March 7, 2014Spotify Acquires the Echo Nest
Huge news for Spotify this week – the popular streaming service acquired the Echo Nest, a "music intelligence" company which powers listening recommendations (among other things). The Echo Nest's API will remain open, which means that Spotify's competitors can still utilize its services, but Spotify will "gain control over tech that underpins its rivals' offerings". Read more about both companies and what they acquisition will mean for them here.
March 6, 2014Dish + Disney Secure Internet TV Pact
This week satellite TV operator Dish announced a content deal with Disney that will continue to give them the rights to carry Disney networks, and also give them the rights to carry the same networks on an Internet-based pay TV service. This is the first time a deal ...
March 5, 2014The Future of YouTube's Design
Fast Company posted a very interesting article this week on the future of YouTube's design, and how and why the company's User Experience team plans to make the video service seamlessly beautiful. According to the article, design head Ian Spalter's goal for YouTube is ...
March 4, 2014Apple Announces New CarPlay System
At the Geneva Motor Show yesterday, Apple unveiled the rebranded version of iOS in the Car – a new system that the tech giant is calling CarPlay. The system is built to convert users' in-car entertainment system into a full iOS dashboard, and has been expanded ...
March 3, 2014Teens Using Consoles for Internet Over Gaming
An interesting study last week by eMarketer revealed that US teens are using gaming consoles for the Internet more than they are using them for actual gaming. The study showed that out of the 71% of US teen Internet users that own connected gaming consoles, 61% of ...
February 28, 2014Snapchat + College Students
If Snapchat is looking for a way to monetize, they should look no further than their college student user base. According to a recent Sumpto research report, a whopping 77% of college students (aged 18-24) are using the popular app at least once a day, and around 45% ...
February 27, 2014iHeartRadio Music Awards to Air on TV
Clear Channel announced this week that their upcoming iHeartRadio Music Awards will be airing on network television. The awards will be broadcast live on NBC on May 1st, and will have 13 categories, including traditional ones like "Song of the Year" and "Best New ...
February 26, 2014Major Broadcasters Battle Aero Video Startup
The 4 major US broadcasting networks made a big move against the video streaming startup Aero this week – by filing a brief with the Supreme Court outlining how Aero is essentially "stealing their programming and undermining their business model." Aero is a video ...
February 25, 2014Shazam Redesigns Mobile App
Shazam released a significantly revamped version of their mobile app this week. The new app includes a ton of new features, and was designed to be more of a music destination for fans, and a content platform for artists, shows, and brands. The redesigned app, along ...
February 24, 2014Update On Net Neutrality
The FCC is trying to thread the needle on net neutrality, after the US Court of Appeals threw out the FCC's existing rules a few weeks ago. The Court left the FCC with 2 options: drafting new rules, or reclassifying ISPs as common carrier telecommunications companies, ...