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Why Startups Should Be Included In Music Modernization Act

Adding to the already intense level of criticism being levied at the Music Modernization Act, this piece from Chris Castle delves into the legislation's failure to properly include startups, and why they should be more present in the legislative process and the act itself. _______________________________ By Chris Castle of musictech.solutions from The Trichordist  Who took on the Standard Oil men And whipped their ass Just like he promised he’d do? Ain’t no Standard Oil men g...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Texas, Congress, Eu, European Union, Guest Post, Standard Oil, Silicon Valley, MMA, Dlc, Music Business, Salt Lake, Randy Newman


Why Startups Should Be Included In The Music Modernization Act

Adding to the already intense level of criticism being levied at the Music Modernization Act, this piece from Chris Castle delves into the legislation's failure to properly include startups, and why they should be more present in the legislative process and the act itself. _______________________________ By Chris Castle of musictech.solutions from The Trichordist  Who took on the Standard Oil men And whipped their ass Just like he promised he’d do? Ain’t no Standard Oil men...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Music, Texas, Congress, Eu, European Union, Guest Post, Standard Oil, Silicon Valley, MMA, Dlc, Music Business, Salt Lake, Randy Newman


5 Ways CPG Brands Can Shift Their Techniques to Remain Relevant

It is no surprise: Google, Amazon, Apple and Netflix are among the most relevant brands today. They have achieved this by being customer-obsessed, guiding their actions through purpose and continuously innovating. It sounds straightforward, but remaining relevant is a real challenge. Established CPG brands are losing relevance according to Prophet's Brand Relevance Index. While they...
Tags: Advertising, Netflix, Voice, Prophet, Google Amazon Apple, Ways CPG Brands


Subscription hell

Another week, another paywall. This time, it’s Bloomberg, which announced that it would be adding a comprehensive paywall to its news service and television channel (except TicToc, its media partnership with Twitter). A paywall was hardly a surprise, but what was surprising was the price: the standard subscription is $35 a month (up from $0 a month), or $40 a month including access to online and print editions of Businessweek. And people say avocado toast is expensive. That’s not the only subscr...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Media, Youtube, Wikipedia, Tech, Bloomberg, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Moviepass, Irs, Subscription Service, Google Apple, Ulysses, Cross


Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon have too much power — so it's time for regulators to take on tech's titans (FB, AMZN, GOOGL, AAPL)

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has been facing scrutiny about its size and power.  The company has indeed become immensely powerful, but so too have Google, Apple, and Amazon. Their power has numerous bad effects for consumers and society, including the destruction of whole industries and even slow national economic growth. But for decades regulators have been ignoring such consequences of the concentration of corporate wealth. It's long past time for US regulators st...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, US, Trends, Reagan, Chicago, Standard Oil, European Commission, Republican Party, Bernie Sanders, Sheryl Sandberg, Trump


European Union plans to tax tech giants on local revenue

 After months of speculations, France’s economy minister Bruno Le Maire announced in an interview with the JDD that Europe’s new tax model for tech giants is happening. The plan will be unveiled in the next few weeks. Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook have all faced different issues when it comes to tax optimizations. They’ve been routing their revenue through Ireland… Read More
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, France, Tech, Tax, European Union, Policy, JDD, Bruno Le Maire, Google Amazon Apple


Why brands need to get into ‘voice’ in 2018

Talking, once seen as the less cool forerunner of text messages and Whatsapp, is having something of a comeback, much like (regrettably) three members of the 90s British boyband, Five. Look at the race to dominate in voice-activated devices which saw the likes of Google, Amazon, Apple, and Samsung going head-to-head in 2017. From our friend Alexa and the compact Google Home to the wonderfully titled LingLong DingDong — China’s leading voice-activated device from JD.com — 2017 was big for voice. ...
Tags: Startups, Business, China, Samsung, Entrepreneur, Whatsapp, Voice, Alexa, Contributors, Google Amazon Apple, Marketing and SEO


(Virtually) No one should ever own an Echo or any other "voice assistant" product

If you buy one of those intrinsically insecure, always-on "smart speakers" from Google, Amazon, Apple or other players, you're installing a constantly listening presence in your home that by design listens to every word you say, and which is very likely to suffer at least one catastrophic breach that allows hackers (possibly low-level dum-dums like the ransomware creeps who took whole hospitals hostage this year, then asked for a mere $300 to give them back because they were such penny-ante gri...
Tags: Gadgets, Echo, Post, News, Siri, Voice Assistant, Google Amazon Apple, Surveillance Capitalism, Late Stage Capitalism, Smart Speakers, Grinchwatch, Unless You Have Dementia, Zuboff


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Apple will put up to $15.4 billion (€13 billion; £11 billion) that the EU says it owes Ireland in back taxes into a special holding fund. Ireland's finance minister said he expects the iPhone maker to start paying the money into an escrow account in the first quarter of 2018. 2. Netflix's chief content officer told an audience at UBS's Global Media and Communications Conference in New York that season six of the streaming gian...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, Navy, La, China, Los Angeles, Trends, Eu, Netflix, Ireland, New York Times, Michael Dell, Ubs, Pokemon, Ibm


the future of advertising

The 2002 movie “Minority Report” portrayed a futuristic vision of advertising as the lead character, John Anderton, enters a shopping mall that identifies him from retina scans and pitches personalized ads to him as he walks by: “John Anderton, you could use a Guinness right about now.” That scene influenced a generation of marketers. I riffed on this premise with a cartoon a few years ago in which John Anderton is publicly subjected to ads for hemorrhoid medication and incontinence pads based ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Advertising, Digital, Voice, Belle, Guinness, Ad Tech, Branding, Ann Handley, John Anderton, Google Amazon Apple, Google Home


European Finance Ministers Want to Force Tech Companies to Start Paying More Taxes

US tech giants like Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook which do business in the European Union have long ... avoided paying billions in taxes on their European operations through, uh, creative use of tax laws. That all might come to an end soon, if a group of member countries led by France is able to get their way.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Science, Technology, Taxes, France, US, Eu, European Union, Airbnb, Google Amazon Apple, The Tax Man Cometh


The next unicorn may not come from Silicon Valley

Peruse the headlines, and you’ll find hundreds of articles predicting the “next Silicon Valley.”  Pundits claim that the growing cost of living in the Bay Area is driving businesses away to more affordable regions that are rich in tech talent such as Austin, Phoenix, Boulder, and Miami. But try as they might, these “hubs” won’t ever beat Northern California at its own game – the area will continue to dominate information technology because of its unique arbitrage of thought, culture and resea...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Stanford, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, General Motors, CIO, Larry Page, Harvard, George Orwell, Ford, New York Times, Paris


Microsoft has invested $3 billion in its European cloud operation (MSFT)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced on Monday that Microsoft has invested more than $3 billion (£2.3 billion) in its European cloud offering, with $1 billion (£777 million) of that invested in the last year alone. The tech executive told an audience at Dublin City University that Microsoft's Azure platform will be expanded to France in 2017 with several new data centres set to come online. "Microsoft has more regions than any other cloud provider in Europe," said Nadella, adding that Microsoft...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Microsoft, France, Germany, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Brad Smith, Nadella, Google Amazon Apple


Netflix Claims Customers Freaked Out Over Price Hike

After a decade of explosive growth, Netflix is experiencing some growing pains. Though Americans are watching more online video than ever, Netflix is facing steeper competition (from rivals like Google, Amazon, Apple, and HBO) in addition to an uncertain future in international markets. Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Netflix, Earnings, 2016, Q2, Google Amazon Apple


Big Pharma Is So 2015. Welcome to the Era of Big Software

Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook could dominate the tech market in the same way Pfizer and Kellogg's dominated food and pharma. The post Big Pharma Is So 2015. Welcome to the Era of Big Software appeared first on WIRED.
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Business, Enterprise, Tech, Pfizer, Paul Graham, Kellogg, Kellogg's, Google Amazon Apple


A Brief History Of Frozen Mechanical Royalties [David Lowery]

In the wake of recent rate court negotiations with the Copyright Royalty Board to set the compulsory mechanical royalty rate for songs, David Lowery takes a look at the history of mechanical royalty rates, which have been frozen to the disadvantage of artists for some time. _______________________________ Guest post by David Lowery of The Trichordist In case you missed it, songwriters are currently in a rate court at the Copyright Royalty Board (Copyright Royalty Judges) to set th...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Publishing, Music, Microsoft, Congress, David, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Guest Post, Music Business, David Lowery, National Music Publishers Association, Copyright Royalty Board, Hoyt Axton, Spotify Pandora, NMPA


Why Marketing Automation is the Key to Sharing Strategic Insights with Sales

Author: Patrick GrooverHave you been approached by your sales team within recent months asking for more leads or, in many cases, higher quality leads? (Where are my Star Trek fans?) As marketers, it’s no longer enough to be building the best communication with sales; it’s vital that we deliver the highest quality prospects to the sales team and reduce the amount of time spent on unqualified inquiries. And this can only be accomplished with the right insights. In this blog, I’ll cover two trends...
Tags: Marketing, B2b, Marketo Marketing Blog Best Practices, Google Amazon Apple, Sales Marketing Alignment, Patrick GrooverHave


5 Digital Trends To Watch Out For In 2016

Nowadays users, or let's face it -- customers are not simply introduced to new products and services as they enter a physical store or browse the web. All different kinds of devices, platforms and social media channels surround them every single moment in their lives (unless you take a trip to Green Zone, where I hear cell phones and Wi-Fi are banned). We are exposed to a digital landscape filled with exciting new and digital innovations. Looking at the trends for 2016, it takes a great amount o...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Samsung, Linkedin, Creed, Huffington Post, Seth Godin, Don, Campbell, Assassin, Green Zone, Jonathan Shaw, Harvard Magazine, Richards Group, Sofia Katsali, Google Amazon Apple