SoundCloud: Why sound will be bigger than video online

The audio-sharing network SoundCloud, which allows users to share not just music but any audio recording — from company earnings calls to cat impersonations — has just launched a new version, “Next SoundCloud,” at LeWeb in Paris.

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Flipboard gets all brainy with new books section

Just when you thought you might make it through the rest of your life without ever reading anything other than Facebook updates and the occasional #longread from Slate, Flipboard goes and ruins your party with a books section.

Flipboard kicks off Android beta test, sign up now

Slowly, but surely, the social news reader app Flipboard is making its way to Android — officially, this time. Today the company opened up its Android beta program to all, allowing anyone with an Android device to sign up and get their hands on the app.

Next Issue Media launches with all-you-can-read pricing model

Though digital magazine circulation has increased significantly in recent months, it remains a mere one percent of overall circulation, Ad Age reported last week. A group of five major publishers is hoping Next Issue Media, a company launching its full-feature product tomorrow, can change that.

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The 14 hottest Chinese tech-startup clones of 2011

Cloning or copycatting ideas, companies, and products is nothing new in China. Westerners, especially Americans, loathe cloning; it hurts their pride and is an insult to their creativity and hard work. The Chinese, however, love it. It comes as second nature and presents a grand opportunity to seize a massive market potential.

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Flipboard iPhone app launch takes down entire service (updated)

After last night’s highly anticipated launch of the Flipboard news reading app for iPhone, the entire Flipboard service has been taken down. In a tweet posted to the official Flipboard Twitter account, the team admitted that the company’s service has been knocked out from “high demand” and is “working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

Flipboard gets family-friendly with user accounts

Flipboard, the social magazine for the iPad, came out with an update today that brings Tumblr and 500px integration to the application. More importantly, the new app includes user accounts, which will let multiple family members log on from a single device and will let users view their account from the company’s promised iPhone app.