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Spotify Gets In Tune With Musicians With The New, B2B Spotify Artists Website; Has Paid Out $500M+ To Rightsholders So Far In 2013

Music-streaming service Spotify recently confirmed a whopping $250 million expansion round of funding. But with a lot of public heat from high profile musicians questioning whether the Spotify platform is a boom or bust for business, today the company is launching a new artist-friendly site, and …

Pandora gives up on law to reform music royalty rates

Streaming site Pandora(s p) has quietly given up its campaign to get Congress to pass the Internet Radio Fairness Act, a law that would have put …

Pandora posts third-quarter loss; revenue beats estimates

Internet radio company Pandora Media Inc. reported third-quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations as mobile advertising grew by more than half. But the company swung to a net loss as it spent more on marketing, sales and product development.<p>Sales by the Oakland-based company for the three …

Radio Isn’t Going Away

photo credit: Un ragazzo chiamato Bi via photo pin cc<p>A few days ago a column ran in this space — “Seismic Shifts Remake the Radio Industry” — written …

Coursera teams up with State Department on series of MOOC-based 'learning hubs' around the world

Coursera is already one of the leading providers of MOOCs (or massive open online courses) in the US, and its now getting a helping hand from none other than the US government in broadening its worldwide ambitions. The company announced a new initiative today that will see it partner with the State …

Pandora for Android adds Chromecast streaming (update: iPhone too)

When Google's Chromecast streaming device launched, the company mentioned it would stream stream music from Pandora eventually and now that day has arrived. At least on Android, a new version 5 of the app is available in the Play Store that's flashing a UI ready for tablets, plus that familiar …

Vietnam Wants to Create its Own Silicon Valley

Vietnam is aiming to take a leaf out of the US playbook after it unveiled the Silicon Valley Project, a domestic initiative backed by $400,000 that aims to build a Silicon Valley-style startup zone in the country, as the name indeed suggests.<p>Tech In Asia first reported about the project which flies …

Sina Weibo Rolls Out Subscription-Based Accounts For Verified Users

Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo has officially rolled out subscription-based accounts for verified users on its platform, letting fans subscribe to their favorite brands and celebrities to receive updates from them automatically, Sina Tech reports (hat/tip Tech in Asia).<p>The Twitter-like …

Spotify Brings Shareable Music Clips to Tango

Music streaming service Spotify is jumping on the mobile messaging bandwagon after it announced a partnership with Tango that brings short clips from its catalog of 20 million songs to Tango’s iOS and Android apps.<p>Spotify is hoping that the deal with Tango, which claims over 160 million registered …

New Pandora app woos Android tablets as Apple radio grows

Pandora is getting friendlier with Android tablet users on the heels of now-rival Apple touting the traction of iTunes Radio.<p>Pandora, the Internet's biggest radio service, on Wednesday rolled out a new version of its Android app designed specifically for tablets. The interface takes advantage of …

SoundCloud and Instagram partner to turn your photos into album art

SoundCloud today announced a partnership with Instagram that lets you upload your photos as album art on any of your tracks or playlists. In a blog post announcing the feature, SoundCloud emphasized the square format of Instagram photos, which it notes are a good match for record (and CD) sleeves. …

Amazon's Cloud Player music app now available for OS X

After first launching a desktop music player (complete with built-in MP3 store) on PC, Amazon is today bringing Cloud Player to OS X. Just as before, the company is touting the app as a one-stop shop for all of your music needs; Cloud Player combines any existing music stored on your Mac with your …

Why is mobile gaming so popular in South Korea?

Mobile gaming is expected to generate $1.4 billion in South Korea this year, and mobile games like Anipang have become a cultural phenomenon within the country. It’s as common to see older women in their sixties playing games in the subway as it is to see younger children playing games at the bus …

Rwanda's IT revolution targets knowledge economy

<b>Olive Uwineza is 12 years old and dreams of becoming president one day. She sits in a class of about 30 pupils, at a high-tech primary school in Kigali, Rwanda.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of Business<p>Why tech giants are investing in Africa<p>Nigerian shoppers warm to online retailers<p>The tech …

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LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman On Two Realistic Outcomes Of Teaching Everyone To Code

On a regular basis, we get pitched with major tech industry initiatives to broaden computer science education. A day after Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates signed on to a new initiative from Code.org to inspire 10 million new computer programmers, education startup General Assembly launched a tool …

Apple’s Safari Made Up Most Mobile Browser Traffic in Q2

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s look ahead by Cisco Systems at the Internet of 2017, Akamai is out with its quarterly state of the Internet report as …

Apple just doubled its number of women in senior management—from one to two

Apple<p>Apple addressed a long-standing gap in its leadership with the appointment of Angela Ahrendts as its new head of retail this morning. Yes, it plugged the hole in retail left by the defenestration of John Browett last October. But more importantly, the company finally has a female face to sit …

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Turntable.fm begins streaming live, interactive concerts, but tickets will cost you

Turntable.fm has been struggling to stay afloat, and it's now looking to live, streaming performances to help it get back on track. Turntable Live is the company's new service, and it's officially debuting tonight at 7PM ET with a performance by the folky pop outfit Beat Radio. While you might see …

As Apple lets radio roll, Pandora listener growth tones down

Pandora's metrics for September, which were released Wednesday, showed the most widely used online radio service is still growing, but growth in listening hours slowed from recent months, as Apple's competing service rolled out about halfway through.<p>Last month, listener hours for Pandora were still …

Prss: A Powerful New Way to Create Professional iPad Magazines

Frustrated with the tools currently on the market for publishing magazines for the iPad, Dutch company Prss has today revealed its solution – a powerful, browser-based, low-cost, collaborative tool for anyone who wants to put their own magazine on Apple’s Newsstand.<p>Back in December 2010, we ran a …

People Are Sharing Almost As Much Content On Pinterest As They Do Via E-Mail

In this case, sharing is defined as the use of those buttons you often find above stories on the web, which automate your ability to send or share content to others.<p>Content sharing on the Pinterest increased a whopping 15% in the month of August, ShareThis said. The news comes just over a month …

Music App-Maker Smule Finally Embraces The Web With Social Network Smule Nation

Smule has launched a number of popular, music-themed mobile apps, including Sing! Karaoke, Guitar, Ocarina, Magic Piano, and I Am T-Pain. Now it’s turning its website into a social network that it calls Smule Nation, highlighting performances from across all of its apps.<p>The apps have always …

How To Fix Digital Music’s Second Screen Problem

In a recent filing to sell more stock shares, Pandora let loose–by law–some of the troubles they see in the future. The Verge’s Greg Sandoval reports …

After 30 years, lost 'Steve Jobs Time Capsule' finally recovered

We can assume that Steve Jobs' 30-year-old mouse is in good condition. But what about the six pack of beer?<p>In 1983, at the close of the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colo., organizers buried a time capsule, known officially as the Aspen Time Tube. Many attendees contributed various …

Google Translate iOS app can now translate your handwriting

Google Translate for iOS has just added handwriting recognition to its lineup of language skills.<p>Released Thursday, Google Translate version 2.0 for iOS lets you handwrite characters in the language of your choice, enabling them to be translated into your native tongue. The feature supports 49 …

China's Huawei Bringing 5,500 Jobs...To Europe

China taketh away, and China — sometimes — giveth too.<p>Telecommunications equipment maker Huawei said Friday that it was going to expand its service in Europe over the next five years, hiring 5,500 new employees…in Europe.<p>In a jab to Washington policy makers wary over Chinese spying, Huawei …

Twitter Taps Former Topspin Media SVP as New Head of Music

Twitter has hired Bob Moczydlowsky, former senior vice president of product and marketing at Topspin Media, as its new head of music, <b>AllThingsD</b> has …

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Apple’s iOS 7 includes a surprise: a ticket to the next generation of the internet

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it …

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