Place: the Carlton Hotel lobby, bar and surrounding areas. Time: Monday p.m. - Tuesday a.m. The Scene: One of the hottest networking events at MIDEM takes place not in an invite-only reception or exclusive penthouse suite, but at the Carlton, where movers and shakers filter in after their dinner meetings to see and be seen.

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TAG Strategic's Ted Cohen presses the flesh with we7 CEO Steve Purdham and another guest. Purdham was one of the judges on the B2C startup pitch session during MidemNet and may have taken a few too many tips from fellow Brit judge Simon Cowell.

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Billboard's own George White, left, catches up with Microsoft director of strategic music relationships, strategy and business development Christina Calio and Griff Morris Senior Manager, Vendor Management and Licensing at Amazon.com outside Le Petit Bar where the Billboard Red Carpet welcomed guests.

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The scene at the Carlton at 1:30 a.m…just getting warmed-up

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Billboard's Antony Bruno and MOG CEO David Hyman share a friendly moment before debating whether Hyman should be on the cover of Billboard magazine. "When are you going to do a story on us?" Hyman asked. As soon as you give us your subscriber figures, Dave.

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Eric Garland, CEO of BigChampagne (left) lost his voice but not his smile as he barely makes it inside the hotel lobby before meeting up with Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley (center) and Paul Calhoun, VP of new media and external affairs for SoundExchange.

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MidemNet startup competition judges Par-Jorgen Parson, general partner with Northzone Ventures (left) and Francois Mazoudier, partner and LD&A discuss which startups they're going to vote for in the following day's finals. Next Big Sound, Jammbox. and Shuffler.fm were the winners (f ull.biz story here)

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Ty Roberts senior VP and CTO at Gracenote (left) and Omnifone CEO Rob Lewis (right) celebrate their partnership in powering the new Qriocity service by Sony, while an unindentified attendee asks "What's Qriocity?"

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