Filestube.com, heard of it? Well, the recording industry has: according to stats just released by Google, Filestube has been the subject of the most takedown notices yet (in search). That is, more than the Pirate Bay and Hulkshare, among others.
Big screen, small audience. On Tuesday, iHeartRadio announced an expansion into Google TV, a move that shifts the 800-plus station selection onto a much larger interface. Separately, the Clear Channel-owned app has also expanded into the Nook.
Jambase has just launched a Facebook app, one designed to connect lots of concerts with lots of friends.
"The frequency with which smaller venues are closing is scary," NME editor Krissi Murison just told the Guardian in a rather dour piece about British club closings. "There's the Charlotte in Leicester, TJ's in Newport, I could go on and on. It feels like not a week goes past without more closing."
Sam Moore, he's the 'Legendary Soul Man'. But does that mean he can sue a film studio for making a movie that loosely arcs his life story (called, Soul Men)? No, according to a federal court ruling just issued, which found that the Sam & Dave soulman wasn't infringed by the Weinstein Co. biopic. Or, damaged by libel or unfair competition, among other allegations.
And, on the topic of barbed legal entanglements, there's a new development in the long-running dispute between No Doubt and Activision. No Doubt argues that their avatars were misused without adequate warning in Band Hero; the group's lawyers have just been granted the right to argue in front of a jury.
Ouch! Facebook keeps tanking... this time to $28.84 by the Tuesday bell. That's a near-10 percent one-day drop, spurred by negative bets.
And, that already appears to be dragging an ecosystem of Facebook-connected businesses, including VEVO. The video upstart has been rumored to be pondering an IPO. "A jump into the shark-infested IPO waters right now would destroy all the momentum [Vevo] has created for itself," a source just told the New York Post.
They speak your language! Viki, an innovative TV play that relies on crowdsourced lyrics translations, has just inked licensing deal with Warner Music Group.
Pepsi is unwrapping aspects of its music campaign on Twitter. The action starts with free downloads this week, then progresses towards streaming 'pop-up concerts' with heavy 'crowd' participation.