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92% of Google TV Apps Were Pre-Installed, Not Downloaded

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Google TV is supposed to be Android's entrance into your living room, the pioneering cusp of the "smart TV" revolution. It appears that it has been anything but. Since its release last year, only about 4,793,000 Google TV apps have been downloaded, according to Xyologic. While nearly five million downloads...
92% of Google TV Apps Were Pre-Installed, Not Downloaded

Sean Parker: tech guru and the bad boy of Silicon Valley | Observer profile

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His roles at Facebook and Napster turned the prodigious entrepreneur into a billionaire. But critics say his lavish lifestyle, typified by his $10m wedding last week, is giving his industry a bad nameGiven the way he has lived the rest of his life, no one really expected Sean Parker -...
Sean Parker: tech guru and the bad boy of Silicon Valley | Observer profile

What To Do When Attacked by Pirates

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If you were attacked by pirates, who would you want by your side? A loyal horde of head bangers, gangstas and hard-core punks? Or a brainy clutch of bookish types? I’d generally advise you to go with the former group. But it turns out that in the swashbuckling arena of...
What To Do When Attacked by Pirates
Bitcoin me: Adam Draper's Boost VC makes a big bet on the virtual currency

Should Mark Zuckerberg Think Twice About Establishing A Dynasty?

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Editor’s note: Charley Moore is a lawyer and the founder of online legal service Rocket Lawyer. Congratulations Facebook! You have made history and changed the world. So, here are some thoughts from one of your biggest fans. Like the rest of the planet, I love Facebook and use it every...
Should Mark Zuckerberg Think Twice About Establishing A Dynasty?

File Sharing Moves En Masse To The Darknet; Good Luck Shutting That Down

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It's not like this wasn't easily predictable, but as the entertainment industry has "succeeded" in taking down Megaupload and continues to move against The Pirate Bay and others, anyone who's followed this space had to have known that file sharing would just move one step further underground. We've seen the...
File Sharing Moves En Masse To The Darknet; Good Luck Shutting That Down

Online music is hard: iLike shuts down

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Myspace officially pulled the plug on the social music service iLike.com today, putting an end to what once was hailed as the most popular social music service (hat tip to hypebot). iLike was one of the first startups to offer a combination of free music streaming and social networking, which...
Online music is hard: iLike shuts down

PRO: Pinterest reawakens Napster-style debate over copyright

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Pinterest’s recent changes to its terms of service raise the age-old questions about the legality of what it allows and whether the site or its users bear the ultimate responsibility for the content. In other words, the legal system is still trying to catch up to what the Internet makes...
PRO: Pinterest reawakens Napster-style debate over copyright

How Digital Music Innovation Will Suffer if Universal Acquires EMI

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The music business, to say the least, ain't what it used to be. To be precise, the industry has shrunk by about 50% since Napster's heyday, and virtually nobody expects it to fully bounce back. The major labels know this and have tried just about everything to remain dominant, including...
How Digital Music Innovation Will Suffer if Universal Acquires EMI

Social: Airtime Is Stuck on the Runway, Despite Celebrity Friends and a Viral Ad

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Airtime founders Sean Parker, left, and Shawn Fanning, right. Photo: Airtime Sometimes it’s not who you know, it’s what you know. Just ask Airtime, the impossibly well-connected video-chat service that can’t figure out how to grow traffic sustainably. Despite star-studded, well-financed promotional efforts, Airtime’s user base dropped by nearly half...
Social: Airtime Is Stuck on the Runway, Despite Celebrity Friends and a Viral Ad

Rhapsody announces Napster launch in 14 countries across Europe

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As part of its Napster (and Napster International) acquisition from a while back, Rhapsody promised it would spread the music service across more places worldwide, with one of the many focuses being to have a stronger presence in Europe. Well, staying true to its word, Rhapsody's announcing today that...
Rhapsody announces Napster launch in 14 countries across Europe

Obama campaign to break ground with tech volunteer office in San Francisco

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First-of-a-kind office in Silicon Valley is part of digital strategy to harness technologically gifted and civic-minded new breedThe Obama re-election campaign will mark a political first on Thursday night when it opens the first ever office for technology volunteers. Located in San Francisco, the office is the latest effort in...
Obama campaign to break ground with tech volunteer office in San Francisco

Rhapsody to launch music subscriptions in 16 European countries this spring

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Music subscription service Rhapsody is going to launch in 16 additional European countries in the second quarter of 2013, CEO John Irving told me during a meeting at CES 2013 Thursday. This marks the first proper international launch for the long-standing music subscription service. Rhapsody already has a presence in...
Rhapsody to launch music subscriptions in 16 European countries this spring
WebRTC is almost here, and it will change the web
With Audiogalaxy Acquisition, Dropbox Signals Its Cloud Music Ambitions

Wanna Collaborate On A Song With Paul Oakenfold? Beatlab Is Making It Happen

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Historically there’s been a pretty high barrier to entry when it comes to making electronic music. The standard tools used to create beats are software programs things like Traktor and Ableton Live, desktop programs aimed at professional music producers that have tons of complicated features (and pricetags that start in...
Wanna Collaborate On A Song With Paul Oakenfold? Beatlab Is Making It Happen

Napster Founders' Start-Up Airtime Stumbles

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The video-chat service that launched with fanfare this year by the co-founders of Napster is mired in uncertainty after its product failed to attract enough followers....
Napster Founders' Start-Up Airtime Stumbles

Sean Parker and Lars Ulrich talk Napster vs. Metallica, hug it out with Spotify

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One of today's many, many Spotify announcements was that legendary thrashers Metallica would be coming to the streaming service. As part of the announcement CEO Daniel Ek brought out the bands notoriously outspoken drummer Lars Ulrich and Spotify board member Sean Parker who, as you might remember, had a...
Sean Parker and Lars Ulrich talk Napster vs. Metallica, hug it out with Spotify

Execs Abandon Airtime as Sean Parker Resorts to Meaningless Buzzwords

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(Photo: flickr.com/christmas-on-mars) Tech’s golden party boy, who was once portrayed by a mugging Justin Timberlake in a dialogue-heavy Aaron Sorkin flick, has hit a wall with his new startup, Airtime. Sean Parker, (in)famous for cofounding Napster, serving as the first president of Facebook and as a Spotify board member, opened...
Execs Abandon Airtime as Sean Parker Resorts to Meaningless Buzzwords

Spotify seeks to expand free streaming to mobile devices

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Service in talks with major music companies in bid to gain an edge on rivals such as Napster, Rdio and DeezerSpotify wants to boost the amount of free music it offers to smartphone users in the UK, in a move likely to fuel a sharp rise in on-the-move streaming.At the...
Spotify seeks to expand free streaming to mobile devices

DOJ Lawyer Explores 'Copyright Freeconomics'; Suggests Copyright Needs To Change

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One of the more frustrating things about debates on copyright is how many more established lawyers in the government seem to refuse to recognize the reality of what's happening in the market and instead prefer to rely on disproved ideas such as that without strong copyright protection, we get less...
DOJ Lawyer Explores 'Copyright Freeconomics'; Suggests Copyright Needs To Change

Dismissive VCs Drive Hardware Startups Straight to Kickstarter

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Ms. Hu (lark.com) Imagine that you invented this really cool wristband alarm clock, and you think it could be a real 'disruptive' technology. You spend months mocking up a presentation to give to investors at TechCrunch Disrupt, but on the morning of your demo, rich assholes incapable of summoning empathy...
Dismissive VCs Drive Hardware Startups Straight to Kickstarter

A Decade After Napster, the Music Piracy Debate Rages On

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Ten years ago this month, Napster filed for bankruptcy. The peer-to-peer filesharing network succumbed to an all-out legal war waged by major record labels, but not before popularizing downloadable digital music and sparking a heated debate about music piracy and its consequences. Today, that argument rages on, at times...
A Decade After Napster, the Music Piracy Debate Rages On

Apps and updates: Found, Sparrow, Napster, Yelp, productivity bundle, and more

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A few notable app updates and deals crossed our path today, and we will continue to update as the day goes on, but first a bit of news. New to-do list app Any.DO launched this weekend and hit 100,000 total downloads in only 24 hours, reported TechCrunch. The app first became popular on Android,...
Apps and updates: Found, Sparrow, Napster, Yelp, productivity bundle, and more
Crowdfunding Platform Crowdtilt Lands $12M From Sean Parker, Andreessen & More; Now Acquiring To Expand Into Mobile
Case Study: Band Embraces Grooveshark And Catapults Its Career
Spotify, revenue, and the billion dollar question

Sean Parker: Spotify is better than Napster ever was

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Spotify execs take stage at D10 and talk about how their model leverages musicians' back catalogs, and how Apple may or may not have tried to block the company in the U.S. [Read more]...
Sean Parker: Spotify is better than Napster ever was
Under one million Google TV devices in use according to Market data

The Content Industry Keeps Penalizing The People Who Actually Pay

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I've pointed out before that, contrary to the smug insistence of many people who dislike this site, I don't download any unauthorized content. At all. In 1999 I had Napster on my computer, but I was stuck on a dialup connection, so I never had a chance to test it...
The Content Industry Keeps Penalizing The People Who Actually Pay
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