ASCAP Daily Briefing for Publishers

ASCAP Daily Brief
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
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Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.

Making Stuff and Making Money
By Faza — Music hasn’t lost its value – people are still listening to as much music (if not more) as they ever have been. The value is simply being captured by people who have nothing to do with its creation, nor any intention to contribute to it. [Thanks to Terry Hart for the link.]

Disruptions: Let Silicon Valley Eat…Ramen Noodles?
By Nick Bilton — You don’t have to spend much time in Silicon Valley to start hearing that the people don’t care about money. People here are just trying to make the world a better place. Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists eat ramen noodles for dinner and drive old, clunky Hondas to work. If they do make money, that’s just a tiny cherry on top of their altruistic Tofutti soy whip sundae. That’s what people here would like the world to think. Let’s be realistic, these start-ups aren’t nonprofit organizations.

Music Consumption: Listening Is No Longer Enough, Nielsen Study Finds
By Bob Henry — Teens don’t just listen to music, thanks to YouTube, but radio is still the way the most people discover new music, according to a Nielsen study. Here are some of the headlines from the Music 360 study, an in-depth examination of consumer interaction with music in the United States…

U.S. Tops League of BitTorrent Users, Says Report
By Addy Dugdale — A report detailing illegal download activity worldwide has put the American people as the globe’s most prolific music pirates.

The 3 Myths Behind “Internet Pirates Always Win”
By Jeff John Roberts — An economist argues that “three myths” are driving the popular notion that online piracy is inevitable and can’t be stopped. Here’s a quick summary of those “myths” and why dispelling them is important to having a more nuanced discussion about how to handle unauthorized online content.

Safe Harbor Not Loophole: Five Things We Could Do Right Now to Make the DMCA Notice and Takedown Work Better
By The Trichordist

Why Are Google DMCA Notices Skyrocketing?
By Jonathan Bailey — Google’s Transparency Report for Copyright Removal Requests has been an interesting opportunity for outsiders to peek at the process of who is filing DMCA notices and against what. However, a quick glance shows that the number of URLs removal requests has been skyrocketing in recent months…

SiriusXM for Android Update Brings on Demand and Offline Listening
By Jon Fingas

What Happens When Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users?
By Mark Mulligan — …as Facebook nears the 1 billion user mark, there remains a niggling worry which stubbornly refuses to go away: has Facebook actually taken social networking mainstream or has it just taken Facebook mainstream?

Facebook Friends: How Many Is Too Many?
By Antone Gonsalves — Forget its $104 billion IPO, Facebook’s greatest achievement is building a social network of 950 million people. But what if that tremendous size is also Facebook’s Achilles’ Heel?

Shazam Hits 250 Million Users, Now Lets You Tag TV Shows on Any Channel
By Ellis Hamburger — Music-tagging app Shazam today announced that it’s expanding its functionality to let you tag any TV show on any channel in order to find out what music is playing, who’s acting on screen, and more.

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Also Accused of Tax Server Hack
By CMU

How to Avoid Serious Mistakes When Choosing an Agent
By Marcel Williams

The Best Social Media Site for Bands
By Simon Tam — I often get asked: what’s the best social media site for bands? My business clients ask the same thing using different words: what is the best marketing channel to promote my brand? The idea that there is a magic formula or single solution to take care of all your needs is a misnomer. Where you should be promoting and the tools that you should be using should revolve around one main concept: where your target audience is. It’s as simple as that.

So You’ve Created an App; Now Why Hasn’t Anyone Discovered It?
By Ouriel Ohayon — Most developers underestimate how hard it is to be successful in Apple’s App Store. And even if Apple improves things, it’s not going to be enough. Ouriel Ohayon, cofounder of Appsfire, looks at why this problem is so hard to solve.

Don’t Just Make Unconventional Music, Make Unconventional Instruments, Too
By Brenna Ehrlich — Today, we have to give props to our friends over at MTV Canada for a pretty rad little contest called “Made of Imagination” that they’re running with Booooooom and Sony Xperia, the aim of which is creating a totally new, completely weird, and entirely awesome instrument.


Led Zeppelin’s Finally Breaks the Levee – A Reunion Concert

 

We alerted you several days ago that there was a great rustling going on in the ever-volatile Led Zeppelin camp. Fortunately, this time it was for good, not evil (or ongoing fan disappointment, as has been the case many times). The 2007 one-off reunion show is finally coming to theaters in October and to DVD in November — a plan that has been on the tracks for years, but always derailed at the last minute. Rumors swirl as to what happened to cause the five-year delay, with most people assuming that singer Robert Plant’s refusal to do a full tour with the reunited band being a major sticking point.

It doesn’t matter. The DVD is finally here, with a chance for fans to see it on the big screen (when the live anthology “DVD” was released in 2003, big-screen showings were reserved for journalists in major cities; this time, fans will be able to buy tickets and experience it in a theater before it hits stores). Besides performances of Zep classics, fans will get two songs never before performed live — “For Your Life” from “Presence,” and “Good Times Bad Times,” the first song off the band’s first album, basically the birth of the classic band. Check the teaser below,read our original review from when the concert happened and get ready to blast some music. It’s been a long time since we rock ‘n’ rolled.

 

 

Madeleine Bagger – Record Business is still for Teen Idols

Madeleine Bagger

MEMPHIS, TN (IFS) —  Madeleine Bagger. I´m 16 years old. I´m from Sweden. I love to sing. I wrote a song when I was 11 years old and won with the song in a competition. 

After a while in 2008 I think I started to take lessons from my teacher when I was (beginning) singing (lessons). After that I was singing for her for four years I think.
Now my dream is to get out my music out and get a larger audience of people to like it.
With an introduction like that, it’s not hard to really hear uniqueness and the beginnings of a great talent to come.  I would give anything for the beginning “scratch pad” drawings of Picasso in his younger days.   The record business was originally created by Thomas A. Edison for old opera men and women.  Even until the early days of the 1950’s, it was dedicated to older groups and singers.  Then in 1957, everything was crushed in a moment when a 13 year old singer by the name of Frankie Lymon delivered the first superstar blow to the record business with “Why Do Fools Fall In Love”.  From that moment on, every recording company on the planet has been trying to sign teenage idols to recording contracts.
About the early 1980’s the recording business became over intoxicated with itself, then exploded the birth of the independent record labels with great success.  They too forgot about the “talent” that drives the business among all that success and money.  Slowly they too returned under the dominance of the big labels once again.

In our climate of instant access and success, with at a click of a mouse, one artist can be heard all over the world by approximately 500,000 people within minutes of the first release of a song.  It still takes good old fashion marketing to drive the buying audience to that song, even if it’s a great song.  Usually after several rotations, the natural beats with its easy listening and none offensive lyrics and happy feelings take you to the next level.

Every once in a while, aside from all the “talent” shows and hype, you find a true and lasting talent, with none of the cotton candy and “effects” that take you away from the real deal.  Madeleine Bagger, the single “Naturally” is a sure shot winter, and it’s only a short period of time, the whole world will know your name!

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ASCAP Daily Brief
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
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This daily email, compiled by ASCAP Board member, music publisher and songwriter Dean Kay, cuts through the media clutter to bring you links to the most relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your future livelihood. Now the ASCAP Daily Brief can be accessed on the Headlines page of ASCAP.com and in the ASCAP RSS Feed.

Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.

With the Right Tools, You Can Compete With Free
By Sandra Aistars

7 Mythbusting Copyright Law Articles (Article #6)
Presented by Terry Hart — (Article #6) – Remix Without Romance — By Thomas W. Joo

“How to Succeed” or How’s That Google Downlinking Working Out For You?
By Chris Castle

Google: We Are So Over Patents, Especially in Their Current Form
By VentureBeat.com — After fighting the patent battle of the decade in court with Oracle, Googlers are getting publicly fed up with software patents as a whole. Conceptually, they just don’t jive with innovation, two prominent Googlers have said recently. [As with copyrights, anything that gets in Google’s way of making billions at the expense of others annoys them – DK]

Streaming Is Growing — Is Vevo?
By Glenn Peoples

Spotify’s Monthly Average Users (MAU) Dropping
By Eliot Van Buskirk — This would appear to be somewhat alarming, even though Spotify is still by far the most popular music service that connects to Facebook…

The Trouble with Hipset: What Do Facebook Likes Really Mean?
By Eliot Van Buskirk — According to Forbes, “Schlicht envisions Hipset as the major destination site for music, the way Twitter is for news and Facebook is for friends – a kind of new version of MySpace.” The world certainly needs one of those. But is this it?

Why Groupon Is Over and Facebook And Twitter Should Follow
By Peter Cohan — …social media attracts consumers because of dopamine – and like any drug those consumers need a bigger dose to get the same effect. Social media’s inability to deliver that is at the root of what makes it hard for it to grow into its lofty valuations.

MegaUpload (MegaVideo) Smoking Gun? Did the Site Illegally Charge for Streaming Movies?
By The Trichordist

Sell Your Music on Your Own Website with CD Baby’s Customizable Widget
By Chris Robley

New App Plugs Data Leaks
By Adam Popescu — Anyone concerned about protecting personal data has to feel like their firewall is more of a pasta strainer right about now. You even leak data when you download apps. Here’s an app desiged to help you understand what you’re giving up when you download.

Five Things I’ve Learned from 20 Years of Email
By Janko Roettgers — It’s been 20 years since I got my first-ever email address. Back then, I read email with a 2400 bps modem. Today, emails reach me instantaneously on my phone whereever I am. Here are a few important lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Protect Your Ears: It’s All About The Music!
By Charlie Holland

Bandcamp Adds Free Mobile Optimized Artist Pages
By Hisham Dahud

Eight Ways To Compose Music More Effectively
By Marcel Williams — We’ve all been there. Struggling to come up with a melody or working out that perfect ending for your song. This is one of the most frustrating aspects of composing music, especially when you are working towards a deadline. This article contains a few suggestions on how to compose more effectively…

VIDEO: Moelcular Synth: Snap-Together Electronic Music Instrument “Bricks”
By David Pescovitz


Dean Kay DEAN KAY

Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded – including “That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).


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The Muse’s News
An E-zine For And About Songwriters.
Issue 13.4

July 2010

In This Issue:
* Editor’s Musings
* Music Reviews – Cyrus Rhodes, Dan Cohen & Don Sechelski
* New Artist Spotlight Additions
* Songwriting Book Review – by Ed Teja
* Musical Notes – Songwriting Contests & Market Info.
* Muse’s Clues – Songwriting Web sites that inspire – brought to you by singer/songwriter & teacher, Irene Jackson.
* Featured Article – Lucky Emma – by Sally Morgan
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Hello again for another month! As you can see, we’re going through some changes here … I like to think they’re a giant leap forward. From now on, I’m going to basically just include some info here about what the issue contains and this Musing along with the raffle winners. Beyond that, you can pick up the issue online! That’ll mean I can make it look the way I want it to without having to worry about all the different email programs out there mucking it up. 😉 Yeah. It only took 13 years. 😉 I hope you enjoy. And if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! And I hope, since you’re looking at the issue on the website now, that you’ll take the time to have a look around there, too. You never know what helpful information you’ll find! 🙂

I also have a question to put to you all. As it turns out, Ed Teja, the book/services/ reviewer here who has been doing such an excellent job for me for so long – will be doing some traveling. He’ll be unable to continue to do reviews for The Muse’s News and I can say that I will definitely miss him a LOT. (But I know you’re doing what you want to do, Ed – and that’s great! Go for it!)

That does leave an opening though – and I’d love it if someone who is a regular subscriber and knows this newsletter and cares about the songwriting industry and the people in it, would take up the mantle of reviewer. Unfortunately, it’s not really a paying gig … but you *do* get to keep all the review copies that get sent your way, after you’re finished reviewing them. And I do reimburse you for any shipping costs involved in getting raffle winners their copies (typically, you’re sent two – one for review, one to send out).

If you’ve been reading the newsletter and the reviews, you’ll have a good idea of how they’re done – the length, what’s typically covered in them, etc. I try to have all contributions by the 20th of each month. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, please do let me know! I’d love to hear from you so that we can talk about it.

Lots of interesting information in this issue, and a great guest article by Sally Morgan of “Sing Like You Speak” that I think you’ll all find inspirational.

In the meantime, here are the raffle winners for this month:

* Dale Matthies from Goderich, ON Canada, has won a beautiful (and highly useful!) notebook from The Jotted Line.

* Meg Tennant from Waterloo, ON Canada has won a copy of”100 Miles To A Record Deal” by author and publisher Bronson Herrmuth.

* Michael Blache from Mandeville, LA has won a copy of “The Rise and Fall of EMI” reviewed in a previous issue.

* Cliff Keller, from Cardiff, California, has won a copy of Virtual Studio Systems’ Lyricist software.

* Kimberly Hales Kime, from Climax, NC, has won a free 3 month membership to SongU, an Internet-based learning environment providing online coaching, co-writing and pitching opportunities, in addition to over 70 multi-level courses developed by award-winning songwriters.

* Shane L. Whelan, from Riverton, UT has won a downloadable version of Rhyme Genie, a dynamic rhyming dictionary featuring over 300,000 entries and 30 different rhyme types.

I know I say this a lot – but it’s really true. 🙂 If you’re interested in one of the raffle prizes listed at the top of http://www.musesmuse.com/musenews.html – or in the books, software or services reviewed in these issues, please write to me with your first and second choice, and your mailing address so I know where to send the prize. 🙂 They could really be yours! And I’m happy to send them to good homes.

For the products reviewed, I may or may not have another copy to raffle – or it might have already been given out – but it’s always worth a try! The quicker you write to me about a product that was just recently reviewed, the better your chances are!

Happy July, everyone! Enjoy the newsletter!

All the best,

–Jodi
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ASCAP Daily Briefing

Instant Star: How Justin Got So Big
By Susan Krashinsky — The rapid spread of ‘Bieber Fever’ is truly remarkable, but it’s no natural occurrence. This global infection is the product of a clever marketing campaign designed to harness the Internet’s power.

“Glee” And The Stones Driving Digital Music Sales
By Mike Sachoff — Coming on the heels of its mid-season April premiere, the music themed-TV show “Glee” saw digital downloads from its four compilations jump from 51,000 to 359,000, according to new data from Nielsen. The program’s latest “Showstoppers” album topped the Billboard charts this week as digital sales of “Glee” songs surpassed 500,000. Songs from the show posted 4.1 million track sales in 2009 and 3.2 million so far in 2010.

The Half-Life Of A YouTube Video Is 6 Days
By Jay Yarow and Kamelia Angelova — A video on YouTube gets 50% of its views in the first 6 days it is on the site, according to data from analytics firm TubeMogul. After 20 days, a YouTube video has had 75% of its total views. That’s a really short life span for YouTube videos, and it’s probably getting shorter.

Radio Rebound in 2010
By Erik Sass — Better-than-expected first-quarter ad revenues have prompted BIA/Kelsey to revise its forecast for radio, giving a cheerier outlook for 2010. For the full year, BIA/Kelsey now expects radio revenues to increase 3.7% from $13.7 billion in 2009 to $14.2 billion in 2010. The new projection partly reflects significant growth in revenues from digital and mobile initiatives launched by radio broadcasters.

If You Liked This …
By Lev Grossman — The trouble with recommendation engines is that they’re really hard to build. They look simple on the outside – if you liked X, you’ll love Y! – but they’re actually doing something fiendishly complex. … They’re trying to reverse-engineer the soul.

Bee.tv Recommendation Engine for TV and Film
By Curt Hopkins — From shopping to music, the overload of information on the Web has been shaped and ordered by recommendation engines. There are even tools like the browser extension GetGlue that purport to sail the entire recommendations ocean. But one very important aspect of the online experience has been overshadowed: video. Milan- and Tel Aviv-based Bee.tv, currently in beta, has introduced a proprietary, cross-platform recommendation service to personalize television, film and video viewing. Bee.tv aspires to do for video what Pandora or Last.fm do for audio.

The Orchard Reaches 1.2 Billion Mobile Customers Across Asia
(Press release) — Today, The Orchard, a global leader in music and video distribution and comprehensive digital strategy, announced that the company is now reaching more than 1.2 billion mobile customers across Asia through distribution partnerships with top mobile operators and licensors in China, Japan, Korea, India, and the Middle East

House Judiciary Chairman Seeks Cooperation From Google, Facebook in Privacy Inquiries
By Joelle Tessler — The head of the House Judiciary Committee is asking Google Inc. and Facebook to cooperate with any government inquiries into privacy practices at both companies. Michigan Democrat John Conyers sent letters to Google and Facebook on Friday amid mounting concern in Congress that the two online companies are not adequately protecting personal privacy on the Internet.

The Action Class: Restraining Order Blocks Google From Destroying Wardriving Data
By Chris Castle — Business Insider reports that not only was Google “wardriving” and hoovering up personal data in 30 countries in Europe-they were doing it in the US, too. And strangely enough, they were about to destroy the data before they got sued and hit with a restraining order faster than a code monkey can snarf a Ring Ding.

Silicon Valley Backs YouTube in Viacom Case
By John Paczkowski — Google and YouTube have some powerful new allies in their pitched battle with Viacom: Yahoo, Facebook and eBay. Earlier this week, the three companies filed amicus briefs in support of Google and YouTube, which are defending themselves against a $1 billion copyright lawsuit by Viacom. In the briefs, they urge the judge presiding over the case to dismiss Viacom’s suit, claiming to do otherwise is to violate protections given Google under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. [Now let me see, YouTube reformats the videos uploaded to its site, stores them on its systems for on demand viewing, sells advertising against them, makes them available to anyone who wants them to generate advertising revenue for their own sites, does not get licenses and thinks it’s swimming in a “safe harbor?”]

Need a Program Guide for the Real-Time Web? Try Live Matrix
By Sarah Perez — The web is no longer static pages of text and still images. It’s alive with tweets, “tweetups,” live video conferences, uStreams, live-blogged product launches, webinars, live auctions, virtual world meetups and events, time-limited sales and contests, live audio and video podcast recordings, live chats and more. And it’s all happening in real-time. … Live Matrix is your program guide to the real-time web, allowing you to search, save and create reminders for all the live web events you want to be a part of.

Ray Charles’ Copyrights a Lucrative Business
By Ed Christman — While Ray Charles has a substantial songwriting catalog post 1961, “what is interesting is he didn’t like to write,” says Tony Gumina, president of the Ray Charles Marketing Group. “He wrote songs when he was on Atlantic because he didn’t like what (Atlantic principals) Ahmet (Ertegun) and Jerry (Wexler) were giving him (to record). So his most prolific writing period was between 1948 and 1960. “As soon as he became big enough to record the biggest songs, he started recording the American songbook Rogers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins and Irving Berlin.” [Not to mention Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Hank Williams, Cindy Walker, Floyd Tillman, Don Gibson, Cowboy Jack Clement and a number of other country songwriting legends who powered two of Ray’s greatest albums, “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” – Volumes one and two.- DK]

Robin Williams as the American Flag

ASCAP Daily Briefing

Reaching New Lows – Charity Album Piracy
By James Gannon — Those who engage in music piracy will often list a familiar set of excuses to justify IP theft: the album is too expensive, the labels don’t make it available in digital format, artists don’t receive a big enough portion of album revenues,…. That’s why I was dismayed, but really not surprised, to see how quickly the Haiti benefit album “Hope for Haiti Now” cropped up on all the popular BitTorrent indexing sites… [Thanks to Neil Turkewitz for the link.]

The Music Industry’s Demographics Problem
By Mark Mulligan — Apps, a fundamentally interactive experience, are tailor-made for the digital natives, whereas the static 99-cent music download remains wedded to a bygone era. Of course, the kids still like music, but the current digital-music product doesn’t compel them to part with their cash in the way an app does.

Watch Out, iPhone Devs: One-Man Android App Nets $13K Monthly
By Jolie O’Dell — As Android’s growth continues to explode since the release of the Droid, only the most foolish of app shops are not planning to expand beyond Apple’s walled garden.

The Pirate Bay Torrents Remain Online Despite Court Order
By Ernesto — Last October the Amsterdam Court ruled that three former Pirate Bay operators had to remove a list of ‘infringing’ torrents from the website and block access to Dutch users. The Pirate Bay trio had to comply with the Court’s demands before today, but nothing has changed and it’s unlikely that the Dutch will be shut out of the site in the near future.

French Youth Making Piracy a “National Sport”
By Jared Moya — Now boasts having one of the highest rates of software piracy in the European Union as the country’s youth challenge one another “to crack the most elaborate software programs” and rebel against the most repressive copyright legislation in the world.

New Zealand Proposes Internet Suspension, $15,000 Fine for File-Sharers

BBC Proposes Deep Cuts in Web Site
By Eric Pfanner — The British Broadcasting Corp., yielded to critics of its aggressive expansion, proposing sweeping cuts in spending on its Web site and other digital operations.

The United States Steps Up
By Chris Castle — Authors can feel a bit better–they have a great advocate in William Cavanaugh of the Justice Department representing the United States in opposing the Google Books “settlement”. This passage in the recent hearing sums it up…

20 Free Ways (Some of Questionable Legality) to Manage Video, Music, and Photos
By Adam Pash and Rick Broida – These eight no-cost utilities and services can help you find, organize, and wrangle your media files–or enjoy some great video online.

Audio Dedupe Cleans Up Your Music Collection
By Preston Gralla — Keeping an ear tuned to a fat collection of music files and an eye on your PC’s ever-diminishing hard drive space? Then give Audio Dedupe ($30, feature-limited free demo) a try. It uses a sophisticated set of tools to find duplicate music files, even if they’re in different file formats.

i-Tab Digital Tablature Reader
By Jimin Brelsford — The i-tab will have you playing pop songs in no time, its up to you whether or not you look like a putz while doing so…. Probably the most newsworthy part of this unit is how it represents a real push for so-called “legal” tabs.

Music Software Popularity Index – 2009 Q4
PRWeb — Digital Music Doctor announces the results of the Music Software Internet Popularity Index for Fourth Quarter 2009.

Looking Back at Oscar’s Biggest Goof
By Gregg Kilday — The 61st Academy Awards, held March 29, 1989, at the Shrine, stands as the great object lesson…. Oscarologists still shake their heads over the infamous opening production number in which Merv Griffin sang “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts!” amid an onstage re-creation of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub before turning the stage over to a high-pitched Snow White, who boogalooed with Rob Lowe to the tune of “Proud Mary.” [Producer? Allan Carr.]

[How to make your website sing]
Put Your Web Site in the CodeOrgan
By Ben Johnson — The CodeOrgan analyses the *body* content of any web page and translates that content into music. The CodeOrgan uses a complex algorithm to define the key, synth style and drum pattern most appropriate to the page content. [This is really fun. You’ve got to try it.]

ASCAP Briefing

Today’s ‘iGeneration’ Has No Off Switch
By Sharon Jayson — Today’s kids don’t remember a time without technology and the constant connectivity to the world that these technologies bring. One expert has dubbed this generation the “iGeneration,” and it includes today’s teens and middle-schoolers. Distinct iGeneration traits include early introduction to technology and a desire for immediacy.

Kids on The Web: Are They Satisfied With Virtual Worlds And Games?
By Richard Macmanus — For kids under 12 years of age, entertainment websites and virtual worlds are all the rage. My 8-year old daughter plays ToonTown a lot. Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters are also popular in this demographic. But are these types of sites fulfilling the potential and talent our kids have with technology?

Some Ditch Social Networks to Reclaim Time, Privacy
By Marco R. della Cava — As the social networking train gathers momentum, some riders are getting off. Laura LeNoir is done. “I feel better, I feel lighter, I got my privacy back,” says LeNoir, 42, an office manager at an educational software company in Birmingham, Ala., who logged off a few weeks ago. “People say, ‘You’ll be back.’ But I read more, walk the dogs more. I’ll be fine.”

The Key To Making Free Music Services Work
By Mark Mulligan — On-demand, access-based services will be the foundation stone of the 21st-century music business. Added to that, the majority of consumers simply have no appetite for paying for digital music, certainly not on a subscription basis. Free and subsidized services are quite simply part of the future. But, and it’s a big “but,” these services and their associated business models still pose many as yet unanswered questions.

Van Natta Resigning as MySpace CEO
By Ryan Nakashima – Owen Van Natta is stepping down as CEO of struggling social networking site MySpace, effective immediately, after less than a year on the job. The former chief revenue officer at MySpace rival Facebook will be replaced by Mike Jones and Jason Hirschhorn, who were promoted to be co-presidents.

iPod Gets the Beatles Music …Through an Internet Radio Station App
By Amy-Mae Elliott — While the world waits for The Beatles back catalogue to go officially digital, a Beatles-themed internet radio station ( “Beatles-A-Rama!!!”) has launched an iPhone app that will see all tunes John, Paul, Ringo and George streamed to your handset.

With Buzz, Google Plunges Into Social Networking
By Miguel Helft and Brad Stone — The new service, called Google Buzz, allows Gmail users to share updates, photos and videos as on Facebook and other social networking sites.

Google Buzz Criticized for Disclosing Gmail Contacts
By Robert Mcmillan — One day after its launch, privacy concerns have been raised about Google’s new Gmail-based social-networking tool, Buzz. At issue is a feature that compiles a list of the Gmail contacts who users most frequently e-mail or chat with. Buzz automatically starts following these people and makes the list public, meaning strangers can see who Buzz users have been in contact with.

Shazam Connects with Pandora, Last.fm Apps
By Jason Ankeny Mobile music discovery provider Shazam announced it will bolster its Shazam Encore and (Shazam)RED applications for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch with the addition of new features enabling users to connect to personalized radio services Pandora and Last.fm to create their own Internet stations based on tagged music.

Google Subsidizing Ultra-Fast Broadband Test
By Stephen Shankland — Google, never satisfied with the pace of change, plans a test that will provide 50,000 to 500,000 people with fiber-optic broadband Internet access with a network speed of a gigabit per second.

Is Google a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing to ISPs?
By Marguerite Reardon — Google says its plan to build new fiber networks will promote innovation in broadband technology, but its moves could be seen as a threat to existing broadband operators.

Google Shuts Down Music Blogs Without Warning
By Sean Michaels — In what critics are calling “musicblogocide 2010”, Google has deleted at least six popular music blogs that it claims violated copyright law. These sites, hosted by Google’s Blogger and Blogspot services, received notices only after their sites – and years of archives – were wiped from the internet.

New Russian Botnet Tries to Kill Rival
By Robert McMillan — An upstart Trojan horse program has decided to take on its much-larger rival by stealing data and then removing the malicious program from infected computers. Security researchers say that the relatively unknown Spy Eye toolkit added this functionality just a few days ago in a bid to displace its larger rival, known as Zeus.

Cutting-Edge Crooks Keen on the Cloud
By Toby Wolpe — Cloud computing has been enthusiastically taken up by criminals for a variety of activities, a security expert says. What better endorsement for the cloud could there be?

Korean iPhone Stylus: It’s Made of Meat
By Charlie Sorrel — Korean sausage maker is experiencing a sales boom due to cold winter weather. People are buying CJ Corporation’s snack sausages to use as styluses for their iPhones.