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    Rehabilitation Through The Arts or RTA website was given a long overdue update, just in time to celebrate it’s 15th year helping men and women “behind the walls” reconnect with their humanity through the arts, including theatre, music, writing, and dance. What RTA has accomplished within the last decade and a half is nothing short of impressive with a recidivism rate (3 in 40) well below the average 40% for all New York state inmates. Throughout the year, RTA will be putting on special programs with alumni at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, NY (by invitation only).

    Google Play in Play

    Move over iTunes, Google Play has arrived, keeping all your apps, movies, music, and books on the cloud where they belong. Now you can save precious storage space and play (watch and read) any where, any time, on any device. Well, sort of any device, for iPhone or iPad you’re going to need a native iOS app (e.g. gMusic) but I imagine we will see more native iOS support soon.

    Google announced earlier this month the new cloud-based service that consolidates Google Movies, Google Music, Google eBookstore, and the Android Market under one entertainment hub (Play even gets its own spot on the Google menu bar).

    This is a big step forward in Google’s effort to dispel user concerns that offerings are too fragmented. Yes, indeed, they are fragmented, but the company has a plan to bring tighter integration via its social network Google+ while, at the same time, cutting deals with content prividers like Paramount.

    On a related front, Google is waiving its $25 setup fee (from 3/27 through 4/3) to encourage musicians to set up a store page and sell their music on the Google Play Artist Hub. No annual fee and artist get to keep 70% of what they make, paid monthly.

    So, This is What Happen to Friendster


    Internet Archaeologists Find Ruins Of ‘Friendster’ Civilization

    Cool Tool of the Month: Pixlr

    Pixlr is a free online photo sharing and editing tool from Autodesk (the folks that bring you AutoCAD and Maya). Actually, it was acquired by Autodesk last July for an undisclosed amount.

    Pixlr is really a suite of Web-based tools that include Pixlr EditorPixlr-O-Matic, the screen-grabber browser extensions Pixlr Grabber, and the photo sharer imm.io. All designed to empower the non-professional to create, edit, and share images via social networks such as Facebook and Flickr. For Autodesk’s part, the company expands the image formats you can import/export, including formats with layers.

    With Picnik moving under Google+ next month, now is as good of a time as any to check out Pixlr.

    We Are Young by Fun (feat. Janelle Monáe)

    I know this song is getting a bit over-played (at least its chorus) in those Chevrolet commercials since the Super Bowl but “We Are Young” by indie rock band Fun is still a great song. And this acoustic version featuring Janelle Monáe is just awesome… better than (IMHO) the song’s official music video or this sexual allegory (I like the video, it just doesn’t really jibe with the lyrics).

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