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Apple’s iRadio Plans Warm Up (Financial Times)
Apple is looking more likely to launch its long-awaited music streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins on June 10, after agreeing to terms with Warner Music’s recorded music and music publishing divisions for the service known as “iRadio.” Warner, the third-largest global music company, became the first music publisher to agree to a deal for iRadio, people close to the negotiations said, after Apple agreed to pay its songwriters 10 percent of advertising revenue, more than double the 4 percent rate it earns from Pandora, the U.S.-based internet radio service with more than 70 million “active listeners.” Mashable The news comes one month after the company reached another deal with Universal Music. Talks are still underway with Sony, according to the report. The New York Times Apple’s Internet radio feature is expected to be free and supported by advertising, and would represent a relatively late arrival by the company into what has become a fast-growing — if low-margin — sector of the music business. Apple is said to be negotiating directly with the music groups because it wants more extensive licensing terms. Billboard Earlier this year, Apple had sought a far lower royalty rate of 0.08 cents per stream, but with a chance to get a larger cut of the advertising revenue Apple would generate from the radio service. Record companies rejected the initial offer, saying Apple’s terms would have put the labels in an awkward position of having to explain to Congress why that was acceptable for Apple, but not for other internet radio services.
LinkedIn Rolls Out Two-Factor Authentication (SocialTimes)
LinkedIn Friday introduced support for two-factor authentication for users who choose to enable the security feature. The rollout follows a similar move by Twitter. VentureBeat Two-factor authentication is a more secure means of proving your identity to a company’s server than the traditional username and password combination. In most cases, two-factor authentication requires the input of a temporary code, which is provided to you either through an app like Google Authenticator, an SMS message or through a dongle, such as RSA’s tokens. LinkedIn will provide these codes through SMS messages. GigaOM But two-factor authentication, which essentially asks you to confirm your identity with a second code from a device like a smartphone when you go to enter your password, is just a start. Many people have written why two-factor authentication won’t solve all your security needs — it’s certainly not a foolproof way to prevent attacks as the sophistication of hackers evolves to target specific individuals in an organization.
Turkish Prime Minister Blasts Twitter and Social Media for Spreading ‘Lies’ During Weekend Protests (The Next Web)
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan has blasted Twitter and social media in general for spreading rumors and “lies” this weekend as police clashed fought with protests in Istanbul and other cities. Erdogan went so far as calling social media “the curse of society today”.
Facebook Removes Ads from Firm That Promises to Lie for its Customers (AllFacebook)
Dishonesty appeared to be a theme on Friday, but in this case, Facebook nipped the potential for dishonesty in the bud, removing ads from a firm known as Paladin Deception Service following a tip (via tweet) from Jeff Bercovici of Forbes. Bercovici spotted the ad for Paladin among the ads on the right-hand side of his Facebook homepage and looked into the company further, finding that it is led by “licensed and experienced private investigator” Tim Green, and it promises to “put together almost any fictitious scenario that you require.”
Yahoo Shuts Down Mail Classic, Forces Switch to New Version That Scans Your Emails to Target Ads (TechCrunch)
Twitter Makes it Easier Than Ever to Ditch the Egg Avatar [Video] (AllTwitter)
If you’re still an egg (and many people are), know this: It is now so toddler-simple to update your pics that ANY egg avatars seen heretofore on Twitter are obviously, irrefutably, uncomprehendingly (needed another “ly” to round it out) – SPAM! So let it be written, so let it be done.
CBS Acquires TVGuide.com and Mobile Apps (LostRemote)
CBS announced it has acquired TV Guide Digital, buying up its remaining 50 percent share of the company from Lionsgate. The deal folds TVGuide.com and its mobile apps into CBS Interactive, which already runs TV.com and other entertainment brands like GameSpot and Last.fm.
Here’s What Every Geotagged Tweet Looks Like on the World Map (The Daily Dot)
Miguel Rios, Twitter’s visual insights manager, has mapped out every one of the billions of geotagged tweets since 2009. The images are stunning.
Stilly Hopes to Be Vine for Tumblr (SocialTimes)
Friday Versagram released its second app, Stilly, which lets users record animated GIFs and post them to Tumblr or send it by SMS or iMessage. To create the animated GIF, users simply record it on the phone.