Partnering with a big radio company will give Rdio a big leg-up to take on Spotify, but that might not mean much in the tough market for recorded music.
FORTUNE -- By most accounts, no music-streaming service is making money, and with huge players piling into the business -- including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), and Microsoft (MSFT)-- things will only get tougher for services such as Spotify, Pandora (P), Rhapsody MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 17, 2013 9:19 AM ET
Some Spotify users make playlists that mirror compilation albums issued by Ministry of Sound, which the label calls infringement.
FORTUNE -- Ministry of Sound, a British music label that issues compilation albums, is suing Spotify, claiming that the song-streamer is infringing on the label's copyrights by allowing people to create and share playlists that mirror its albums.
Are lists of particular songs copyrightable? Possibly. U.S. copyright law recognizes compilations, in fact. The MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 6, 2013 1:34 PM ET
A glib statement from incoming Post owner Jeff Bezos demands scrutiny. The last thing the Post should do is to mindlessly chase the youth demo.
FORTUNE -- "All businesses need to be young forever," Jeff Bezos told Washington Post staffers on Wednesday. "If your customer base ages with you, you're Woolworth's."
A pithy statement -- glib, even. Not entirely inaccurate, but also not quite accurate, and not anything the Post (WPO) should MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 6, 2013 11:03 AM ET
Twitter might often seem like a big pile of nonsense, but subscribers pay thousands of dollars in order to find and analyze the useful data it contains.
FORTUNE -- People who were 13 years old in 2006 are 20 now. Many of them no doubt would like to erase much of their online histories, especially the stuff they wrote on Twitter in their early-teen years: say, somebody who's now a fan MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 4, 2013 2:23 PM ET
The attack on the New York Times' web site this week was accomplished via a method that proponents of anti-piracy measures wanted written into U.S. law.
FORTUNE -- The attack that knocked The New York Times offline this week was an old-school hack: simple DNS blocking. The Syrian Electronic Army, which apparently mounted the attack, broke into domain-name servers run by Melbourne IT (and not into the NYT's own systems, which MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 30, 2013 2:54 PM ET
By making conversations easier to follow, Twitter is encouraging people to use the service for something other than its essential function. It's probably a good idea for the company, but not for people who use Twitter to follow the news.
FORTUNE -- Twitter is working to attract many more new users and keep the ones it has. To that end, the site is risking doing all it can to wreck Twitter.
Wreck MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 29, 2013 2:56 PM ET
Should we think of smartphones as providing "broadband access?" What about DSL service with speeds not far above dial-up access?
FORTUNE -- Broadband adoption in the U.S. continues to rise, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. Among adults 18 and older, 70% have broadband access at home -- up from 66% a year ago.
As Pew notes, that's a significant increase. But a deeper MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 27, 2013 4:08 PM ET
A blog post spreading a hard-to-believe "rumor" that Google Glass displays will take up 6,000 square feet in Best Buy stores was reportedly taken seriously by Wall Street traders.
FORTUNE -- The issue of government leaks is once again raising the question of who is and who is not a journalist, and whether we should ask instead whether a particular act is an act of journalism, regardless of who performs it.
Crucial, MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 23, 2013 1:37 PM ET
Jon Luini, a founder of the Internet's first music distributor, isn't a fan of either the record labels or the free-for-all of file-sharing.
FORTUNE -- Before Napster -- and even before the web -- there was IUMA, the Internet Underground Music Archive. Given everything that's happened since IUMA was ascendent in the mid- to late-'90s, what's most striking is how relatively conservative the service was. IUMA was dedicated to helping unsigned MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 22, 2013 1:38 PM ET
LinkedIn is opening itself up to young teenagers. This will not wreck the dreams of our starry-eyed children.
FORTUNE -- Facebook (FB) wasn't much until it opened itself up to people who didn't have a current email address issued by a college or university. Restricting access isn't a great way to build a social media business, Facebook realized. For most social media, scale is everything.
That's why LinkedIn (LNKD) has opened its MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 21, 2013 1:19 PM ET
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