Morning Fix: Last.fm Pulls Out of Streaming; MP3Tunes Founder Gets $41M Verdict; Echo Nest's Big Brain Brian Whitman Talks Machines

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LAST.FM PULLS OUT OF RADIO STREAMING, PLUGS IN YOUTUBE

Last.fm has been considered to be an online music pioneer since starting in 2002. But like many pioneers, it's gotten hit by a few arrows over the years as it tries to find the right business model for streaming music.
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BERTELSMANN PROFITS SOAR TO $1.2B, BMG STAKE CITED

Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe pointed to several major acquisitions and mergers as growth engines, including the company's purchase of KKR's stake in music rights division BMG, giving Bertelsmann full control of the group, which manages rights to more than 1 million songs, including titles from Bruno Mars, Will.i.am and the Rolling Stones' Mike Jagger and Keith Richards.
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MP3TUNES FOUNDER MICHAEL ROBERTSON HIT WITH $41 MILLION JURY VERDICT

A jury punishes the owner of the once-popular website for hosting thousands of stolen songs. MP3Tunes founder Michael Robertson has been ordered by a New York jury to pay about $41 million in damages for massive copyright infringement.
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THE ECHO NEST CTO BRIAN WHITMAN ON SPOTIFY DEAL, MAN VS. MACHINE, WHY PANDORA 'FREAKS' HIM OUT (Q&A)

As conversations about machine learning occurred on the main stage at Gigaom's Structure Data conference in New York, Brian Whitman spoke in a side suite of the Chelsea Piers event complex about how the Echo Nest uses "machine listening" to predict what people what to hear.
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WU-TANG CLAN TO RELEASE ONE COPY OF SECRET DOUBLE-ALBUM

The veteran rap collective has revealed another new project, the double-album "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," that has been recorded in secret over the past six years… and they're only making one copy of it.
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RELATIVITY MEDIA ACQUIRES STAKE IN DOWNTOWN RECORDS

Relativity Media has acquired a stake in Downtown Records to increase overall content holdings and production. Happy Walters, COO of Relativity, will oversee the investment for the company.
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ZUCKERBERG ON FACEBOOK SPENDING SPREE: GETTING READY FOR 'THE PLATFORMS OF TOMORROW'

Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders whether Zuckerberg "is nuts" for agreeing to pay $2 billion for Oculus less than five weeks after inking a deal to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.
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DIGITAL NOTES: CD BABY'S SYNC PAYOUT, DE LA SOUL'S J DILLA TRIBUTE AND APPS' AD ECONOMICS

CD Baby pays out $1M in YouTube royalties, De La Soul makes a mixtape and mobile in-app advertisements explode in this edition of Digital Notes.
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WALL STREET TITANS AND THEIR WARBLING DAUGHTERS

The daughters of some of the most prominent financial executives are making music instead of money, from a hedge fund billionaire’s daughter with four albums under her belt to Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman’s daughter Caroline, a 17-year-old student at New York’s exclusive Spence school who’s pounding the pavement to land a record deal herself.
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RICKY MARTIN, LUIS FONSI, BANDA EL RECODO TO PERFORM AT 2014 BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC AWARDS

The awards show, presented by State Farm, will also include the previously announced performers Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, David Bisbal, Juanes and La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho on April 24 during the broadcast of the live Telemundo show at 7 p.m./6c.
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THE UK'S MOST POPULAR MUSIC, CITY BY CITY – INTERACTIVE

Do different regions have different listening habits? We thought we'd find out by asking Spotify to send us lists of the top 10 most streamed artists in 22 different UK towns and cities in 2013.
The Guardian


LEGAL DEBATE ON USING BOASTFUL RAP LYRICS AS A SMOKING GUN

Mr. Steward denies any role in the killings, but the authorities took the lyrics to be a boast that he was responsible and, based largely on the song, charged him last July with the crimes.
New York Times


BRAZILIAN CONGRESS PASSES WORLD'S FIRST "BILL OF RIGHTS" FOR THE INTERNET

Earlier this month, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, called for a "Bill of Rights" for the web on its 25th birthday. Late last night, Brazil broke ground and became the first country to pass a bill protecting the rights of internet users.
Latin Post


APPS WITH MILLIONS OF GOOGLE PLAY DOWNLOADS COVERTLY MINE CRYPTOCURRENCY

Researchers said they have uncovered two apps that were downloaded from the official Google Play market more than one million times that use Android devices to mine the Litecoin and Dogecoin cryptocurrencies without explicitly informing end users.
Ars Technica


‘HOUSE OF LIES’ PRODUCER DEFENDS SHOCKING DEATH: BIGGIE AND TUPAC MURDER SIMILARITY WAS UNINTENTIONAL

One of the Showtime dramedy's executive producers says he was unaware Biggie was slain nearby show's fictional drive-by shooting.
The Wrap


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