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Magic, A Text Message-Based Service That Promises to Get Users Anything They Want (As Long As It’s Not Illegal)

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Magic is a new text message-based service by Mountain View, California based startup Plus Labs, Inc. with operators standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week that promises to get users anything they want as long as its not illegal.

In essence, a user sends a request for, say, groceries or plane tickets, and Magic goes to work, returning with a price that includes a built-in “tip.”

The service works anywhere in the United States and happily accepts Bitcoin.

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Amazon Announces AutoRip, A New Service That Gives Customers Free MP3 Versions of CDs They Purchase

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Amazon today announced the launch of Amazon AutoRip, a new service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs they purchase from Amazon. When customers purchase AutoRip CDs, the MP3 versions are automatically added to their Cloud Player libraries, where they are available, free of charge, for immediate playback or download – no more waiting for the CD to arrive. Additionally, customers who have purchased AutoRip CDs at any time since Amazon first opened its Music Store in 1998 will find MP3 versions of those albums in their Cloud Player libraries – also automatically and for free. More than 50,000 albums, including titles from every major record label, are available for AutoRip, and more titles are added all the time – customers can just look for the AutoRip logo.

AutoRip features include:

– Free digital copies: Amazon customers who purchase AutoRip CDs get free MP3 versions of the albums delivered directly to their Cloud Player libraries – automatically, immediately, and at no cost – no more hassling with ripping CDs and finding a way to get them onto your favorite devices.

– For CD purchases dating back to 1998: MP3 versions of AutoRip CDs that customers have purchased since the launch of Amazon’s music store in 1998 will also be delivered to their Cloud Player libraries for free.

– Enjoy everywhere: Music can be played instantly from any Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPod touch, Samsung TVs, Roku, Sonos, and any web browser, giving customers the freedom to enjoy music from more devices than any other major cloud locker music service.

– Free storage and backup: All AutoRip MP3s are stored for free in customers’ Cloud Player libraries and do not count against Cloud Player storage limits. Customers can buy music and know that it is safely stored in Cloud Player and accessible from any compatible device.

– High-quality audio: AutoRip music is provided in high-quality 256 Kbps MP3 audio.

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Walmart to Unlock America’s Favorite Movies with Exclusive Disc-to-Digital Service

Walmart is giving physical DVD/Blu-ray collections across the country a second life by turning them into digital movies. The nation’s largest home entertainment retailer is the first to announce an exclusive in-store disc-to-digital service which gives movie lovers the freedom to watch their DVD/Blu-ray collections from Internet-connected devices, including televisions, tablets, smartphones, gaming consoles and more. The service is powered by VUDU, the industry-leading video streaming service.

Walmart, in partnership with the major Hollywood studios: Paramount Home Media Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Dreamworks Animation, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, is increasing the value of movie ownership for its customers. Starting April 16th, 2012 in more than 3,500 stores, Walmart customers will be able to bring their DVD and Blu-ray collections to Walmart and receive digital access to their favorite titles from the partnering studios. An equal conversion for standard DVDs and Blu-ray discs will be $2. Standard DVDs can be upgraded to High-Def (HD) for $5.

The process to convert previously-purchased DVD/Blu-ray movies to digital copies is quick and simple:

– Bring your movie collections from the participating studio partners – Paramount, Sony, Fox, Dreamworks Animation, Universal and Warner Bros. – to your local Walmart Photo Center.

– A Walmart associate will help you create a free VUDU account.

– Tell the associate how you’d like your movies converted:

– Convert a standard DVD or Blu-ray movie for $2; or,

– Upgrade a standard DVD to an HD digital copy for $5.

Walmart will authorize the digital copies and place them in your VUDU account. No upload is necessary, and you get to keep your physical discs.

Log onto VUDU.com from more than 300 Internet-connected devices to view movies any time, any place.

To learn more about Walmart Entertainment’s new services please visit: www.walmartstores.com/entertainment.

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Unroll.Me, A New Online Service That Simplifies Canceling Email Subscriptions

Unroll.Me is an email unsubscribe engine that crawls through your inbox and pulls up a list of your subscriptions allowing you to choose which one to keep and which ones to unsubscribe from. After you press unsubscribe, Unroll.Me will take care of the rest.

Unroll.me is currently accepting signups for its closed beta.

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Artisanal Pencil Sharpening

“Yes, it’s real,” says David Rees of his budding pencil-sharpening business. “It’s as real as artisanal cheese-making or artisanal honey production or artisanal anything else that’s part of this movement.” Unlike his electric counterparts, Rees promises the “care and attention” your No. 2s deserve.

For $15, he’ll whittle one to a fine point, and mail it back with a baggie of shavings and a certificate of authenticity. To date, roughly 80 lead-heads with a well-honed sense of irony have used the service.

Check out artisanalpencilsharpening.com for more info.

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