December 29, 2009 "Get what you want, when you want it." That phrase has increasingly defined consumers' relationship to the entertainment industry as the past decade has unfolded. But are choice and convenience costing us a sense of common culture? Put another way: Would Seinfeld's "puffy shirt" make it into the Smithsonian today?
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December 22, 2009 It wasn't the first player to offer music on the go; remember the Walkman? And it wasn't the first portable MP3 player. But its impact is undeniable. Launched in 2001, the iPod represents one of the signal musical events of the decade that's coming to a close.
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December 21, 2009 The "aughts," as some are calling these years, have seen the music industry turned on its head. The revolution actually began in 1999, with a little project by college student Shawn Fanning. By 2000, the online file-sharing service was being sued by record labels and musicians. The next year, it was gone. But Napster's legacy lingers on.
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December 15, 2009 The study by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly 1 in 6 young people aged 12 to 17 has received a sexually suggestive picture via cell phone. Report says boys and girls are equally likely to send, receive suggestive pictures on their phones.
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December 11, 2009 Then, there's the battery. If you are lucky you'll get eight hours out of it.
December 10, 2009 In the mid-1800s, Charles Babbage got fed up with doing complex calculations by hand, so he designed what he called a "Difference Engine." He never built the machine in his lifetime, but 150 years later, engineers built the engine to Babbage's specifications — and the 5-ton calculator actually works.
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December 6, 2009 Lala is a four-year-old service that lets users upload their music collections into the cloud and access it from anywhere on any Internet connected device. The first time I tried it, I loved it.
November 23, 2009 News Corp. and Microsoft are working on a deal that might take News Corp. content off of Google and put it exclusively on Bing, Microsoft's search engine. That means that if you do a Google search, content from a News Corp. outlet, such as The Wall Street Journal or Fox News, would not show up. You would have to use Bing to find it.
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November 20, 2009 Back in 2001, I sat in a San Francisco federal courtroom and watched a judge order Napster to shut down. The record companies won their battle against the world's first peer-to-peer file sharing service. But, as everyone now knows, it was a Pyrrhi...
October 21, 2009 Just like real-world communities, online social networks are dividing up along socioeconomic lines. "You have environments in which people are divided by race, divided by class, divided by lifestyle," says social media researcher danah boyd — online communities are no different.
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October 16, 2009 IBM and Google posted better than expected results in the third quarter. It's a sign that the economy is improving.
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The "Amp Up Before You Score" app suggests pickup lines for what it calls different female types.
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October 14, 2009 PepsiCo released an iPhone app that recommends pickup lines and other ways for guys to get girls. It was designed to promote Pepsi's new energy drink, Amp. After some people were offended and complained on Twitter, PepsiCo apologized.
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October 13, 2009 Do you have clout on Twitter? Check out Klout http://klout.com and find out. Klout is a company that measures influence on the social network Twitter and sells that information to advertisers. Advertisers might then decide to give you special...
The Black Eyed Peas' single "I Gotta Feeling" received a hit score of 8.9 out 10 with Music Intelligence Solutions' new software, Hit Song Science.
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October 12, 2009 A company called Music Intelligence Solutions has released a computer program designed to predict which songs carry the greatest potential for commercial success. Using a complex series of algorithms, the software scores a song based on musical patterns that the human brain finds pleasing. Recently, the company has made it available to musicians.
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October 6, 2009 If you read blogs or use Facebook and Twitter, you might have friends who share information about coffee, toys or other products they like. Some of them may be getting paid for their endorsements. New federal rules will require bloggers and tweeters to disclose those connections.
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