The Latest: Pandora, Apple, Citigroup, WMG Bidding Update, HP, MXP4

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*Pandora is ditching third-party advertising partners, a response to some serious privacy inquiries.

RollingStone reports that Google, AdMeld and Medialets are toast, with updated apps in progress.

*Apple’s next quarterly earnings meeting happens Wednesday.  Also, the company may be tweaking its app-ranking methodologies beyond simple downloads, though nothing has been confirmed.

*EMI owner Citigroup may be more motivated than ever to sell.  The mega-bank posted a profit loss of 32 percent for the recent quarter.

*Looks like the number of Warner Music Group bidders is down to just three.  Bloomberg counts Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Companies, Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries Holdings, and brothers Tom and Alec Gores.  All are being asked to swallow WMG whole.

*HP could be the next to dabble in the music cloud.  According to documents shared by, HP’s tablet TouchPad would feature a cloud-enabled music service, though details are light at this stage.

*MXP4 has just launched Bopler Games, a social music gaming app for Facebook.  That follows the launch of Facebook music game, Pump It!