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Streaming War Pigs: Apple, Tidal, Spotify, & The Year In Music Services

In June 2015, a week before the official launch of Apple Music, I was given an in-depth pre-release demonstration of the new streaming service. I was …

Apple Music

The Great Lie of Apple Music

The latest wave of streaming services talk a lot about making the art form better. Does anyone believe them?<p>Drake started from the bottom, now he’s at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to tell you about a great new product. He took to the stage in San Francisco on Monday with a swagger, …

Apple Music

That’s Business, Man: Why Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Complete Disaster

Like many rappers, Jay Z writes songs that have a paranoid streak. He lashes out against conservative cable news anchors, overzealous cops, lazy …

New Jersey

Vania Schlogel, Tidal's Former Evangelist And Frontwoman, Is Out

The former public face of Tidal has confirmed she is no longer working for the music service. Vania Schlogel, the one-time chief investment officer …

Tidal CEO Andy Chen Departs Company Amid Layoffs, Interim CEO Named

<b>Andy Chen</b>, CEO of Tidal at Norwegian-based parent company Aspiro Group, has left the company. A Tidal spokesperson tells Billboard that <b>Peter Tonstad</b>, …

Jay Z's Tidal Gets New CEO: Former SoundCloud Exec Takes the Streaming Reins

The former Muve Music and Soundcloud executive should be a steadying influence as Tidal's third CEO in less than a year.<p>Tidal, the streaming service …

Tidal’s Venture Into Streaming TV Could Be Just What The Company Needs

Go inside Tidal’s TV lineup featuring the urban drama Money & Violence and comedy show No Small Talk with the shows’ creators.<p>Despite hitting a significant milestone of more than one million subscribers in October, Jay Z’s music streaming service Tidal has yet to shake off descriptors like …

Spotify now does videos and podcasts

No longer just a music service<p>Spotify is no longer just a music service. On stage in New York City today, the company shared its new goal of finding the perfect content to accompany every moment in your day. CEO Daniel Ek said his company is taking a "massive leap forward" that "goes beyond the …

Livestreaming

The live-streaming app where amateurs get paid to chat, eat, and sleep on camera

Tayser Abuhamdeh doesn’t have what most people would call an exciting job. He works behind the counter at a deli in Brooklyn, a small shop that does a brisk business in snacks, coffee, and cigarettes. In June of last year, on a whim and mostly out of boredom, Abuhamdeh mounted his phone next to the …

Livestreaming

Ordinary people are making money from live-streaming

LOS ANGELES — You've probably heard about Meerkat and Periscope, the two live video streaming apps that launched this year to big headlines, and heavy usage from the technorati.<p>We're guessing that if we also mentioned YouNow in the same breath, you'd probably draw a blank.<p>Here's a friendly tip: Ask …

Livestreaming

User-generated content

"UGC" redirects here. For other uses, see UGC (disambiguation).<p><b>User-generated content</b> (<b>UGC</b>), alternatively known as <b>user-created content</b> (<b>UCC</b>), is any …

How to use YouNow, the livestreaming app that teens are obsessed with

YouNow's founder, Adi Sideman, told us earlier this year that 70% of YouNow's users are under the age of 24 and that the platform has 100 million user sessions a month, with about 150,000 broadcasts daily. It's the 34th most popular social networking app in the world right now, according to App …

Social Media

Never Mind Periscope or Meerkat. YouNow Has Already Paid Top Live-Streamers $1 Million

Live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope — acquired earlier this year by Twitter — have quickly become tech-world darlings, catapulting virtually …

Social Media

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Has an Insane Severance Package

Silicon Valley and its chroniclers are fixated right now on the fates of both Yahoo (YHOO) and its CEO Marissa Mayer. Will the company sell its core …

Marissa Mayer

Is Yahoo Finally Fixing Its Deeply Flawed Ad Exchange?

We all have blind spots, and Marissa Mayer’s is Right Media. Since she became Yahoo’s CEO a year ago, the ad exchange has languished, suffering from …

Advertising

Yahoo Goes Native With In-Stream Home Page Ads

Since Yahoo launched its home page redesign in February, the new stream-centric layout—outfitted with an all-too-standard 300 x 250 pixel banner on …

Advertising

Finding Alibaba: How Jerry Yang Made The Most Lucrative Bet In Silicon Valley History

Jerry Yang is giving a quick tour of the conference room at his private investment firm in Palo Alto, Calif. It’s dotted with gifts and photos from his 20 years in Silicon Valley. Yahoo’s 45-year-old billionaire co-founder stops before a glass deal toy on a low table.<p>“Um, I have no idea what that …

Yahoo Board, Sticking by Mayer, to Decide on Spinoff by End of Weekend

More to come!<p>According to a boatload of sources close to the situation, Yahoo’s board wrapped up its regular December meeting yesterday without a final decision as to whether it will move forward with its planned spinoff of its huge stake in China’s Alibaba Group.<p>It’s not clear if the directors …

Advertising

Yahoo board in final talks on future of company | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc’s board of directors on Friday is in the third and final day of meetings that could decide the future of one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent but troubled companies.<p>A Yahoo logo is pictured in front of a building in Rolle, 30 km (19 miles) east of Geneva, in …

IT

On the 20th Anniversary – The History of Yahoo’s Founding

<i>Yahoo was officially incorporated on March 2nd, 1995. This is a partial transcript of several episodes of the Internet History Podcast, including an</i> …

Simon Cowell’s Live-DJ Competition Show Dropped by Yahoo (Exclusive)

A live show from music-biz impresario Simon Cowell is no longer a go at Yahoo — the latest casualty of the Internet company’s shift away from …

Sony Music

Uber Chases The Perfect Ride With Back-To-Back Trips

There’s a secret equation Uber is constantly trying to optimize, where Uber and the driver earn the most money possible while the passenger pays the least. Internally, I’ve heard Uber refers to this as “the perfect ride”.<p>It might seem like the two halves of the equation fundamentally clash, and in …

Transportation

Why a Reform Rabbi Became an Uber Driver – and What It Taught Him

To prepare for the High Holidays this year, I did what any rabbi would do: I went undercover as an Uber driver.<p>Uber, a ride-sharing app that links …

Bernie Sanders Bashes Uber, Uses It For All His ‘Taxi’ Rides

<b>By Blake Neff</b> Just a couple months ago, Bernie Sanders lambasted Uber as an “unregulated” company with “serious problems,” but financial disclosures …

Government

Flu jabs to food: Uber hints at expanding delivery

Uber will continue to grow beyond just offering a taxi service to a point where it can deliver food in one minute as it increasingly sees itself a …

Transportation

'Uber for helicopters' startup Blade now offers private jet service to Miami, and it wants your flight to be as fun as your vacation

The startup is now expanding its offerings to include seats on a private Gulfstream IV jet.<p>Dubbed BLADEone, the service will be offering seats on flights between Manhattan, Miami, and Palm Beach — destinations that many New Yorkers frequent during the off-season.<p>A one-way ticket will cost about …

Gulf Stream