Google Pitching Online Music Service To Labels

16 Sep

Internet search powerhouse Google is trying to put together an online music service that would take on Apple’s market-ruling iTunes, according to a report at Billboard.com.

Google is courting record labels for a service that would let people download songs in digital format or store music in the Internet “cloud” for streaming to online devices, according to unnamed sources cited by Billboard.

Google is reportedly proposing charging annual subscriptions of about 25 dollars to let people store music online and then stream or download tunes to Internet-linked gadgets as desired, Billboard said.

Google is seeking to have the service include letting customers listen once to any song all the way through before limiting them to a 30-second sample of the song, according to Billboard.

The service would reportedly have aspects of Lala.com, an online music website bought by Apple in December and closed early this year.

Lala boasted a playlist of more than eight million tunes and hosted users’ digital music collections on the Web, allowing access from varied locations in what it described as “music in the clouds.”

Apple has not disclosed its plans for Lala but there has been speculation that it may adapt its technology to create a Web-hosted music subscription service of some kind.

Lala launched in 2006 as an online vision of a vintage San Francisco record store where people tipped each other off to artists, shopped for CDs and traded used ones.

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16 Sep
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  • Billboard Hot List #3 Dynamite Taio Cruz [CD-Quality]

    16 Sep

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    Dynamite” is a song by British recording artist Taio Cruz. It was written by Benny Blanco, Taio Cruz, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, and Dr. Luke, and produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco for the international version of the singer’s second album, Rokstarr. On 30 May 2010 it was released to US and Canadian radio stations as his second single and across Europe as his fourth single. The official remix features new label mate, Jennifer Lopez. The song became Cruz’s second number one single on the UK Singles Chart and Billboard‘s Canadian Hot 100 and US Pop Songs chart. It also topped the charts in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, and became a top ten hit in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Switzerland.

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    50 Cent Will Not Be Appearing In Eastenders

    16 Sep

    We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but bosses at Eastenders have quashed reports that 50 Cent will be given a cameo in the hit BBC soap.

    Just as we were looking forward to Fiddy taking a trip to Albert Square, doing a spot of shopping on Walford Market or talking bling with Pat Butcher, the BBC have stated that the rapper will not be starring in the show.

    Despite the Candy Shop rapper himself claiming that a one-off appearance had been organised with the soap opera, a spokesperson for the BBC has denied the reports, claiming it’s not true.

    A rep for the BBC stated: “We’re flattered he’s a fan, but there have been no talks about him appearing in the show,”

    Fiddy had previously joked that his ‘biggest showbiz dream’ would been for Peggy Mitchell, played by Barbara Windsor to have thrown him out of the Square’s boozer, The Vic but now it seems that Mr.Cent won’t be walking the East End cobbles after all.

    Jennifer Lopez Seals American Idol Deal – For $12 Million

    16 Sep

    A month after the singer-actress’s initial deal with American Idol fell apart — thanks, in part, to demands that had gotten “out of hand,” according to a source — Lopez will after all be joining the judging panel for the show’s upcoming 10th season, sources tell PEOPLE.

    Lopez’s $12 million contract, which was first reported by Deadline.com, comes two weeks after DioGuardi confirmed she was leaving the show, following in the footsteps of both Simon Cowell and new judge Ellen DeGeneres.

    According to the report, Lopez was hoping for movie and TV development deals to accompany and even larger Idol salary as well as input about her new co-judges, but Fox made no commitments and she settled for a cool $12 million.

    “She’s very excited,” a source close to Lopez says of the final deal.

    Fox has no comment and a rep for Lopez did not return calls for comment.

    No official word on who may be Lopez’s fellow judges but Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler said he will “probably” be a judge. Shania Twain, Harry Connick Jr., Elton John and Chris Isaak had also been rumored as possibilities

    FIFA 11 Demo for PC Available Today: Download It Now

    15 Sep

    fifa 11 demo FIFA 11 Demo for PC Available Today: Download It Now

    EA Sports today launched the demo version of FIFA 11 to soccer fans around the globe.

    The full playable demo is available in a version for the PC. You can download the zipped file by clicking the button below. Or, you can download it directly from the FIFA 11 website.

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    A FIFA 11 demo was also released for Playstation 3 today, which is available through the Playstation Store. If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, you can get it today from the Xbox Live Marketplace. Xbox Silver members can get it on September 23.

    The FIFA 11 demo features an exhibition match with three-minute halves in Real Madrid’s home stadium, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, and you will be able to upload created in-game videos to EASPORTSFootball.com.

    NASA to Launch Scramjets From Scramsleds

    15 Sep

    NASA

    Different technologies to push a spacecraft down a long rail have been tested in several settings, including this Magnetic Levitation (MagLev) System evaluated at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

    NASA‘s next potential space project seems ripped straight from science fiction novels — a horizontal aircraft launcher for the space agency’s supersonic air-breathing jets.

    Early mockups of the Advanced Space Launch System feature a wedge-shaped aircraft with so-called “scramjet” engines; such engines work by taking in air, mixing it with hydrogen and simultaneously compressing it. The process generates extremely high temperatures that ignite the mixture to create a surge of jet propulsion.

    The vision: a horizontally launched craft that takes off at Mach 10 along an electrified track similar to those used on roller coasters. Upon return, the aircraft would be able to land directly onto a runway. And according to NASA, it’s very much within reach.

    “All of these are technology components that have already been developed or studied,” said Stan Star, NASA’s branch chief of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Kennedy. “We’re just proposing to mature these technologies to a useful level, well past the level they’ve already been taken.”

    As far as the aircraft that would launch on the rail, there already are real-world tests for designers to draw on. The X-43A, or Hyper-X program, and X-51 have shown that scramjets will work and can achieve remarkable speeds.

    Development and furthering these existing cutting-edge technologies would have numerous social benefits as well, the space agency argues, such as longer lasting batteries and more efficient railway systems.

    Given the commercial potential, the project could set the stage for a commercial launch program. Moreover, many of the necessary technologies are already at a relatively advanced level. The current plan proposes flights within the next 10 years, starting with unmanned drones.

    While the launch system isn’t intended to replace the current means for launching spacecraft, it could easily be adapted to accommodate astronauts, Starr said.

    “It’s not very often you get to work on a major technology revolution,” Starr said.

    ELLE Celebrates 25 Years With Megan Fox

    15 Sep

    ELLE is one the top fashion magazines in the world and they’ve been rocking that world for 25 years now.  To celebrate this huge milestone they are releasing four different covers for the October 2010 issue.   Each one profiles a star, under 25.

    Most Expensive Prostitute in The World + [Picture and Story]

    15 Sep
    I read a story that i will love to share today, not because i stand for it, i absolutely don’t, but you see in every thing in life there are lessons to be extracted, i hope you learn something from this.
    Raffella Fico is a 21 year old Italian model hoping to sell her virginity for one million Euros. Yes, that’s right. She has publicly declared that she’d have sex for the first time with anyone willing to give her a million bucks for the privilege and pleasure of deflowering her. Maybe she’s thinking that since virginity is something you can only lose once, might as well lose it for a big paycheck…

    In this world where whores are widely available, and many of them more attractive than Miss Fico, it is funny that she would have the temerity to tag herself at such a price… I can’t say I have checked, but I don’t think even virgin whores could command such a price…

    The thing is, I am pretty sure someone would take her up on her offer. Even if this particular deal doesn’t work out, our outrageous world has shown us that it is reasonable to expect a similar deal at other times involving other persons to be successfully transacted.

    Now, how do we explain this? How do you price a service which has a going rate of a few thousand bucks at most at $ 1,000,000.00?

    It’s not like there’s a shortage in the supply of prostitutes. Doesn’t such an act debunk everything we have ever learnt about the economic theory of demand and supply? Who the hell does she think she is by asking for so much? It’s not like you can get cured of cancer if you have sex with her…

    But the theory of demand and supply has proven to be sound in the history of mankind, and we are not about to let this one case throw it out the window. So our job is to explain this seeming insanity within the confines of Economic Theory.

    Think about it; under what circumstances would you pay a million bucks for a whore? (Disregard moral issues for the moment and pretend/assume/acknowledge for now that you are a regular hooker connoisseur).

    If you were in a back alley, and there were ten hookers all with similar attractiveness and all free of STDs, it is likely that Price would be the deciding factor in your choice of companion for the night. So, under that circumstance, it would be near impossible for any single one of them to ask for more than the going rate, let alone a million bucks.

    So, point number one is:- Differentiation. You must not mingle with your competitors. You must stand out. Do not let your product/service appear like a commodity (although it actually is). Make it seem special. Advertise this way; Like Mike Murdock will say: we are not celebrated because of our similarities but for our differences, so what difference are you bringing into the market place?

    The problem with the back alley as a place to do business is this:- Even if the customer is willing to pay more, he won’t, because the market price is already set. Even if he comes with a million bucks, the moment he sees everyone selling at a hundred, he will just pay a hundred. Why Pay More?

    Point number two is:- Create a new marketing platform. Don’t wait for customers by the street like everyone else; go to the media and advertise through them! Which self-respecting newspaper would neglect to publish a story about a million-dollar-virginity-auction? Free Publicity! Be creative!

    And now, we come to the third and most important point. HUMANS ARE EGOTISTICAL MANIACS. We pay through our noses for that little bit more prestige, that little bit more status.

    Imagine this:-

    A group of men sit around in a pub, drinking and talking trash. Then someone starts to talk about his experience with hookers, and the conversation veers towards commercial sex. As they speak, the news comes up on TV, and there is a report that a virgin selling her virginity for a million bucks is now no longer a virgin. The deal has been done. And who is the mysterious deflowerer?…

    One of the men in the group who has kept quiet all this while slowly stands up. He brushes his fingers through his hair, stubs his cigarette in the ashtray, and coolly walks out of the room, with a twisted smile on his face. The moment he steps out of the room, his face appears on the newscast. Deflowerer revealed. The other guys wonder in awe…

    But the point is, by being a little creative and by playing on the psychology of people, it’s always possible to make a little extra money. The whore was going to whore herself anyway; why not get more out of it?…

    Release yourself from the notion that the price of something is the going rate in the market place. The market price is just the Minimum Possible Price of an item, when it is stripped of all sexiness and allure.

    The true price of something is how much you could get people to pay you for it. And the thing that can add layers of inferred value to something ordinary is Creative Bullshit (CB). Packaging (I’m not just talking about plastic wrappers) can make people feel so good about buying.

    There’s nothing really out of this world about having  sex with an inexperienced Italian model. But put a twist on it, and you get a million bucks

    Everything depends on Sentiment. Can you be creative about your product or services? make it stand out! One nigerian comedian brings out the point here, that the difference between plantain chips and ‘gbekere’ is the packaging, thats true, you will not be priced above your packaging so step up the game and let me quickly add here in some positive things that adds value.

    America’s New Build Police Car (pics)

    15 Sep