Clear Channel Communications is one of the companies taking a serious look at the assets of Playlist.com, the once promising digital music service that filed for bankruptcy protection last summer, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.
Details are few, but apparently Clear Channel, the media conglomerate with a large stake in broadcast radio, concert promotion, and billboard advertising, is interested in the user interface and other technology belonging to the defunct Playlist.com, once known as Project Playlist.
Android users will now be able to control their Squeezebox digital-music players from their smartphones and tablets.
Logitech announced today that it has officially launched its Squeezebox Controller for Android. The program actually hit the Android Market yesterday.
With the app, users will be able to control any Squeezebox player in the house from any room over their Wi-Fi network. The app lets users play music, customize tracks, sync content, and search for songs. The app also comes with the ability for users to "view files, station, or playlist album art," the company said in a blog post today.
Those hoping to use their iPhones and iPads to control Squeezebox players are out of luck for now. Currently, Logitech's Squeezebox Controller is available only on Android. It's available for free in the Android Market.
With the help of a mobile app, Logitech hopes to breathe some new life into its Squeezebox line. Some of the better Squeezebox players have been around for years. And they're still among the top music-streaming devices on the market.
The Squeezebox Radio, for example, is a favorite of the CNET Reviews team, earning four stars out of five in a 2009 review. Like other Squeezebox players, the Radio, which is supported by this app, lets users stream music over their home network. It also includes access to streaming services, like Pandora, Slacker, and Rhapsody. It retails for $179.99.
The Squeezebox Duet, also supported by this app, is another favorite of the CNET Reviews team. That device also earned four out of five stars, in a 2008 review, thanks to its ability to offer "an ideal way to stream the full range of digital music--including files on your computer's hard drive, premium subscription music services, and free Internet radio--to your living room stereo system." The Duet is currently on sale for $399.99.… Read more
LinkedIn announced today that it now has 100 million users.
According to the professional-networking site, approximately 44 million of its users are in the U.S. LinkedIn said that it's adding about 1 million new users to its service every week. The company reported that 20 percent of its members are in the service industry, while 9 percent of users are in the "high-tech" sector. Apple, Amazon, eBay, and Cisco are among the "most represented companies on its site." They're flanked by EMC and Campbell's.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was ordered by a judge yesterday to answer questions in a deposition related to an antitrust suit filed against the company in 2005 over its FairPlay DRM software.
Attorneys for Apple had argued that Jobs' testimony in this case would be repetitive of what has already been offered as part of the ongoing lawsuit. But presiding over the case known as the Apple iPod iTunes Antitrust Litigation, U.S. Magistrate Judge Howard Lloyd ruled yesterday that this alone was not sufficient to preclude Jobs from testifying.
The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for … Read more
Nearly 13 million American adults who use social networks are more than willing to accept friend requests from strangers of the opposite gender, a new survey from Harris Interactive has found.
According to Harris Interactive, 18 percent of men will accept a woman's friend request, even if they do not know the person. About 7 percent of women will accept an unknown man's friend request. A total of 5 percent of U.S. adults will accept every friend request they receive.
Only 50 percent trust that their connections will keep their information private. Yet more than 24 million … Read more
Amazon officially opened its new and much-anticipated Android app store today.
Serving up a round of competition to Google's Android Market, Amazon's Appstore for Android is stocking almost 3,800 apps for starters, with more on the way. To kick off the store opening, Amazon is giving away a free copy of Angry Birds Rio and is promising to offer one paid app for free each day.
Conde Nast, which bought Reddit five years ago, is considering spinning out the social news site.
The publisher would continue to own the site, but it's talking to investors about selling a stake. Sources tell me it is floating a $200 million valuation.
Reddit, which labored under the "Digg-clone" designation for many years, is now a much hotter version of Digg. Last summer, it was doing more than 400 million page views a month; now it's up to a billion. The free site has made some forays into advertising, but they've been very, very cautious. … Read more
It may be game, set, and match for Lendle. No, not Ivan Lendl, the former tennis great. Lendle, the newly hatched e-book lending service.
Lendle first reported the news via Twitter: "Amazon has revoked Lendle's API access. This is why the site is down. It's sad and unfortunate that Amazon is shutting down lending sites...According to Amazon, Lendle does not 'serve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.'"
Reached by CNET, Lendle co-founder Jeff Croft, who's based in Seattle, had this to say:
They [Amazon] shut the API access off, and without it, our site is mostly useless. So, we went ahead and pulled it down. Could we build a lending site without their API? Yes. But it wouldn't be the quality of product we expect from ourselves.
Apple is facing criticism from a gay rights group after the company approved an iPhone app from a religious ministry that encourages people to "cure" themselves of homosexuality.
Advocating "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus," Exodus International launched its app last month to spread the word about its cause. The app connects users to the ministry's Web site and offers links to its latest news and blog posts.
But Exodus' message and its app have triggered complaints from Truth Wins Out, a nonprofit group whose stated goal is to fight anti-gay religious extremism. … Read more
Sony plans to restart a lithium-ion battery plant that it closed following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan earlier this month, Reuters is reporting.
According to the report, Sony will open its plant, which is located in the Tochigi prefecture, tomorrow. However, six other plants that Sony closed after the earthquake and tsunami will remain closed for the time being.
This could be bad news for several markets in which Sony competes. The factories that remain closed are used to produce lasers for Blu-ray players, Blu-ray discs, and Blu-ray players, among other products.