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  1. Justin Bieber, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon Among Shorty Awards Finalists

    February 24, 2014 2:52 PM EST Finalists for the 6th annual Shorty Awards were announced Monday, highlighting the best content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and the rest of the social media landscape. Among the top short-form content producers in H ...

  2. Facebook 'Less Cool,' But Still Popular With Teens, Others in the U.S.

    December 30, 2013 3:33 PM EST Facebook has lost its cool, but isn't experiencing an exodus of young users. If you've paid attention to the news over the holidays, you may have seen reports that teens have all but abandoned the world's largest social media servic ...

  3. Alex Pham's Digital Notes: Madonna Leverages BitTorrent, Linkin Park Streams on Xbox, Brian Frank Exits Beats Music

    September 17, 2013 3:50 PM EDT Madonna Leverages BitTorrent The queen of pop is the latest established artist to use BitTorrent. In Madonna's case, she will be releasing a free BitTorrent Bundle containing a 17-minute film entitled "secretprohectrevolution" tha ...

  4. The Year In Social Media: The Rise of the Challengers

    December 14, 2012 8:10 AM EST Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continued to rule the social media landscape in 2012, but other networks made inroads as well, giving the incumbents a run for their money. The upstarts include Instagram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Google+ and the reinca ...

  5. Eventbrite Shows Social Media Growth

    October 23, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Ticketing service Eventbrite has released a report that shows how social commerce has evolved over the last two years. Both dollars per share and visits per share have increased considerably over the last two years. And while Twitter generates mor ...

  6. Spotify Exec Gerrit Meier Leaves

    October 17, 2012 11:33 AM EDT Gerrit Meier has left Spotify after joining in October 2011 to become its General Manager, Distribution & Partnerships, a company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. The news was first reported at All Things D . Billboard's FutureSound Conf ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Internet Radio: The Next Digital Underground

    July 19, 2012 6:35 PM EDT One is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Another was recently launched by the world's leading on-demand music subscription service. And yet another has quietly accumulated 30 million monthly users. These three Internet services are part ...

  9. Business Matters: Access Models Peacefully Coexisting with Purchase Models

    June 11, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Spotify Accounting For Growing Distribution Revenue, But Not Replacing Downloads There is now a bit more evidence that Spotify has not lead to a reduction of music purchases. Contrary to some people's fears, it appears that many Spotify users ...

  10. Last.fm Users Latest Victims of Password Hacks

    June 07, 2012 1:26 PM EDT It seems that password hacks are the new hot trend gripping the internet. Following password hacks on websites such as LinkedIn and eHarmony in the past few days, music scrobbler/recommendation site Last.fm warned on its site today that they are i ...

  11. Business Matters: Facebook's IPO Could Have Just Killed Some Digital Music IPOs

    May 29, 2012 6:14 PM EDT Facebook IPO Issues May Deter Vevo and Spotify Facebook's problematic IPO has not only resulted in investor lawsuits and questions about the Nasdaq, it could have killed or postponed the IPO aspirations of Vevo and Spotify. Both companies hav ...

  12. Business Matters: Critics of Universal-EMI Merger Still Lining Up, But Outcome Still in Doubt

    May 17, 2012 6:30 PM EDT UMG's Acquisition of EMI Expected to Experience Bumpy Road to Approval Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI's recorded music division continues to spark commentary and criticism. European regulators approved the acquis ...

  13. Business Matters: Spotify's Reported $4 Billion Valuation in Perspective

    March 26, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Spotify Looking For Billions In Funding Spotify is reported to be seeking funding of $3.5 billion, according to Business Insider , or $4 billion, according to the Financial Times . The company has over 10 million active users, well over 3 million ...

  14. UPDATE: SOPA Imploding, Facebook's Zuckerberg, House Speaker Boehner Add To Backlash

    January 18, 2012 2:30 PM EST UPDATE (3:43 p.m.): House Speaker John Boehner said the SOPA and PIPA bills were not ready to go to a vote in Congress, according to the Wall Street Journal , while the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Orrin Hatch (Utah), released ...

  15. Business Matters: Social Newcomers Tumblr and Pinterest Each Beating MySpace in U.S.

    January 11, 2012 6:28 PM EST --Facebook dominates U.S. social media. Well behind Facebook are two growing social networks you might not be aware of, Tumblr and Pinterest. They have fewer users than Twitter and even MySpace, but they command quite a bit of time. Billboard has ...

  16. Beyond Oblivion Shuts Down Before Launch

    January 03, 2012 2:15 PM EST Beyond Oblivion, a New York-based startup with an innovative approach to digital music, has shut down before its product ever launched. A January 3 post at LinkedIn by Janet Mitchell , the company's Sr. Director of Human Resources and Staffin ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. House Judiciary Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Focuses on DMCA; Google Opposes Bill

    November 17, 2011 12:18 PM EST At Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), opponents of the act avoided familiar claims that the legislation would "break the Internet." But the hearing did highlight Internet companies� ...

  19. Business Matters: How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

    October 27, 2011 4:30 PM EDT How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels -- How much do streaming services pay artists? It's a question that has been asked a lot lately of services such as Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody and even iTunes. And it has led to som ...

  20. Sonar.me App Breaks Down Barriers Between Fans, Fans and Bands

    September 16, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Clearly, there's no lack of start-ups these days trying to help us merge online and offline identities. At times, the TechCrunch Disrupt conference we checked out earlier this week seemed to be about little else. But the Sonar Mobile Profile ...

  21. Americans Spend Nearly a Quarter of Web Time Using Social Media: Study

    September 13, 2011 8:29 AM EDT Facebook has apparently become an even bigger time suck for Americans. A study released Monday by Nielsen revealed that Internet users in the U.S. spent a total of 53 billion minutes on Facebook in May 2011 -- more than any other website. That ...

  22. Beyond Oblivion Unveils Boinc Music Service

    August 22, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Beyond Oblivion has finally released details of its device-based music subscription service. Called Boinc, the unlimited, ad-free music service will be bundled with mobile devices and PCs and can also be purchased separately. Visitors to the new B ...

  23. Business Matters: Ticketfly Adds Venues Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix)

    August 10, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Ticketfly Adds Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix) -- Ticketmaster may be resigning its top ticketing clients, but other ticketing companies are actively picking up smaller venues and promoters. San Francisco-based Ticketfly has recentl ...

  24. Former Google Engineer Rolls Out Rolling.fm -- Remarkably Like Turntable.fm

    August 04, 2011 10:40 AM EDT One good turn(table) deserves another, one might say. Hot on the heels of Turntable.fm's big reported round of funding comes Rolling.fm , a Turntable.fm clone that does just about everything the original service does. Will it achieve the same ...

  25. Business Matters: As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers?

    July 01, 2011 1:03 PM EDT As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers? -- Pandora Media's turbulent stock market ride continues this week as shares of the newly public company have risen over 50% primarily on speculation the compa ...

  26. Five Things Not To Expect From Pandora Post-IPO

    June 17, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Pandora's IPO has brought new expectations for both the company and digital music in general. There has been chatter about what its IPO means to digital music, how its product will change and how quickly it will tackle International expansion ...

  27. Business Matters: Pandora Falls 24% on Second Day of Trading

    June 16, 2011 5:53 PM EDT Pandora Crashes Back to Earth, But Why? - After flying high on its opening day of public trading, Pandora Media came crashing back to earth on Thursday. Shares closed down 23.88% to $13.26, erasing $690 million in market value. Pandora's IPO ...

  28. Five Questions We Have About Pandora's IPO Tomorrow

    June 14, 2011 5:03 PM EDT By all accounts, tomorrow is the day Pandora puts 14.7 million shares of stock on sale to the public , equal to about 20% of its total equity. At an offering price of between $10 - $12 a share, that would raise around $146 million and value the co ...

  29. Zynga to File for IPO: Report

    May 25, 2011 7:19 AM EDT Zynga is set to file for its initial public offering as early as this week, All Things Digital reports. It would be the latest in recent IPOs of several Internet companies, including LinkedIn and Russian search giant Yandex. Zynga's valuation ...

  30. Business Matters: Trans World's Music Sales Get a Boost From Healthy Catalog Performance

    May 23, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Trans World's Music Sales Get a Boost From Healthy Catalog Performance -- Trans World's first-quarter results were a good reflection of overall music sales: same-store revenue was down slightly, catalog sales were good -- they were great ...

  31. What You Didn't Know About Live Nation's Growth in 2010

    March 07, 2011 6:30 AM EST In addition to its merger with Ticketmaster in January 2010 , Live Nation Entertainment aggressively expanded its footprint through 14 other deals last year, according to details listed in the company's 2010 annual report . Not all of the dea ...

  32. Twitter To Be Bought By Facebook And Google For $10 Billion?

    February 10, 2011 9:10 AM EST Google Inc and Facebook Inc, plus others, have held low level takeover talks with Twitter that give the Internet sensation a value as high as $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. In December, Twitter raised $200 million in financing in a ...

  33. 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 " ...

  34. Google, Facebook Rivalry Takes Centerstage

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The technology industry's latest rivalry takes centerstage this week when Internet powers Google Inc and Facebook lay out their competing visions to create a new generation of Web services at a high-profile conference in San Francisco. The re ...

  35. Business Matters: Must See Internet Radio Stats, Apple, OK Go and more

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Surprising Internet Radio Stat of the Day -- In the mad race for an on-demand music service that can pay the bills, We7 has offered some numbers that may cause people to re-think the importance of ...

  36. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: MusicBox President Joel Goodman

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Joel Goodman Title: Founder/President, MusicBox and Composer, "My Lai," "A Small Act", "Canvas" Panel: Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m., "The Basics of Production Music" and 4:30 p.m., "My First Job: How I Land ...

  37. Twitter Remakes Website, Adds New Features

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microblogging sensation Twitter, which is now signing up 370,000 new users daily on average, is redesigning its website to make it easier for its millions of users to navigate the service and discover new information. The four-year-old company, wh ...

  38. Is Amazon Overhauling Its Digital Music Store?

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Amazon planning an overhaul of its digital music store? Possibly, according to a post at TechCrunch , which cites one anonymous source as saying that a relaunch is in the cards for the first quarter of next year. The story says Amazon is asking ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Uphill Battle: Startup Beyond Oblivion Has Its Work Cut Out

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Other than its ambition, little is known about Beyond Oblivion, the digital startup that received a $10 million investment from News Corp. A piece at The Financial Times explains it promises to combat piracy (PR speak for “we understand people don ...

  41. Google Takes Aim At Social Networks

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The social networking space is heating up even further, with Google announcing a new technology designed to edge into a market currently dominated by MySpace and Facebook. The company's new OpenSocial technology aims to make it easier for app ...

  42. Social Network Web Sites Tempt Investors

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Social networking Web sites have fired up industry deal headlines the past couple of years -- from News Corp.'s ground-breaking acquisition of MySpace to the recent purchases by the Walt Disney Co. and Viacom Inc.'s Logo network of Club ...