and Isabelle Westerfeld each earned a kill.  The team is now 7-3.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

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Thornton holds off Shryock for $10,001 IMCA Legendary payday

first_imgRicky Thornton Jr. was the $10,001 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature winner at Dacotah Speedway’s inaugural Legendary. Thornton also earned a $500 bonus as the leader at midway of the Friday evening 50-lapper. (Photo by Byron Fichter)MANDAN, N.D. (July 15) – An Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified driver well on his way to becoming a dirt track legend beat a driver who’s already achieved that status to the $10,001 checkers Friday night at Dacotah Speedway.Ricky Thornton Jr. led the last 38 of 50 laps, finishing no more than a car length ahead of Kelly Shryock. The highest paying event in history for IMCA Modifieds in North Dakota was also the top career payday for Thornton when the $1 at the end of the $10,001 – plus a $500 bonus for leading at halfway – were figured in.“There were a lot of the top guys (86 in all) here tonight,” said Thornton, who’d won for the 100th time in his IMCA Modified career when the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour concluded in front of another full house at Mandan on Thursday. “To be able to win the inaugural Legendary puts icing on the cake.”Pole starter Shawn Strand led the first lap before Mark Dahl drove by. Thornton had started ninth, was in the runner-up position by lap five and then used the high line to take charge up front on lap 12.He used multiple lines in building his lead and had caught up with the back of the field before the only caution of the contest came for the mandatory pit stop on the front straight after midway.Shryock had moved into second just before the yellow. He was side-by-side with Thornton after the race resumed and the six circuits were scored.The second half of the Legendary was worth the price of admission alone as the front two battled high and low, Thornton finally using his momentum off the top side to edge Shryock at the finish by the narrowest of margins.“I could run wherever I wanted. The car was just that good,” Thornton said. “I figured if I got up top and kept my momentum going it would make it hard for anybody to pass me. It kind of all played out right for me and I’m glad it was Kelly racing with me. He races everybody clean.”“We’re headed home next and will race at Hamilton County Speedway on Saturday,” he added. “I’ll probably be on cloud nine for at least a week.”Dakota Tour champion Hunter Marriott won his “B” feature, started 12th and ended in third. Aaron Turnbull rocketed from 16th starting to fourth and 19th starting Jason Wolla led a stellar group of home state drivers with his fifth place finish at the Corral Sales-sponsored Legendary.Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 3. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 4. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Jason Wolla, Ray; 6. Mark Dahl, Bismarck; 7. Shawn Strand, Mandan; 8. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; 9. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 10. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 11. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 12. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 13. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 14. Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown; 15. Tom Berry Jr., Boone, Iowa; 16. Travis Ulmer, Mandan; 17. Jason Grimes, Jamestown; 18. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 19. Jeremy Keller, Mandan; 20. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 21. Drew Christianson, Minot; 22. Tyler Wagner, Weyburn, Sask.; 23. Robert Hellebust, Minot; 24. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 25. Mark Elliott, Webster City, Iowa; 26. Greg Friestad, Valley City.Heat winners were Shryock, Grimes, Taylor, Friestad, Stone, Elliott, Strand, Thornton, Dahl and Ulmer.1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Schott; 2. Turnbull; 3. Noteboom. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Marriott; 2. Dotson; 3. Wagner. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Pfeifer; 2. Wilson; 3. Eberhardt. 4th “B” feature – 1. Laney; 2. Wolla; 3. Hellebust. 5th “B” feature – 1. Mari; 2. Berry; 3. Christianson.last_img read more

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Fine allegations : Judge reserves decision on venue change during hearing Tuesday

first_img Published on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Onondaga County Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph reserved decision Tuesday on a request by Syracuse University and men’s head basketball coach Jim Boeheim to move the defamation suit against them to a court in Syracuse.The suit was filed in a New York City court Dec. 30 by Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, two former SU ball boys.On Tuesday, lawyers representing SU and Boeheim appeared in Syracuse with an attorney representing both Davis and Lang to trade arguments at a hearing before DeJoseph.DeJoseph said he will likely be prepared to issue a decision by the end of the day Wednesday.Davis and Lang were represented by two attorneys, Mariann Wang and Julie Ehrlich, and Wang spoke on behalf of the plaintiffs. Neither Davis nor Lang appeared in court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFour attorneys represented SU and Boeheim on Tuesday, with Mary Beth Hogan speaking on behalf of the university. Boeheim also did not appear in court.Boeheim’s lawyer, C. James Zeszutek of Pittsburgh, filed a motion to move the case to Onondaga County on Jan. 17 because none of the parties involved currently live in New York City.Wang argued Tuesday that moving the case to Syracuse would be unfair to her clients. The ability to put together an impartial jury in the city of Syracuse would be difficult given the ‘extensive, deep influence in power that the defendants have in this community.’She explained that Boeheim and the university are so prominent and vital to the Syracuse community that weeding out biases of potential jurors would be exceedingly difficult. The basketball team brings in $19.5 million in revenue for the city, and SU is the second-largest employer in Syracuse, Wang said.Wang said SU acts as an economic engine for the city of Syracuse. And when the basketball team wins, even more revenue is pumped into the community through clothing sales, hotel bookings and boosts in restaurant business.Wang said the voir dire process to select jurors would be long and tedious as a result of this presence because the task of ‘weeding out biases’ would be a difficult one.In her rebuttal, Hogan pointed out that the standard for a change of venue request is a ‘showing of a strong possibility’ that an impartial jury could not be found. She stressed that this means it must be beyond speculation, a belief or a suspicion. And with this in mind, she said she doesn’t see how an impartial jury couldn’t be compiled.She alluded to a similar request in the Pennsylvania State University sex abuse scandal that asked for a change in venue out of State College, Pa. That request was denied.Hogan said Syracuse is a much larger community than State College, Pa., and finding an impartial jury in Onondaga County would not be impossible.Hogan did concede that a former ball boy, basketball player or fanatical fan probably should not sit on the jury, however. But she said the jury questionnaires used during the voir dire process should weed out those biases.She said her and the other three lawyers have every reason to believe the court will be able to find an impartial jury in Onondaga County.Both Wang and Hogan declined to comment after the hearing, which lasted just less than a [email protected] center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Yasiel Puig benched for Game 4 of NLDS

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Yasiel Puig is not in the starting lineup for Game 4 of the NLDS vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. Andre Ethier will take his spot and bat sixth. See lineups here.last_img