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  1. Google Moving to Shut Down Sites That Turn YouTube Videos Into Mp3 Clips

    June 20, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Google-owned YouTube has become a central viewing area for many music videos, lyrics videos, and user-uploaded cover songs, and now the company is threatening to sue a number of web sites that offer to convert the audio from videos into downloadab ...

  2. What's Going on With Vevo's Numbers?

    June 19, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Music video network Vevo has helped revolutionize online video, has been the subject of IPO rumors and is reported to be wooing investments from Google and Facebook. But exactly what investors would get is a bit fuzzy to outsiders. Vevo's num ...

  3. UK's PPL Posts Record Revenues, Lambasts London Olympics, Global Digital Media Owners

    June 13, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Despite announcing its best annual financial results in the organization's 78-year history with total license fee income jumping 7% in 2011, speakers at today's (June 13) annual general meeting for PPL, the licensing body representing U. ...

  4. Business Matters: Music and Entertainment Stocks Got Beat Down Friday But Are Faring Well in 2012

    June 01, 2012 6:44 PM EDT Stocks Down Friday, But Doing Well Overall Friday was rough for the U.S. stock market but was especially brutal for music-related stocks. Some declines were triple -- or close to it -- the declines of 2.2% for the Dow and 2.8% for the Nasdaq. Even ...

  5. Google, Facebook Mulling Investments in Vevo (Report)

    May 31, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Online giants Google and Facebook are looking at a potential investment in online music joint venture Vevo that could be part of a broader advertising partnership with the music service, the New York Post reported Thursday. Quoting sources, the pa ...

  6. Business Matters: Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Fight Piracy at Google Search

    May 25, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Tackle Piracy at Google Search -- Google has lifted the veil on its anti-piracy efforts by launching an online Transparency Report that offers details on the issuers and targets of removal requests for Googl ...

  7. Vevo's Numbers Climb in First Quarter With Facebook Integration

    May 24, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Vevo's new redesigned homepage with Kanye West. (Screenshot) Vevo's integration with Facebook, part of its design launched in March , appears to have helped increase usage at both Facebook and Vevo.com, according to numbers shared by the ...

  8. Business Matters: Is Vevo Considering An IPO?

    May 23, 2012 4:42 PM EDT Is Vevo Considering an IPO? -- Vevo is seeking new investors to help fund its international expansion, according to reports at Sky News at the Financial Times. A report by Sky News claims the company has hired investment bank Allen & Co to loo ...

  9. Google Unveils 'Knowledge Graph,' Providing Vital Info Alongside Search Results

    May 17, 2012 7:06 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - Google is introducing a new tool, designed to make its search engine smarter. The new feature debuted Wednesday (May 16) draws from a Google-built database of more than 500 million people, places and commonly requested things to pr ...

  10. GM Vs. Ford: Companies Ask If Advertising on Facebook Pays?

    May 17, 2012 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Responding to extraordinary demand, Facebook said Wednesday that it would sell more stock in the company's initial public offering. But ahead of the IPO, a debate emerged between two of the nation's largest automakers: D ...

  11. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  12. Business Matters: Tax Day $2.99 Albums A Hit for Google Music

    April 27, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Google Play's Tax Day Deal Bumped Sales Selling digital albums for $2.99 won't help Google Music reach the company's initial projections, but it's one way for the young download store to move the needle. On April 17, Google Pla ...

  13. Google Being Sued For Copyright Infringement Over Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane Photos

    April 26, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Google is being sued for copyright infringement in connection with its Google Music service launched late last year. But this isn't a run-of-the-mill case. It involves photographs of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix, the involvement of artist T ...

  14. Web Trends: RIP Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, TMZ Says TLC Creating Hologram Of Her

    April 25, 2012 4:31 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. aapl - Apple's stock is trending for several reasons including deeper looks into iPad, iPhone accessories, and the company at large 7. gladys knight - the Motown singer was eliminated from "Dancing With The Stars" ...

  15. Web Trends: Listen To Fiona Apple's First Release In Seven Years

    April 23, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Google Trends: 9. dick clark - the legendary icon died this past Wednesday and people are still searching for news and updates, the most recent that he had prostate surgery before his heart attack
 20. neil diamond - the singer married Katie ...

  16. Facebook IPO Aiming For May 17 (Report)

    April 19, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Ever since Facebook announced it would be filing for an IPO Feb. 1, speculation has been widespread as to when the company would officially go public. With reports stating the company was aiming for late May coming as far back as January , TechCru ...

  17. U.S. Internet Ad Revenue Hits Record $31 Billion

    April 19, 2012 7:12 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Revenue from Internet advertising in the U.S. hit a record $31 billion last year, according to a study released Wednesday. That's up 22 percent from $26 billion in 2010, the previous record. The Interactive Advertising Bureau ...

  18. Vevo Launches in Australia and New Zealand

    April 16, 2012 6:52 AM EDT Vevo has opened for business in Australia and New Zealand. The on-demand music service launched here Monday, through a partnership with locally-based MCM Media, a leading producer of entertainment content for radio, digital, TV and events. Vevo In ...

  19. Google Announces Stock Split; First-Quarter Revenue Up 24%

    April 12, 2012 5:03 PM EDT Google Inc. plans to split its stock 2-for-1 to preserve its leadership's control over the company and maintain its long-term focus. The online search leader said Thursday that it is issuing a new class of stock to shareholders, but the new s ...

  20. Vevo To YouTube: Sorry, I Like Facebook, Too

    April 09, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Vevo appears to be going to some length to underscore the important role Facebook now plays in its traffic and viewership. The fruits of Vevo's successful integration with Facebook's Open Graph can be found in a post at the Facebook Deve ...

  21. Business Matters: Google Consumer Surveys Pick Up Where Micropayments Left Off

    March 30, 2012 6:33 PM EDT Google's Consumer Surveys Act As Soft Paywalls Would you answer a few questions in an online survey to listen to music, an online article or some other premium digital content? A new Google product helps online publishers get money out of the ...

  22. Google Play Launches, Consolidates Music, Movies, Books In Central Marketplace

    March 06, 2012 6:46 PM EST Google is overhauling its cloud-based offerings by consolidating Google Music, the Google eBookstore and the Android Market into Google Play, a digital hub that will offer storage, a marketplace of music, movies, books and games, and its entire li ...

  23. Business Matters: 850,000 Androids Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You?

    February 27, 2012 8:12 PM EST ,000 Android Devices are Activated Every Day -- What Does That Mean to You? -- More than 850,000 Android phones are now activated each day, according to a tweet on Monday by Google senior VP Andy Rubin, who heads the company's mobile divis ...

  24. Business Matters: When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed?

    February 24, 2012 4:28 PM EST When is it Safe to Say Google Music Has Failed? -- Google's giant footprint was to give Google Music unparalleled access to music lovers. But according to a report by CNET's Greg Sandoval, Google Music has disappointed industry executive ...

  25. Web Trends: A$AP Rocky Preaches Equality For Everyone

    February 21, 2012 4:20 PM EST Google Trends: 1. The Voice - A new episode airing last night has lead to the show trending on Google. Twitter Music Trend: 1. Rihanna:D -Discussion over her new singles with Chris Brown and the Brit Awards have trended the songstress Digg Music N ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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' ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Billboard Power 100: Robert Kyncl

    January 26, 2012 9:41 PM EST No. 65 Robert Kyncl Global Head of Content YouTube Twitter: @RKyncl Billions and Billions Served... Robert Kyncl reports to YouTube head Salar Kamangar and oversees content on the video platform. He's no stranger to online content: Kyncl was ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Web Trends: Radiohead contributes 14 songs to new documentary

    January 24, 2012 4:30 PM EST Google Trends: None to Report Twitter Music Trend: None to Report Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours:None to Report ¨NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Leonard Cohen, 'Old Ideas' 2. 78 78s: In Search Of Lost Time 3. New Mix: Blistering ...

  40. Vevo In Talks With Facebook, May Leave YouTube (Report)

    January 20, 2012 11:28 AM EST Vevo may be taking its music video service to Facebook, with preliminary talks between the companies signalling what may be the beginning of the end for Vevo's current partnership with Google-owned YouTube, according to CNET . Though Vevo and ...

  41. Google Music Magnifying Indie Artists

    January 19, 2012 2:39 PM EST One of the biggest technology companies in the world is lending a helping hand to independent artists. Google Music's new "Magnified" program will select artists that are using Artist Hub , a platform that lets an independent artist ...

  42. Business Matters: Will SOPA Turn Into a Bill Even Google Can Support?

    January 17, 2012 5:03 PM EST Obama Administration Reacts to SOPA and PIPA, Hoping For Revisions The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't dead, but expect revisions. On Saturday officials in the Obama Administration outlined their reservations with the controversial Stop O ...

  43. Google Tackles Online Privacy in Unusual Ad Blitz

    January 17, 2012 8:36 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is focusing on the importance of protecting personal information in an unusual marketing campaign for a company that has been blasted for its own online privacy lapses and practices. The educational ads will start appea ...

  44. Google, White House Respond to Rupert Murdoch's Anti-Piracy Twitter Rant

    January 16, 2012 10:28 AM EST Google is fighting back against Rupert Murdoch's claims that the company leads the pack of online pirates. When Murdoch took to Twitter -- his new favorite medium -- on Saturday night, he launched 140-character verbal grenades at Google and P ...

  45. iOS, Albums, Google+: Three Digital Music Trends to Watch in 2012

    December 29, 2011 3:28 PM EST There is hardly a shortage of trends to watch in digital music. From Internet radio to subscription services to a never-ending stream of services aimed at independent artists, 2012 will be filled with numerous developments that merit close attenti ...

  46. Business Matters: Inside SoundExchange's 2010 and 2011 Numbers

    December 23, 2011 10:10 AM EST The Inevitability of Unpaid Royalties: SoundExchange's 2010 & 2011 Numbers -- SoundExchange, the non-profit organization tasked with collecting and distributing royalties from non-interactive webcasters, paid out $250 million to artists a ...

  47. Protect-IP and SOPA Acts Will Not 'Break the Internet': Guest Column by A2IM's Rich Bengloff

    December 14, 2011 4:57 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Rich Bengloff, president of American Association of Independent Music ("A2IM"). Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad at jem.aswad@billboard.com for infor ...

  48. RightsFlow Acquired by Google

    December 09, 2011 3:22 PM EST RightsFlow has been acquired by Google, according to a note posted on the site by the company president and CEO Patrick Sullivan. The note is vague on details, so it is unclear how the move will impact the company's relationships with other d ...

  49. Business Matters: Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly

    November 23, 2011 2:01 PM EST Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly Hastings Entertainment posted a net loss of approximately $5.5 million on revenue of $108.6 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2011. Those figures are slightly worse than the same period i ...

  50. Exclusive: Inside Busta Rhymes' 'Outside the Box' Deal With Cash Money and Google Music

    November 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST Last Wednesday, veteran rapper Busta Rhymes appeared at the launch of Google Music to support his partnership with the newly launched platform -- an announcement that came in confluence with his surprise signing to Cash Money Records , revealed th ...

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