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Starbucks, Spotify ink big deal that gives employees Premium subscription

While it’s been a partner of iTunes in the past, Starbucks announced on Monday a big partnership with Spotify that will link its 7,000 stores in the US and 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members with Spotify’s 60 million global users.

Most notably, Starbucks’ 150,000 US-based employees will receive a free Spotify Premium subscription in the coming weeks, followed shortly thereafter by employees in Canada and the UK. Spotify Premium is priced at $10 per month.

Hackers find easy way to steal large sums of money through Starbucks app

Hackers are stealing money from users’ credit cards, banks, and PayPal accounts through the Starbucks mobile app, the coffee giant confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

The app, which lets users pay at checkout and reload Starbucks gift cards, has an auto-reload function that makes it easy for hackers to take from users, not needing any account numbers.

Tim Cook ‘bullish on Apple Pay’ in China, in talks with Alibaba

Amid rumors, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged in an interview with Xinhua news agency on Monday that Apple is working to bring Apple Pay to China.

Cook told the Chinese news agency: “We very much want to get Apple Pay in China. I’m very bullish on Apple Pay in China,” signaling the company is working quick to bring its new mobile payments service to another region besides the US.

Warner Music Group: Streaming music revenue now outweighs downloads

Tucked away in its earnings release on Monday, major music-player Warner Music Group announced that revenue from streaming surpassed revenue from downloads for the first time. This signals a major turn in the industry, as an old school player is finally revealing it may be comfortable, and on board, with the shift in how customers consume music.

Apple launches new environmental initiative in China, partners with World Wildlife Fund

Adding to its worldwide environmental program, Apple announced on Sunday that it’s launching an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China. As part of the project, it’s launched a multi-year agreement with the World Wildlife Fund to responsibly manage one million acres of working forests which provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products.

Tesla’s Musk welcomes ‘Apple Car’, says Tesla is poaching 5:1 more employees than Apple

Elon Musk, CEO of electric car company Tesla, had kind words for Apple when asked by an analyst during the company’s quarterly earnings call on Tuesday if he feared an electric car from Apple, given its large customer base and giant cash pile for plenty of research and development spending.

“I actually hope Apple gets into the car business, that would be great,” the outspoken Musk said, showing no concern for the rumors that Apple has plans to launch an electric car in the coming years.

Apple granted design patent for Apple Watch, probably to be used in future lawsuits

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a design patent for the Apple Watch on Wednesday, covering the look and feel of the wearable that hit the market at the end of April.

The patent covers the entire design of the device, from the screen, sensors, charging apparatus, digital crown, and more. Like with all companies do, Apple filed for the patent to protect itself against competitors, so they can’t use an identical design.

Apple Watch gets beat to hell for science [Video]

While many of you are probably holding on to your precious Apple Watch with care, CNET took it upon themselves to see what will ruin the wearable, so you don’t have to. We’re taken through several everyday scenarios of how the Apple Watch could get ruined in the kitchen. It actually holds up pretty well. 

Apple begins notifying developers who get an expedited Apple Watch

Apple has begun notifying developers who signed up for the Apple Watch Sport lottery on the Developer Center if they have been randomly selected to make the purchase. It allows many who pay the $100 iOS Developer Program fee to bypass the long waitlist of Apple Watch orders the public is facing and get the Watch earlier. 

Apple reportedly plans to introduce updated iPod touch this year for first time since 2012

AppleInsider reports that Apple is planning a refresh of its iPod touch later this year, citing a “source familiar with Apple’s future product plans.” It’s not clear if the refresh will affect multiple versions of the iPod, however the report notes at least one model will be reintroduced at a time when Apple’s music services are getting a revamp under Beats.