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Adele Breaks Records

While stars are now expected to live their lives in full self-promotion mode online, Adele barely touches her social media accounts. A 27-year-old mother who speaks with a working-class North London accent, she is revered by fans as much for her seeming approachability as for her vocal prowess. In interviews she speaks about being a […]

SQUARE ROLLS OUT READERS FOR APPLE PAY

Square is rolling out new mobile payment readers to 100 local businesses around the country, allowing such merchants to accept chip cards, and most notably, Apple Pay. The move is a big deal for Square, which only last week went public. But it also adds momentum to Apple’s efforts to spread Apple Pay more broadly. […]

MUSIC NEWS: 11-23-15

Adele’s much-anticipated album 25 will not be available on streaming services. The most well-known case to date was Taylor Swift, who pulled her catalog from Spotify last November out of concern for the royalties paid from the service’s ad-supported listening, according to the singer. That prompted a defense from Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and propelled […]

UPDATE: RDIO WAS LOSING $2 MILLION A MONTH

On Monday, Rdio declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in one of the bigger busts in the era of streamed music. The filing was expected after an announcement that the on-demand service would sell some of its key assets to Pandora for $75 million, but court papers lodged in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Francisco, California reveal […]

ELON MUSK POWERS UP: INSIDE TESLA’S $5 BILLION GIGAFACTORY

ELON MUSK IS VENTURING HEADFIRST INTO THE BATTERY BUSINESS. Elon Musk – the 44-year-old CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX (and the chairman of the solar energy provider SolarCity) is launching a new product line via his electric-­car manufacturer – Large batteries that store energy in homes and even larger batteries that do the same […]

PANDORA ACQUIRES RDIO TECH AND TALENT

PANDORA IS BUYING KEY TECHNOLOGY AND TALENT FROM STREAMING MUSIC SERVICE RDIO, WHICH WILL BE SHUTTING DOWN. Another week, another shake-up in the digital music world. Pandora, the company that pioneered personalized Internet radio, is eyeing a leap into the on-demand music space dominated by Spotify, Apple Music and, until today, Rdio. Today, Pandora announced […]

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