The Top 1% of Artists Earn 77% of Recorded Music Income, Study Finds... - Digital Music News
Look, most of the music consumption (not preview or radio listening or downloading, but consumption of entertainment value) is happening on YouTube and Pandora in the U.S.. YouTube has every commercially viable song ever recorded, curated playlists of radio-style video stations, and more active users than Itunes, Spotify, Beats and Amazon combined. Pandora has more active users than iTunes. We all know how much a songwriter or label gets paid off of a crappy online stream, if they are even properly fingerprinted and monetized in the first place. Most aren’t. There will always be (and always were) superstar artists, and big marketable hits, and a hit-driven business that has trained consumers to pay for the privilege of owning the image. The problem is now the whole business model is shot to hell, for everyone — everything is available for free. Napster ’99 was tame compared to what is going on now. Would you open a candy store next to a storefront that is giving every piece of candy away for less than a penny regardless of its value? Bad business to get into these days.
Meet The Stars Of Vine: These Kids Have Millions Of Followers And Make Eye-Popping Amounts Of Money
"My greatest vines have started with a simple concept but when you get there and you’re filming, it’s always the things people throw in at the last second that make it great. You could do the same take 1,000 times and that 1,001th time you do it it will be that much better, maybe because you raised your eyebrow a certain way. I’m never satisfied with a Vine. They say art is never finished it’s abandoned. You’re constantly looking at your likes, comparing videos and sharpening skills so [producing a Vine] is a never-ending cycle."
Facebook Revamps Pages with New One-Column Timeline Design
Facebook today announced a new streamlined look for Pages on desktop that is meant to help both users and Page admins find what they’re looking for. The new design will start rolling out “this week.”
Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?
It is clearly not true, as is sometimes said, that its impossible to conquer Afghanistan -many Empires have done so, from the ancient Persians, through Alexander the Great to the Mongols, the Mughals and the Qajars.
Gadgets Like Fitbit Are Remaking How Doctors Treat You | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, knows when his patients’ hearts are racing or their blood pressure is on the rise, even if they’re sitting at home. With high-risk patients hooked up to “personal …
How to Choose a Data Management Platform
Demand-side platform (DSP) is one of the hottest media trends right now, but what most people fail to understand is that it is merely a buying mechanism. The real value lies in the data management platform (DMP), which acts as the brain that tells the DSP which ad impression to buy. In the Western ad tech ecosystem, third-party DMPs like BlueKai serve as the central nervous system that various DSPs plug in for intelligence. In some instances, many Western DSPs such as Turn will often combine their own first-party data with BlueKai's third-party data to create custom audience segments.
A Brief History of the Domain Name
On March 15, 1985, Symbolics Inc., a computer manufacturer in Massachusetts, registered the domain name Symbolics.com, making it the first appropriately registered .com domain in the world. Symbolics.com remained under the same ownership until 25 years later, in 2009, when it was purchased for an undisclosed sum by XF.com Investments. As it stands today, Symbolics.com is a strange hybrid: part-online museum, part-advertising space.
6 Totally Strange But Effective Productivity Hacks
In fact, some of these hacks, whether it’s looking at baby animals or grabbing some Z’s, might actually seem counterintuitive. After all, these aren’t your grandpa’s productivity hacks; they’re a little more strange than “go for a walk” or “prioritize your to-do list” – but all of these methods can help you stay refreshed, get refocused, and do your best work.
A College Student Has Figured Out How To Grow Food Using Your Old Fish Tank
The AquaSprouts system — which does not include the fish tank — is designed to slide right over the aquarium. The kit includes a grow bed, clay pebbles, a pump with a timer, and even an attachable light bar in case you don't have enough natural light in your home for the plants to grow.
Experian Lapse Allowed ID Theft Service Access to 200 Million Consumer Records — Krebs on Security
here’s one for you, my “mildly stupid” attorney “lost”, my certified (embossed seal) birth certificate, and was reluctant to admit such for over 6 months … to this dat she is claiming that it can’t be found, but he will replace it at no cods to me if I just put my signature on another document which would authorize him to secure another another embossed (raised seal) Certificate of Birth… I’m beginning to believe that he has sold my information & documentsin violation of the attorney’s code of conduct and ethics!! Subsequently last Friday 3/7/14, Capital One’s, Fraud Division called me to ask if I had just made a $300 .00 purchase @ a Walgreens located in El Paso, Tx [an 8 hr @ 75 mph) drive away,] in the last several minutes … after ascertaining that I was no where near the site of use, they asked me to confirm the last several purchases put on the card prior to Friday … they were a week before, and 5 -6 hundred miles away … so much for any privacy … the three last confirmed purchases were at a local grocery chain, and two
A Cheap Box Brings Hacker Anonymity Tool Tor to the Mass Market | MIT Technology Review
Tor , a privacy tool used by activists, criminals, and U.S. intelligence to obscure traces of their online activities, is being repackaged for the mass market. A $49 device launched today and targeted at consumers makes it relatively easy to route a home Internet connection through the Tor network. The Safeplug, as the device is called, can also block most online ads.
Exquisite, Disturbing Objects From 500 Years of Human Anatomical Science - Wired Science
For centuries people have been simultaneously fascinated by what’s inside the human body and squeamish about getting close enough to a cadaver to actually find out. “There’s this tension between the desire to know, and what it takes to get that knowledge,” said David Jones, a historian of science at Harvard Medical School and one of the curators of a new exhibit on the history of anatomy at Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.
The New 'Game of Thrones' Beer, Served With Fire and Blood
The House Targaryen from HBO's Game of Thrones may be known for dragons and fire and blood, but in beverage form, it would be fruity, spicy and malty. At least, according to Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y., which is serving up a third round of Game of Thrones -inspired beer ahead of the season four premiere.
The CUPID drone strikes with 80,000 volts to the chest
In a studio in downtown Austin, we're tasing a dummy. We've been instructed to stand back and not to move at all during the test itself, which consists of a six-pronged copter-drone flying closer and closer to a silver mannequin, before it shoots a pair of electrocuted barbs into the layer of foam sitting in front of the dummy's torso.
I Failed My Online Course—But Learned A Lot About Internet Education
MOOCs provide invaluable resources for continuing education and opportunities for students to take courses they might not have otherwise taken. But when I compare my experience, albeit just one course, to the education I received at a traditional university, I wouldn’t trade my in-person college career for a suite of online class credentials, no matter how many university heavyweights stand behind them.
Popcorn Time: an open source, cross platform app for simply streaming movie torrents
Popcorn Time: an open source, cross platform app for simply streaming movie torrents — Popcorn Time: Open Source Torrent Streaming Netflix For Pirates — Over the years BitTorrent has become fairly mainstream, with hundreds of millions of people using torrent clients to download the latest entertainment.
Show Us How You See SXSW
We want to see what South By looks like through your eyes, so this week we’ve teamed up with Esurance to bring you a SXSW-inspired Mashable Photo Challenge . Whether it’s endless taco trucks and tech talks, or late-night dance parties and crazy concerts — we want to see it.
Linguistic Analysis Says Newsweek Named The Wrong Man As Bitcoin's Creator
Noecker found that King was a better match than any of the other men. But he says that it was impossible to be sure King was Satoshi, because it wasn’t possible to say that those men are the only candidates. The problem is akin to a police lineup: If the culprit isn’t there, a witness might pick the best match from the lineup anyway, even though that person is innocent. “If we were trying to identify the Unabomber with a group of writings by President Obama, the works of Shakespeare, and Beowulf, we would expect that President Obama would show as the most likely candidate to be the Unabomber, simply because both authors write in modern American English,” he says. So Noecker did nothing with his finding.
America's Most Social Small Business: We're Down to the 'Final Four'
Blue Bottle's visual strategy perfectly captures the artsy vibe of a bustling coffee shop. "We're careful to make sure that our imagery, just like the experience of our social media, is an extension of our retail stores' elegance," the company tells Mashable . "The goal is to put forward an experience that's equivalent to conversing with a friendly, knowledgeable, and humble barista in one of our cafes. In some ways, their professionalism makes it easy for us on social. We're just copycats." With the perfect mix of subtle product promotion and aesthetically gorgeous imagery, Blue Bottle progresses on to the final round.
3D Image of Sierra Negra Could Help Us Understand Volcanoes
The first 3D image constructed of the system below the Sierra Negra volcano — the largest and most active on the Galápagos Islands — could help scientists more accurately anticipate earthquakes and eruptions and, as a result, minimize the often catastrophic events they can cause.
This Week in Photography: An Upskirt Ban, Getty's Big Giveaway, and a Fighter Pilot Selfie | Raw File | Wired.com
In a media landscape where content producers — and photo agencies — are trying desperately to stay financially afloat as their work becomes quick fodder for memes and microblogs, this move might well prove to be a successful way to monetize that work without restricting its reach. Planned well, this revenue stream could eventually lead to better compensation for the photographers who contribute to the agency. Or it could fail miserably, angering those same contributors as they watch their hard work flow out openly onto the web under the watchful eye of their employer. Either way, props to Getty for being a large company that’s taking a risk that speaks to the ethos of the internet, for better or for worse.
The One-Degree World of Kevin Bacon
AUSTIN, Texas — The distance between a normal person and a celebrity can often be measured in degrees. Just ask actor Kevin Bacon — who, during a SXSW session, proved that he could instantly cut the distance down to one degree by including every audience member in a Vine video (below). It was a reminder about the power of technology for direct connection and how easily social media can break down once virtually impenetrable barriers.
3M's Magic Liquid Cannot Destroy Your iPhone
Your eyes aren't deceiving you: That's a monitor and iPhone floating in liquid. They're fine because the tank is filled with Novec, a non-conductive chemical from the "keystone family" used to reduce the temperature on servers, douse fires in race cars and even clean electronics. The iPhone in this picture was unharmed.
Ancient Pleas Deciphered From Long-Lost Letter
Dating back about 1,800 years, this letter was written, mainly in Greek, by Aurelius Polion, an Egyptian man who served with the legio II Adiutrix legion around modern-day Hungary. In the letter, discovered more than a century ago in the Egyptian town of Tebunis and only recently translated, Polion pleads with his family to respond.
Star NFL Running Back Retires at 26 to 'Fully Be Me'
Mendenhall expressed his gratitude for the opportunities playing in the NFL had provided him yet also lamented the cultural changes in the sport he grew up playing. He described his “model of football” — where respect for one’s teammates, the opponent, the officials and the game itself stood above everything else — noting that the professional football player had become the entertainer, and that he no longer wanted to put “his body at risk for the sake of entertainment.”
Hackers Hit Mt. Gox Exchange's CEO, Claim To Publish Evidence Of Fraud
On Sunday, hackers took over the Reddit account and personal blog of Mark Karpeles, Mt. Gox’s CEO, to post an angry screed alleging that the exchange he ran had actually kept at least some of the bitcoins that the company had said were stolen from users. “It’s time that MTGOX got the bitcoin communities wrath instead of [the] Bitcoin Community getting Goxed,” wrote the unidentified hackers, referring to the multiple occasions over its three year history when Mt. Gox has gone offline, delayed trades or suspended withdrawals, events so common that Bitcoin users coined the phrase to be “goxed”–to suffer from Mt. Gox’s technical glitches.
Soundwall: a Wireless Speaker and a Work of Art
Soundwall is a wireless speaker and work of art combined. Why would you want that? It turns out that a large flat-panel speaker provides better clarity of sound than many standard wireless speakers can provide. This isn’t a canvas with a speaker attached, the entire canvas is the speaker. Because you probably wouldn’t want a to have a speaker of between 24″ x 36″ and 40″ x 60″ taking up wall space, the art gives you something to look at.
'Building the Beast': What It's Like to Be an Early Startup Employee
Image: Tracy MacKenzie
Reimagining our education model... I am a firm believer that public education in our country is in desperate need of smart, strategic innovation and, to be blunt, change. When I was first introduced to New Classrooms, I was impressed by how the team was thinking big and didn't shirk away from completely reimagining how students in our country could best learn . Our co-founders, Joel Rose and Chris Rush , were plunging in head-on to build a new model of K-12 education — one that is bringing truly personalized learning to the students who need it most and critical support to leverage teachers' time and experience. I knew immediately that I wanted to be part of this solution in whatever capacity I could best help. The organization combined my love of education with my belief in innovative solutions to social issues. All it took was one phone call, and I knew this was where I needed to work. It's passion, not size, that matters... Given that I was invested in the idea of New Classrooms from the start, the size of the organization didn't matter as much to me.
Why Edward Snowden Chose SXSW For His First Live Video Appearance
Ben Wizner, who is also the director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, said in an interview on Sunday that SXSW was an appealing venue for Snowden’s first appearance because “it brings together a lot of young people who are passionate about technology and who know a lot about technology.” A Kansas congressman displeased by the decision wrote an open letter to SXSW asking them to kill the panel , saying that allowing Snowden to speak “encourages lawlessness.”
SXSW 2014: Edward Snowden to Speak at SXSW Interactive Via Videoconference by The Texas Tribune
A conversation between Edward Snowden and Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist of the American Civil Liberties Union. The conversation will be focused on the impact of the NSA's spying efforts on the technology community, and the ways in which technology can help to protect us from mass surveillance. Hear directly from Snowden about his beliefs on what the tech community can and must do to secure the private data of the billions of people who rely on the tools and services that we build.
This session will be moderated by Ben Wizner, who is director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project and Edward Snowden’s legal advisor. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The Data Brokers: Selling your personal information
The following script is from "The Data Brokers" which aired on March 9, 2014. Steve Kroft is the correspondent. Graham Messick and Maria Gavrilovic, producers. Over the past six months or so, a huge amount of attention has been paid to government snooping, and the bulk collection and storage of vast amounts of raw data in the name of national security. What most of you don't know, or are just beginning to realize, is that a much greater and more immediate threat to your privacy is coming from thousands of companies you've probably never heard of, in the name of commerce.
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How to defend your privacy online
If this week's 60 Minutes story made you want to throw the data brokers and ad trackers off your trail, here’s how you can lead a more private li...
They're called data brokers, and they are collecting, analyzing and packaging some of our most sensitive personal information and selling it as a commodity.
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How to Get More YouTube Views
Want to boost your YouTube views and turn channel visitors into subscribers? YouTube star Lamarr Wilson has some tips for you in this debut episode of Mashable's new show YouTube Weekly .
Anti-Texting Bear Just Wants You to Put Down Your Phone [VIDEO]
As Revision3 says, "Turn down the lights, lock the doors and set Firefox to private browsing!" This takes the unboxing process even further into risqué territory with some cheesy background music, innuendos and a guy who sounds a little like Barry White. It's SFW, maybe - if you hit the mute button.
William Clay Ford's Legacy Cemented Family's Dynasty
In 1952, he took on his dream assignment as manager of a special team of engineers and designers developing a luxury halo car, the Continental Mark II, a successor to the classic Lincoln Continental developed under the direction of his father, Edsel Ford. He took care to make sure the car followed the designs of the original Continental – matching the ratio of window glass to sheet metal, recreating the intimate feel of the interior controls, and mounting the spare tire within an impression in the sheet metal of the trunk, recalling the original Continental’s outside-mounted spare tire. “I wanted the spare tire in the back. That was the trademark of a Continental,” he said in an interview with the Henry Ford Museum a few years ago.
Sheryl Sandberg Teams Up With Beyonce to Ban 'Bossy'
"We need to recognize the many ways we systematically discourage leadership in girls from a young age — and instead, we need to encourage them," Sandberg said in a statement. "So the next time you have the urge to call your little girl bossy? Take a deep breath and praise her leadership skills instead."
23 Kids Having a Worse Monday Than You
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Lance Armstrong's Fuel Guru Reboots. His Quest? Kill Gatorade - Wired Science
In 2010 Lim became director of sport science for Team RadioShack—which was led by Lance Armstrong, around whom doping allegations had been swirling for years. “Up to that point,” Lim says, “I had spent my whole career despising Lance, actively hating everything he stood for.” Lim believes it was Armstrong who inspired Floyd Landis to cheat, Armstrong whom Slipstream’s methods were implicitly challenging. So how could Lim possibly work for him? At the time, Lim spoke of wanting a more focused role—concentrating on science and technology and working primarily with Armstrong—but there was money as well. After the ’09 Tour de France, Lim told Slipstream he wanted to reduce his commitment; as a result, he says, Slipstream wanted to halve his $120,000 salary. Soon after, Armstrong offered him the job for roughly double what Lim had been making. “I felt like I had been taken advantage of,” Lim says. “The cleanest team in the world wasn’t going to take care of me—but the dirtiest guy in the world was.
The Disappearing Paper: Why Cash Is A Dying Payment Method
A cashless society has been a talking point for futurists for years, but for one reason or another, has never quite been within our grasp. Now, like the electric car and clean energy, it’s finally happening – and it’s about time.
Big Data's Fading Bloom
Nobody would deny that Big Data was one of the most talked about areas in tech last year. And while Big Data was once viewed as the golden child of tech, its bloom is fading in terms of the value that it is able to deliver all on its own. There was a time not that long ago when the focus was on finding, capturing and storing data. But today, the shift in everyone’s focus is how to unlock the value from each and every piece of data we can uncover.
Expression Over Conformity: Cloud Revolution Is All About Human Progress
The world’s most powerful tools, machines and software aren’t locked away in guarded data centers. Rather, they are open and available to all — from single entrepreneurs to the largest corporations. This is unleashing what will perhaps be the largest wave of innovation seen for a long time.
4 Social Media Tools to Improve Your Social Media Marketing |
Social media community management is a high-volume, fast-paced undertaking. As your brand grows, so do the number of social media profiles, tasks and demands for original content. As the size of your community management team grows, so does the need for tools to help streamline the workflow.
Disasters at Cruising Altitude: A Map of Deadly Plane Crashes
While the cause of the Malaysia Airlines flight 370 incident is still unknown, the map below plots a few other crashes that occurred during cruising altitude, or problems that began during cruise, as the result of mechanical failures or technical errors. Click on icons to expand information. ( Editor's Note: This is not a comprehensive list of airplane crashes during cruising altitude. )
3-Armed Drummer Makes Becoming a Cyborg Look Pretty Cool
One of the first of these new creativity-inspired add-ons is a robotic drumming prosthesis, a device that turns a two-armed human drummer into a three-armed super-powered percussion machine.
Google To Release Android Software Developer Kit For Wearables
Google's head of Chrome and Android, Sundar Pichai, announced today that the company would release a new software developer kit for wearable gadgets within the next two weeks. Speaking with John Battelle at a panel discussion at SXSW 2014, Pichai mentioned that new SDK was coming from Google to help developers create Android apps for devices like smartwatches and fitness bands.
Tokyo Radiation Less Than Paris’s Three Years After Meltdown
Mount Fuji is seen in this aerial photograph taken through an airplane window in Shizuoka, Japan. Atmospheric radiation levels in Tokyo are at the same level as before the Fukushima nuclear accident three years ago and are lower than in Paris and London. Close
Memories From 20 Years Of SXSW Interactive
The more people eat (and consume, in general), the better it is for those that provide food. That's the point of the estimated 150 pounds of food additives (mostly sugar, yeast, antioxidants, MSG, etc) that every consumer unwittingly ingests every single year. These substances are the lubricants of over-consumption, not only making food more pretty and durable but also artfully making it taste better, stringing us along by engineering a need-for-more so that it becomes very hard to find the exit from that kingdom of happy and endless consumption. That is the same principle that is happening when you use Facebook or your smartphone. The food industry actually calls this "cravability"-- and in the world of technology this is often referred to as "indispensability" or, more benignly, "user engagement."
Pinterest Publishes Its First Transparency Report
Pinterest today published its first transparency report , with the promise to release a new edition every six months. The company revealed it only received seven warrants and five subpoenas for a total of 13 user accounts in the second half of 2013 (July through December).
Satoshi: Why Newsweek isn’t convincing
Felix – Jim Impoco went on record saying that this was “textbook” reporting. Frankly, any J-school using that textbook deserves to be shutdown for malpractice and moral ineptitude. This story does not pass the smell test on any level. The worst of it is the reporter’s use/misuse of the supposedly condemning quotes from Mr. Nakamoto with the words “it” and “that” assumed to be bitcoin. Without the questions, they don’t make sense. The way she’s hung them into the piece is a huge red sign that she may well be manipulating them for her purposes. Obviously, her tape recording of the interview would clear that up. But now she says there is no recording. That’s not only an F in any journalism class, it tells you everything you need to know this reporter’s credibility. It now turns out that there’s an even better quote from the reporter, which might be seen to make her case: “I was prepared up until the day I spoke to him for him to laugh and say it was a ridiculous coincidence. But he didn’t he acknowledged it,” says Goodman. “I told him, ‘You’re acknowledging Bitcoin and if you weren’t involved you need to tell me now.
This 7-Year-Old Was Born With the Soul of Billie Holiday [VIDEO]
Perhaps the most impressive part of Astar's pitch-perfect performance was her dead-on imitation of Holiday's famously husky voice.After a performance like this, we're left with one question: Where do we sign up for voice lessons?