Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

Deezer for iPhone and iPod Touch



Music site Deezer has now released the first official version of their iPhone and iPod Touch player, and it’s available for download directly on the Apple App Store.

For those of you not familiar with Deezer, it is very similar to iMeem. You can search for songs, artists, albums and stream them directly on your computer without the need to download the song.

Deezer also offers web radios and something they call “SmartRadio” where the service lets you discover new music based on your listening taste. These two features will be the only ones available on the iPhone and iPod Touch at first but Deezer plans on releasing a full featured application that will allow the user to enjoy 100% of the features available in the future. (French)

Advertisements Take Your Music to “The Cloud”


Lala just launched a new service for its U.S. users called Music Mover.

The idea is simple and quite similar to, where the service will scan you entire music library (it’s iTunes compatible) and upload only the songs that are not present in the music catalog.

Once this process is complete, the user’s entire music library will be available for free and unlimited streaming over the Internet. The main difference between blueTunes and Lala is that Lala is completely free and blueTunes will make you pay if you send more than 100 songs to your account.

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eBay to Prohibit Auctions of Ivory Items



In an effort to protect elephants, and reduce the illegal traffic of ivory in and out of the originating countries, eBay will completely prohibit auctions that showcase products containing large amounts of ivory.

The new policy will take effect in December 2008 and will be enforced starting in January 2009.

Over 1,000 Jobs to be Cut at Yahoo!



Yahoo! and their employees have all been suffering from the tough financial climate in the U.S. since the beginning of 2008.

We should be hearing from Yahoo! tomorrow as they will be announcing their plans to cut on expenses and avoid loosing to much ground over #1 competitor Google. This will also include many job cuts; as much as 1,000 to 3,000 jobs will be lost before the end of the year.


iTunes: 200 Million TV Downloads



Apple has done it again! The iTunes Store has been offering TV shows/series download for only 36 months and they have already hit 200 million downloads.

The iTunes Store offers TV shows and series downloads from NBC, CBS, MTV, HBO, etc. at $1.99 for standard definition and $2.99 for high definition.


Spam: Will it Ever Stop?

Spam Emails

Spam Emails

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that they have stopped the operations of one of the largest spam rings in the world.

According to the FTC, the group would have been responsible for a third of all spam emails sent in the last 3 years. The group known as the HerbalKing gang were sending billions of emails selling fake prescription drugs and “natural” supplements to people around the globe.

From AP: “These sites are really professionally constructed,” Steve Baker, the FTC’s Midwest Region director, told the Associated Press. “Some years ago you used to be able to tell the bogus things because they looked cheesy and had misspellings. I don’t think that’s true anymore.”

Online Office Apps Eating Part of the MS Office Pie



It’s no secret that Microsoft Office is the most used desktop office application suite in the business world. What is surprising, is that more and more businesses are switching from desktop office applications to online suites.

Zoho and Google Apps are the most popular ones. Zoho has now over 400,000 users and Google Apps has over 500,000 users. Big names like GE, L’Oréal and now Washington DC are going this way for various reasons. Continue reading

YouTube Joins Hulu, Sling, in Streaming TV Series Online



YouTube will now be offering free, full-length original television series directly on their web page.

For now, only content provided by CBS is available but more broadcasters are expected to join YouTube on this as everything indicates that we are stearing away from standard TV and moving towards on-demand content.


Making YouTube Profitable



Like what you see? Then “Click to Buy”. You will see a lot of this on YouTube from now on.

It’s no secret, Google has been loosing a lot of money with YouTube because it’s not profitable enough. Sure, it’s popular, but it doesn’t bring profits to the company. As a first step in transforming YouTube into a money-making venture, Google started integrating non-intrusive links within certain video pages that promote different type of products and media.

Users will be able to buy the music tracks of certain music videos they like to watch, or buy a game or movie right after watching the preview or teaser. Partnerships have already been made with iTunes and Amazon.


1 Billion Songs for MySpace Music

mySpace Music

mySpace Music

Since MySpace Music launched on the 24th of September, 1 Billion songs have been streamed by its users. That is surely a record to base ourselves on for the next few years at least!

I’ve made some math here based on 1 billion songs in 13 days:

  • 76,923,077 songs/day
  • 3,205,128 songs/hour
  • 53,419 songs/minute
  • 890 songs/second