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  1. Business Matters: Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals

    February 17, 2012 6:40 PM EST Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals -- Live music event aggregator Thrillcall launched an iPhone app this week that focuses on exclusive tickets and packages. The app may give music fans daily deals, but Thrillcall is ...

  2. Apple's New Mountain Lion OS for Mac to Have iPhone Features

    February 17, 2012 8:57 AM EST The next operating system for Mac will make the computers more like the mobile devices which make up the lion's share of Apple's sales. Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed plans to incorporate features from the iPhone and iPad into the forthcomi ...

  3. Twitter Unveils Self-Service Advertising System

    February 17, 2012 7:54 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buying ads on Twitter is about to get easier for small businesses as the online messaging service adds a key piece to its moneymaking model. Twitter is unveiling a long-awaited automated system that will enable advertisers to ...

  4. Business Matters: A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy

    February 16, 2012 9:44 PM EST A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy -- Fred Wilson made Billboard's Power 100 list ( at No. 86 ) for two reasons: he helps builds digital startups and he is one of venture capital's more prominent thought leaders. In ...

  5. NPR Music Launches New iPad App, Exclusive Concert By The Shins

    February 16, 2012 3:12 PM EST NPR Music is launching a new iPad app that promises an "immersive audio and visual experience." The free app, available today, will feature live performances, interviews, signature programs, original reporting and commentary, advance alb ...

  6. Chinese Authorities Seizing iPads

    February 16, 2012 7:30 AM EST BEIJING (AP) - Authorities have seized iPads from retailers in more Chinese cities in an escalating dispute between Apple Inc. and a struggling local company over the trademark for the popular tablet computer, news reports said Thursday. The Chine ...

  7. Google Wins U.S., EU Approval For $12.5 Billion Motorola Bid

    February 14, 2012 11:27 AM EST Google's $12.5 billion bid to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility has won approvals from U.S. and European antitrust regulators, moving Google a major step closer to completing the biggest deal in its 13-year history. Monday's blessing ...

  8. Business Matters: MySpace Adds 1 Million Users, Now at 25 Million

    February 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST MySpace Sees Growth Potential in Internet Radio Player MySpace says it has nabbed "over 1 million" new registered users since it debuted a new music player on December 19. A MySpace spokesperson tells Billboard.biz that MySpace now has & ...

  9. Kenny Rogers Sues Capitol Over Royalties

    February 13, 2012 3:00 PM EST Kenny Rogers is the latest artist to sue a record label for not paying a 50% royalty for music sold through downloads or as a ringtone. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee in Nashville, the complaint alleges that Capitol Record ...

  10. Sinde Law Piracy Battle Headed to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications

    February 10, 2012 2:35 PM EST Sinde Law Piracy Battle Heads to Spanish Supreme Court, With Global Implications The lines have long been drawn here; it was just a question of time before the epic legal battle over online piracy kicked off. Spain's Supreme Court this week a ...

  11. Google Seeking Digital Play for the Living Room, Closing to Motorolla Acquisition: Report

    February 10, 2012 1:52 PM EST Google is looking more like Apple every day. The technology giant is developing a home entertainment system that streams music wirelessly, according to a report at the Wall Street Journal . The system would be branded with Google's name and o ...

  12. Apple to Unveil New iPad in March (Report)

    February 10, 2012 7:30 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - A news report says Apple plans to unveil a new iPad early next month. AllThingsD, a website affiliated with The Wall Street Journal , says Apple Inc. is holding an event in San Francisco the first week of March - the same week Appl ...

  13. iLike, Early Digital Music Trailblazer, Officially Dead

    February 08, 2012 2:35 PM EST iLike, an online service for sharing and discovering music that was one of digital music's most exciting startups, is officially dead. Visits to the iLike.com URL are being redirected to a MySpace page with a notice about iLike's demise. ...

  14. Rdio Steps Up its Android App

    February 07, 2012 10:25 AM EST Subscription service Rdio has finally given Android users as good a mobile experience as iPhone users. Rdio unveiled the updated app on Monday. The new Rdio app for Android has the great home screen it was previously missing. The home screen has o ...

  15. Business Matters: Megaupload Aftershocks Continue as BTJunkie Voluntarily Shuts Down

    February 06, 2012 5:55 PM EST BT Junkie Shuts Down, Cites Megaupload, Pirate Bay Legal Action BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down, becoming the latest file-sharing site to shutter in the wake of the US Department of Justice's arrest of Megaupload's founder and leaders ...

  16. Business Matters: Is Madonna Behind Live Nation's Stock Surge?

    February 03, 2012 6:14 PM EST Live Nation Stock Jumped After Madonna Tour Announcement Are investors excited about Madonna's upcoming tour? Or are they increasingly convinced the concert business has left its troubles behind? Maybe a bit of both. Live Nation's stock ...

  17. Business Matters: A New Look at an Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases

    February 02, 2012 9:11 PM EST A New Look at An Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases -- A controversial 2007 paper on P2P's impact on CD purchases has got a second look -- with conclusions the music industry will like. A new paper based on the same survey data used i ...

  18. The Message of Facebook's IPO Filing: Social is Your Future

    February 02, 2012 11:17 AM EST Screen shot from Facebook's 188-page Securities Exchange Commission IPO filing . Reading through Facebook's IPO filing is like an episode of "This Is Your Life." This is where you and your artist's fans spend a good chunk ...

  19. Facebook $5 Billion IPO Fueled By Advertising

    February 02, 2012 6:30 AM EST Even though Facebook has barely gotten started when it comes to advertising, the company can thank Madison Avenue for the stunning $5 billion initial public offering (IPO) it filed on Wednesday (Feb. 1). Advertising dollars accounted for 85 percen ...

  20. Facebook Files For IPO, Hopes to Raise $5 Billion

    February 01, 2012 5:21 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University. That means anyone with the ...

  21. Google Music an 'Oxymoron' Says Outgoing Warner Music Group Chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

    February 01, 2012 11:50 AM EST Outgoing Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. called Google Music an "oxymoron" that's run by a company conflicted about how to value other parties' information. Bronfman spoke Tuesday at the Wall Street Journal' ...

  22. Neil Young: Steve Jobs Listened To Vinyl

    February 01, 2012 8:45 AM EST DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs. Young said the Apple c ...

  23. Electronic Frontier Foundation To Help Megaupload Users Retrieve Data

    February 01, 2012 8:13 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Users of the file-sharing website Megaupload who feared their data could be deleted as early as Thursday have a reprieve after a nonprofit group stepped in at the eleventh hour. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecuto ...

  24. Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman Jr.: Steve Jobs Got the Best of Us

    January 31, 2012 10:06 PM EST The iTunes Store is great. But in the negotiations between music executives and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the latter certainly came out on top, according to Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. "If you look at the market cap increase i ...

  25. Business Matters: Is Facebook Filing a $5 Billion IPO Wednesday?

    January 31, 2012 9:44 PM EST Is Facebook Filing a $5 Billion IPO Wednesday? -- Facebook may file with the SEC on Wednesday to raise $5 billion through an initial public stock offering, according to a report at International Financing Review. A $5 billion IPO is lower than rec ...

  26. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  27. The Future of Cloud Music Debated by Publishers, Rights Holders, Digital Services @MIDEM

    January 31, 2012 11:49 AM EST From left: CISAC director general Olivier Hinnewinkel, who introduced the panel; moderator Emmanuel Legrand, a journalist and consultant; Scott Bagby, head of strategic partnerships at Rdio; Richard Conlon, BMI senior VP of corporate strategy, com ...

  28. Google, Merlin, Amazon, Universal Reps Explore the Future of Digital Music @MIDEM, Ted Cohen Referees

    January 30, 2012 9:05 PM EST TAG Strategic managing partner Ted Cohen (far left) moderated an engaging panel discussion Monday about the digital music market. Participating in the discussion were four influential executives; from second-from-left: Merlin CEO Charles Caldas, G ...

  29. Business Matters: Looking for a New Kind of Record Label? Here's DigSin ...

    January 30, 2012 5:43 PM EST Looking for a New Kind of Label? Here's DigSin ... -- DigSin -- a free, singles-only label founded in 2011 by Jay Frank, author and most recently SVP Music Strategy at Country Music Television -- has released its first song, " DRNK TXTNG ...

  30. Web Trends: Listen to Jack White's New Solo Single, "Love Interruption"

    January 30, 2012 4:18 PM EST Google Trends: There are no music trends on Google Trends. Twitter Music Trend: Why Stop Now -- People are Tweeting about Busta Rhymes' new song and video, "Why Stop Now," featuring Chris Brown. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 5. Ic ...

  31. Video: MIDEM Hack Day Highlights: MyNight, Badgify, JPC2000, More

    January 30, 2012 1:07 PM EST The submissions from MIDEM's Hack Day were unveiled today in Cannes, with 18 apps and programs uploaded to the Hack Day's wiki page . The event was introduced at MIDEM on Saturday by SoundCloud VP of business development Dave Haynes and ...

  32. Midemlab Winners Announced: Apsmart's MPme, LiveOne's Crowdsurfing, Ovelin's WildChords

    January 30, 2012 8:32 AM EST Midemlab Contest Winners (From left): Thibaud Morin, Vivendi senior VP of business innovation; Ovelin co-founder/CEO Christoph Thür; National Digital Council chairman Gilles Babinet; LiveOne Group principal Tim Ganschow; Music Ally CEO Paul Brindl ...

  33. Megaupload User Data May Be Gone By Thursday, Feds Say

    January 30, 2012 8:16 AM EST Federal prosecutors say data from users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday. U.S. prosecutors blocked access to Megaupload and charged seven men, saying the site facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music and other c ...

  34. U2 Manager Paul McGuiness Calls Google a 'Monopoly,' Spotify 'Ultimately a Good Thing' @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 12:17 PM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness picked up the copyright cudgel once again at MIDEM, this time directing his energies at Google. It was the Irishman who in 2008 used the platform of MIDEM to demand ISPs counter illegal file movements on their networks, ...

  35. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness On Spotify, Piracy & Tech: His Five Best @MIDEM Quotes

    January 29, 2012 9:11 AM EST Lightning Rod: U2 manager Paul McGuinness (right), pictured next to entertainment lawyer Pierre-Marie Bouvery, made his first speaking appearance at MIDEM since his famous rant against ISPs in 2008. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) The last time U2 manager P ...

  36. Can MIDEM Hack Day Help Cellist Zoe Keating Share Loops With Fans?

    January 28, 2012 11:33 AM EST About 30 developers are participating in the second MIDEM Hack Day, which was introduced Monday by SoundCloud VP of business development Dave Haynes (right) and Six Two Productions CEO and creative technologist Martyn Davies (left). They invited p ...

  37. MIDEM's Direct2Fan Camp Panel: Social Media Not A Career Shortcut

    January 28, 2012 10:52 AM EST MIDEM's Direct2Fan Camp Panel: From left: moderator Whitesmith Entertainment co-founder/ manager Emily White, singer-songwriter Michelle Phelan, Berklee College of Music student Brielle Blount and Google head of global content programming for ...

  38. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  39. Macworld iWorld Pumps Up Volume for Music Fans, Artists and Companies

    January 27, 2012 8:04 PM EST Public Enemy founder and Bomb Squad producer Hank Shocklee evangelized for Apple's disruptive effects on the music industry, then performed on some Apple products of his own during a headlining gig at the 27th annual MacWorld | iWorld expo Fr ...

  40. Report: Facebook May File For IPO Next Week, Could Raise $10 Billion

    January 27, 2012 4:05 PM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Facebook could file regulatory papers as early as Wednesday for its highly anticipated initial public offering of stock, according to a newspaper report. Facebook's expected launch as a publicly traded company is the most h ...

  41. Did Universal Music Expose a Flaw in the YouTube Takedown Process?

    January 27, 2012 1:00 PM EST Last month, before federal authorities shut down Megaupload, the popular file-storage website got into a legal brawl with Universal Music Group over a video that was removed from YouTube. Megaupload hasn't experienced much success thus far in ...

  42. Billboard Power 100: Eddy Cue and Robert Kondrk

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 11 Eddy Cue & Robert Kondrk Senior VP of Internet Software and Services; Senior Director Apple Twitter: @cue Leading A Digital Juggernaut... Apple's Eddy Cue (pictured) and Robert Kondrk are the people behind the world's biggest ...

  43. Billboard Power 100: Lewis W. Dickey, Jr.

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 31 Lewis W. Dickey, Jr. Chairman/President/CEO Cumulus Media Twitter: @CumulusSales Using Heritage to Cumulus' Benefit... As America's second-largest radio station operator, boasting 570 outlets in 150 markets, Cumulus Media lays cla ...

  44. Billboard Power 100: Tim Westergren

    January 27, 2012 12:07 AM EST No. 40 Tim Westergren Founder/Chief Strategy Officer Pandora Twitter: @TimWestergren Reshaping Radio... Internet radio in 2012 can be traced back to one person: Tim Westergren (right), the founder of personalized Internet radio service Pandora. Th ...

  45. Billboard Power 100: Sean Parker

    January 26, 2012 10:16 PM EST No. 60 Sean Parker Executive General Partner Founders Fund Twitter: @sparker Hell-Raiser... The man partially responsible for breaking the music industry just might end up saving it. In popular culture, Sean Parker is best-known as the entrepreneu ...

  46. Billboard Power 100: Fred Wilson

    January 26, 2012 9:35 PM EST No. 86 Fred Wilson Managing Partner Union Square Ventures Twitter: @FredWilson Thought Leader... When Fred Wilson speaks, people listen. When he invests in a startup, careers are made. A managing partner at venture capital firm Union Square Ventur ...

  47. Billboard Power 100: Larry Marcus

    January 26, 2012 9:10 PM EST No. 77 Larry Marcus Managing director Walden Venture Capital Twitter: @cyberlar Sound advice ... Few venture capitalists are as attuned to investment opportunities in digital media and consumer services as Larry Marcus. An early investor in Pandor ...

  48. Rhapsody Expands to UK, Germany With Acquisition of Napster International

    January 26, 2012 5:29 AM EST Rhapsody is extending its reach into Europe through acquisitions of Napster International. The deal means Rhapsody will own and operate the Napster service in the UK and Germany. Terms were not disclosed, The acquisition makes for an "ideal e ...

  49. Facebook Forces Users to Switch to Timeline, Exposes Past Usage

    January 25, 2012 1:24 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook will start requiring people to switch to a new profile format known as Timeline, making photos, links and personal musings from the past much easier to find. Timeline is essentially a scrapbook of your whole life on Faceb ...

  50. Google to Merge User Data Across More Services, Raises Privacy Concerns

    January 25, 2012 7:54 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) - Google announced a plan Tuesday to link user data across its email, video, social-networking and other services that it says will create a "beautifully simple and intuitive" user experience. But critics raised privacy ...

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