The RIAA are just boys in this game! And the latest Hollywood anti-piracy weaponry? Enter PirateEye, a system of smart cameras embedded in theaters that automatically detect pirating camcorders. These lightweight Orwells emit small beams of light to inspect the entire theater, seat by seat, throughout the show. In fact, the major studios are funding this company to the tune of $5 million, according to the Wrap! Early deployment is focused on advanced screenings and premieres.
Spotify may soon point its guns at Pandora, like so many others in this game. Bloomberg is pointing to a near-term launch of a Pandora-like service, one that would apparently go above-and-beyond its current, Echo Nest-powered radio implementation.
Which brings us to the insanely massive-yet-problematic story that Pandora has become. The latest booming stat comes from Sandvine, which estimates that Pandora stations now account for 6 percent of total mobile traffic in North America. Sounds great, though Wall Street remains extremely bearish on the P, leaving shares at the unimpressive $8.57 by the Wednesday bell. And there are fresh details emerging of some gargantuan salaries at the company...
Their's is bigger. Facebook now clocks an impressive 901 million monthly active users worldwide, according to SEC filings.
Skrillex says planking is dead.
Live Nation Labs only upped the intensity; even Sequoia's got chips in this game! And mid-2012, it seems that everyone wants to disrupt live. Like Buzzmob, a concept focused around location-based, geo-targeted, realtime social networks - for example, at a live gig. The company is now tying venue and event partnerships; more ahead.
Lionel Richie has now done it once, twice... Tuskegee is the top-ranked album for a second-straight week according to Nielsen Soundscan. The release clocked more than 114,000 units in the US, narrowly edging Jason Mraz.
Vevo just announced a slate of music-focused original series, including those related to dating, local scenes, and even album covers.
Take 17? Microsoft is apparently angling to deliver another streaming music service, with more designs on Spotify. The service, geared for the powerful Xbox ecosystem, could be announced at the upcoming E3 in Los Angeles. That's all according to The Verge, which pointed to a service code-named "Woodstock".
And, there's more misidentification drama over at Rumblefish. After clamping down on a bird-chirping, salad-picking vegan video - and paying the PR price - the latest victim is a band actually repped by Rumblefish. Apparently the band triggered the Rumblefish database with its own copyrighted material; TechDirt describes a circular copyright hot mess that also involved CD Baby.
what?! Thursday, April 26, 2012
Dear Paul, why did you feel the need to throw the name of George Orwell in there?
I dare you to do the same with Google. Or NSA. You know, the real Big Brothers. I don't think you have the guts.
Visitor Thursday, April 26, 2012
umm also what?!
I have no idea what you're talking about...