August 23, 2007 |
The iPhone has given its owners a bad case of information overload. When his first iPhone bill from AT&T Inc. arrived in the mail, Dan Sokol got nervous. More than 30 pages long, it not only itemized every call the Silicon Valley consultant made in July but also recorded every time he used the Internet or sent e-mail. "This is probably the same kind of stuff the National Security Agency gets on suspected terrorists," Sokol said. He is not alone. Some bills for Apple Inc.'
September 21, 2012 |
Regulators in the U.S. and Europe on Friday approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion acquisition of the music division of EMI Group Ltd., giving the Los Angeles-based music company control of the Beatles music catalogue and the iconic Abbey Road studios in London, but forcing it to divest interest in the music of Coldplay. The merger will create an even larger global music conglomerate and put the vast majority of commercially released music into the hands of three international giants.
September 20, 2011 |
When Scott Riggs took his first commercial radio DJ job in 1995, he was handed a list of songs and told never to veer from it. "It was a shock," said Riggs, who soon learned that DJs rarely get to choose the music at broadcast stations, where playlists are dictated by top 40 hits. "I wanted to be the guy who played a new song that blew someone's mind and turned them on to great music. " Today Riggs, 41, gets to do just that. As director of music programming at the San Diego online music service Slacker Inc., Riggs oversees about 70 DJs who select most of the songs played on the company's 150 stations, including genres as varied as trance, hip-hop, gospel and swing.
October 4, 2011 |
Myspace has kicked off what its new owners hope will be its comeback tour. The site's senior executives joined with creative partner Justin Timberlake in outlining plans Monday to return Myspace to its musical roots. Their presentation for top advertisers gathered at Radio City Music Hall in New York was followed by a VIP concert whose lineup included contemporary artists Far East Movement, Natasha Bedingfield and B.o.B. The splashy promotional affair came three months after Irvine advertising firm Specific Media bought Myspace for $35 million and touted Timberlake's ability to lend cachet to the once-dominant social network that long ago lost its magnetism.
May 7, 2011 |
Now that Warner Music Group Corp. has agreed to be sold for $3.3 billion to Access Industries, is a duet in the works with EMI Group? Warner's all-cash sale to the New York-based oil and media conglomerate, announced Friday, puts Access Industries founder Len Blavatnik in the pole position to bid for EMI, the world's fourth-largest music company, numerous industry analysts said. EMI is widely expected to be put up for sale later this year by its owner, Citigroup Inc. "I would think that the next step for Warner is to buy EMI," said Ted Cohen, managing partner at TAG Strategic, a media consulting group based in Hollywood.
August 18, 2003 |
Online music services backed by the major record labels are about to sweeten their offers with a little Brown Sugar. Many of the Rolling Stones' classic rock 'n' roll songs will be available starting today to subscribers in North America of the Rhapsody music service operated by RealNetworks Inc. In two weeks, the Stones' post-1971 recordings also are expected to start appearing on rival music services, such as Roxio Inc.'s Pressplay and Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes Music Store.
August 27, 1991 |
Mozart and Charlie Chaplin ran from the guests--acceptable behavior for llamas. The pygmy goats, Fred and Ethel, were friendlier, nibbling at outstretched hands. The peacocks fanned their flashy tail feathers. The geese honked. So it went in the zoo at Belvedere, a showplace estate in Tustin's hills owned by developer Richard Silver and interior designer John Benecke.
January 9, 1985
Helix High School Coach John Singer would not be surprised if the El Capitan basketball team began playing "Let's Get Physical" as its pregame song. The ninth-ranked Vaqueros (10-3, 6-0) have enjoyed success this season with their physical style and it worked again Tuesday night as they defeated the host Highlanders, 68-58, in Grossmont League play. "El Cap played their game," Singer said. "They're much more physical than us.
August 1, 2002 |
Despite a series of improvements that make legitimate online music services more attractive, the major record labels still can't give music fans something they've been getting from pirate services for more than three years: a comprehensive catalog of songs. The latest example is the new version of Pressplay, the online music venture jointly owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music.
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August 12, 1990 |
"Hookup!" shouted a deckhand as he saw a fishing pole suddenly bend to the accompanying wail of a saltwater reel. "Fish on!" yelled skipper Ted Cohen as fishermen scrambled along the stern of the "Champagne Wishes" and cleared the way for the teen-ager who was reeling furiously and grimacing noticeably as the others cheered him on.