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Sacha Strebe

Ryan Adams loved Taylor Swift's album 1989 so much he's recording an entire full-length cover of it. He posted pictures to Instagram of the band mid-session in the studio, along with images of her lyrics. T.Swift found out via a tweet from Rolling Stone Indonesia associate editor Hasief Ardiasyah, to which she replied, "@hasief @TheRyanAdams is this true??????? I WILL PASS OUT." Ryan plans to document the entire process on Instagram and says it’ll be "as played by The Smiths." — TIME

McDonald's has started offering table service to revamp its image and boost falling sales. But before you get excited, the fast-food chain is only offering this outside the U.S. Customers in France, Germany, Australia, and the U.K. can now order their meal from a touchscreen kiosk and have it delivered in person to their table. According to a McDonald's spokesperson, the table service has already proven popular in Australia, Germany, and France. The company hopes to continue the table service rollout across 11 more restaurants in Britain. — Money

On the back of the success of Periscope and Meerkat, Facebook has launched its own rival live video service for its celebrity users. This will enable its famous users to broadcast video streams of themselves to their fans, who can comment and share live. The videos will also be available to watch later for those who miss it. It's a clever move for Facebook, which has decided to test the feature among its strongest users, rather than just mimicking the rival apps. — Fortune

One day after the recent Netflix parental leave announcement, Microsoft also announces an expanded policy. While it doesn't quite match the Netflix offer, Microsoft will provide "eight weeks of fully paid maternity leave and 12 weeks of parental leave for all parents, eight of which were paid, and four were not." It will also give parents the choice of getting their leave all at once or split into two payments. "As we ask our employees to bring their 'A' game to work every day to achieve our mission, we believe it’s our responsibility to create an environment where people can do their best work," says Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft's executive vice president of human resources. — USA Today

If you have an Android, beware of hackers stealing your fingerprints. The alarming news was revealed at a recent Black Hat Security Conference. Apparently the Android fingerprint framework, "which uses our biometrics to unlock our devices, could be susceptible to attacks by hackers." And if that wasn't terrifying enough, one of the potential hacks could bypass the fingerprint authentication to use the payment service Android Pay. If you're with Apple, then breathe easy, because the iPhone and iPad's Touch ID biometric technology is more secure. — TechRader

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