Baidu, the dominant search engine in China, says it has reached a digital music distribution deal with three of the world's largest music-recording labels that ends years of litigation over pirated music.
Baidu reached an agreement to stream and download Chinese and international music from One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal Music, Warner Music, and Sony Music, the company today said in a statement. The China search giant will license the labels' catalogs and future releases, paying royalties for each song played or downloaded.
The fuller disclosures could be a positive for potential Zynga investors, in that they show Facebook has committed to share advertising revenue with Zynga and help the gaming company meet its active user targets.
Amazon today unveiled a textbook rental service for the company's Kindle e-reader. Students can rent e-textbooks for as few as 30 days and extend rental periods in one-day increments.
A key feature is you can keep annotations and highlighting after the rental period ends. The notes are stored in the Amazon cloud and can be automatically synced if you re-rent a textbook. The amount of storable highlighting allowed is determined by the individual publishers, according to an Amazon spokesperson.
Of course, the devil is in the details. John Wiley & Sons isn't saying how much highlighting they allow … Read more
Google+ is a strong statement that Google doesn't like Twitter's 140-character limits, but apparently the company still thinks there's a strong need to shorten Web addresses as much as possible.
The evidence: Google just bought the g.co domain that will enable it to have a shorter Web address for Google products and services.
"The shorter a URL, the easier it is to share and remember. The downside is, you often can't tell what Web site you're going to be redirected to," Gary Briggs, vice president of consumer marketing at Google, wrote in … Read more
Dolphin, a customizable mobile browser for Android OS, is getting a big boost to being a serious competitor for Firefox and Chrome.
TechCrunch is reporting that MoboTap, the company that makes Dolphin, has secured $10 million in a round of Series A funding with the help of Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners. Some of that funding will reportedly be going to the following projects: making the premium (and paid) version of the app free, expanding its employee bases in San Francisco and Beijing, and developing an iOS version.
Live news coverage from CNN and Headline News is now available on mobile devices to subscribers of certain paid TV services.
Time Warner, which owns CNN and Headline News, announced today that its regular news channel programming will be streamed live over the Internet and available for people to view on their laptops, smartphones, or tablets if they subscribe to certain paid TV services.
Cable, satellite, and telco TV providers offering the service to their subscribers include: AT&T, Comcast, Cox Dish Network, Suddenlink, and Verizon Communications. Notably missing from this list are Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. Time … Read more
Big Champagne CEO Eric Garland has seen Netflix's price hike in many different forms over many years.
Industry leaders change directions with a product or service and stunned customers revolt. It's a scenario that played out when Facebook overhauled the social network's interface and in 1998 when Apple released the iMac G3 without a 3.5-inch floppy-disc drive. People called Steve Jobs crazy. But Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, like Jobs before him, is now trying to move the market into the future, says Garland. Netflix's library of streaming movies and TV shows are often dated or … Read more
The Women's World Cup final was a major event on Twitter yesterday.
At the end of the soccer final between the U.S. and Japan, 7,196 tweets were sent out each second, Twitter announced on its official account yesterday. That figure helped set a new record for tweets per second. The game between Paraguay and Brazil led to a peak of 7,166 tweets per second, catapulting it to the second spot.
That spike in traffic is significant. When President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden earlier this year, Twitter revealed that more than 4,000 tweets were sent out each second. The 2010 NBA finals saw 3,085 tweets per second, and Japan's World Cup victory over Denmark last year caused a spike of 3,283 tweets per second. During the 2011 Super Bowl, Twitter saw 4,064 tweets hit its service every second.
However, until yesterday, the top tally went to Japan's ringing in of the new year, when 6,939 tweets were sent out each second.
Earlier this month, Twitter announced that its users are now sending out 200 million tweets each day, up significantly from the 2 million they tweeted in January 2009 and 65 million they offered up a year ago.… Read more
William Shatner's Google+ account was temporarily disabled today, the "Star Trek" star announced on his Twitter account early this morning.
"My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards," Shatner tweeted on his official Twitter account. "Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules. Maybe I should say goodbye?"
Earlier this morning, CNET confirmed that Shatner's official Google+ account was, in fact, down. However, at last check, the account appears to be back up. The celebrity's "About," "Posts," and "Videos" have no content, but there … Read more