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April 27 2015


China’s Young Leave State Ranks to Chase Riches at Tech Startups - Bloomberg Business

  • As a new generation emerges who aren’t as tied to the government, the ruling Communist Party has to wrestle with how to retain control, said Isaac Mao, an angel investor and founder of smart device maker Aivvy Inc.


April 26 2015


Note to Designers: Forget Wearables, Tackle Senseables | Co.Design | business + design

  • The senseables revolution has already begun, and designers need to get on board. From the sensors embedded in the Nest thermostat platform, which automatically adjust the temperature when particular events in the environment are detected, to the Xbox One’s personalization through instant recognition of the user (and his or her preferences) through a built in camera, sensory environments are here. What currently stands in the way of taking wearables and all other sensor-dependent devices to the next level isn’t technological limitations, but the limits of our own imaginations.


April 23 2015


Pandora Radio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Rewind or repeat is not permitted. Until May 2009, six skips per station were allowed per hour, further limited to 72 skips every 24 hours; giving a "thumbs down" response, or a "don't play for a month" response, count as "skips".

Class B Shares Definition | Investopedia

  • For example, one Class A share may be accompanied by five voting rights, while one Class B share may be accompanied by only one right to vote, or vice versa. A detailed description of a company's different classes of stock is included in the company's bylaws and charter.


Information technology: Caged lions | The Economist

  • As Jobs’s idiosyncrasies show, the three men had different approaches. Each one excelled at particular things that were crucial in his field. Mr Gates’s strength was in software and strategy, both needed in abundance to establish an operating system. Mr Grove focused on discipline and execution, which explains Intel’s unmatched capacity to churn out chips. And Jobs was obsessed with detail and design. That turned out to be secondary in personal computers (PCs), but proved vital in smartphones.



| 31 Reasons Why Spotify Can’t Help Artists…Digital Music News

  • Starting from Millenials on, ownership is not seen as something important, compared to “older” generations like you and I.
  • The alternative is to pass the entire SOPA/PIPA legistlative agenda, gut the DMCA safe harbor provision… and in general make the internet lamer and much more easily controlled.
  • Why aren’t you mad at ASCAP?? Didn’t they do the initial deal with Spotify?

April 22 2015


| 23 Days Later, TIDAL Is Dying…Digital Music News

  • No streaming service has a chance at gaining any real traction without a free tier to fuel streaming adoption. Users with music collections aren’t going to just jump into the deep end. Even a free trial doesn’t appear to be enough. Only a no-commitment free tier (presumably with a mobile component, even if hamstrung, included) has the power to pull people away from their owned collections. Or youtube, for that matter.
  • No free tier = death of service.



Lessons From Jack Ma | Sir Martin Sorrell | LinkedIn

  • If I had to reduce those changes to a single phrase, it would be “geography and technology”. Thirty years ago China’s GDP was about $300 billion; today it’s more than $10 trillion. Thirty years ago Tim Berners-Lee had yet to invent the web; today Google is arguably the most valuable brand in the world.


Personal music on the go: changing the rules of the game - EIT ICT Labs

  • Personal music on the go: changing the rules of the game



  • In the lives of most Californians, music is a seldom examined, little understood but omnipresent force shaping our thoughts, moods, aspirations, and even our purchasing behavior. Whether speeding or creeping on the I-5 freeway at rush hour, attending a social or religious function, or watching a movie or television show, Californians use music to intensify or communicate feelings, to enhance their sense of community. For many Californians, music lifts their mood as they perform uninviting tasks or face difficulties. Evidence is also steadily increasing that musical experience and training in childhood has general cognitive benefits and that music therapy can help those struggling with senility, recovering from brain injury, or attempting to walk normally while living with Parkinsons. Yet much basic research is needed to understand what aspects of musical experience convey these benefits remains to be accomplished.


April 18 2015


在“穹顶之下”的中国,怎么养育孩子? - 纽约时报中文网 国际纵览

  • 一位见多识广、受过良好教育的中国朋友坚持说,笼罩这个城市的灰色空气只是雾气——“就像旧金山那样”。很多人使用中国官方媒体爱用的词语“雾霾”,暗指“雾气”,而不是“污染”,后者在字面上直接表露了“肮脏”的意思,暗示人类负有责任,前者的含义则比较被动。
  • 在亚利桑那州的时候,想象力不需要借助其他工具。仙人掌花在某个夜间拢起,一年之后再开放。但太阳沉到远山之下,我们就能看到月亮、行星和漫天的星斗。我很想打开天文学应用,但并没有从口袋中掏出手机。这些星星本身就很美了。


April 17 2015


从中国蹦向世界的兔斯基 - 新闻与分析 - FT中文网

  • 萧逸认为,兔斯基狂热反映了某种更深层次的文化变迁。他说:“兔斯基告诉我们,中国千禧一代与其海外同龄人的共通之处比我们想象得要多。不同国家的年轻人分享着特定的价值观,文化上的疆界正变得越来越模糊。”



Why We Love Music | Greater Good

  • “It’s kind of like a roller coaster ride,” she says, “where you know what’s going to happen, but you can still be pleasantly surprised and enjoy it.”



NEWS FLASH: AI Startups Are Reinventing Media | WIRED

  • Like it or not, AI tech is “entering the era of the narrative,” explains Kris Hammond, chief scientist at Narrative Science, one of several “natural language generation” startups emerging as vendors in this nascent field. “These are narratives generated by systems that understand data, that give us information to support the decisions we need to make about tomorrow.”



We could have an open, user-controlled, ad-free Facebook

  • Thing is, we've already ceded this kind of power to Google with video via YouTube. I heard a report on NPR on Sunday that was very depressing, an interview with a musician saying that YouTube had given her an agreement, take it or leave it, that said either you sign everything over to us, or you can't be part of YouTube. I didn't get the full story, just the gist. She said she thought the Internet was going to free us from the music industry. But it didn't do that. The music industry has rebooted, on the Internet. The money just flows to different bank accounts now.#



Is the founder of GoPro really worth $284 million a year? Apparently.

  • "Our future success depends in significant part on the continued service of our Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Woodman," the company said in its S-1 filing. "Mr. Woodman is an at-will employee and there are no vesting restrictions on any of the Class B common stock that he owns. The loss of Mr. Woodman could adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results."



Hong Kong attracts Silicon Valley start-up in race with China to create technology hub | South China Morning Post

  • The player debuted at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, in March. A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign followed that reached the targeted amount in 26 hours and which has so far raised $171,000. Contributors to the funding can buy the Aivvy Q device by pledging US$249. It will retail at US$300, including one year of the music service, and is set to ship at the end of October.


April 15 2015


CD Money vs. Streaming Money, 2004-2014 - Digital Music NewsDigital Music News

  • The notion of profiting off of recorded music is over. Gold is worth money because it’s rare. Everyone and their brother has a DAW capable of making CD quality recordings.

April 14 2015


Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard: Tidal "Is Going to Fail Miserably" | News | Pitchfork

  • "There was a wonderful opportunity squandered to highlight what this service would mean for artists who are struggling and to make a plea to people’s hearts and pocketbooks to pay a little more for this service that was going to pay these artists a more reasonable streaming rate," he continued. "And they didn’t do it. That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably."

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