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Spotify is closing in on licensing deals with the world’s largest record labels, hoping to clear a hurdle in its path toward an IPO. Music companies have agreed to trim the royalty fees Spotify pays for their songs, while the streaming service would restrict the biggest album releases — by the likes of Taylor Swift — to its paid tier for a period of time.
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Trump’s bloodbath budget is bad news for medical and science research. Not only does the preliminary plan slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, the president is also proposing cuts to the National Institutes of Health, one of the biggest funders of biomedical research in the world.
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Here’s the first trailer for the final season of dark end-of-days drama “The Leftovers,” which returns April 16 on HBO. [via Previously.TV]
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