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New York Times releases Google Glass app

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The New York Times launched its app available to the small group of Google Glass owners Thursday, The Verge reported.

The New York Times previewed the new app at this year's South by Southwest conference. The version displayed delivered breaking news to Glass every hour, and would display photos upon the user moving his or her head up, The Verge reported.

The app is the first installable third-party app released for Google Glass, CNet reported.

New York Times stories are navigated by head tilts, and upon a tap motion the app will read news stories summaries, CNet reported.

The app requires access to basic information from users' Google accounts, The Verge reported.

Twitter unveils new music app

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Twitter unveiled Twitter #Music, it's new iPhone music app, Thursday, with an Android version coming soon, CNN reported.

The app helps users find music based on the bands and artists they follow on Twitter. The app also creates "emerging" trends based on which music users are listening to, CNN reported.

The app is organized in four tabs: Popular, Emerging, Suggested, and #NowPlaying, ABC News reported.

The Popular page shows the most-tweeted music, while the Emerging tab finds "hidden talents found in tweets," ABC News reported.

The Suggested tab suggests artists based on the Twitter profiles one follows, and the #NowPlaying tab shows songs other users are currently listening to, ABC News reported.

Twitter has partnered with Rdio and Spotify so that subscribers can use those services through Twitter #Music. The app is also linked to Apple's iTunes Store, CNN reported.

Twitter's new app is part of a strategy to add more content to the widely used social network. This strategy also includes final negotiations with Viacom and Comcast's NBCUniversal to let Twitter distribute TV clips of their shows, CNN reported.

American Idiot documentary to screen at Berkeley Rep

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A full-length documentary film about the creation of Broadway musical American Idiot titled "Broadway Idiot" will screen for one night in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Roda Theater on May 4 at 8 p.m., Playbill reported.

"Broadway Idiot" covers Billie Joe Armstrong's journey from a punk concert at Madison Square Garden to the opening of American Idiot on Broadway, Broadway.com reported.

The documentary premiered March 15 at Paramount Theatre in Austin, Tex. as part of SXSW's "24 Beats Per Second" festival of films, Playbill reported.

The film is directed by Doug Hamilton, whose previous works include "60 Minutes," "Frontline," "NOVA" and "American Masters", Playbill reported.

The original Broadway production of American Idiot was directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer, with music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Tom Kitt, Broadway.com reported.

Tony nominee and Rent star Adam Pascal will take over two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber in the role of Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago beginning April 8, Broadway.com reported.

Pascal will join Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine, Playbill reported.

Adam Pascal made his Broadway debut in 1996 as Roger in Jonathon Larson's Rent, for which he received a 1996 Tony Award nomination, Playbill reported.

Pascal also originated the role of Radames in Broadway's Aida, Broadway.com reported.

Other Brodway credits include Cabaret and Memphis. Pascal has three solo recordings, Model Prisoner, Civilian, and Binding Light, Broadway.com reported.

Stoppard pens Dark Side of the Moon radio play

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Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard has written a new play based on the Pink Floyd album "The Dark Side of the Moon" that will air on BBC Radio 2, Playbill reported.

The radio play, which incorporates music from the album, will air Aug. 26, Playbill reported.

The audio drama will feature Olivier Award-winning actor Iwan Rheon, Amaka Okafor, Bill Nighty, Rufus Sewell and Adrian Scarborough, Playbill reported.

The announcement of Stoppard's play lands on the 40th anniversary of the album, which stayed in the charts for 741 weeks, The Guardian reported.

"This is more or less, I think, the first time anything like this has been done on radio," Stoppard said. The playwright first thought of writing the play when it was first released in 1973, The Guardian reported.

The play, Dark Side, is a "dramatic examination of themes including conflict, greed and madness," Jeff Smith, Radio 2's head of music, said as reported by The Guardian.

Megan Hilty will celebrate album release at Joe's Pub

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Megan Hilty, star of NBC's Smash and the Broadway revival of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, will celebrate the release of her debut album, "It Happens All The Time", at Joe's Pub at the Public on April 23, Broadway World reported.

"It Happens All The Time showcases a different side of Hilty. The repertoire is a significant step outside of both the musical theatre world in which Hilty initially found fame as well as her television character Ivy Lynn in 'Smash'," a press release said as reported by Playbill.

"I want to show a different side of me because it's the first thing i've ever done that's just me and not attached to any character or story line," Hilty said as reported by Broadway World.

"Coming from a musical theater background, everyone expects that I'd do a Broadway album or pop standards. Smash changed all that. We did a completely different arrangement of 'Crazy Dreams', and it resonated with a lot of people," Hilty said as reported by Broadway world.

Hilty's debut concert will include compositions by Aimee Mann and Damien Rice, among others, Playbill reported.

Robert Sean Leaonard will play Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's first production of the 2013 season, Broadway World reported.

Leonard last performed on the West End in the Shaftesbury Theatre's 1991 production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Playbill reported.

To Kill a Mockingbird will begin performances May 16, before it's official run from May 22 to June 15, Playbill reported.

The production will be directed by Open Air Theatre's artistic director, Timothy Sheader, Broadway World reported.

The role for which Leonard is best known for playing is Dr. James Wilson in eight seasons of the TV show "House". Leonard is also known for playing Neil Perry in the 1989 film "Dead Poets Society," Playbill reported.


Sony announces Playstation 4

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Sony announced the Playstation 4 at a live streamed a special event in New York on Wednesday, CNN reported.

The PS4, Sony's first major console release in seven years, was described by Sony as a "supercharged PC" with enhanced graphics and multitasking, The New York Times reported.

The console was never shown during the presentation, but Sony debuted a new slimmer controller design, The New York Times reported.

Fans were split in response towards Sony's focus on using the PS4 as a new social platform, flocking to Twitter to comment on the risk of privacy invasion and a lack of focus for what was traditionally a gaming-focused device, CNN reported.

The new system will focus more on downloadable content instead of traditional in-store games, The New York Times reported.

"The next generation doesn't start until we say it does," Kazuo Hirai, Sony's new chief executive, said as reported by The New York Times.

Lady Gaga cancels rest of tour for hip surgery

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Lady Gaga cancelled the rest of her "Born This Way Ball" tour dates for surgery to repair a tear in her hip, Live Nation announced Wednesday as reported by CNN.

Gaga suffered from synovitis, a severe joint inflammation, which left her unable to walk following Monday's concert in Montreal, the singer tweeted as reported by The Star Tribune.

"I've been hiding a show injury and a chronic pain for sometime now," Gaga said on Twitter as reported by The Star Tribune. "Over the last month it has worsened."

Strenuous repetitive movements caused the labral tear of the right hip, the tour operator said as reported by CNN.

"She will need surgery to repair the problem, followed by strict down time to recover," a statement said as reported by CNN.

Live Nation will provide refunds for canceled performances starting Thursday, CNN reported.

iTunes hits 25 billion songs downloaded

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iTunes' 25 billionth song has been downloaded, Apple announced Wednesday as reported by The Washington Post.

Phillip Lüpke, a German user, downloaded "Monkey Drums (Goksel Vancin Remix)" by popular British DJ Chase Buch. Apple will send him a 10,000-Euro iTunes giftcard, CNN reported.

iTunes took a decade to reach this benchmark. Since the store's 2003 debut, Apple now sees about 15 thousand song downloads per minute, The Washington Post reported.

iTunes' last benchmark was its 10 billionth song download in 2010, CNN reported.

Alex Ostravsky, who purchased iTunes' billionth song in 2006, received from Apple a 20-inch iMac, 10 fifth generation iPods, a $10 thousand iTunes giftcard, and a scholarship for his studies at The Juilliard School of Music, CNN reported.

Apple's App Store recently announced its 400 billionth download, The Washington Post reported.

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