The ninth circuit appeals court ruled that Yelp was not extorting businesses and that it had the right to manipulate reviews as it saw fit.
Sometimes, fully-funded Kickstarter campaigns will run into production problems. Do backers have any recourse?
On today’s social media edition of the Morning Media Menu, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog discussed new rules for a changing world.
YouTube viewers in Germany will have to wait for access to certain songs. GEMA, a large music royalties collection agency, has decided to suspend negotiations over its contract with YouTube after more than three years of arguments over copyright liability, the company announced yesterday.
Zynga has filed suit against a former employee. When “CityVille” general manager Alan Patmore left Zynga for a rival gaming company in August, he apparently took sensitive documents from his work computer along with him.
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Is Spotify’s Business Model Broken? (CNET)
Spotify’s financial performance in 2011 was abysmal. As revenue increased 151 percent from 2010, the on-demand streaming music service saw losses widen 60 percent for the same period, according to documents posted by PrivCo, a company that sells data on non-publicly traded companies. BetaBeat Virtually every new dollar of revenue went directly to music companies as royalty payments, evidencing the fact that the more members Spotify adds, the more money the company loses. This is a clear indication that the online licensing fee/royalty model is increasingly restricting Spotify’s ability to generate sustainable margins using its freemium model. The Next Web Spotify’s 311 employees grew salary costs 173 percent year-over-year in 2011, outpacing revenue growth, according to PrivCo. Business Insider Unlike Groupon, Spotify can’t just trim its marketing spend to cut its losses. It either has to completely change its business strategy, or get much better at its business. TechCrunch In related news, Warner Music Group’s owner Access Industries and previous investor Idinvest are investing $130 million into music streaming startup Deezer. Even though the company is doing well in its country of origin, France, it is still at the very beginning of its international expansion. Read more
NY Judge Allows Startup to Relay Live TV to iPhones, iPads. Will Second Screen Ratings Help Networks?
It’s not illegal to watch live content from television networks on a mobile device, a New York judge ruled on Wednesday. Television networks Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC and others had sued the startup company Aereo for copyright infringements after learning that the company was using remote antennas to give viewers access to their content on iPhones, iPads, and computers for $12 per month.
There are a whole slew of sites out there that let users download YouTube videos and convert them to MP3s or other formats. One of the largest of these sites is YouTube-MP3, self-described as “the easiest online service for converting videos to mp3.” But it looks like Google is trying to put a damper on these types of sites, threatening legal action.
Facebook users are afraid of change, according to a USA Tod ay poll released in mid-October, which revealed that 56% of Facebook users did not like Facebook’s latest changes. With that being said, Facebook users are constantly growing by the day. What keeps current users with the social networking platform, and what drives new users towards it? The answers are endless, but we should not be looking at what brings users to the platform, instead we should be looking at what drives users away. Timeline, Facebook’s “new kind of profile,” could be the underlying answer to the question at hand.
A group of nearly 27,000 South Koreans have filed a lawsuit against Apple for a whopping $26 million, claiming privacy violations on the collection of iPhone user location information. Apple spokesman Steve Park in Seoul has declined to comment on the situation.