Spotify is spreading into multiple continents, but not the Middle East (at least not yet). Which is where Anghami steps in. The on-demand, mobile-leaning service is targeting Middle Eastern countries and audiences, with a blend of Western and local music.
Opt-ins, T&Cs, free trials, and other dangerous internet weaponry. In response to lingering consumer complaints in Washington, former Rhapsody owner RealNetworks has now created a $2 million compensation fund to settle user complaints of unfair and deceptive charges. "Deceptive pre-checked boxes and fine print obligated consumers to not-so-free trials for subscription services they didn't want in the first place," Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna told Reuters.
Point, censorship. Lady Gaga has now cancelled dates in Indonesia, based on stepped-up threats from Islamic extremists. That follows word from Gaga manager Troy Carter that the show wouldn't be toned down. "With threats if the concert goes ahead, Lady Gaga's side is calling off the concert," Minola Sebayang, an attorney for promoter Big Daddy told the Associated Press.
Amanda Palmer's hyper-successful Kickstarter campaign now kicking towards $1 million, easily a record-smashing result. The question now is, can this be done again - and again - and again...?
Music-focused advertising group ToneMedia has just named Cliff Paulson as its new EVP of Sales and Marketing. The ToneMedia ad platform contains more than 100 online music content and lyric publishers.
Annie, the remake? Emma Thompson is now writing the updated film version, with Jay-Z fittingly overseeing the music and contributing original tracks. Willow Smith will play the lead, with Will Sr. producing.
Facebook is redoubling its efforts at creating a smartphone, according to a weekend report in the New York Times. Engineering teams are being assembled, and a release by next year is planned, according to various sources.