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DiS meets Owl John: “This record saved Frightened Rabbit”

“To be honest, at the end of last year, I was really sick of Frightened Rabbit. I’d had enough of it.”

Scott Hutchison has long since carved out a …

Stars to release new album, No One is Lost, in October

Canadian indie-rockers Stars have announced the release of a new album. Entitled No One is Lost, it serves as the band’s seventh album to date and the …

New Music

Wilco announce first tour dates of 2014

For the last month or so, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has been touring with his son Spencer in support of their collaborative album, Sukirae. But in …


Keep the Things You Forgot: An Elliott Smith Oral History | Pitchfork

In 2001, Smith begins and ends a series of recording sessions with Jon Brion, which fall apart after Brion confronts him about his drug use and self-destructive behavior. By the fall of that year, he contacts producer David McConnell.

DAVID MCCONNELL [producer; From a Basement on the Hill]: I had XO, …

Elliott Smith

Hoteliers miss social media prospects

SINGAPORE: Asian travellers are more likely than the global average to use mobile devices and to access social media while on holiday but a third of …

Mobile Devices

TripAdvisor says no plans to become an OTA, happy to remain booking facilitator

TripAdvisor has moved quickly to reassure quite possibly the entire hospitality sector and world of intermediaries that it has no intention of …


Sunglasses salesman becomes most prolific reviewer on TripAdvisor

He may seem an unlikely gourmand but a sunglasses salesman from Newcastle has been named Britain’s most prolific restaurant reviewer.

Phil Blackett, 52, has written critiques on 780 eateries, from takeaways and Greggs the bakers to Michelin starred restaurants and hotels.

His reviews, posted on the …


TripAdvisor's New Program Launch Will Bring In Small Hotels Like Never Before

Independent hotels using TripAdvisor now have an advantage over online travel agencies and big hotel chains -- a self-service advertising platform.


Beats Music Drops the Deets

What? No Freemium? Via Hypebot:

From Insiders Who’ve Seen Beats

Several sources, who have seen early versions of Beats, say it looks impressive. …

How TripAdvisor Tailored Its TV Ads for an International Audience

TripAdvisor launched its first national ad campaign in late September.

The online reviews website started testing the TV ads in several U.S. markets …


Can Google, Facebook Tackle Biggest Roadblock to Affordable Internet for All?

The Alliance for Affordable Internet sounds like one of those high-minded but futile ideas that go nowhere, slowly. But then again, maybe it's not. …

New Group Aims for Affordable Internet Access

Millions of people around the world are being left behind, unable to get the information they need to better their lives because they cannot afford …

Digital Divide

The Stunt That Got Elvis Costello Banned From Saturday Night Live

One of the defining moments in Elvis Costello’s career happened on December 17, 1977, when he appeared on Saturday Night Live. Costello was 23 years …

Features | Tome On The Range | A Scene In Between - A Visual History Of Indie Fashion

Adrian Lobb gets to grips with Sam Knee's pictorial history of Indie via the Jesus and Mary Chain, postcards from Morrissey and the ubiquitous …

Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich 'distraught' over LSE report on music piracy

Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich has said he is "distraught" over a report published by London School of Economics which claims that digital …

Danger Mouse and James Mercer's Broken Bells announce new album 'After The Disco'

Broken Bells have announced that they will release their new album 'After The Disco' next year.

The brand new studio album will be released in January …

TripAdvisor Becomes Latest Digital Platform to Host Special Deals for American Express Customers

Following in the footsteps of its deals with Foursquare and Twitter, American Express is lettings its cardholders in the U.S., U.K. and Australia …

American Express

TripAdvisor, American Express partnership helps authenticate reviews - Business

TripAdvisor announced a new partnership on Tuesday that is expected to add more credibility to some of its 100 million online reviews of hotels, …

American Express

Encouraging the Reviewers, Honestly

The credibility of online reviews has come under attack so many times that it is hard to know which, if any, to believe.

Go to an unfamiliar city, look up a promising restaurant and almost invariably there will be a sheaf of reviews celebrating the food, ambiance and service, and then a smaller …

App Store on Twitter

Today we added @Duolingo and @TripAdvisor to our #DesignedforiOS7 collection.

Kate Thomas on Twitter

What is the best experience you've had in a hotel? Thats what I asked in this #video for @TripAdvisor #travelwithkate

Pioneering TripAdvisor reshaped travel industry

TripAdvisor Inc. tapped into the power of social media right from the company’s start in 2000 by inviting travelers to write online reviews of hotels …

An Average Traveler

I WAS born in Hollywood, Calif. — truly a shocking notion if you know how unstruck I am by stars.

My father was a trial lawyer. He taught me the power of articulate persuasion. We’d sit at the dining room table and take sides of a debate. He would argue me into a corner, then at some point say, …

Scaling is Hard, Case Study: TripAdvisor

“TripAdvisor is to travel reviews what Kleenex is to tissues.”

– Henry Harteveldt, Forrester

TripAdvisor may be one of the most fascinating companies I …

The Secrets to TripAdvisor’s Impressive Scale

Scaling is hard. Really hard. As we have seen with the recent speed bumps at highfliers like Groupon and Zynga, taking “lean startups” from foundation to creating sustainable, scalable, profitable business models is a very rare and special task. So I’m highlighting a few companies outside of the …


As fake online reviews proliferate, fraud detection efforts grow

Seventy times a minute, 4,000 times an hour, new content is submitted to TripAdvisor. And for every hotel or restaurant review that pops up, an …


TripAdvisor: can users be sued for bad reviews?

TripAdvisor users should take photographs to accompany negative hotel reviews and be careful not to name individual members of staff, lawyers have advised, following news that a hotel in Canada is attempting to sue a user over a review.

In April this year, Canadian Laurent Azoulay stayed at the …

Travel (Canada)

BBJ and MHT name 2013's Innovation All-Stars - Boston Business Journal

The Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech have announced the 2013 Innovation All-Stars. This year, two individuals and 15 companies will be …


Stephen Kaufer

Stephen Kaufer is co-founder and chief executive of the Web site TripAdvisor. Known for user-generated reviews of hotels, flights, restaurants and vacation rentals, the site is consulted by more than 260 million unique visitors per month.

READING An old friend of mine, Ted Olinger, finally got …