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  1. Business Matters: Best Buy Shares Sink After Disappointing Earnings Results

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Best Buy's Comp Store Revenue Drops -- U.S. retail sales fared well in November, but Americans aren't rushing to big screen TVs at big box retailers like they did last year. Best Buy's comp store revenue dropped 5% in the quarter en ...

  2. AOL To Merge With Yahoo?

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST A report in Reuters says AOL may be considering breaking up into separate units and possibly merging with Yahoo as part of a broader effort to regain relevance in a rapidly changing online environment. The complicated plan, as reported by the news ...

  3. Yahoo Japan-Google Deal Gets Regulatory Green Light

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Japan's anti-monopoly watchdog gave the official go-ahead on Thursday (Dec. 2) to a search-engine alliance between Yahoo Japan Corp and Google Inc that had been questioned by competitors. Yahoo Japan, the nation's top Internet portal, ha ...

  4. FCC Proposes Wireless Use Of Broadcast Airwaves

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. telecommunications regulators proposed freeing up more airwaves for wireless services to meet the expanding use of handheld devices. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 30) to seek public comment on propos ...

  5. EU Launches Google Investigation After Complaints

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST European Union antitrust regulators opened on Tuesday (Nov. 30) a formal investigation into Google after rival services complained that the world's No. 1 Internet search engine abused its dominant position. The move came more than nine months ...

  6. 03b Networks Plans Africa Internet Rollout By 2013

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST b Networks, backed by Google, HSBC Principal Investments and cable operator Liberty Global, will launch high-speed Internet services Africa to tap into one of the world's potentially fastest growing markets. The company said on Monday (Nov. ...

  7. Wanted: More Than 2,000 In Google Hiring Spree

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc plans to hire more than 2,000 people around the globe, bumping up its workforce as it expands into new markets and battles for talent with faster-growing rivals. The world's largest Internet search engine, whose finance chief told ...

  8. Twitter Says Has 'A Lot Of Money In The Bank'

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Twitter co-founder Evan Williams said the popular microblogging company was not running low on capital, amid media reports that the company is considering raising a large round of funding. Williams told an industry gathering in San Francisco on We ...

  9. Business Matters: Analysts Expect Drop In WMG Revenue

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Analysts Expect WMG Revenues To Fall -- Citigroup analysts expect Warner Music Group revenues in its fiscal third quarter (the period ending Sept. 30) to drop by 14% to $740 million. In a note to ...

  10. Yahoo Says Report Of 20% In Layoffs 'Misleading'

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc called a media report it was planning to cut one-fifth of its workforce "misleading and inaccurate," but the Web portal stopped short of ruling out any layoffs. Yahoo, which is trying to revive revenue growth amid competition f ...

  11. Former Live Nation Chair Barry Diller Sells 2.53 Million Shares

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Barry Diller, the former chairman of Live Nation Entertainment, sold 2.53 million shares in the company, according to a government filing. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Live Nation said Diller, the chief ...

  12. AOL Hires Advisers For Options As Eyes Yahoo: Report

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST AOL Inc is exploring strategic options, which include a possible tie-up with Yahoo Inc, and has retained financial advisers to do so, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday (Nov. 7), citing unnamed sources. A source close to Yahoo told Reuters ...

  13. 'New MySpace' Focuses On Entertainment

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace lifted the veil on its much-anticipated redesign today, reining in the Wild West approach the social networking pioneer took to date with a far cleaner design focused on young users and entertainment content. To be sure, the narrower focus ...

  14. Jay-Z's Life to Get 'Decoded' Through Bing Book Partnership

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is teaming up with Microsoft's Bing search engine to promote his upcoming book, "DECODED." Every page of the book -- which details the meanings behind the rap icon's lyrics and traces the cultural forces that shaped both ...

  15. Report: AOL, Buyout Firms Mulling Bid For Yahoo

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc.'s inability to snap out of a financial funk may be about to turn the embattled Internet company into a takeover target for the second time in less than three years. That possibility, floated in a story posted online late Wednesday ...

  16. Songkick Data Meshed With Yahoo’s Search Results

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Songkick is seeking to expand its footprint through a partnership with Yahoo. The London-based company is now supplying its concert listings for Yahoo’s search results in the U.S. Yahoo has access to its entire database through its API, says Songk ...

  17. Online Ticketing Heats Up: Eventbrite Raises $20 Million

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Online ticketing company Eventbrite announced on Wednesday it has raised $20 million in Series D funding. The round was led by DAG Ventures. New investor Tenaya Capital and previous investor Sequoia Capital also participated. This funding brings t ...

  18. @MEL: Purported Pandora Killer Makes Pitch At Innovators Showcase

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pandora reigns among the break-out music technology apps of the era, but now some upstarts think they can outdo the Oakland, Calif-based music service by making streaming radio more of a game. Songza Media CEO Elias Roman pitched his personalized ...

  19. GEMA, YouTube Heading To Court

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The fight between YouTube and the German collection society GEMA is heading into the next round. GEMA announced today (Sept. 30) that they will file a case for principal proceedings in the next few weeks against YouTube. In August, GEMA failed at ...

  20. YouTube Signs With France's Sacem

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French songwriters' and publishers' collecting society Sacem has announced a licensing deal with Youtube France, after three years of negotiations. The deal, described by Sacem as a blanket license, includes Sacem's worldwide repert ...

  21. @Advertising Week: Nielsen Unveils Online Campaign Ratings System

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In a bid to help marketers measure audiences for ads across TV, online and (eventually) mobile platforms by a common metric, Nielsen unveiled a new system Monday—to be launched commercially next year—that will provide, for the first time, TV-type ...

  22. @Advertising Week: Making The Web Safe For Branding

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the advertising world descends on Manhattan this week for Advertising Week, the watchword for most is digital. Yet despite the lip service paid that the future of the industry is written in bits and bytes, the Internet after 15-plus years has s ...

  23. Online's Ad Challenge

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the ad world descends on New York for Advertising Week, the watchword for most is "digital." Yet despite the belief that the future of the industry is written in bits and bytes, the Internet, after 15-plus years, has not yet proven it ...

  24. Three-Strikes Arrives In France

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French body HADOPI, launched by the government to handle the three-strike system, is about to file its first warning messages, a spokesperson confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Sept. 23). HADOPI's rights protection committee CPD has already fi ...

  25. MySpace Records Hires New GM, Partners With Downtown Music

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Records announced two key changes as of part its relaunch: the hiring of David Andreone as the company's new GM, and a label services partnership with Downtown Music. Originally intended to be a small, data-driven operation, MySpace R ...

  26. Music Retailers' Consumer Relationships 'Drive Sales'

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There was a generally optimistic mood at the annual general meeting of the U.K.'s Entertainment Retailers' Assn. (ERA) today (Sept. 16), despite the challenges faced by the sector. With U.K. album sales not suffering the collapse of some ...

  27. Innovators Showcase To Spotlight Mobile Up-And-Comers

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At our upcoming conference Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit , taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco, we’ve got plenty of high-profile executives giving keynotes. But it’s not just about the names you know. Billboard also strives to i ...

  28. YouTube Launches Live Stream

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube’s tagline has always been "broadcast yourself." Now the Google-owned video site is taking that concept to another level with the launch of YouTube live streaming as it looks to compete with upstarts like Ustream. On Sunday (Sept. ...

  29. ComScore: MTV Tops Online Music Sites In August

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV received all sorts of flack for losing out on the chance to buy MySpace after the social networking giant was acquired by NewsCorp. Now, MTV Networks’ online sites outrank MySpace Music and everybody else according to new data from ComScore Me ...

  30. Amazon Acquires AmieStreet

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has acquired the AmieStreet.com digital music service, for an undisclosed sum. The most immediate result of the acquisition is that the AmieStreet.com service will cease to exist as of Sept. 22. All AmieStreet.com links will forward to ...

  31. Ian Rogers: I'm Not Leaving Topspin For Google

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Topspin CEO Ian Rogers' name has been included on the short list of execs that could take the top spot at the not-yet-launched Google Music. But, it looks like we can cross his name off that list. From Rogers' blog: Rest assured, I can h ...

  32. Six Names Likely Mentioned in Google's Search for Music Chief

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's plans for a digital music resurfaced in the headlines again this week after Peter Kafka at AllThingsD reported that the search giant is soliciting input from music industry executives on who might best oversee such a service. Which r ...

  33. Venezuela, Brazil, Indonesia Rank Highest On Twitter

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Venezuela, Brazil and Indonesia are the three countries with the highest Twitter penetration, according to a comScore report released earlier this month. The report on twitter growth worldwide found that nearly 93 million Internet users visited Tw ...

  34. Five for Fighting, Melissa Etheridge Among Acts Set For The Bing Lounge

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is hoping to draw more attention to its Bing search engine by sponsoring live performances at a newly-branded venue in Portland called the Bing Lounge. The venue is a partnership with Alpha Broadcasting, which owns several local radio st ...

  35. New Streaming Site Shuffler Targets Indie Crowd

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The recently launched Amsterdam-based music streaming site Shuffler offers a new take on Internet radio and music discovery. It's not necessarily the next big thing, but it's definitely a fun way to listen to new music. Tim Heineke and f ...

  36. Indaba Music Revamps Service

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Indaba Music began the process of revamping its website and services today, a process the company says will remain ongoing through the rest of the year. Indaba Music is best known for its online music collaboration environment, allowing artists to ...

  37. Facebook Trumps MySpace on Ads

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the social media space, two vastly different ad stories are playing out: Facebook is soaring toward must-buy territory, while MySpace appears to have completely lost its mojo. Advertisers will spend $1.28 billion globally on Facebook this year ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Social Net Growth: No End in Sight

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Social network usage will rise sharply in 2010, according to a report by eMarketer. The number of people visiting social networks on a monthly basis in the U.S. will reach 127 million, or about 57 percent of all domestic Internet users, by the end ...

  40. Facebook, AOL Mull Online Ad Alliance: Report

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Internet firms Facebook Inc and AOL Inc are discussing a strategic alliance aimed at boosting their online advertisement business, the New York Post said, citing sources. The two companies have been talking for several months about a partnership t ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Google, Verizon Deny Mobile Pay Tiers Plan

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google and Verizon Wireless on Thursday denied that they are looking to create pay tiers for websites on mobile phones. "(NY Times) is wrong," Google said on its public policy Twitter feed. "We've not had any convos with VZN (V ...

  44. Songza Re-Emerges

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The once much-hyped-then-forgotten Songza service has re-emerged as a customizable Internet radio service. Much like Pandora, Songza aims to let users create personalized radio stations by seeding a song and then voting up or down on the playlist ...

  45. Social Networking Tops Web Activity Poll

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new Nielsen report points to social networking as the primary online activity today for U.S. Internet users. According to the study “What Americans Do Online,” social networking services like Facebook and Twitter take up 22.7% of online activity ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Business Matters: YouTube, Vevo, ShowClix and more

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YOUTUBE BOOSTS UPLOAD LIMIT -- YouTube has increased its upload limit of videos from 10 to 15 minutes for all users. Why now? YouTube explains that the success of its Content ID system allowed for the increase. That is the anti-piracy system that ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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