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CNET Update: Twitter #Music off to a glitchy start

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CNET Update: Twitter #Music off to a glitchy start

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The new music discovery app had an off-key launch, Google won't allow selling or sharing of Glass, and a picture of a plastic iPhone hits the Web.

It's time to tweet about your tunes. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Twitter has finally released its Music Discovery app but it had a glitchy start. Twitter Music, which you can try on the web or as an iTunes app, lets you listen to songs that are being shared on Twitter. It could be from the people or the artist you follow or just what's shared across the whole network. It offers a way to get a quick preview of a song but you can listen to the full track by connecting it to a Spotify or Rdio account. There were some problems getting that to work. You also could tweet about a song directly from Twitter Music but that too has its buggy moments, not to mention typos. Twitter Music also showcases the big named artist that you follow. And if you don't really care to use Twitter to follow musicians, this can prove to be kind of embarrassing. Take it from me. I found it fascinating to discover that sometime in my Twitter lifespan, I clicked follow on Billy Ray Cyrus. I have no idea why or how but clearly I need to go and add some artist now to save my cool cred. Twitter began teasing this service last week by giving access to a few celebrities. Twitter Music is still very new but it's got an uphill battle to keep people to take the time to use this in addition to the other music services they use. In other social media news, Facebook continues to roll out new features to its users. Many of you maybe now getting the option to add expressive faces to show how you're feeling or icons to show an activity like watching the show or reading a book. Facebook also launched its Open Graph Search for mobile. The first units of Google Glass are starting to arrive for developers and chosen high profile users that paid $1500 to be among the first with the computer eyewear. But don't plan on buying one off eBay or even borrow it from a friend. Google's terms of service ban owners from reselling, loaning or transferring the headset to another person. And if they discover you did, Google can deactivate the Glass, harsh. You've heard the reports and rumors that Apple's working on a cheaper platic iPhone. Well, here's another report that could back it up. This blog Tactus just put up a photo claiming this is a plastic version of an iPhone. You never know who you can trust on these reports but it's interesting nonetheless. Technology changes fast but icons typically don't. Take for example the Save icon. Traditionally, it looks like this. But in a recent survey of elementary school kids, 86% of students had no idea that this is a floppy disk. The survey was done to celebrate national library week. They were also asked which was invented first. A computer folder or a paper folder? Seventy-nine percent got it right. That's your tech news update. You could find more details at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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