Tech and Social Media

By José Rafael Fariñas | Artículos, noticias y tips  sobre innovación, nuevas tecnologías y medios sociales, leídos en  la red por @rafaelfarinas  (www.ipclick.com.ve).

YouTube Red and Google Play Music will merge to create a new service

One service to cover everything (almost)<p>YouTube's head of music confirmed that the company is planning on merging its Google Play Music service with YouTube Red to create a new streaming offering. During a panel session for the New Music Seminar conference in New York, Lyor Cohen stated that the …

Google

‘There are an immense number of songwriters not making enough money to live on’

Wixen Music boss Randall Wixen on the value of music and the future for publishingThe post ‘There are an immense number of songwriters not making …

Music

Forget about fake artists... it's time to talk about fake streams.

I’ve got a confession to make. I’m a fake artist.<p>One afternoon, about a decade ago, I started nobbing about on GarageBand. Made a scratchy demo. It …

Music Industry

Belfer Center Launches “Defending Digital Democracy” Project To Fight Cyber Attacks and Protect Integrity of Elections

Jul 18, 2017The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School launched a new, bipartisan initiative today called …

Cybersecurity

Spotify and Warner Music aim to sign royalty deal by September

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Music streaming company Spotify is close to agreeing a new licensing pact with Warner Music Inc, the last big music royalty deal it needs before pushing ahead with a U.S. stock market listing, four sources familiar with the situation said.<p>The parties are positive a deal could be signed …

Universal Music Group

Facebook, Google, and Twitter face growing pressure from EU over user terms

(<i>Reuters</i>) — European Union authorities have increased pressure on Facebook, Google and Twitter to amend their user terms to bring them in line with EU law after proposals submitted by the tech giants were considered insufficient.<p>The European Commission and consumer protection authorities in the …

Privacy

Why Google Fiber Failed to Disrupt the ISPs

This week brought more bad news for Google Fiber, the search giant’s troubled bid to become a powerful internet service provider. On Tuesday, Greg …

Google Fiber

Facebook Is Pursuing a Subscription Tool for News Outlets on Its Site

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is working on a new tool that could help drive subscriptions to news organizations that publish articles directly on the online service, an effort to improve the fraught relationship between the social giant and media companies.<p>The tool would be added to Facebook’s Instant …

Facebook

Google launches YouTube TV subscription service in 10 new cities

Google is bringing its nascent television streaming service to more cities.<p>The search giant’s YouTube TV subscription service is now available in ten new metropolitan areas: Washington D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, …

Televisions

How AI will teach us to have more empathy

“John, did you remember it’s your anniversary?”<p>This message did not appear in my inbox and Alexa didn’t say it aloud the other day. I do have reminders on Facebook , of course. Yet there isn’t an AI powering my life decisions yet. Some day, AI will become more proactive, assistive, and much …

Artificial Intelligence

Los temibles peligros de la inteligencia artificial

Mi columna en El Español de esta semana se titula “Inteligencia artificial y miedos irracionales” (pdf), y es un comentario al hilo de las …

Elon Musk: regulate AI to combat 'existential threat' before it's too late

Tesla and SpaceX CEO says AI represents a ‘fundamental risk to human civilisation’ and that waiting for something bad to happen is not an option<p>Tesla and Space X chief executive Elon Musk has pushed again for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence because “by the time we are reactive …

SpaceX

El hombre algorítmico

Una noticia en el Technology Review del MIT, <i>“Your best teammate might some day be an algorithm“</i>, me lleva a pensar en ese balance entre el desarrollo …

Are Spotify's 'fake artists' any good?

The streaming giant has been accused of commissioning generic instrumental music to go on its hugely popular playlists – and save it millions in royalties. We take a listen<p>It is 10pm on Tuesday, and I have just become the 1,106,079th Spotify user this month to listen to an artist called Charles …

worldwide

Russia Wouldn’t Need Trump’s Digital Team to Spread Fake News

There’s a common refrain floating around Washington. It goes something like this: If Russian operatives wanted to target American voters with fake …

Fake News

A people-first view of investing in innovation or entrepreneurs who take people for granted will fail

As the first institutional investor in Lyft, a serial entrepreneur, a hands-on ex-engineer and a lifelong tech enthusiast, I have been fascinated by the promise of the world of autonomous transport. However, as the conversation at a recent Mayfield-hosted event on the topic turned to the …

Innovation

Why Netflix and Amazon Algorithms Are Destroying the Movies

While blockbusters and TV shows may benefit from the era of digital access, the future for a range of international cinema is up in the air.<p>A long …

Netflix

A Blueprint for Coexistence with AI | Backchannel

<b>For most of my adult life,</b> I have been maniacally focused on my work. I would answer emails instantly during the day, and even get up twice each …

Artificial Intelligence

What’s really going on with Spotify’s fake artist controversy

Here’s where they’re getting all those mystery tracks<p>Last week, <i>Vulture</i> published a report suggesting, among other things, that music streaming service Spotify games its own royalty system by creating and promoting in-house, or “fake” artists. The allegation isn’t new. Almost a year ago, the …

Music

When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Share Your Location Using a Smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Last week after my motorcycle malfunctioned and crashed on the freeway, I wanted only two simple things from technology: to call 911 and to tell loved ones where I could be found.<p>Coincidentally, I had been testing location-sharing tools from Apple, Google, Facebook and Snapchat. So …

Spotify just struck a crucial deal with Sony Music

The company is looking to go public this year<p>Sony Music and Spotify have finally reached a licensing agreement. As first reported by <i>Billboard</i> and confirmed to <i>The Verge</i> by a source close to the situation, the deal will go into effect immediately. Sony Music, one of the biggest record companies in …

Universal Music Group

A group of Twitter users is suing Trump for blocking them

In a lawsuit filed today, a small cluster of Twitter users is suing the president for blocking them on the platform. The case, brought forward by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, argues that by blocking the users the Trump administration is in fact suppressing speech and …

The White House

Trump is being sued by a First Amendment group for blocking Twitter users

Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute is suing Donald Trump for blocking people on Twitter, claiming that it violates free speech protections. The institute filed suit today on behalf of seven Twitter users who were blocked by the president, which prevents them from seeing or …

First Amendment

¿Puede un presidente bloquear a sus ciudadanos en redes sociales?

Un grupo de ciudadanos norteamericanos que habían sido bloqueados en Twitter por la cuenta personal del presidente de los Estados Unidos, Donald …

How Spammers, Superstars, and Tech Giants Gamed the Music Industry

A few weeks after the release of Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” the hard-charging lead single on his fourth album <i>Damn.</i>, the song landed at No. 1 on</i> …

Paparazzi

Spotify denies it's playlisting fake artists. So why are all these fake artists on its playlists?

Well… this is awkward.<p>Last summer, MBW ran a widely-read story which blew the lid off the fact that Spotify’s platform was being deliberately clogged …

Music Industry

Spotify is making its own records… and putting them on playlists

'Chill' playlists being infiltrated by Spotify-owned recordings, MBW learnsThe post Spotify is making its own records… and putting them on playlists …

Music Industry

Las desigualdades de Twitter: el hombre blanco es el rey

Nuestra sociedad está llena de <b>desigualdades. Las más obvias, sujetas al género y la raza</b>, son el centro de diversos estudios y debates, puesto que …

It's Time to Make Code More Tinker-Friendly

Back in ye olde days of the information superhighway, curious newbies had an easy way to see how websites worked: View Source.<p>If they clicked that …

Programming