After Jay-Z announced his newest venture--a streaming music service called Tidal that he bought a majority stake in for $54 million--with the help of a lot of very famous musicians, there was a bit of a backlash. Meanwhile, Spotify raised $400 million from Goldman Sachs and Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund. And Apple's Beats Music service is pursuing artists for exclusive deals.
Posted Apr 14, 2015
Nude photos of about 20 celebrities appeared on 4chan over the weekend, and speculation quickly led to Apple's iCloud taking much of the blame. But Business Insider's James Cook is skeptical that anyone actually hacked Apple's encrypted iCloud. Instead, he thinks it is more likely that the thief used "social engineering" to gain access to the celebrities' accounts the old-fashioned way, by simply guessing their passwords.
Posted Sep 02, 2014
Amazon Web Services, Inc. announced several new capabilities to make it easier for developers to build, deploy, and scale mobile applications. Amazon Cognito is a new service that provides simple user identity and data synchronization that lets developers create apps that authenticate users through popular public login providers, and then keep app data such as user preferences and game state synced between devices. The new Amazon Mobile Analytics service allows developers to easily collect and analyze app usage data, up to billions of events per day from millions of users, and delivers usage reports.
Posted Jul 10, 2014
Speculation about Amazon's own streaming music service is heating up after Digital Music News posted a contract it says it obtained from sources like "smaller publishers and rights owners, who are being handed ‘take it or leave it' terms without the ability to negotiate." The article also claims that bigger groups are being offered larger sums of money.
Posted Apr 08, 2014
Signiant announced a significant extension of the company's cloud portfolio with the introduction of Signiant SkyDrop, a commercially available hybrid SaaS solution that accelerates the movement of big data and professional media files into and out of Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure cloud storage. Signiant SkyDrop is a genuine cloud-formed solution that leverages managed cloud infrastructure, in contrast to software that customers must deploy and manage.
Posted Apr 08, 2014
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced a new partnership with startup technology company Knode to provide customized research expertise portals to learned societies and other academic organizations worldwide. Knode's expertise profiling system compiles a research signature for users based on their publication history, patents, clinical trials, and grants.
Posted Jan 08, 2014
Amazon Studios, the original film and series production arm of Amazon.com, announced Amazon Storybuilder. Based on the practice of outlining a screenplay with paper notecards, Amazon Storybuilder takes notecarding and makes it digital, giving screenwriters the ability to lay out digital notecards on a virtual corkboard. Users can access their projects whenever and wherever on their computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Posted Dec 19, 2013
Brainshark, Inc., a provider of cloud-based business presentations, announced the availability of an online assessment tool to help companies evaluate their sales content effectiveness. The purpose of the assessment - made available for free by both Brainshark and Profitable Channels, a provider of sales enablement consulting - is to help sales and marketing professionals understand how well their content is driving sales performance and to identify steps to maximize the return on their content investments.
Posted Dec 05, 2013
XTM International, a provider of web-based translation technology, has released XTM Version 8.0. Incorporating many features requested by its users, Version 8.0 provides customers with an even more powerful computer aided translation (CAT) tool and translation management system (TMS).
Posted Nov 19, 2013
Based on initial results with Ford Fiesta, Chiquita, Xbox, Salvation Army, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Moosejaw, and Kabam, Are You a Human-- a Detroit start up that specializes in game-based verification systems -- has broadly launched PlayThru a verification ad unit that allows marketers to deliver a brand message while users play a quick game to prove they are, well, human. PlayThru can replace CAPTCHA, a series of distorted characters traditionally used by websites.
Posted Oct 29, 2013
That little bump on your arm that looks like a mole. But what if it is something worse? You don't remember it being there last month. Maybe it's just a bug bite. Although it has been bothering you for a few days. So what do you do? Of course you approach this problem like any other rational human with a college degree and a smartphone. You ask the internet.
Posted Jul 18, 2013
Marrying a collection of cultural content with a proprietary e-commerce system, Mediander LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fine Creative Media, Inc., announced the launch of its new website mediander.com.
Posted Jul 16, 2013
Pantheon, an all-in-one Drupal platform, announced the launch of Multidev, which aims to cut website management costs by letting teams instantly provision unlimited development environments in the cloud. Each member of a team can fork the entire stack of services that power a site on demand, developing in tandem on a single platform.
Posted Jul 12, 2013
re:fuel -- a media and promotions firm -- announced the launch of IHeartNewspapers.com, an online resource for newspaper research and information. The site's content is designed to promote the positive impact that newspapers have on readers and illustrate the value of newspaper advertising to marketers.
Posted Jul 10, 2013
Lately, the media has been so focused on the Apple ebook trial that you could be forgiven for having forgotten all about the Author Guild's lawsuit against Google for its attempts to scan every book. But a three judge panel decided this week to revoke class action status, at least temporarily.
Posted Jul 02, 2013
It probably won't matter much to the hordes of Potter fans who frequent Pottermore, but CEO Charlie Redmayne is leaving to return to HarperCollins U.K. as CEO. Redmayne had served as the head of Pottermore since its beginning in 2011.
Posted Jul 02, 2013
Cloudup announced the launch of its free, instant service for sharing any files or links by simply dragging-and-dropping them into the browser. Backed by funding of $2.875M from Charles River Ventures, Atlas Ventures, and other prominent investors, Cloudup uses HTML5 to ensure that both web and mobile users can instantly access what you're sharing regardless of device, operating systems, browsers, or applications.
Posted Jun 24, 2013
Yandex, a large European internet company operating Russia's most popular search engine, released a full-fledged mobile browser for the iPad and for Android smartphones. Yandex's mobile browser was designed from the ground up to closely integrate the search engine and the web surfing experience.
Posted Jun 18, 2013
Nearly a month in advance of Google Reader's demise, Curata has announced that Curata Reader is now available. Curata says it built Reader to be the cleanest, simplest, and easiest feed reader on the web.
Posted Jun 18, 2013
Freelancer.com announced that its contest feature is no longer limited to just design categories, allowing SMEs and entrepreneurs to crowdsource anything, from websites and software to architecture and engineering. Freelancers can now directly compete with each other to complete a contest in any industry.
Posted May 28, 2013
On Thursday, May 8, Clipboard -- a visual web clipping service -- announced it has been acquired by Salesforce. As a result the company will shut down its services on June 30, 2013. This leaves time for current users to download the content they have amassed during their time with Clipboard, and view it offline.
Posted May 13, 2013