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  1. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  2. Mark Zuckerberg Says Spotify 'Is Killing It' -- But What Does That Mean?

    September 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT It would take Roget's Thesaurus and a spirited debate to reach the exact meaning behind one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's statements during his keynote interview at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Tuesday. "Spotify is killi ...

  3. How Spotify and Rdio Are De-Socializing Music Streaming

    September 05, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In Rdio's advanced settings, users can now choose a privacy setting that will require approval before other users can view their collection, playlists, activity and full user profile. Streaming music is inherently more social than downloading ...

  4. BandsInTown Concert Audience Research: Fans Need to Be Informed; 'Superfans' Will Spend a Lot More

    August 27, 2012 8:59 AM EDT Facebook concert discovery app BandsInTown , which claims to power tour listings for more than 100,000 artists and track even more, commissioned Insight Strategy Group to conduct a survey that turned up some intriguing results regarding live music ...

  5. Facebook Bots Are Cause for Concern For Artists and Fans

    August 03, 2012 2:57 PM EDT Facebook isn't the only site for which musicians can buy fake love, but it sure is catching a lot of heat lately." Even as it exerts increasing influence over our public and private lives, this hasn't been the best year for Facebook ...

  6. Business Matters: Is the Luster Off Social Media?

    July 31, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Is the Luster Off Social Media? -- Social media doesn't look as sexy as it did in 2011. Fortunately, investors are not punishing companies just for being affiliated with Facebook. Facebook hit a new all-time low of $21.61 on Tuesday. It was a ...

  7. Facebook's Stock Tumbles After First Public Quarter

    July 26, 2012 4:48 PM EDT Facebook's first earnings report as a public company had solid numbers, but in the end it landed with a thud - much like its rocky initial public offering two months ago. Facebook reported stronger-than-expected revenue and a gain in user num ...

  8. Facebook To Let Its 1 Billion Users Vote On Privacy Policy Changes

    June 01, 2012 4:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is letting its nearly 1 billion users vote on changes to its privacy policy. The previously announced changes include new sections explaining how it uses people's information. The updates also reflect recently added ...

  9. Facebook's IPO is One of World's Largest

    May 18, 2012 7:39 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is about to find out just how much status updates, puppy photos and billions of "likes" are worth on Wall Street. GM Vs. Ford: Companies Ask If Advertising on Facebook Pays? Facebook's stock is set to begin ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Facebook Considered a Fad By Half of America, Views Divided by Generation (Poll)

    May 15, 2012 6:34 AM EDT Half of Americans think Facebook is a passing fad, according to the results of a new Associated Press-CNBC poll. And, in the run-up to the social network's initial public offering of stock, half of Americans also say the social network's ...

  12. Facebook Breaks Up With Grooveshark on Eve of IPO

    May 08, 2012 1:19 PM EDT You can't use Facebook to log in to Grooveshark anymore, and Grooveshark can no longer share your plays to Facebook. In our exclusive interview with Grooveshark CEO and co-founder Sam Tarantino a couple of weeks ago, he listed no fewer than e ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion

    April 09, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Facebook is spending $1 billion to buy the photo-sharing company Instagram in the social network's largest acquisition ever. Instagram lets people apply filters to photos they snap with their mobile devices and share them with friends and str ...

  15. Business Matters: Will High Gas Prices Hurt Summer Concert Ticket Sales?

    April 04, 2012 7:11 PM EDT Will High Gas Prices Hurt Summer Concert Ticket Sales? -- High gas prices probably won't get in the way of consumer spending this summer, writes Adam Davidson in a New York Times Sunday Magazine article. Gas prices reached an average of $3.93 ...

  16. Facebook SXSW Panel Looks at Music Marketing Beyond the 'Likes'

    March 17, 2012 5:05 PM EDT The "Facebook Music Marketing: Pages, Feeds, and Games" panel at SXSW Music served essentially as a rundown of sorts for every way an artist can maximize Facebook's platform - especially its new features rolled out in Timeline, whic ...

  17. Business Matters: The Numbers Behind Vevo's Potential Facebook Move

    March 07, 2012 6:50 PM EST What If Facebook And Vevo Really Did Get Together? Facebook and Vevo are reported to be in early talks to move Vevo's catalog of popular music videos and original programming after its deal with YouTube expires in about a year. Whether or not ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Facebook $5 Billion IPO Fueled By Advertising

    February 02, 2012 6:30 AM EST Even though Facebook has barely gotten started when it comes to advertising, the company can thank Madison Avenue for the stunning $5 billion initial public offering (IPO) it filed on Wednesday (Feb. 1). Advertising dollars accounted for 85 percen ...

  20. Facebook Files For IPO, Hopes to Raise $5 Billion

    February 01, 2012 5:21 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook made a much-anticipated status update Wednesday: The Internet social network is going public eight years after its computer-hacking CEO Mark Zuckerberg started the service at Harvard University. That means anyone with the ...

  21. Facebook's Dan Rose Talks Music, App Economy, Skrillex @MIDEM Keynote Q&A (VIDEO)

    January 31, 2012 8:23 AM EST Watch live streaming video from midem at livestream.com In just four months, Facebook has become a major player in music streaming. Since the launch of Facebook Music in September, the social-networking giant has helped Spotify skyrocket to over 3 ...

  22. Facebook Forces Users to Switch to Timeline, Exposes Past Usage

    January 25, 2012 1:24 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook will start requiring people to switch to a new profile format known as Timeline, making photos, links and personal musings from the past much easier to find. Timeline is essentially a scrapbook of your whole life on Faceb ...

  23. Ticketmaster Launches New Facebook App

    January 18, 2012 9:00 PM EST Ticketmaster raises the stakes in the social marketing game with Wednesday's (Jan. 18) launch of its new Facebook app, highlighted by an integration with Spotify which recommends events to fans based on listening habits. TM's Facebook pl ...

  24. Facebook Unveils Real-Time Social Listening

    January 12, 2012 6:28 PM EST Facebook took another step towards real-time togetherness on Thursday. Starting today, the social network will help people listen to the same music at the same time . And just like that, the Turntable.fm-style social music experience becomes just ...

  25. Facebook Tries to Grow-Up Ahead of Expected 2012 IPO

    December 23, 2011 11:02 AM EST Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook has spent the last 18 months preparing itself to look and act more like a grown-up corporation with the goal of making the social network, which is planning to go public, a blue-chip company, the Wall Street Journal re ...

  26. Facebook Security Flaw Reveal CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Personal Photos

    December 08, 2011 7:59 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Newly unearthed private photos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be a letdown if you were expecting raucous party scenes like the ones in "The Social Network" movie. The photos are tame, some even adorable. They show t ...

  27. EU Drafting Personal Data Protection Law Reforms

    November 29, 2011 7:58 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union wants to replace a mishmash of national laws on data protection with one bloc-wide reform, updating laws put in place long before Facebook and other social networking sites even existed. EU Justice Commissioner V ...

  28. Four Ways to Make Facebook Music a Lot Better

    November 02, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Oversharing on Facebook is certainly nothing new, but the site's new music-sharing option has taken the practice to a new extreme, alarming more than a few people we know in the process. Once a user adds Spotify or iHeartRadio to their timeli ...

  29. Google+ Social Network Not Yet Reaching the Mainstream

    October 12, 2011 1:18 PM EDT Building a Facebook killer might be more difficult than people had thought. Google+ appears to have quickly lost its early momentum, according to data from data analytics firm Chitika reported by The Next Web . The social network got an initial sp ...

  30. Spotify Usage Explodes After F8, Facebook Integration

    September 30, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Spotify usage exploded in September as the service added Facebook scrobbling (chart courtesy of AppData, link below). What's cooler than three million monthly active users? Five million monthly active users. Spotify, which launched in America ...

  31. Updated: Spotify Defends Facebook Requirement as 'Simple and Seamless Social Experience'

    September 27, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Some longtime Spotify users are hopping mad about the service's new requirement that all Spotify users must now log in via Facebook in order to listen, even if they want no part of Facebook's new media-sharing functionality. A message bo ...

  32. Five Key Features Missing From Facebook Music

    September 23, 2011 5:00 PM EDT First, some perspective: Even after yesterday's big Facebook F8 hullabaloo, people will still listen to and discover music without Facebook, as hard as that might be to believe right now, given all the attention paid to the social network ...

  33. Business Matters: Don't Forget About Internet Radio On f8 Day

    September 22, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Don't Forget About Internet Radio On f8 Day -- Spotify got most of the attention at Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday, but Internet radio services could end up being the big winners. While Pandora was noticeably absent from today' ...

  34. Exclusive: Killers, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, Kaskade to Play Sean Parker f8 Party Tonight

    September 22, 2011 4:07 PM EDT With the momentous news coming out of f8 about Facebook Music , it's been a momentous day for the future of digital music. And it's ending with a bang: Tonight in San Francisco, Sean Parker is hosting an exclusive party that sources tell ...

  35. Nimbit Revamps MyStore for Facebook, NimbitFree

    September 22, 2011 4:04 PM EDT Nimbit Revamps MyStore for Facebook, NimbitFree Direct-to-fan platform Nimbit unveiled completely revamped version of its MyStore for Facebook as well as its free platform, NimbitFree. "We completely overhauled the user interfaces and underly ...

  36. Today's Facebook f8 Conference: What Can We Expect?

    September 22, 2011 11:15 AM EDT All eyes will be on today's Facebook's f8 conference. Its official motto is "Read. Watch. Listen." - and we can expect some important news related to the "listen" component. Music should be a focal point of the day, a ...

  37. Facebook f8 Conference Kicks-Off Today, CEO Zuckerberg To Deliver Keynote

    September 22, 2011 7:54 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook has made several changes to the site in recent weeks, from bigger photos to a real-time "ticker" of their friends' latest activity on the right side of their home pages. Facebook Music: New Details Emerge Ah ...

  38. Is The New Facebook Real-Time Feed Where the Music Will Go?

    September 21, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Feed For The Soul: Facebook's new real-time feed feature. We can't stop writing about Facebook today, because after months of anticipation , tomorrow is the day when it will announce new sharing features for music and other media that co ...

  39. Business Matters: Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies

    September 20, 2011 9:33 PM EDT Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies -- Online music service Grooveshark has signed up four new labels for licensing deals: 101 Records, Nacional Records, Paper Garden Records and SMC Entertainment. "Nacional Records prides itself on ...

  40. Facebook to Organize Friends in 'Smart Lists'

    September 14, 2011 7:47 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - It's a modern-day dilemma: You really want your Facebook friends to see that wild party photo of you wearing bunny ears. But you're not so keen on explaining it to your mother-in-law. Well, Facebook aims to make life easi ...

  41. Klout CEO Joe Fernandez Wants To Measure Your Social Media Influence

    July 28, 2011 4:02 PM EDT Klout's splash page: The site quantifies your social media influence and claims to have over 1 million active users. With corporations like Coca Cola, Reebok and Chevrolet offering invitations to Spotify's U.S. release, it was a relative ...

  42. Is Music Sharing On Pandora Better Than Spotify?

    July 26, 2011 4:20 PM EDT As Pandora rolls out its new design , with an increased emphasis on music sharing, the big question is: How does it compare to Spotify ? While the two music services are separate products, with generally separate audiences and features, it's ...

  43. Turntable.fm Reportedly Raises $7.5 Million at $37.5 Million Valuation

    July 07, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Hot social music service Turntable.fm has raised $7.5 million at a $37.5 valuation, according to a report at Business Insider . The initial investors and one new investor - none of which were named - are said to be involved in the funding round. T ...

  44. Google Unveils Google+ Social Networking Platform

    June 29, 2011 7:35 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Online search leader Google Inc. is taking yet another stab at social networking, as it tries to go up against Facebook in this wildly popular and lucrative segment of the Internet. This time the project is called Google+ and it ai ...

  45. Facebook Gets Tough On Apps

    June 27, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Can't stand those annoying automated Facebook updates you get every time one of your friends plays a Facebook game or uses some app or another? Well, Facebook is cracking down on apps that constantly update on the walls and feeds of users ...

  46. Facebook Music: New Details on 'Dashboard' Emerge

    June 20, 2011 11:46 AM EDT We already know that Facebook is working on integrating music more directly into the fabric of its social networking service. But a new post from Om Malik at GigaOm sheds a bit more light on how this integration will be presented. Quick refresher: ...

  47. Social Commerce Execs Praise Facebook At Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Montetizing the Social (from left): Marcus Whitney, CTO/entrepreneur, Moontoast; Andrew Mains, VP Artist and Label Relations, TopSpin Media; Mike Doernberg, Co-Founder/CEO, ReverbNation; Patrick Faucher, Founder, Nimbit; J Sider, CEO, RootMusic; B ...

  48. Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman: 'I Screwed Up' on Facebook

    June 01, 2011 7:37 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - If he had another chance, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt would have pressed the Internet search leader to focus more on mounting a challenge to Facebook while he was still running the company. "I screwed up," Schmidt said ...

  49. What Facebook's Relaunched Music Page Means for Musicians, Venues, Fans

    May 02, 2011 3:57 PM EDT Facebook has relaunched its Music page -- www.facebook.com/music -- officially dubbed "Music on Facebook. With the new music-centric area, the social site answers criticisms of its unwillingness to work with the music industry and at the same ...

  50. President Obama Goes On Facebook: New Media, Traditional Tone, Pre-Screened Online Submissions

    April 21, 2011 8:20 AM EDT President Barack Obama likely has a few more "friends" after a town hall at Facebook headquarters Wednesday, but the real winner may be the medium of social networking itself, which commands not just the attention of politicians but now ...

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