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Here's Why Some Musicians Hate Spotify's Daniel Ek and Pandora's Tim Westergren

09/08/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

The words of Spotify's CEO and actions of Pandora executives justify the angst and, in some cases, hatred many musicians feel toward streaming radio.

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The Streaming Service I Wish Apple or Google Would Have Bought The Streaming Service I Wish Apple or Google Would Have Bought

09/06/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

It seems like a bonehead of a strategic move for streaming radio platform Rdio to partner with Cumulus Media, a dinosaur of a broadcast radio company.

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If Apple's a Sell, the Stock Market Stinks If Apple's a Sell, the Stock Market Stinks

09/05/14 - 08:19 AM EDT

The euphoria that's about to surround Apple might not be enough to inject life into a stock that many other high fliers have outperformed.

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Amazon, Google and Same-Day Delivery Minus Profits Amazon, Google and Same-Day Delivery Minus Profits

09/04/14 - 08:44 AM EDT

What's up with the mass proliferation of companies that deliver products and services within 24 to 48 hours or sooner?

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Apple's Archaic Software and Services Could Be Its Achilles' Heel Apple's Archaic Software and Services Could Be Its Achilles' Heel

09/02/14 - 08:50 AM EDT

Despite what Tim Cook says, Apple is and has always been a hardware company. It should strike concern that, as Apple releases new devices, software might take center stage.

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Best Buy Needs to Get a Grip and Hire a New, Visionary CEO Best Buy Needs to Get a Grip and Hire a New, Visionary CEO

08/27/14 - 09:24 AM EDT

Now more than ever, physical retail needs visionary leaders. Best Buy's Hubert Joly doesn't match the job qualification.

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Long-Time Investor Is Dumping Pandora Shares Long-Time Investor Is Dumping Pandora Shares

08/26/14 - 12:08 PM EDT

An early-stage, decade-longer investor in Pandora appears to be bailing out.

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Love Amazon Stock as Much as Amazon the Company Love Amazon Stock as Much as Amazon the Company

08/26/14 - 09:00 AM EDT

If you're still scoffing at Amazon, you probably need to merge your ideas of what makes great companies and great stocks.

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Don't Forget Why Apple Fans Love iPhone Don't Forget Why Apple Fans Love iPhone

08/26/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

Apple doesn't need revolution with iPhone 6, just a little more evolution.

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Super Bowl Halftime Show Flap Proves Pandora's Impact, Music Industry's Ineptitude Super Bowl Halftime Show Flap Proves Pandora's Impact, Music Industry's Ineptitude

08/24/14 - 09:00 AM EDT

The greedy NFL should be paying musicians, not the other way around. But it's the music industry's fault that it has come to this.

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Taylor Swift Marks a Do-or-Die Moment for Yahoo! Taylor Swift Marks a Do-or-Die Moment for Yahoo!

08/22/14 - 08:09 AM EDT

Yahoo! must capitalize on its recent Taylor Swift buzz with a real live concert streaming strategy. If not, Yahoo! Screen might never get off the ground.

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Why the Wired World Isn't Worth a Cup of Dog Pee Why the Wired World Isn't Worth a Cup of Dog Pee

08/20/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

There's an app that will analyze your dog's urine after you collect it in a cup. Is technology going too far?

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As Competitors Slum It, Apple Prepares Android-Crushing iPhone 6 As Competitors Slum It, Apple Prepares Android-Crushing iPhone 6

08/19/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Global smartphone marketshare numbers help us further understand Apple's superior strategy across devices.

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Even Buick Is Kicking Microsoft's Butt Even Buick Is Kicking Microsoft's Butt

08/16/14 - 09:30 AM EDT

Before it continues down the path that facilitated Apple's disposal of BlackBerry, Microsoft should study Buick's marketing.

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Microsoft Will Never Learn, Keeps Attacking Apple Microsoft Will Never Learn, Keeps Attacking Apple

08/14/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

As Steve Ballmer does his best (uncool) impersonation of Mark Cuban, Satya Nadella is left cleaning up his impossible mess at Microsoft.

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Will Pandora and Sirius XM Merge? Will Pandora and Sirius XM Merge?

08/14/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

While Yahoo!, Google or even Amazon taking out Pandora might be more exciting, a union with Sirius XM could make sense.

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What to Expect From Marissa Mayer and Yahoo! Live Concert Streaming What to Expect From Marissa Mayer and Yahoo! Live Concert Streaming

08/12/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Don't expect Yahoo! Screen's August 18 live event with Taylor Swift to be a one-off performance.

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Bearish Pandora For the Wrong Reasons Bearish Pandora For the Wrong Reasons

08/11/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

It should be investing 101: Be sure to support your bear case with bonafide reasons to be bearish.

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Yahoo! Could Hammer Google, Completely Disrupt Music Industry Yahoo! Could Hammer Google, Completely Disrupt Music Industry

08/08/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Pandora represents a key cog that could help Yahoo! reinvigorate its business and turn music back into a multi-billion dollar powerhouse.

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Is Taylor Swift About to Do a Deal With Yahoo!? Is Taylor Swift About to Do a Deal With Yahoo!?

08/07/14 - 03:03 PM EDT

As Taylor Swift releases clues, presumably with respect to her forthcoming album, the third one involves -- somewhat mysteriously -- Yahoo!

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Pandora's Deal With Thousands of Indie Labels Changes the Game Pandora's Deal With Thousands of Indie Labels Changes the Game

08/06/14 - 12:42 PM EDT

Pandora's pact with Merlin takes a step in the right direction on data, but it also alters the playing field with respect to independent artist exposure.

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Why Firing Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Would Be a Dumb Move Why Firing Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Would Be a Dumb Move

08/06/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Getting rid of Marissa Mayer would be short-sighted. She's building a unique business at Yahoo! with a long-term focus, not the long-hanging fruit of advertising clicks.

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Apple Has a Problem and There's Only One Way to Fix It Apple Has a Problem and There's Only One Way to Fix It

08/05/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Folks calling for change inside the Apple Store risk breaking something that doesn't need fixing.

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Further Proof Microsoft Is Doomed By Apple and Google's Dominance Further Proof Microsoft Is Doomed By Apple and Google's Dominance

08/01/14 - 10:20 AM EDT

Apple and Google have already crushed Microsoft with consumers. Expect a similar trend with business customers.

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Pandora's Tim Westergren Thinks He's On a Mission From God Pandora's Tim Westergren Thinks He's On a Mission From God

07/30/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

The Internet radio leader fails to lead, thanks largely to a co-founder set in his well-intentioned, but stubborn and righteous ways.

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How Netflix Taught Me a Pandora Lesson How Netflix Taught Me a Pandora Lesson

07/29/14 - 09:00 AM EDT

Changing your position on a company or stock -- even frequently -- makes more sense than marrying yourself to emotional arguments.

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It's a Red Flag When Billboard Doesn't Even Know Who Pandora's CEO Is It's a Red Flag When Billboard Doesn't Even Know Who Pandora's CEO Is

07/29/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

There's something wrong when a leading music-related publication thinks Tim Westergren is Pandora's CEO.

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You're Probably Better Off Buying Amazon Stock Than Apple You're Probably Better Off Buying Amazon Stock Than Apple

07/29/14 - 08:15 AM EDT

Both AMZN and AAPL likely have tons of upside, but, if you consider each company's situation without blinders, filters or bias, Amazon probably deserves a slight edge.

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Pandora Needs to Fire Its CEO or Hire Someone to Help Him Pandora Needs to Fire Its CEO or Hire Someone to Help Him

07/28/14 - 09:00 AM EDT

A static, modest growth business model will do Pandora little good on Wall Street and, eventually, with listeners. It needs to innovate in more ways than one.

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The Stupidity of the Music Industry Is Absolutely Stunning The Stupidity of the Music Industry Is Absolutely Stunning

07/28/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Record labels should seek sole control of companies such as Vevo and Spotify, not buyers and 'strategic investors.'

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Here's What Apple's Murder of Microsoft Might Look Like Here's What Apple's Murder of Microsoft Might Look Like

07/28/14 - 07:30 AM EDT

Tim Cook isn't about to stop at the mouth of his Apple/IBM partnership. He'll continue to provide businesses with reasons to switch from Microsoft.

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Was Apple's Demolition of BlackBerry 'Click Bait' or Did It Actually Happen? Was Apple's Demolition of BlackBerry 'Click Bait' or Did It Actually Happen?

07/24/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Looking back at BlackBerry's 2011 collapse should prompt investors to at least look twice and think before they blow off predictions of Microsoft's collapse at the hands of Apple.

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Apple Should Do Us a Favor and Buy Twitter Apple Should Do Us a Favor and Buy Twitter

07/23/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

The fate of Twitter rests on the ego of its CEO. Will Dick Costolo swallow his pride and seek a buyer for the social network?

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Why Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Is 2014's Top CEO By a Landslide Why Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Is 2014's Top CEO By a Landslide

07/22/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Tech geeks and financial media wonks focus on the wrong factors at Yahoo. Pay attention to Yahoo! Screen -- it will become Mayer's game-changing legacy.

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Time Warner Would Be Insane to Sell HBO Time Warner Would Be Insane to Sell HBO

07/21/14 - 12:34 PM EDT

Given the opportunity that lies ahead for HBO, Time Warner would make a huge mistake letting HBO go. Jeff Bewkes would be better off divesting CNN for free.

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Apple Will Murder Microsoft and Bury It With BlackBerry's Corpse Apple Will Murder Microsoft and Bury It With BlackBerry's Corpse

07/21/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Don't ignore the writing on the wall. Microsoft might be a good investment today, but Apple will render it a shell of its former self tomorrow.

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We Could Be Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks Away From a Huge Pandora Announcement We Could Be Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks Away From a Huge Pandora Announcement

07/21/14 - 07:45 AM EDT

Barring a buyout, expect Pandora to move big on data now -- or never.

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Apple Well On Its Way to Absolutely Devastating Microsoft Apple Well On Its Way to Absolutely Devastating Microsoft

07/07/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Recent data suggests a scary conclusion for Microsoft -- business customers might be moving away from Windows/Office pursuant to employee demand.

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There's No Guarantee Apple and Google Will Crush Pandora There's No Guarantee Apple and Google Will Crush Pandora

07/03/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Standalone streamers such as Beats Music and Songza can only put the hurt on Pandora if Apple and Google properly leverage these assets.

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Albert Fried: 'Pandora's Scale is a False Asset' Albert Fried: 'Pandora's Scale is a False Asset'

07/02/14 - 11:20 AM EDT

The day after Google buys Songza, a leading Internet radio analyst argues that Pandora is losing its competitive advantage quick.

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Will Public Displays of Arrogance From Pandora Executives Kill the Company? Will Public Displays of Arrogance From Pandora Executives Kill the Company?

07/02/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

In public, Pandora claims moves by Spotify, Apple and traditional radio will have no impact on its business. The company really cannot believe this propaganda behind closed doors.

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Google Buys Songza and That's a Loss for Amazon Google Buys Songza and That's a Loss for Amazon

07/01/14 - 04:23 PM EDT

It's official: Google adds Songza to its streaming music portfolio. It's curious why Amazon would not have made this move.

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It's a Great Time to Be a Consumer of Media and Technology It's a Great Time to Be a Consumer of Media and Technology

07/01/14 - 02:05 PM EDT

Consumers and investors reap the benefits of an environment that's not as much about delivering revenue and profits as it is about becoming a ubiquitous consumer presence.

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Here's What Apple's iWatch Must Do to Avoid Being a Flop Here's What Apple's iWatch Must Do to Avoid Being a Flop

07/01/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

When you consider iPod, iPhone and iPad's sales numbers and staying power, it's sensible to be skeptical about Apple's move into wearable technology.

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Is the Tech Bubble About to Burst? Is the Tech Bubble About to Burst?

06/30/14 - 07:50 PM EDT

If you have to defend $1.2 million in funding for an app called "Yo," maybe larger insecurities are at play.

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Why a Television Set Would Do Wonders for Apple's Image Why a Television Set Would Do Wonders for Apple's Image

06/30/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

Apple should stake out and defend at least a little bit of high-end turf to ensure its allure doesn't dilute and eventually wear thin.

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The Devastating Collapse of the Music Industry in One Chart The Devastating Collapse of the Music Industry in One Chart

06/27/14 - 11:00 AM EDT

As they spread blame to everybody but themselves, the numbers show that the executives who comprise the music industrial complex are little more than a gaggle of losers.

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Radio's Quiet Game Changer That Could Crush Pandora Radio's Quiet Game Changer That Could Crush Pandora

06/27/14 - 09:15 AM EDT

Expect a groundbreaking new initiative launched by a Seattle radio station to spread, changing traditional radio for the better and eventually putting serious hurt on Pandora.

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If Apple Focused on iTV, It Could Be as Big as iPhone and iPad If Apple Focused on iTV, It Could Be as Big as iPhone and iPad

06/27/14 - 08:00 AM EDT

The living room presents the most Apple-like opportunity in tech. It's curious we haven't heard much about it.

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Amazon Should Have Made Fire Phone Free Amazon Should Have Made Fire Phone Free

06/23/14 - 08:30 AM EDT

What good is profit if Amazon doesn't sell enough smartphones for it to show on the bottom line?

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