You probably haven't heard of it, but Echo Nest powers products from the likes of Spotify, Vevo, and MTV.
By Rob Walker, contributor
FORTUNE -- It began with an argument. Tristan Jehan and Brian Whitman met as Ph.D. candidates at MIT's Media Lab. Both were amateur musicians passionate about the ways technology might recommend songs based on a listener's tastes. Both were convinced that "collaborative filtering," a trendy means of achieving MOREOct 18, 2012 5:00 AM ET
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To amp up the effectiveness of its ads, Facebook in recent months has begun allowing marketers to target ads at users based on the email address and phone number they list on their profiles, or based on their surfing habits on other sites.
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That gets to the larger problem: The entire phone isn't ready. On stage, Nokia had nothing specific to say about when the Lumia would go on sale. A day later, perhaps after noticing that providing a launch date for its make-or-break phone could be somewhat important to the future of its entire business, the MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 10, 2012 6:00 AM ET
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Global television shipments fell 8% in the first quarter from a year earlier, as LCD-TV volume posted its first year-over-year drop, according to research firm NPD Group. LCD TV shipments fell 3% to 43.1 million units from a year earlier and MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Jun 20, 2012 12:16 PM ET
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* Google (GOOG) is seeking partnerships with automakers to eventually bring its self-driving car technology to real-world drivers. Though, the company still needs to conduct "millions of miles" of testing, and it may take another decade to bring to market. (The Wall Street Journal)
* One good thing to come out of MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Apr 26, 2012 3:30 AM ET
Its competitors say there's something to talk of how hard it may be for the company to turn a profit. They also say that won't always be the case.
FORTUNE -- Since Spotify's launch in Sweden three years ago, the music streaming service has become an industry darling by popularizing the "all-you-can-listen" business model. But it hasn't always been smooth sailing for the startup. Securing licensing deals with the big four MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 14, 2011 1:54 PM ET
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"If you don't fail, you haven't tried hard enough."
-- Shervin Pishevar, Menlo Ventures Managing Partner (TechCrunch)
* HP (HPQ) has finally decided the fate of the WebOS operating system, and things are looking up. The company announced that it's making WebOS "open source," allowing developers and other hardware manufacturers to freely MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 12, 2011 3:30 AM ET
The streaming music service is surging. But it needs more than a big library if it wants to rule music. Its embrace of apps may just help it do that.
FORTUNE -- Spotify, the streaming music product born in Sweden, is one of the coolest online services to come to America in some time. But that doesn't mean it's perfect.
For record labels, the question is whether cooperation with Spotify provides consistent MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 1, 2011 12:15 PM ET
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* HP CEO Meg Whitman told the French newspaper Le Figaro that, if you count iPads as PCs, Apple (AAPL) will likely surpass her company as the leading PC vendor next year. (Though, HP wants to reclaim that title come 2013.) Also, Whitman said the company could announce the fate of its webOS operating MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Dec 1, 2011 9:24 AM ET
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* As an active Facebook user, you may have noticed News Feed updates describing which news stories your friends recently read via apps like The Washington Post's Social Reader or songs they listened to from say, Spotify. But is this form of "automatic sharing" simply the next logical step, or is MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 21, 2011 3:30 AM ET
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