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Facebook to launch music service at its annual f8 conference
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update on Friday, June 24, 2011
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Facebook will launch this August a music service with a music tab and music dashboard in partnership with other online music services at its annual f8 developer conference, according to media reports in the United States. Users will find a new tab called Music in the left-hand column on their pages, right where Facebook lists Photos, Friends, Deals and others, and clicking on the new tab will open a page called Music Dashboard.

The dashboard will feature friends' recommended songs, top songs, top albums and a "happening now" ticker that shows songs friends are playing. Xinhua


US workers dissatisfied with jobs  

About one-third of American workers are considering leaving their jobs, with younger workers most likely to quit, according to human resources consultant Mercer.

A survey of 2,400 workers found 32 per cent are "seriously considering" quitting, up from 23 per cent in 2005. Another 21 per cent said they view their employers unfavourably and don't feel engaged at work, though they don't want to leave. Workers satisfied with base pay dropped to 53 per cent from 58 per cent in 2005. Sixty-eight per cent of employees rate their overall benefits as good or very good, down from 76 per cent.

Among employees 25 to 34 years old, 40 per cent are contemplating leaving their jobs. Among employees 24 and younger, the figure is 44 per cent, Mercer said. Bloomberg


German conmen ruin prom night  

German secondary student groups have accused an event planning firm of ruining their plans for "prom night" and making off with their money.

They say that Easy Abi company had taken money for securing locations, dinner and refreshments for the end-of-year student balls but failed to provide the offered services, Berlin police said.

Some students in Berlin are hurrying to scrape together a last-minute prom. Pupils at the Evangelical School are washing cars and holding a bake sale to raise funds. Reuters Life!


Google to digitise historic books  

Google has struck a deal with the British Library (below right) to make thousands of historic books available online. The deal will let internet users read, search and copy 250,000 texts published between 1700 and 1870.

It applies to works in the library's collection that are no longer covered by copyright restrictions. Its plan to put millions of copyrighted titles online has been opposed by the publishing industry and is the subject of a legal battle in the US.

The British Library has 14 million books and a million periodicals. Last year, it unveiled plans to digitise up to 40 million pages of newspapers dating back three and a half centuries. AP

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