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  1. YouTube Turns Six, Now Gets 3 Billion Views a Day

    May 31, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Billions and billions served video everyday As it turns six years old, YouTube is still growing at the rate of a young startup. The company revealed a couple big milestones in a recent blog post . First, more than 48 hours of video is uploaded eve ...

  2. Facebook's Growth Exceeds Expectations, $2 Billion in Earnings: Report

    May 02, 2011 7:52 AM EDT Facebook Inc's business is growing faster than forecast several months ago and the firm is on track to top $2 billion in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in 2011, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. ...

  3. Kickstarter Helps Musicians Raise $13 Million in First Two Years

    April 28, 2011 1:50 PM EDT In its first two years, Kickstarter has helped musicians raise $13.1 million in fan funding for their projects. This and other stats were made available in a company blog post celebrating its second birthday. Film is the category with the most ple ...

  4. Bids for MySpace Due by End of Week (Report)

    April 27, 2011 7:30 AM EDT News Corp. is looking for initial bids for MySpace by the end of the week and expects to announce a deal around June, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday afternoon. About a half-dozen suitors, including private equity firms, are in the hunt f ...

  5. Business Matters: Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On

    April 25, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On -- At the same time an Amazon Web Services outage wreaked havoc on websites and Internet services last week, Sony's PlayStation and Qriocity networks were experiencing unre ...

  6. China to Punish Baidu for Illegal Music Search Service

    April 25, 2011 7:37 AM EDT China's Ministry of Culture will punish Baidu Inc for providing illegal music downloads, a move that poses near-term risk to the firm's soaring stock price. Xinhua, China's official news agency, reported on Monday that the governmen ...

  7. Business Matters: TicketBiscuit Acquires Dais Limited

    April 15, 2011 7:57 PM EDT TicketBiscuit Acquires Dais Limited -- TicketBiscuit added more heat to an already hot ticketing market by acquiring Portland, Ore.-based Dais Limited , the company announced on Friday. Dais founder Jason Mastrine will become TicketBiscuit's ...

  8. Music Start-Up Academy Bringing Tech Startups and Music Biz Together

    April 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Midway through last night's Music Startup Academy at New York's General Assembly , an audience member posted the following tweet: "in terms of mechanical rights, ringtones have higher royalty rates than full length songs. Interestin ...

  9. YouTube: Growth In User-Generated Content Is Outpacing Official Videos

    April 14, 2011 6:27 PM EDT By now we've all heard YouTube's assertion that it doubled the amount it pays labels and publishers in music-licensing fees last year, now totaling millions of dollars a month. But while the focus of this figure is on official music vide ...

  10. Myspace Music Loses Another Exec: CTO Dmitry Shapiro

    April 14, 2011 6:20 PM EDT In the latest in a string of departures from the struggling Myspace Music, Dmitry Shapiro revealed today that he is leaving to form a new company. Shapiro announced the move on his Twitter feed . Shapiro joined Myspace in June of last year as Chie ...

  11. Huffington Post, AOL Sued by Bloggers

    April 13, 2011 7:08 AM EDT The Huffington Post has been hit with a class action lawsuit by a group of bloggers who claim the massively popular site, recently acquired by AOL, mistreats those who enrich it with content. Noted freelance journalist Jonathan Tasini is leading t ...

  12. YouTube Launches Live Streaming Page

    April 08, 2011 3:03 PM EDT YouTube, the video site owned by Google, on Friday unveiled a page highlighting live programming and said users have asked for more live streams. "With over 2 billion views a day, it's easy to think about YouTube as a place to watch vide ...

  13. Google Revamping YouTube, Creating Topic Channels

    April 07, 2011 8:24 AM EDT YouTube is planning changes to the homepage that would highlight a set of "channels" around specific topics, like arts and sports, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company, owned by Google, is positioning itself for the rise of Inter ...

  14. Verizon Customers Exposed in Massive U.S. Data Breach

    April 06, 2011 7:50 AM EDT Customers of Verizon Communications had their email addresses exposed in a massive online data breach last week, according to an email to customers obtained by Reuters. In what could be one of the biggest such attacks in U.S. history, a computer h ...

  15. Best Buy, TiVo, Walgreens Hacked Over the Weekend

    April 04, 2011 7:19 AM EDT Best Buy Co., TiVo Inc., and Walgreen Co. are the latest in a seemingly endless string of companies to warn over the weekend that hackers gained access to customers' files, including email addresses. The companies all use the same marketing a ...

  16. Google's Music Search Results Undergoing Rehabilitation

    March 31, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Google's links to streaming music in search results for artists and songs vanished earlier this week. A rep for the company told Billboard.biz, "The music search feature introduced in 2009 is currently unavailable while we make some upda ...

  17. Business Matters: Hastings, A Brick-And-Mortar Retailer That's Actually Posting A Profit

    March 21, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Brick-And-Mortar Retailer Posts Profit (Yes, You Read That Right) -- Hastings has turned in numbers that show not all brick-and-mortar retailers are flailing these days. The company posted a profit of $3.9 million on revenues of $160.5 million in ...

  18. AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Five Ways It Could Impact Music Biz

    March 21, 2011 2:29 PM EDT On the eve of the mobile phone industry's annual CTIA Wireless conference, AT&T dropped the bombshell news that it is acquiring rival T-Mobile for $39 billion. The move has all manner of repercussions for the wireless market, should it pa ...

  19. Kickstarter Got A $10 Million Infusion -- Here's Why That's Important For The Music Business

    March 18, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Union Square Ventures and a host of smaller investors have put $10 million into Kickstarter , the fundraising site that allows fans to fund projects. The funding actually happened some time ago but had been kept quiet until now. Why should the mus ...

  20. Artists, Music Execs AT SXSW Discuss How Crowdfunding Helps Sustain Artist Careers

    March 17, 2011 12:05 PM EDT At a time when many traditional musical revenue steams are failing, crowdfunding has provided a way for artists to raise funds for various projects. Successful companies utilizing it are Kickstarter and Rockethub, whose co-founder Brian Meece mode ...

  21. Barry Diller Says NewsBeast Merger 'May Not Work,' Talks Net Neutrality @SXSW 2011

    March 15, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Barry Diller with CNN's Poppy Harlow at South by Southwest, March 14, 2011 (Photo: Sandira Calviac) "Everybody here stays out so late," IAC's Chairman Barry Diller said at the beginning of his talk during South by Southwest on ...

  22. AOL Music Gets HuffPo'ed

    March 14, 2011 11:44 AM EDT I'm hearing that AOL Music lost half its editorial staff on Thursday of last week, going from 11 to 6 full-timers. This is meaningful, as AOL Music has been the largest content-oriented music network online for years now. (They lose in traffi ...

  23. 'Anonymous' Hacker Group Attacks BMI Website

    March 09, 2011 3:09 PM EST In a defensive move against the Anonymous hacker group, BMI has temporarily taken down its website, the organization said in a statement today. The statement said that the denial-of-service attack has slowed down external access to BMI.com, but, i ...

  24. Tw1tterband: Form, Record Through Twitter

    March 04, 2011 2:17 PM EST I guess it was only a matter of time. A group of musicians (and non-musicians), all of whom have never actually meet in person have found each other via Twitter and formed a band. Tw1tterband . The brainchild of one Richard Newman, the idea took s ...

  25. Indaba Music Appoints J.J. Rosen CEO

    March 01, 2011 11:38 AM EST Just a week after adding Queen Latifah to its board of directors , online music collaboration site Indaba today announced the appointment of Sony Music vet J.J. Rosen as its CEO . Rosen previously was executive VP of Sony Music's commercial m ...

  26. Myspace Sale Begins

    February 25, 2011 8:17 AM EST News Corp has kicked off the process to explore the sale or spin-off of its troubled social entertainment site, Myspace, a person familiar with the talks said on Thursday. The media conglomerate has received early interest from around 20 parties s ...

  27. DAR.fm Launches, 'TiVo for Music Streaming'

    February 24, 2011 4:44 PM EST Michael Robertson, the entrepreneur behind MP3.com and MP3Tunes -- both of which drew music industry lawsuits for copyright infringement -- is at it again, today launching a new service that will let users record and save music from streaming Inte ...

  28. Courtney Holt Leaving Myspace Music

    February 24, 2011 3:07 PM EST Myspace Music President Courtney Holt is leaving the company, Billboard.biz has confirmed. AllThingsD's MediaMemo first broke the news, which sources close to the situation have confirmed to Billboard.biz. We've since obtained the copy o ...

  29. Make 'Way' For Lady Gaga on Social 50, Selena Gomez, Wiz Khalifa Jump Up

    February 17, 2011 12:34 PM EST Lady Gaga has simply overtaken the Billboard charts this week. First, her "Born This Way" was crowned the 1,000th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with splashy debuts on the Radio Songs and Digital Songs chart. Then her grand Grammy entran ...

  30. Constantine Roussos Guest Post: How .music Will Save the Industry

    February 15, 2011 2:33 PM EST Editor's Note: Constantine Roussos is the entrepreneur behind the proposed .music top-level domain name initiative. His effort began in 2001, when his business plan for .music won top prize at the USC Entrepreneur Program. He's since bec ...

  31. Songkick Raises Nearly $2 Million

    February 15, 2011 12:00 PM EST Live music site Songkick has raised $1.9 million of a $2 million funding round, according to a new SEC filing . The funding was confirmed to Billboard by CEO and co-founder Ian Hogarth. He would not specify the source of the funding but told Billb ...

  32. MocoSpace to Buy Myspace? Don't Count on It

    February 07, 2011 1:40 PM EST When a once-mighty, once-popular company like Myspace falls from grace and winds up on the seller's block, it's going to become big news. And with big news comes no shortage people and companies that want to piggyback on that big news fo ...

  33. Interest In News Corp.'s Myspace Sale High

    February 04, 2011 3:15 PM EST News Corp has tapped Allen & Co to field buyout interest for MySpace and has heard from about 50 parties, people familiar with the process told Reuters on Friday. The global media conglomerate is considering a handful of options for the future ...

  34. Google Begins Restricting Piracy Search Terms

    January 27, 2011 5:24 PM EST Google today began restricting how piracy-associated terms are displayed in its search results. This comes after a December policy announcement by Google General Counsel Kent Walker indicating that the world's most popular search engine would ...

  35. .Music Domain Debate Is About Control, Not Opposition

    January 26, 2011 5:23 PM EST As with any debate over the music industry's reaction to any kind of online advancement, the hubbub over the .music domain registry is rife with inaccuracies and confusion. On Jan. 5, that ugly head again reared based on a letter sent by 15 n ...

  36. Vevo To Launch in the U.K.

    January 25, 2011 12:59 PM EST Vevo, the popular music video site created in conjunction with three of the big four labels -- Sony, Universal and EMI -- will reportedly launch in the U.K. in 2011, according to a story in today's Telegraph . The story quotes David Kohl, Vev ...

  37. Pandora, Groupon to Go Public Soon, Sources Say

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST Internet radio company Pandora and online coupon site Groupo nare moving ahead with plans for initial public offerings, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Chicago-based Groupon is meeting with bankers to explore prospects for an " ...

  38. Analysis: Where Will Musicians Go After Myspace?

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Myspace's decision to lay off half its workforce yesterday did not come as a huge surprise. But once it became official, the move solidified Myspace's image as a hopelessly sinking ship. Few believe anything but a sale or spinoff is the ...

  39. News Corp. 'Assessing' MySpace Sale

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST News Corp . is considering a sale of troubled social networking website MySpace , a rep for the company told Bloomberg Wednesday. "News Corp. is assessing a number of possibilities including a sale, a merger and a spinout," the company&# ...

  40. Business Matters: TargetSpot, Largest Online Radio Ad Network, Raises $8 Million; Flying Lotus' Cool New Technology

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST TargetSpot, Largest Online Radio Ad Network, Raises $8 Million -- Online radio ad provider Targetspot has raised $8 million from Union Square Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, CBS Radio and Milestone Venture Partners. The company boasts the largest ...

  41. Analysis: Here's How Amazon Can Sell Music So Cheap

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Wonder how Amazon can sell digital albums at $3.99 or less? A chart at Business Insider has the answer. Amazon has an annual average revenue per user (ARPU) of $189, according to J.P. Morgan's math. That figure comes from the company's f ...

  42. Facebook Valued At $50 Billion, More Than Yahoo and Most Entertainment Companies

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs has invested $450 million in Facebook, and existing Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies has invested an additional $50 million in a deal that values the social networking firm at $50 billion, the New York ...

  43. Rihanna Still Atop Social 50, Enrique Jumps Into Top 10

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rihanna holds at No. 1 for a third non-consecutive week on the Social 50 chart, which ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites -- MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and iLike -- using a formula blending we ...

  44. Facebook Replaces Google as Most Visited Website

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mark Zuckerberg continues to have a banner year in 2010. According to research by marketing analysts at Experian Hitwise, Facebook supplanted search engine giant Google for the first time as the top-visited website of the year. The social media si ...

  45. What the FCC's New Rules Mean to Music Companies

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST With the ink not yet dry on the new FCC net neutrality rules, there are already concerns about the impact they will have on the music industry. The new regulations set the stage for Internet service providers to create different tiers of service ( ...

  46. Facebook Second Only To Google In Driving Video Traffic

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook now drives more Web video traffic than any other Internet property other than Google. Most video is consumed during the week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But people watch longer videos on the weekends, with the lengthiest Web-video sessio ...

  47. Mastercard, Online Advertisers Show Support for Department of Justice's Piracy Fight

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Three weeks after Google took a step to cut off advertising funding to web sites that deal with pirated content, two other parties have also signaled their interest in working with the entertainment industry. These developments give momentum to ef ...

  48. Internet Ad Apocalypse? FTC Considering Do Not Track Online Option

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Federal Trade Commission wants to take out the mashers and grifters it sees lurking in online ads, but in the process it might slaughter that business in its crib. Evoking the Do Not Call telemarketing program, the FTC's Do Not Track conc ...

  49. Calls For U.S. Antitrust Officials To Require Unfettered Internet Access In Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Level 3 Communications Inc asked U.S. antitrust officials to set conditions on Comcast Corp's planned acquisition of NBC Universal that would assure "unfettered access" to all internet content. The move represents Level 3's lat ...

  50. Google to Power Search, Display Ads on MySpace

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google is back in business with MySpace-though, presumably, under better terms. The two companies are once again working together-and this time Google is powering both search and display ads on MySpace. Though diminished, MySpace's reach and ...

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