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  1. Business Matters: SoundExchange, Google, Live Nation and more

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- SoundExchange Q1 2010 payouts topped $52 million – 25% higher than any previous quarter. New registrants, growth in Internet radio and an increase in satellite radio subscriptions were said to be behind the record payout. ( New York Times ) -- ...

  2. Business Matters: Digital Britain Bill, Google, VC Round-up and more

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- As the Digital Britain Bill gets its second reading at the House of Commons, Jez Williams of British band Doves says piracy has greatly reduced ...

  3. Search Traffic Points To A Growing Record Store Day

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Judging from frequency of "record store" as a search term at Google, as viewed at Google Analytics, the only exception to the record store's waning popularity is the annual Record Store Day event held at indie retailers around the c ...

  4. Google Mobilizes AdWords

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Everything happens in real time nowadays, even ad management. To wit, Google is adding mobile support for AdWords, giving advertisers and agencies the option of managing their accounts on the go. Customers won't be able to access the full sui ...

  5. Google Risks China's Ire With Slap To Censorship

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google shut its mainland Chinese-language portal and began rerouting searches to its Hong Kong site, unleashing Beijing's ire and prompting worry over its prospects in China. China lost little time in warning Google that its spurning of self- ...

  6. Chinese Shrug Shoulders At Possible Google Pull-out

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With speculation swirling that Google Inc will soon announce the closure of its China-based Internet portal, the reaction from some Chinese has been hurry up and leave, or simply: so what? On Friday, the China Business News reported Google may mak ...

  7. Google May Announce China Plans Monday: Report

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc may make an announcement next Monday (March 22) about whether it will pull out from China, the China Business News reported on Friday, quoting an unnamed Google employee. The report also said a local authorized agent had received unconf ...

  8. Viacom, Google Accuse Other Of YouTube Hypocrisy

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc accused Google Inc of turning a blind eye to illegal video clips on its YouTube site in a bid to attract viewers, according to court documents. Google countered that Viacom managers continued to secretly upload content to YouTube even a ...

  9. Google Partners Call For Clarity On China Plans

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chinese firms selling advertising space on Google's search pages have demanded clarity about the search giant's plans in China, as speculation increases over Google's future in the world's largest Internet market. Their demand ...

  10. Facebook Overtakes Google.com

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New figures from research firm Hitwise show that Facebook.com now accounts for 7.07% of all American Web traffic. Google.com accounts for 7.04 per cent of traffic. The latest Hitwise figures cover March 7 to March 13. It is the first time that Fac ...

  11. Digital Executive Shuffle

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A number of high-profile executive shuffles are taking place throughout the digital services market. - Ning CEO Gina Bianchini will today announce her departure, to join venture firm Andreessen Horowitz as an executive in residence. She will be re ...

  12. Google Says China Talks Continue, But Pullout Signs Grow

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google said on Monday (March 15) it remained in talks with the Chinese government about censorship of its Chinese-language search portal, despite mounting signs the company could soon shut the site. Google Inc, the world's biggest search engi ...

  13. China Warns Google, Internet Row Deal Expected

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST China warned Google, the world's largest search engine, against flouting the country's laws on Friday (March 12), as expectations grow for a resolution to a public battle over censorship and cyber-security. The chief executive of Google, ...

  14. Nokia, Apple Seek Patent Trial In 2 Years

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nokia and Apple will seek a U.S. court hearing in a key patent battle in mid-2012, a court filing showed, raising the specter of a prolonged legal struggle. Handset leader Nokia sued iPhone maker Apple last October, accusing the U.S. firm of using ...

  15. Google Expands Call-Based Mobile Ads

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google is building out its mobile ad arsenal by expanding its new click-to-call ad options. The company is providing the smartphone ad option to national advertisers seeking to give mobile users the ability to tap numbers in ads to connect with bu ...

  16. Google Faces EU Scrutiny After Complaints

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST European Union antitrust regulators are looking into complaints filed by three online companies against Google that may lead to a formal investigation into the search-engine giant's business practices. The European Commission, tasked with ens ...

  17. Yahoo Partners With Twitter To Boost Social Features

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc plans to integrate Twitter into its collection of Web sites, as the company seeks to enhance the appeal of its online properties with popular social networking features. The partnership will allow web surfers to view the short, 140-chara ...

  18. OK Go Singer Not Loving EMI's Video Policy

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go lead singer Damien Kulash hit the New York Times op-ed section to opine on EMI’s policy that prevents embedding of its YouTube videos. Kulash discussed how his label's policy has negatively impacted the promotion of the latest OK Go rec ...

  19. Business Matters: Google Vs. iTunes, WaTunes, Reverb Nation and More

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Google 's past, present and future music strategy ...

  20. Microsoft/Yahoo partnership cleared by EU and U.S

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc said on Thursday (Feb. 18) they have won unconditional approval from regulators in the United States and Europe for a planned search deal that would challenge market leader Google Inc. Under the terms of the partnershi ...

  21. Report: Google Eyeing Catch Media

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's no secret that Google is interested in acquiring a streaming music company and it seems another target has entered the mix. CNET reports that the search giant is eyeing L.A.-based Catch Media as a possible solution for providing cloud-ba ...

  22. Mobile World Congress: Google Woos Mobile Industry

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt urged the mobile industry to embrace the mobile Web instead of seeing Google as the enemy, in his first speech to the world's biggest wireless industry fair. Schmidt said the industry stood at an his ...

  23. Google, Apple Pile Pressure On Phone World

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST At next week's mobile trade show in Barcelona you can find a program that measures how high you can throw a Nokia smartphone, an apt metaphor for Nokia's efforts to raise its game. But gravity might not favor the world's biggest mak ...

  24. Google Gmail Tweak Challenges Facebook, Twitter

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc is tapping its huge network of Gmail users and Web surfers to create a Buzz that it hopes will help it catch up with online social networking leaders Facebook and Twitter. The world's No. 1 search engine on Tuesday (Feb. 9) launche ...

  25. @MIDEM: French Minister Confirms Collective Licensing Plan

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST French minister of culture Frédéric Mitterrand unveiled a set of measures aimed at helping the music industry, during a press conference at the MIDEM trade fair and conference in Cannes. These measures are based on a controversial report submitted ...

  26. Baidu Sues Domain Name Server After Hacker Attack

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST China's top search engine, Baidu Inc, filed a lawsuit against its U.S.-based domain name service provider on Wednesday (Jan. 20) after a cyber attack interrupted its Web services last week. Hackers calling themselves the Iranian Cyber Army br ...

  27. Google postpones Android In China

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc has postponed the launch of two models of its Android mobile telephone in China which had been scheduled for Wednesday, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. The manufacturers of the telephone are Motorola and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, ...

  28. China Says Ways To Resolve Google Issue, U.S. Cautious

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST China sought on Friday (Jan. 15) to play down a threat by Google Inc to quit the country on hacking and censorship concerns, saying any decision by the Internet search giant would not affect U.S. trade ties. The United States said it was too soon ...

  29. China Defends Censorship After Google Threat

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST China defended its extensive censorship and brushed aside hacking claims on Thursday (Jan. 14), telling companies not to buck state control of the Internet after U.S. search giant Google threatened to quit the country. The Google dispute could sto ...

  30. Google Threatens To Quit China

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc threatened to quit China, the world's biggest Internet market, warning it would no longer tolerate strict censorship of its Google.cn search engine. The threat by the world's leading Internet search provider may win it praise ...

  31. SF Author Dick's Estate Threatens To Sue Google

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST The estate of the science fiction author Philip K Dick plans to sue Google over its Nexus One brand name for its new mobile phone. Dick's daughter Isa Dick Hackett said in December she was "shocked and dismayed" over reports that Go ...

  32. France Considers 'Google Tax’ To Pay For Music

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST France could start taxing Internet advertising revenues from online giants such as Google, using the funds to support creative industries that have been hit by the digital revolution, a newspaper reported on Thursday. The proposal, put forward in ...

  33. It's Official: Google Unveils Nexus One Phone

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST As anticipated, Google today officially unveiled the Nexus One smartphone, an Android-based mobile phone which Google will both sell directly to customers as well as through partner T-Mobile. The phone features a 3.7 inch touchscreen with voice-co ...

  34. Apple Buying Quattro Wireless: Report

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc is set to announce it has acquired mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $275 million, the Wall Street Journal-affiliated blog All Things Digital reported. An announcement could come as early as Tuesday, said the report, which ...

  35. Report: Google To Unveil New Mobile Phone, Spotify Included

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google is expected unveil its much-rumored Nexus One Android-based mobile phone at a Jan. 7 press event, coinciding with the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Google would only confirm that the announcement will be related t ...

  36. Marketing & Branding Trends To Watch In 2010

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST As a rough 2009 draws to a close, the digital marketing world is looking ahead to 2010, hoping to deliver stronger growth in the sector, which is one of the few bright spots in the media world. What lies ahead? We identified 10 trends that are sur ...

  37. Business Matters: Apple, Vevo, Virgin Media, Spotify

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Apple 's acquisition of Lala : What it might mean for both iTunes and record labels? Lala executives will be in "very significant rol ...

  38. Google Revamps Search With Real-Time Results

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Google Inc has revamped its search engine to allow results to be refreshed with up-to-the-second data increasingly churned out by the new crop of real-time Web products. The move to integrate real-time search results directly into Google's fl ...

  39. Late Steven Gately Tops Google U.K. Search List

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, who died Oct 10, topped the list of most popular topics searched for over the past 12 months by U.K. Google users. The only other music artist to appear in the top 5 was Lady Gaga, who appeared at No. 5 in the ...

  40. U.K. Internet Firms Rail Against Digital Bill

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Several high-profile internet companies, including Google, eBay, Facebook and Yahoo! Europe, have sent an open letter to Britain's Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, opposing new legislation which they say risks harming t ...

  41. What Will It Take For Ad-supported Music To Work?

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST One of the biggest questions of 2009 has been: What will it take for ad-supported music to work? The answers are pretty clear in this Q&A with Robin Kent , founder of consultancy Rebel Digital and former CEO of failed ad-supported music site S ...

  42. CISAC Backs Action Against YouTube

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The International Council of Creators of Music (CIAM), part of the global authors' rights body CISAC, has backed legal moves against YouTube/Google in Germany. Legal proceedings are due to take place at the district court of civil law in Hamb ...

  43. @ Media & Money: Execs Debate Controlling Digital Content

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the rise of the digital mediums, companies have found it more difficult to place value on their content since it appears on the Internet or on phones instead of in a format the companies can contain. The Controlling Content in a Digital World ...

  44. Analysis: Sky Songs, Where's The Buzz?

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST BSkyB, the British ISP, quietly launched Sky Songs a few weeks ago. Very quietly. The hybrid download store/streaming service is the first of many ISP-based music services to launch in the next year or so. By partnering with broadband providers, c ...

  45. Lala, MySpace Land Exclusives

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fresh off their new streaming partnership with Google, digital music providers Lala and MySpace have scored exclusive access to several tracks from a variety of labels and artists as part of a bid to help promote the new Google music search featur ...

  46. Business Matters: Google, ReverbNation, BlueBeat.com

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- TThe news on Google 's music search partnerships continues with five free tracks at Lala.com, MySpace and iLike by Tim McGraw, Phoenix, Ma ...

  47. Lala Scores Exclusive Tracks For New Google Feature

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fresh off a new streaming partnership with Google, digital music provider Lala has scored exclusive access to several tracks from a variety of labels and artists as part of a bid to help promote the new Google music search feature. Artists includi ...

  48. Qtrax Inks Baidu Search Deal

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Qtrax, the ad-supported P2P digital music service, has partnered with Chinese Internet portal and search engine Baidu to provide content for music-related search results. Under the deal, Baidu will direct music-related queries from its entertainme ...

  49. Lala Deal Extends Believe’s International Presence

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST European digital distribution service Believe Digital has partnered with music website www.Lala.com to provide its repertoire to Google's recently unveiled music service. The deal will also see Believe Digital provide its repertoire through L ...

  50. This Week's 10 Most Popular Stories On Billboard.biz

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week. 1. Analysis: What Impact Will Google Music Search Have? How successful will this the newly launched Google search be? It depends on (1) how difficult ...

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