| Mar 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
On Friday afternoon, while South by Southwest festival attendees were sleeping off hangovers or busy making new ones, in a conference room at the Austin Convention Center, record people were discussing the return of indie record stores, the success of the...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 9:56 AM
MENLO PARK, Calif. — In their first joint interview since their multimillion-dollar Big Sur wedding drew controversy and a $2.5-million Coastal Commission fine, billionaire Napster founder Sean Parker and his newlywed wife, Alexandra Lenas, said...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 4:35 AM
Puffing on slim metal tubes loaded with pale yellow liquid, two London businessmen say they have between their lips a cure for what the U.N. calls "one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced".
Electronic cigarettes are the future,...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 4:29 PM
Alex Winter's documentary "Downloaded" charts the rise and fall of Napster, the upstart file-sharing music-community hub that made founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker into either Information Age heroes or criminal masterminds, depending on how you...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 5:30 AM
What would you rather do, talk to your friends on Twitter, or do homework? Trick question. Those are now the same thing, thanks to Newberry College in South Carolina, which is offering Social Media as a major for incoming students. And, with the blazing...
| Feb 7, 2013
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For anyone who struggles to focus their attention on a movie—that should include all 23 people who saw Al Pacino in last week's embarrassing “Stand Up Guys”—“Side Effects” is just what the doctor...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 9:00 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Simon Klose would like you to steal his movie. Stream it, download it, share it with someone in Croatia or Brazil and remix it with videos of kittens playing patty-cake, if that's your kind of thing.
Klose, 37, is the director of...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 8:21 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- There were moments Tuesday during the annual Future of Music Summit where the conversation about revenue in the digital music industry sounded like a scrum over crumbs, a desperate fight over an increasingly shrinking pie.
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Oprah. Oscar. Oscar. Oprah.
Yes, it might be a bit early to riff on David Letterman's ill-fated, Uma-Oprah 1995 Academy Awards monologue bit. Then again, with Winfrey's movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler" sitting atop the box office for a second week with a...
| Sep 1, 2013
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the day I quit my software job. There was nothing wrong with my job; it was rewarding and I liked it, but "information architect" was not my calling. I didn't want to sit at a computer all day. I wanted to make...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 8:52 AM
Streaming music pioneer Rhapsody, one of the first digital music companies to offer access to songs through monthly subscriptions, has cut its staff by 15%.
Also, its president, Jon Irwin, is stepping down and will continue as a strategic advisor. ...