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  1. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  2. Vivendi Split Could Have Little Impact On Universal Music (Analysis)

    September 11, 2013 10:24 PM EDT While shareholders and the business media regard as big news the Vivendi announcement that it will study a demerger plan and that activist shareholder Vincent Bollore has been appointed vice chairman of the company's supervisory board, the ...

  3. SoftBank's $8.5 Billion Takeover Bid of Universal Music Group Rejected by Vivendi (Report)

    July 18, 2013 3:55 PM EDT An $8.5 billion takeover bid of Universal Music Group (UMG) by Japanese telecoms group SoftBank some three months ago was rejected by Vivendi, the French media and telecom conglomerate that owns UMG, according to sources. The story was first re ...

  4. Business Matters: U.S. Gov't Lists Worst Piracy Sites/Helpful Piracy Primer

    March 01, 2011 4:38 PM EST Eminem's "Relapse" on Taobao for as low as 8 Yuan or about $1.20 (Photo: Taobao screen shot) U.S. Gov't Lists Worst Piracy Markets/Helpful Piracy Primer -- The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has weighed ...

  5. Apple Fans Queue For iPhone 4

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of fans flocked to stores in Tokyo to be the first buyers of Apple's iPhone 4 and some lined up in San Francisco as the red-hot smartphone rolls out on Thursday (June 24) in five of the world's six largest economies. Sales of th ...

  6. Carrier Meets Content in Japan: Softbank May Buy Stake in Victor

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japanese telecommunications company Softbank is in talks to acquire a stake in Victor Entertainment from JVC Holdings Inc., the Daily Yomiuri reported Wednesday. Softbank is expected to buy a minority stake and increase its ownership beyond 50% ov ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. AT&T In Talks To Extend iPhone Deal: Report

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Inc is in talks with Apple Inc to extend its exclusive U.S. agreement to sell the iPhone from 2010 to 2011, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said in an interview that he plans t ...

  9. MySpace Enters Japan

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST JV is MySpace's first Asian affiliate. MySpace.com and Tokyo-based Internet service provider SoftBank confirmed widespread speculation Tuesday (Nov. 7) by announcing the launch of MySpace Japan. As previously reported , Tokyo-based MySpace Ja ...

  10. MySpace Enters Japan

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST MySpace.com and Tokyo-based Internet service provider SoftBank confirmed widespread speculation Tuesday (Nov. 7) by announcing the launch of MySpace Japan. MySpace.com and Tokyo-based Internet service provider SoftBank confirmed widespread specula ...

  11. Reports: Softbank, News Corp Prep Myspace Japan

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Internet service provider Softbank and New York-based News Corp. could announce the launch of a Japanese version of social networking site MySpace as early as this week, according to repor Tokyo-based Internet service provider Softbank ...

  12. Japan's KDDI Readies Sony Walkman Mobile

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Handset will store 500 songs. KDDI, Japan's second-largest mobile operator, is to launch in June a mobile handset with a built-in Sony Walkman music player capable of storing some 500 songs. The Walkman Keitai W42S handset, which KDDI develop ...