| Jun 4, 2013
| 6:48 AM
Billionaire Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder and early Facebook employee, has agreed to pay a $2.5-million penalty for the unpermitted development of an elaborate wedding stage in a coastal redwood forest.
Parker married singer-songwriter Alexandra...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 3, 2012
Robert R. Beezer, a federal judge on the nation's busiest court for the last 28 years and author of landmark decisions on judicial authority, digital media sharing and capital punishment, has died of lung cancer. He was 83.
Beezer's death Friday at a...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 2:42 PM
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Streaming services have replaced downloads as the trendy new way to access recorded music, and, as usual, huge questions center on who in the recording industry will get paid and how much, if anything.
The record labels, especially the...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 9:01 PM
A cultural shift that eventually became a landslide began 10 years ago this month, though almost no one noticed at the time. Apple Inc. rolled out a portable MP3 player it dubbed the iPod, and after a promising opening quarter in 2002, sales dropped...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 9:58 AM
Rebecca Gates found herself holding a bass guitar, an instrument that she can play in a pinch, at a 2006 recording session in New York with Willie Nelson.
“I was pretty intimidated,” she says with a laugh. “I know Ryan Adams, who was...
| Aug 27, 2011
Spotify is every music pirate's dream made legal. It's free (sometimes), open sharing of music from around the world with peer-to-peer exchange of playlists (via Facebook) in a format that also compensates the artists (if only a penny per play).
| Sep 9, 2011
| 3:32 PM
Q: I need help on a good music program. I would like to buy (not free sites such as Limewire) and download only music I desire. I hear folks talk about iTunes, but that and VCast seem to be directed to my cellphone. I want to download to my PC. Other...
| Apr 19, 2012
I see it in my Facebook feed and Twitter stream more often than I probably should. So-and-so is listening to Baby Got Back by Six Mix-a-Lot on Spotify.
We understand you like big butts and cannot lie, but do you really want to announce that to the world?...