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August 21, 2001 | Reuters
British pop group New Order debuted its new album, Get Ready, on AOL Time Warner's Spinner.com Internet radio service, weeks ahead of its Oct. 16 release to retail stores, in what analysts said was a significant move. The online promotion reflects the recording industry's growing momentum in its effort to offer albums to fans via the Web--a move that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. New Order's music label is AOL Time Warner's Reprise Records.
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August 21, 2001 | Reuters
British pop group New Order debuted its new album, Get Ready, on AOL Time Warner's Spinner.com Internet radio service, weeks ahead of its Oct. 16 release to retail stores, in what analysts said was a significant move. The online promotion reflects the recording industry's growing momentum in its effort to offer albums to fans via the Web--a move that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. New Order's music label is AOL Time Warner's Reprise Records.
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BUSINESS
June 2, 1999 | Bloomberg News
America Online Inc. said it acquired closely held Internet music companies Spinner Networks Inc. and Nullsoft Inc. for $400 million in stock. Dulles, Va.-based AOL, the world's largest online service, said it wants to give customers the latest technology for playing and recording music over the Internet. Spinner's jukebox service has 1.5 million users each month and broadcasts 2 million songs daily over its Spinner.com Web site. Sedona, Ariz.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2000
Madonna will be the guest on the inaugural installment of "Ground Zero," the new KCRW-FM (89.9) show hosted by the station's former music director, Chris Douridas, airing Saturday at noon. The segment, which will be the show's second hour, will feature demo versions of songs and a discussion with Madonna and her producers about the evolution of the material. The show will also be available starting Oct. 10 on the Internet channel Ground Zero on AOL's Spinner.
BUSINESS
August 2, 1999 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Internet radio may be grabbing listeners and generating a lot of excitement, but is anyone actually making money? Not yet, say industry experts. But the promise of future payoffs is driving companies to invest now. In June, America Online picked up Spinner Networks and digital audio software company Nullsoft in a $400-million, all-stock deal, creating an audio powerhouse by combining AOL's more than 17 million subscribers with Nullsoft's 15 million WinAmp users and Spinner's 1.
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September 22, 2000 | SUSAN CARPENTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consider it an eclectic convergence: All three of the past and present music directors at KCRW-FM (89.9) spin shows on the station starting next month. Perhaps the most significant change comes with the Oct. 7 return of Chris Douridas, who hosted KCRW's flagship "Morning Becomes Eclectic" from 1990 to 1998. His new show, "Ground Zero," will form a two-hour Saturday afternoon programming block that will also be Webcast on Spinner.com, where Douridas is vice president of music programming.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
Scott Pinizzotto is used to the giggles whenever he brings up high-tech toilet seats that rinse and warm people's bottoms. Yet he continues to believe that he is sitting on a potential gold mine. "This is the next evolution of the toilet," Pinizzotto said of the Swash, an upscale seat made by his San Francisco start-up, Brondell Inc. "We are trying to educate people that there is a more hygienic and comfortable way to go to the bathroom."
BUSINESS
August 8, 2000
I was born in 1992 and bought by U.S. Robotics in 1995. A year later I introduced some groundbreaking computers that fit in pockets. In 1997 I became a subsidiary of 3Com Corp., which lastyear decided to spin me off as an independent company again. I'm the world leader in my niche, with a market share of 68% and sales in more than 35 nations. My products allow you to check your e-mail on a golf course, surf the Web on a ski slope and look up an address in the middle of a meeting.
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February 10, 2000 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Online radio company WWW.com in Irvine struck a licensing agreement Wednesday with the Recording Industry Assn. of America to pay royalties to major-label artists whose works are broadcast on the Web. The deal could help set a possible standard for online music broadcasters, which have been embroiled in a contentious fight with the RIAA over who will profit from music streamed over the Internet.
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October 5, 2000 | From Reuters
The Recording Industry Assn. of America is forming a pool to collect royalties from Webcasters who stream music online, sources said Wednesday. But the proposed collective by the RIAA, which declined to comment on the subject, is already causing discord in the online world amid concerns the music industry's trade group might wield too much control over royalty payments. "I don't think the RIAA will be unopposed.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2002
I find it disheartening that Times film critic Kenneth Turan has crowned "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" as his No. 1 film of the year ("The Year the Studios Let Us Down," Dec. 23). When Joe Morgenstern got equally effusive for the Wall Street Journal along with Bob Mondello on NPR, and critics at Time and Entertainment Weekly also raved on, I thought: "Why can't a media behemoth make a really great work of cinematic art?" As I sat in mute horror at "Fellowship's" dreck, I realized two important points about the age of convergence: (1)
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