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  1. RIAA To Google: Help Us Fight Piracy

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A wide-ranging group of more than a dozen music industry associations has sent a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt requesting more information about the anti-piracy implications of the company’s recent network management plan with Verizon . The as ...

  2. Business Matters: Warner Music Group, Hastings, MOG

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Standard & Poor 's downgraded Warner Music Group 's stock to "negative" from "stable" last week. The ratings agency believes a lower rating is proper "until there is an indication that digital sales can re ...

  3. Viacom Appeals YouTube Copyright Ruling

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc is appealing a U.S. judge's dismissal of its $1 billion lawsuit accusing Google Inc of allowing copyrighted videos on YouTube without permission. Viacom's appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York was ...

  4. S.Korea Probes Google Over Private Data Collection

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT South Korean police said they raided Google Inc's Seoul office on Tuesday (Aug. 10) on suspicion that the Internet search leader had illegally collected data on Internet users. Google was not immediately available for comment. Global ...

  5. Google/Verizon Policy Statement Not So Neutral

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint policy statement issued Monday by Google and Verizon was met with immediate criticism across the Internet. The seven-point plan outlines the companies' vision for an "open Internet." But commentators and net neutrality suppo ...

  6. Analysis: Will Google Music Be Good For The Industry?

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Google’s upcoming foray into digital music good or bad for record labels, publishers, songwriters and performers? History tells us to expect pushback from copyright owners as well as an eventual agreement, but not everybody in the industry will ...

  7. Google Android Gains Pace, Social Web A Focus: CEO

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT About 200,000 smartphones and other devices based on Google's Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's iPhone. The world's No.1 search engine is hun ...

  8. Business Matters: Pandora, YouTube, Azoff and more

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Pandora Addresses Privacy Concerns -- Pandora has addressed some privacy concerns. Pandora users can now see their profile and choose to make it either public or private. “We're big ...

  9. Vevo Climbs Web Video Charts

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo is No. 3 -- with a bullet. The red-hot music site, a joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group -- with investment from Abu Dhabi Media and backing from Google's YouTube -- reached 48 million unique users in ...

  10. Big Money Bet on Display Ad Tech

    August 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The banner ad is the Web's original advertising format, but many have viewed it as a disappointment. Prices for display ads quickly tumbled, and marketers fell in love with targeted search options. That's not to say display units are on ...

  11. Russian Court Blocks YouTube

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A court in Russia's far east has ordered an Internet provider to block five sites, which it said disseminated extreme views, including the YouTube video service. The decision prompted U.S. Internet giant Google to say on Thursday that the mov ...

  12. Google Rolls Location-Based Mobile Display Ads

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google is stepping into location-based advertising with the introduction of mobile banner add that show users nearby services. The unit is an offshoot of AdWords' location extensions. It allows advertisers to attach their phone numbers and bu ...

  13. Report: Google Music Store Talks Have 'Accelerated'

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google is in “accelerated” talks regarding the launch of its Google Music Store, according to the New York Post. One aspect of those talks are said to be discussions with Harry Fox Agency, which the Post sees as a sign that discussions with labels ...

  14. Google Hires Attorney For New Music Service

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google seems to be getting serious about its much-rumored music service, hiring music licensing attorney Elizabeth Moody to spearhead label negotiations, Billboard has confirmed. To date, nothing Google has done required music industry licensing. ...

  15. Yahoo Revenue Misses Expectations

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc missed Wall Street's revenue estimates in the second quarter as some customers unexpectedly cut spending on online display ads toward the end of June, and shares fell more than 6%. The lower-than-expected revenue, which came even as ...

  16. China Satisfied With Google Search Engine Tweak

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT China is satisfied that U.S. Internet giant Google Inc is complying with Chinese laws after it tweaked the way it directs users to an unfiltered search page, a senior official said on Tuesday (July 20). The comments from a Ministry of Industry and ...

  17. Nokia On The Prowl For New CEO: WSJ

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has begun looking for candidates to replace chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, who has struggled to keep up with nimbler rivals Apple Inc and Google Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported. Kallasvuo may be ousted as early as the end of Jul ...

  18. Google App Inventor Opens App Dev To Anyone

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google’s Android smartphone technology is already taking off as the fastest-growing, if not largest, smartphone platform on the market. In an effort to provide additional momentum, the company is now providing a tool to allow even those with no pr ...

  19. Is G-Ticket Google's Answer To Ticketmaster?

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is G-Ticket Google's answer to Ticketmaster? Only if you believe the campaign contrived online and carried out through a litany of Google search queries. In a thread at website Reddit , people decided to voice their displeasure with Ticketmas ...

  20. BPI's Wadsworth Urges Labels To Invest In New Artists

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth has warned labels not to cut back investment in new artists. Addressing the U.K. trade body's annual general meeting at London's May Fair Hotel today (July 8), Wadsworth identified many positives for the biz. ...

  21. MySpace Sale Reports 'Fabrications': News Corp Exec

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News Corp digital chief Jonathan Miller said his company is not in talks to sell its once popular social networking site MySpace and described reports of any discussions as "fabrications." "We are definitely not in any ongoing talks ...

  22. Google's China Webpage License Under Review

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's application to renew its webpage license in China is currently under review with no set deadline, a government official said on Wednesday (July 7). "Google's annual check-in is under way," Wang Lijian, chief propaganda ...

  23. Google Music Watch: Here's The Latest

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rumored Google Music service will launch in the fourth quarter, according to tech blog Gizmodo , which cited an interview with Google's Android product manager Gaurav Jain in an Israeli newspaper. The Q4 launch would correspond with that ...

  24. Opinion: Apple’s Cloud Service Rumors Tell Nothing New

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guess what? Apple is still planning on a cloud-music service. Know what else? Nobody still knows what’s going on. Apple has yet to present its complete plans to the labels, the labels have yet to strike any licensing deals, and there’s still no ti ...

  25. Google Faces Pressure As China To Decide On License

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc could face further pressure for its other products in China as Beijing is due to decide whether or not to renew a license for the firm's flagship search engine in the world's largest Internet market. In an effort to keep its C ...

  26. Google To End Automatic Rerouting From China Site

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Internet giant Google Inc said it plans to stop automatically redirecting users of its Google.cn site to its Hong Kong page, in a bid to secure renewal of the company's China operating license. Chief legal officer David Drummond said in a blo ...

  27. Germany Says Apple Must Improve Data Transparency

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc must "immediately make clear" what data it collects from users of its products and for what purposes, Germany's justice minister was quoted as saying by Der Spiegel magazine. "Users of iPhones and other GPS devices mu ...

  28. Rumblefish To Sell Music Through YouTube

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Online music licensing service Rumblefish has struck a deal with Google to sell music in its catalog on YouTube. For $2, YouTube users can buy any song hosted by Rumblefish, and with it comes the rights to use that music in any video they subseque ...

  29. YouTube Wins Viacom Copyright Lawsuit

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has won its legal battle with Viacom . In a statement posted at the YouTube blog on Wednesday, Kent Walker, Google’s VP and general counsel, announced the court’s decision and linked a copy of its summary judgment . The court ruled YouTube ...

  30. IFPI Tackles Google On Pirate Bay

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following U.K. trade body the BPI's takedown notice to Google (Billboard.biz, June 21), the IFPI has also taken action against the search engine. The BPI's takedown notice demanded it remove links to 17 songs from artists including Emine ...

  31. Google Set To Launch Download, Subscription Service

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google will launch a music download service tied to its search engine later this year followed by a subscription service in 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal. There has been speculation about Google's music plans for several months. ...

  32. Google Targeted For Linking To Infringing Songs

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Google about to be hit with a major new lawsuit for linking to copyright infringing songs? A UK trade group representing more than 300 record companies including UMG, Sony and Warner Bros. has sent Google a takedown notice demanding it remove l ...

  33. Web Ad Spending To Surge 10.8%

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Online advertising spending will surge 10.8 percent in 2010 to $25.1 billion, according to a new report by the digital researcher eMarketer. That double-digit growth prediction would seem to provide a clear sign that the market has bounced back fr ...

  34. Business Matters: Google Music Store, Don Henley, The Orchard, 'If I Can Dream' and more

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GOOGLE MUSIC STORE COMING IN FALL? -- Google's music store could be on its way later this fall, CNET's Greg Sandoval reports. Citing multiple industry sources, Sandoval says the service could have both downloads and streaming music. &quo ...

  35. Vevo Passes Hulu In Users, Finds Hispanic Niche

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Vevo launched last December, the music video-centric joint venture—backed by competing record companies Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, investor Abu Dhabi Media, and even Google’s YouTube—had all the makings of what Lady G ...

  36. VIDEO: Country Singer Ray Stevens Takes On Illegal Immigration

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country singer-songwriter Ray Stevens, who may be best known for satirical songs, has garnered almost 1.9 million YouTube views with his "Come To The USA" video in just more than two weeks. His latest song is a comment on Arizona's ...

  37. Microsoft CEO Unconcerned With Apple Market Cap

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp chief Executive Steve Ballmer was unperturbed a day after rival Apple Inc shot past his firm as the world's biggest tech company by market value and said his aim was to develop a good product line and earn more profits. Microso ...

  38. FTC Approves Google's AdMob Buy

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has approved Google’s acquisition of the mobile ad network AdMob, despite concerns over what the group termed “serious antitrust issues.” Google agreed to buy AdMob last November for $750 million. But the deal was imme ...

  39. Google’s Major Push Toward The Cloud

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the world waits for Apple to unveil its post-Lala acquisition cloud strategy for iTunes, rival Google is already in the mix. A late announcement from the company’s I/O conference yesterday pointed to a major push into cloud-based media deliv ...

  40. Chrome Web Store To Debut This Year

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Add another app store to the mix, this time for Web applications rather than mobile apps. At its I/O developer conference this week, Google revealed details for the Chrome Web Store , designed to make both free and paid Web apps available to those ...

  41. mSpot Turns To The Cloud

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music company mSpot has been hanging in there for years as one of the first trying to bring music to mobile devices, morphing its offerings and business models to stay on track with changes in both technology and usage. Its latest move is i ...

  42. Twitter Expects Hundreds Of Advertisers

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter plans to have hundreds of advertisers using its new ad system in the fourth quarter as the company ramps up plans to become a self-sustaining, profitable business. COO Dick Costolo said the company's newly-launched advertising system ...

  43. Global Ad Industry Eyes Boost From Mobile Devices

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The global advertising industry is eager to capitalize on booming use of mobile phones for Internet access as more enhanced devices are coming to the market to get more consumers reachable online. The trend is promising bumper returns in future ye ...

  44. Business Matters: Live Nation, Google, Lala, mFlow

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Morgan Joseph maintained its “neutral” rating on Live Nation stock. Note the Morgan analyst believes artists could possibly have less, not more, leverage in the future. “We remain on the sidelines and look for more signs of positive free cash f ...

  45. Google's Android Takes No. 2 Spot From iPhone

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc displaced iPhone maker Apple Inc to become the second most popular provider of smartphone software in the United States during the first quarter, the latest sign of the increasing competition in the fast-growing mobile market. But Googl ...

  46. GEMA Talks With YouTube Break Down

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has ordered YouTube to remove 600 videos by its members from the video-sharing platform's German service, after contract renewal talks broke down. GEMA has taken a defiant stand against YouTube and won the suppo ...

  47. Google Sues Indie Label Over Copyright Claims

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google has taken the rare step of asking a California judge to declare that by linking to copyright-infringing works on Rapidshare , the search giant is not facilitating the illegal distribution of copyrighted songs. Last year, Blue Destiny Record ...

  48. @Web 2.0 Expo: How Social Media Is Beating Google

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco kicked off on Tuesday with the "Media's New Business Model" panel, moderated by WSJ's Jessica Vascellaro. On it, panelists noted that news sites are seeing site referrals from social media serv ...

  49. Business Matters: Live Nation, IODA, Google, Android Market and More

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation will get a second ruling from the UK's Competition Committee as early as next week, reports Bloomberg. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger was first approved by anti-trust regulators in December, but a tribunal ordered a review ...

  50. Business Matters: Trans World, Ning, Universal Music Group, Google and More

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Entertainment retailer Trans World has received a commitment from Bank of America and other lenders to provide a $100 million revolving credit facility. This new credit agreement amends the previous agreement from January 2006. ( SEC filing ) - ...

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