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FACEBOOK TURNS 10: IME ARCHIBONG ON PAPER APP, GOING GLOBAL, VALUE TO MUSIC BIZ (Q&A)

On the occasion of the platform's 10-year anniversary, Billboard spoke with Facebook's Strategic Partnerships lead Ime Archibong at Midem, who was at the industry conference networking with and learning from the music business.
Billboard.biz


RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS UNPLUGGED AT SUPER BOWL: AXL ROSE WEIGHS IN

Bassist Flea "had a newly invented breakthrough in microchip technology installed in his ass," cracks the Guns N' Roses frontman in an Op-Ed.
Billboard.biz


WHY THIS VENTURE CAPITALIST IS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS (GUEST POST FROM PETER D. CSATHY)

Fairly straightforward “traditional” business models (primarily retail) have been disrupted, but a new, multipronged “community”-based model is poised to significantly increase the overall pie.
Billboard.biz


OPEN INTERNET PRESERVATION ACT REINFORCES NET NEUTRALITY

Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Anna Eshoo have introduced the Open Internet Preservation Act, which restores the FCC's open internet rules struck down last month by the D.C. Court of Appeals. The new legislation will serve as a stand-in until the FCC gives a final ruling on net neutrality.
Billboard.biz


THIRD MAN AND REVENANT RECORDS' MASSIVE PARAMOUNT BOX SETS OFF A COPYRIGHT DISPUTE

Third Man and Revenant Records are locked in a copyright dispute over the box set "Paramount Records Wonder-Cabinet" with the George H. Buck, Jr. Jazz Foundation, which claims ownership of 800 of the first volume's 1920s-era recordings.
Billboard.biz

 


ARCADE FIRE UP FOR SIX JUNO AWARDS: NOMINEES LIST

Canadian indie rock heroes Arcade Fire on Tuesday snagged a field-leading six nominations for the Junos, Canada's top music awards.
Billboard.biz


MIDEM ATTENDANCE NUMBERS DOWN 4%

Attendance at the 2014 edition of Midem was down 4% on the previous year, according to conference organizers.
Billboard.biz


NICK JONAS BECOMES DEMI LOVATO'S CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Singer and one third of the Jonas Brothers is now 'overseeing video content, wardrobe, lighting and staging' for the pop star's forthcoming Neon Lights tour.
The Guardian


YOUTUBE WILL NOW PERIODICALLY AUDIT VIDEOS

YouTube today announced it has started periodically auditing the views a video has received, though it doesn’t expect the changes to affect more than “a minuscule fraction” of videos. Previously, the site would scan views for spam immediately after they occurred, but now it will periodically validate the video’s view count, removing fraudulent views “as new evidence comes to light.”
The Next Web


FORMER WARNER MUSIC EXEC ALLEGEDLY EMBEZZLED OVER $1M

A former Warner Music executive — a top Hollywood fund-raiser for President Obama — embezzled more than $1 million from the record label, Manhattan prosecutors charged Tuesday.
NY Post


AT&T WANTS TO TRACK YOUR DOWNLOADS AND BANDWIDTH USE

A new patent from AT&T could potentially penalize Internet users who stream and download music online. As the Huffington Post reports, Patent US 20140010082 A1, which was published in January and still in the application stage, outlines a plan in which AT&T would be able to charge customers more money based on how much time they spend online and what kinds of websites they visit.
Spin


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