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  1. Radiohead Ventures Into Chinese Social Media, Launches Page on Sina.com

    July 03, 2011 10:05 AM EDT HONG KONG (AP) - Radiohead has taken a tentative step into censored Chinese cyberspace, even though the British rock band has been critical of China's human rights record. Radiohead recently launched a page on the "weibo" site of le ...

  2. WhoSay Returns Social Media Copyright Back to Celebrities

    July 01, 2011 2:30 PM EDT When Rihanna, Keith Urban, Demi Lovato or "Glee" star Darren Criss tweets a photo, the link will likely point to a site called WhoSay, rather than to more widely-used photo sharing sites like TwitPic, Yfrog and Plixi. Where the photo is ...

  3. Twitter Being Investigated by FTC: Report

    July 01, 2011 2:15 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are looking into the interactions between Twitter and a company called Ubermedia, which develops applications that help users follow and communicate with each other on Twitter's popular online messaging se ...

  4. Biz Stone Leaving Twitter to Relaunch Obvious Corporation

    June 28, 2011 6:02 PM EDT Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams plan to revive Obvious, the company they conceived years ago as a technology project incubator that eventually spawned Twitter. Stone and Williams will continue to advise Twitter on strategic matters ...

  5. How Twitter Raises 'The Voice's Ratings

    June 21, 2011 7:15 AM EDT If The Voice twisted the TV talent show formula, it damn near revolutionized the use of social media in the live viewing experience. For every participant in the process -- contestant to coach to couch potato -- the show provides engagement in mul ...

  6. New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Country fans have generally been thought to be rural, less educated, less technically savvy and a lower earning group of people than the general public. But new research from MRI and independent research by the CMA indicates that the new demograph ...

  7. Ashton Kutcher @TechCrunch Disrupt: Wants To Create 'Y Combinator for Media Companies'

    May 24, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Ashton Kutcher -- actor, celebrity and apparently something of a technologist -- took the stage this morning on the second day of TechCrunch Disrupt , and told Charlie Rose that he wants to create a "Y Combinator for media companies." Ku ...

  8. Billboard.biz's Favorite Tweets From SF MusicTech

    May 10, 2011 6:46 PM EDT Monday's SF Music Tech conference in San Francisco had the heavy volume of tweets one would expect from an event at the music and technology capital of the country. If not for some apparent problems at Twitter that resulted in hours of missin ...

  9. 50 Cent Launches Customized UberSocial Theme, 'Uber50'

    April 29, 2011 3:01 PM EDT There's no stopping 5 0 Cent . The Queens rapper has teamed up with UberMedia to launch a customized Twitter theme for their Blackberry application, UberSocial, titled " Uber50 ." Uber50 will include various features such as, custom ...

  10. Business Matters: 10 Need-to-Know Twitter Stats

    April 22, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Need-to-Know Twitter Stats -- HubSpot, a maker of Internet marketing software, has a good list of 10 essential Twitter stats online at SlideShare. Slide No. 3 is worth paying attention to: 87% of Americans have heard of Twitter but only 7% actu ...

  11. Twitter Has Service Disruptions

    April 06, 2011 8:06 AM EDT Twitter experienced service disruptions on Tuesday, displaying an older version of the social networking website to some users and becoming completely inaccessible to others. A message on Twitter's Web page that provides updates on the servic ...

  12. Foursquare's Jonathan Crowley Talks About Company's Push Into Music Biz

    March 30, 2011 4:48 PM EDT One of the more intriguing new mobile and social media services available today is the location-based check-in "game" Foursquare . Ever since it burst into the mainstream last year, the music industry has struggled to figure out ways to ...

  13. The Location-Based Mobile Music App Explosion, A Survey

    March 25, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Adding location awareness to music apps is fast becoming a major mobile trend, as is evident by a rash of new mobile music apps hitting app stores of late. Use of location technology is taking many forms. Many, if not most, are designed to let use ...

  14. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

  15. SXSW Social Network Panel Explores How A Band Can Capitalize On Social Success

    March 16, 2011 5:31 PM EDT Got Social Network? (from left) Hannah Hooper of Grouplove, Michael Fiebach , CEO of Fame House's , Paul Sinclair, SVP or Digital Media at Atlantic Records, Dan Scheinman, SVP and General Manager of Cisco, and Bill Werde, Billboard Editorial ...

  16. SXSW 2011: Sharing, Locating, Starting-Up - Three Tech Trends to Watch

    March 11, 2011 2:34 PM EST Call it "Spring Break for Geeks" or "Shitshow" as you like, but SXSW remains an important convergence of innovators, tastemakers and press that can make or break a fledgling company's mainstream aspirations. Twitter and Fo ...

  17. The Social (TV) Network: 80% of Kids Use Social Media While Watching TV

    March 09, 2011 7:00 AM EST Young Britons have taken to a new television and social media trend which could have far-reaching consequences for the worlds of broadcasting and advertising, according to a new study. Specialist digital marketing agency Digital Clarity on Tuesday ...

  18. Courtney Love to Pay $430,000 to Settle Twitter Defamation Case

    March 03, 2011 3:35 PM EST Courtney Love has settled the lawsuit brought against her by a fashion designer who claims she was defamed in a series of messages posted on Twitter. The settlement with Dawn Simorangkir (aka the "Boudior Queen"), which sources say is be ...

  19. Courtney Love Twitter Trial Moved to Feb. 6

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST The trial date in the defamation case against Courtney Love over her outrageous Twitter postings has been postponed three weeks. Lawyers for Love and fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir -- who is suing the rocker over a March 2009 tirade of Tweets i ...

  20. Courtney Love's Tweets Lead to Unique Defamation Showdown

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Courtney Love was very upset. The firebrand rocker had been locked in a dispute with Dawn Simorangkir, a fashion designer who was demanding payment for a few thousand dollars worth of clothes. So on March 17, 2009, Love took to her Twitter account ...

  21. Soulja Boy's Anemic Sales & Massive Twitter Fanbase: The Reaction

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Late last week we posted a think-piece questioning how an artist like Soulja Boy could have 2.5 million Twitter followers but rake up only a measly 13 thousand in first-week sales of his new album, and solicited thoughts from readers. Not only did ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Twitter Fixes Flaw After Cyber Attack

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter has fixed a security flaw on its popular social media website after a cyber attack sent some users to Japanese porn websites. Twitter was flooded with tweets by users who complained on the homepage under such topic headings as "Twitte ...

  24. Twitter Says Suffered Security Attack

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter said on Tuesday (Sept. 21) it has suffered an XSS attack, a security flaw on its website, which it is fixing with a patch after users complained. The Twitter site was flooded with tweets by users complaining of a "mouseover security f ...

  25. Topspin Launches Sponsored Spin Program

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Direct-to-fan platform Topspin is adding a path for brands to piggyback on artists’ fan communication with its Sponsored Spin program . The service lets brands pay for the cost of streaming certain songs from a participating artist via a widget, w ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: DDB's Gabe McDonough

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Gabe McDonough Title: Senior Producer of Music and Integration, DDB Panel: Sept. 15, 11:15 a.m. Case Study: Bud Light Lime; 5:30 p.m. Speed Networking For more information or to register for our Music & Advertising conference in Chicago ...

  28. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Pitchfork's Chris Kaskie

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Chris Kaskie Title: Publisher and COO, Pitchfork Panel: Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m. Speed Networking; Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m. Roundtable: The Cultivation & Care Of Your Brand - How To Drive Growth, Revenue and Respect On Your Terms For more informat ...

  29. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: PAID, Inc.'s Keith Garde

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Keith Garde Title: President, PAID, Inc. Panel: Sept. 16 3:30 Roundtable: Own A Bigger Piece of Your Business For more information or to register for our Music & Advertising conference in Chicago on Sept. 15-16, please visit billboardeve ...

  30. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Business Lawyer Josh Kaplan

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Josh Kaplan Title: Founder of lawyer4musicians.com and business lawyer at Troglia Kaplan Holzman Panel: Sept. 15 1:30 p.m. Held Me Master: Legal Eagles Talk About Master Recordings and Publishing; 5:30 p.m. Networking Happy Hour For more inf ...

  31. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Springboard's Hank Neuberger

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Hank Neuberger Title: President, Springboard Productions Panel: Sept. 16 3:30 roundtable: Putting Music Festivals Online: Lots of Eyeballs + Long Engagement = Impression Heaven. For more information or to register for our Music & Adverti ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Salty Sounds' Brooke Wentz

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Brooke Wentz Title: Co-founder, Salty Sounds Panel: Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m. - Speed Networking and Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m. - Roundtable: Music Rights For Tomorrow's Mediamakers For more information or to register for our Music & Advertising ...

  34. Clampdown Rumored As China Twitter-style Sites Down

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chinese social networking websites that provide Twitter-like services have suddenly reverted to testing mode and access has been spotty amid reports of a government clampdown. Although Twitter has been banned for more than a year in China, Chinese ...

  35. Lady Gaga To Set New Facebook Record

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga is about to become the first living person to reach 10 million Facebook friends, according to tracking firm Famecount.com. That’s in addition to 4.7 million Twitter followers, notes a Reuters report . By way of comparison, Michael Jackso ...

  36. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Universal Motown's Senior VP Lori Lambert

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Lori Lambert Title: senior VP strategic alliances, Universal Motown Republic Group Panel: Lexus Case Study on Tues., June 15, from 2:35pm - 3:20pm. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . What's the last album you bought? Jeff ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Twitter Ad Network Raises $5 Million

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ad.ly, an ad network developed for Twitter, reportedly has raised $5 million in new funding and named a new CEO. GRP Partners led the funding round, which also included Greycroft Partners and LowerMyBills founder Matt Coffin. The new CEO is Arnie ...

  39. Turkish Metal Fan Caused Twitter Chaos

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT That Twitter bug that caused so much havoc yesterday (May 10) was apparently caused by a Turkish fan of the German heavy metal band Accept . According to Gizmodo , the fan sent the otherwise innocuous message "Accept pwnz" (Internet spea ...

  40. Strong Ratings For Billboard Latin Music Awards

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live from Puerto Rico April 29, reached more than 5 million viewers in the U.S. alone, for the third consecutive year. According to Nielsen Media Research, the awards averaged 1,254,000 households ...

  41. Engaging Your Customers Online: Strategies From The 140 Character Conference

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter is fun, easy and effective, but don't expect it to result directly in sales. These were some of the nuggets of wisdom in yesterday's "Music and the Real-Time Web" panel at the 140 Character Conference. You can stream a ...

  42. A Crowdsourcing Strategy That Makes Sense

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now here’s a crowdsourcing strategy that makes sense. The CASH Music initiative last week released two new apps that let artists give away music to fans that help spread the word via Twitter or Facebook. Called Tweet-for-Track and FBConnect-to-Tra ...

  43. YouTube Overhauls Video Pages

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube later today is expected to go live with a major overhaul of its video pages. Exactly what elements of the overhaul are reflected in the switch won’t be fully known until it goes live, but the company says its one of the biggest of its hist ...

  44. @SXSW: THE DAILY DIGEST: Twitter CEO Unveils Newest Feature, But Where’s The $?

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter was the undisputed king of SXSW three years ago when the service first broke out of obscurity during the multi-day event. Yesterday, the company’s CEO Evan Williams made his mark again, this time as a SXSW Interactive keynote, when he unve ...

  45. Twitter Traffic Bounces, Company On Hiring Spree

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Twitter traffic bounced up 8% from December to January, according to new comScore figures released today. The service drew 73.5 million unique visits worldwide last month compared to 65.2 million in December. The uptick follows slow growth - and i ...

  46. Part 2: Is Twitter the Next Second Life?

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST At first blush, a greeting-card company like Hallmark would seem to have it all over an outfit like Someecards. The 99-year-old Hallmark has its own corporate campus in Kansas City, Mo., and employs 14,000 people -- 700 of whom are full-time write ...

  47. Is Twitter The Next Second Life?

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST If you're a marketer who has steered clear of Twitter, your (non)strategy may be paying off! It's possible that this Twitter thing may just take care of itself. In the middle of last year, Twitter's growth slowed from 7.8 million ne ...

  48. Business Matters: Ustream, eMusic, Facebook, UCLA and More

    February 02, 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 . -- Ustream has received a $20 million investment from Sof ...

  49. China To Require Internet Domain Name Registration

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST China has issued new Internet regulations, including what appears to be an effort to create a "whitelist" of approved Web sites that could potentially place much of the Internet off-limits to Chinese readers. The Ministry of Industry and ...

  50. 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 ...

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