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  1. Business Matters: Mobile U.S. Ad Revenues Projected to be $4 Billion by 2015

    June 23, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Mobile U.S. Ad Revenues Projected to be $4 Billion by 2015 -- Since a good portion of future of digital music ad revenues will depend on the vibrancy of the mobile ad market, a new revenue forecast will be on great interest to digital service prov ...

  2. Crunch Digital Launches Service to Help Publishers Collect from Digital Music Providers

    June 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT To help music publishers deal with the growing number of digital services, Crunch Digital has introduced its new PDX Service to help publishers collect money for their songs' use on cloud-based and other digital music services. The publisher ...

  3. Business Matters: What Exactly Is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model?

    June 13, 2011 6:07 PM EDT What is Blackwell Fuller's Business Model? -- The new music industry grew on Monday with the announcement of Blackwell Fuller , a new company created by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and 19 Entertainment founder Simon Fuller. The pai ...

  4. Google's Playable, Recordable Doodle Honors Guitar Great Les Paul

    June 09, 2011 1:13 PM EDT Thursday's Google logo at www.google.com honors guitar legend Les Paul, who passed away in 2009 and would have turned 96 this year. The commemorative logo - called a Google doodle - is actually an interactive stringed instrument that somewhat ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Apple, Google Licenses in Holding Pattern as Labels, Publishers Battle Over Revenue Shares, Sources Say

    May 31, 2011 6:09 PM EDT One of the issues behind Google's decision to launch its Music Beta Cloud service without the necessary licenses has also been felt in negotiations between the majors and Apple over the latter's forthcoming cloud offering, sources told B ...

  7. PRS For Music, U.K. Royalty Collection Society, Predicts Difficult 2011

    May 31, 2011 8:23 AM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K.'s royalties-collecting society, can expect a rough ride this year, after an equally difficult one in 2010, declared CEO Robert Ashcroft at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Thursday (May 26). Speaking to an audienc ...

  8. Google Unveils Smartphone Wallet, PayPal Files Lawsuit

    May 27, 2011 7:19 AM EDT NEW YORK - Google Inc. hopes to nudge consumers and merchants into a world where the smartphone has replaced the wallet as the container for credit cards, coupons and receipts. While it tackles that challenge, Google also will have to spar with th ...

  9. Senator Calls For Smartphone App Privacy Policies

    May 26, 2011 7:39 AM EDT WASHINGTON - A key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee is challenging Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to require all developers that make apps for their mobile devices to adopt formal privacy policies. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., sent letters to the ...

  10. Watch: Lady Gaga's Google Chrome Commercial

    May 23, 2011 11:04 AM EDT There's virtually no format on which Lady Gaga won't promote the new "Born This Way" album (from Zynga's GagaVille to Amazon.com's .99 cent deal to Saturday Night Live and beyond). The latest is a minute-and-a-half co ...

  11. Why Apple Will Dominate Cloud Music, Regardless of Label Deals

    May 19, 2011 11:34 AM EDT UPDATE : Reports surfaced today (May 22) that Apple has come to terms with Sony Music Entertainment for it's impending cloud service , according to Bloomberg News. The deal would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to sign li ...

  12. LinkedIn Raises IPO Ante Amid High Investor Demand; Valued at Over $4 Billion

    May 18, 2011 7:36 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - Investors are clamoring to connect with the online networking service LinkedIn Corp. in the latest sign of the fervor for Internet companies that specialize in bringing together people with common interests. The demand to buy a pie ...

  13. Google Music Beta's Instant Mix Fails 'WTF Test'

    May 16, 2011 4:01 PM EDT The launch of Google's music beta service last week introduced us to yet another playlist-building app called Instant Mix. Simply pick a song in your library, and Instant Mix will build a playlist based on similar songs also in your library. ...

  14. Facebook Hired P.R. Firm to Plant Stories Critical of Google's Privacy Practices

    May 13, 2011 7:47 AM EDT NEW YORK - The intense rivalry between Facebook and Google just got juicier. In a twist seemingly out of a Hollywood thriller, Facebook hired a prominent public relations firm to try to plant stories harshly criticizing Google's privacy pract ...

  15. Early Word on Google's Music Beta: Good But Not Great

    May 12, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Just days after Google's Music Beta debuted , some hands-on reviews are giving the music service mostly good reviews. People liked using the service but often complained about the upload time - an encouraging sentiment for labels that want Go ...

  16. Thoughts From 51 Hours In SF: @iTunes, @Google and Angry Little Clouds

    May 11, 2011 7:56 PM EDT You didnt have to read between the lines to hear the frustration on the part of Google execs when they launched their locker on Monday but were unable to launch a proper Google Music service with major label licenses. Top Googlers including Zahava ...

  17. Google Aiming For Full Music Service With Internet Radio, Download Store, Sources Say

    May 11, 2011 6:16 PM EDT Google wants to build a full-service music service that includes a Pandora-like radio function as well as a download store and catalog syncing, sources tell Billboard.biz. Such a product would be far more compelling than the basic, unlicensed musi ...

  18. Why Record Labels, Google Couldn't Agree on the Cloud

    May 11, 2011 5:50 PM EDT LOS ANGELES-- Google's decision to launch a music locker service yesterday (May 10) was a big topic of discussion on the sidelines of the NARM conference here this week. The reaction from the more veteran music industry attendees is simply an ...

  19. Google's Music Beta Launch Points Out Huge Gap Between Music and Tech Communities

    May 11, 2011 12:26 PM EDT This seems all too familiar. Google's decision to launch a cloud music locker without finalizing deals with the music industry illustrates just how large a gap remains between the music and tech communities. Who's at fault for this divid ...

  20. Apple, Google Grilled on Location Data By Senate Panel

    May 11, 2011 7:18 AM EDT WASHINGTON - Executives from Apple and Google told lawmakers Tuesday that users have control over information used to pinpoint the location of iPhones and smartphones running Google's Android software. Guy "Bud" Tribble, vice presid ...

  21. With Google Music's Arrival, Cloud Music Poised For Mainstream

    May 10, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Music Beta , Google's long-awaited music service, marks the mainstreaming of the cloud. Once a service found in the minor leagues of technology companies, online storage and playback of music files has suddenly jumped to the major league. Jus ...

  22. Google's Music Beta: A Deeper Dive -- With Video, Photos

    May 10, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Music Beta, Google's new cloud music service, appeared in public for the first time Tuesday, after being introduced at the company's I/O Conference for developers. The site, at music.google.com , includes an introductory video about the ...

  23. Google Music Launched Today -- Without Licenses

    May 09, 2011 9:01 PM EDT Proving unable to come to an agreement with all the major labels for the music service it originally wanted, Google is going to pull an Amazon and unveil a digital music locker service without any licensing deals at all during a keynote tomorrow ( ...

  24. musiXmatch Lyrics Provider Lands $3.7 Million Funding

    May 09, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Lyrics provider musiXmatch has closed a $3.7 million series of first-round funding led by Francesco Micheli Associates, the same investor that put €400,000 (about $572,000) of seed funding into musiXmatch last year. The musiXmatch service provides ...

  25. Apple Surpasses Google as World's Most Valuable Brand

    May 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Apple has overtaken Google as the world's most valuable brand, ending a four-year reign by the Internet search leader, according to a new study by global brands agency Millward Brown. The iPhone and iPad maker's brand is now worth $153 b ...

  26. Business Matters: Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On

    April 25, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On -- At the same time an Amazon Web Services outage wreaked havoc on websites and Internet services last week, Sony's PlayStation and Qriocity networks were experiencing unre ...

  27. Google To Team Up With Spotify?

    April 22, 2011 1:50 PM EDT The rumors swirling around Google and Apple's pending cloud music services are coming at a fevered pitch. The latest is that Google is talking to Spotify to power its Google Music service in lieu of striking its own music licensing deals, acc ...

  28. Report: Apple to Beat Google to the Cloud

    April 22, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Watching the race between Apple and Google to see who launches a cloud-based music service first is kind of like the children's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Except they're both Tortoises. But there are signs that the finish line i ...

  29. Google Grosses $8.6 Billion in Q1, Activating 350K Androids Daily

    April 15, 2011 2:14 PM EDT Google's earnings call Thursday lacked information directly related to the music industry but had a handful of important takeaways. There were no hints of an upcoming Google Music service and no references to the recent House Judiciary Commit ...

  30. Business Matters: New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law

    April 14, 2011 6:52 PM EDT New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law -- New Zealand lawmakers have passed legislation that outlaws file sharing and threatens repeat offenders with disconnection of Internet service up to six months. The new law will go into effect Se ...

  31. Online Ad Revenues Hit Record High: Report

    April 14, 2011 8:50 AM EDT Advertisers spent a record $26 billion in the U.S. marketing their wares online last year, putting the Internet ahead of newspapers for the first time. The 15 percent year-over-year surge in online advertising put the Internet second to television ...

  32. Senate Considering Bill on Consumer Privacy Rights For Internet

    April 13, 2011 7:37 AM EDT A new Senate bill introduced Tuesday would establish a "privacy bill of rights" to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data, including personal data amassed on the Internet and then mined to target online advertising. Th ...

  33. Google Acquires Pushlife Streaming Service, A Sign of Momentum or Struggle?

    April 11, 2011 12:09 PM EDT Google last week acquired another mobile content streaming service, this time in the form of Pushlife. The company's service allows users to stream their iTunes libraries to mobile devices. It also allows mobile operators to give their subscr ...

  34. Google Defends Commitment to Copyright At Congressional Hearing Despite Doubts

    April 07, 2011 12:46 PM EDT Digital piracy took center stage again yesterday, when the House Judiciary Intellectual Property Subcommittee held the second part of a two-part hearing entitled "Promoting Investment and Protecting Commerce Online: Legitimate Sites v. Parasi ...

  35. Google Expels Grooveshark from Android Market Following Label Pressure

    April 06, 2011 11:56 AM EDT Music sharing service Grooveshark has been booted from yet another mobile app store. As first reported by CNET, Google has expelled the service from the Android Market. Officially, the reason given was that Grooveshark violates Google's terms ...

  36. Leaked Android Music App Reveals Details About Google Cloud Music Service

    April 05, 2011 12:46 PM EDT The latest sign that Google is about to launch a cloud-based music service comes in the form of a leaked official music app created for smartphones running the Android operating system. The blog Tech From 10 obtained a copy of the Android music pl ...

  37. Google Could Be Target of FTC Antitrust Probe: Report

    April 05, 2011 7:05 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google Inc's dominance of the Web search industry, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Before deciding whether to launch such an i ...

  38. Google's Music Search Results Undergoing Rehabilitation

    March 31, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Google's links to streaming music in search results for artists and songs vanished earlier this week. A rep for the company told Billboard.biz, "The music search feature introduced in 2009 is currently unavailable while we make some upda ...

  39. Amazon Seeks Approval For Cloud Drive Service -- Will The Labels Play Ball?

    March 31, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Amazon's decision to unveil its new Cloud Drive music locker service without establishing licensing deals with record labels continues to reverberate. The move has elicited an overwhelmingly negative reaction major record labels and publisher ...

  40. Why Google's New +1 Button Matters To the Music Biz

    March 31, 2011 7:35 AM EDT With its new "+1" button , Google is taking on Facebook's popular "like" button and creating a new currency for the measurement of social media influence. The company introduced +1 i n a blog post Wednesday . To recommend ...

  41. Amazon's 'Third-Rate,' Unlicensed Cloud Service 'Disappoints' Labels

    March 29, 2011 12:32 PM EDT The biggest question being asked about Amazon's new cloud music service is: "How did it beat Apple and Google to the punch? " The answer to some is: It didn't. To say that Amazon beat Apple and Google is simply unfair, because ...

  42. Google Internally Testing Music Service: Report

    March 24, 2011 6:33 PM EDT The Google Music service still isn't live, but there are reports that employees at the company have begun using it already. CNET reports that Google employees are testing the product internally, which is a common practice for companies develo ...

  43. Lady Gaga Says Rebecca Black Is A 'Genius' During Google Visit

    March 23, 2011 10:38 AM EDT about $27,000 a week http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital ...

  44. Apple, Spotify, Pandora: Tech Invades Austin @ SXSWi 2011

    March 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST SXSWi 2011 Begins: Marissa Mayer VP of Consumer Products for Google on the mic. Since yesterday, thousands of people ranging from entrepreneurs with their URL'd t-shirts to buttoned-up executives to troll-like bloggers have shown up at the ba ...

  45. Hackers Stumble Upon Google Music's Cloud-Based Service

    March 08, 2011 2:02 PM EST The much-anticipated Google Music service has been spotted in the wild. Not yet officially launched, an apparently unfinished version of the service has been found by hackers toying around with a new version of the Android operating system. As exp ...

  46. YouTube Head Talks Future Under New Leadership

    March 07, 2011 1:42 PM EST YouTube is called by many the most important digital music service on the Web. Next to Myspace, it's the only place where fans can go online to listen to music for free, on-demand. The volume of traffic it receives is said generate lucrative ...

  47. Business Matters: Motorola Gets Cloud Fever, Invests in Catch Media

    February 25, 2011 4:52 PM EST Get the lowdown (below) on the music offerings at this week's Launch conference in San Francisco. Business Matters: Motorola Gets Cloud Fever, Invests in Catch Media -- Motorola has made a strategic investment in cloud storage and playback se ...

  48. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Google Begins Restricting Piracy Search Terms

    January 27, 2011 5:24 PM EST Google today began restricting how piracy-associated terms are displayed in its search results. This comes after a December policy announcement by Google General Counsel Kent Walker indicating that the world's most popular search engine would ...

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