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Thu, Apr 21 2016 10:03:13If you're an online news publisher then Google is not your friend. Neither is Facebook. (No matter how fast articles load.) They want to suck away all content and user to keep all the advertising money. Google has already achieved much of this and Faceboo
Tue, Aug 11 2015 12:53:11What if I told you playing basketball in college would make you 6 inches taller. Go to the Pros and you'll add another 2 inches. Would you believe me? The average male high school basketball player is 5 foot 11 inches. College players are 6-5 while pros a
Thu, Apr 23 2015 11:39:53Over the last couple of years I've been building a comprehensive search engine for worldwide radio and a new app called 6 Seconds is now available which uses that technology.
Tue, Oct 28 2014 10:55:35Students Shouldn't Have To Pay For School Transcripts And Now They Don't In One San Diego Suburb
Tue, Sep 09 2014 11:51:14Is Your Kid Paying For Parking To Go To High School? Here's How To Challenge It.
Tue, Aug 12 2014 19:23:56Blufax sounds like some kind of faxing service, but it's actually a high-tech system San Diegos government is using to track smartphones.
Tue, Jul 01 2014 17:52:11Thanks to explosive revelations by the now exiled Edward Snowden, Americans are much more aware about how the Federal government is spying on them.
Mon, Jan 20 2014 17:51:56I think it's a positive development that network neutrality is blown up. Fewer government rules equals more freedom and ultimately a more efficient, balanced and competitive landscape.
Wed, Nov 20 2013 20:28:36Why are people hospitals so inferior to the speed and efficiency of pet hospitals?
Mon, Nov 04 2013 19:35:45RadioSearchEngine.com is the world's first radio search engine. There are other directories of A-Z lists of radio stations, but this is the first search engine where any song or artist can be located on stations playing from anywhere in the world.
Wed, Jul 24 2013 18:29:28While MP3.com used to be a technology and industry leader, it has now withered to irrelevance under a series of new owners. Presumably since I was the founder and CEO of the original MP3.com, CBS called me asking if I would buy it to preempt an auction. T
Tue, Jun 11 2013 23:07:12Besides Tracking Your Every Move Online, The Government Is Tracking Where You Travel - We're All Under Investigation By The Government All The Time
Wed, Apr 24 2013 19:18:17With a typical jump ball, each team selects a player to face-off surrounded by teammates. The referee then tosses the ball up and those facing off try to tip it to a teammate and from there it's a live ball. It's not good entertainment.
Tue, Feb 12 2013 22:46:18The internet has cultivated a short McNugget size media appetite yet radio shows are still serving a 7 course meals with 1-3 hour shows. Project Friendship makes it possible to share clips.
Thu, Dec 20 2012 18:45:49Do you trust the crowd or only the anointed experts? What turns out to be true over and over is that the crowd is wise and can be trusted in spite of the fact that conventional teaching dictates otherwise.
Mon, Dec 10 2012 20:41:17DAR.fm is the first radio service in the world to openly publish stats and it revealed some insightful aspects about radio.
Tue, Nov 20 2012 01:23:55Real-time twitter feeds are now available for all major radio shows at UberTalk - the cloud guide to radio.
Mon, Nov 05 2012 20:51:00Bonds are the most insidious form of taxation because the entire amount is received up front with future citizenry required to repay the money years later. Bonds are the diametric opposite of living within your means.
Mon, Oct 08 2012 22:52:52A monster threat to American freedom is taxes. Civil liberties and open government are areas to be vigilant, but taxes are also an imperative issue. Taxballoon.com looks at upcoming changes to laws plus pending propositions and calculates how much taxes
Thu, Sep 27 2012 19:30:08Radio has a massive library of programming from well known names to the obscure cult topic but there's been no way of easily finding and playing these shows. Enter UberTalk - a comprehensive list of programs on the radio all of which you can play with a s
Tue, Jun 26 2012 08:01:34Downloading music unleashed the digital era and exploded interest in music, and the same is about to happen for radio. A huge library of AM/FM shows can be recorded and downloaded using DAR.fm - the DVR for radio.
Fri, Jun 01 2012 16:06:00Its understandable for a company to want to avoid confusing consumers, but Zynga didnt invent the word "ville." It had a generic and dictionary connotation of a community long before Zynga decided to use it.
Tue, May 01 2012 08:43:42MP3tunes has filed for bankruptcy protection after years of withering legal attacks and a concerted effort to thwart MP3tunes and personal lockers by some in the industry.
Thu, Apr 05 2012 09:09:57Previously YouTube had prevailed in an outright victory on all points at the Summary Judgment phase in their battle against Viacom. Viacom filed an appeal and today the court ruled on that appeal. The court upheld victory on some issues, but undid them on
Tue, Apr 03 2012 12:30:42I recently spent an exhilarating yet humbling day with the US Army. The thrill came from jumping out of a plane 2 miles up with elite parachute team known as the Golden Knights.
Wed, Mar 14 2012 12:23:50In what reads more like a movie script than a factual presentation of a legal case, the US government filed a 90 page criminal indictment against two companies and seven individuals for copyright infringement.
Mon, Feb 27 2012 08:50:40To anyone who has followed the music industry, it comes as no surprise to learn that artists with major labels have very lopsided contracts where they usually get a few pennies for every dollar major labels collect.
Mon, Dec 12 2011 09:09:35Here are some specific demands that digital music companies are compelled to agree to when making a deal with the record companies.
Tue, Dec 06 2011 13:07:13San Diego Unified School District, the second largest school district in California, is perilously close to insolvency (this is the equivalent of bankruptcy for government services). A local online news outlet Voice of San Diego asked me to author an edit
Thu, Nov 17 2011 14:22:55Several net giants have launched personal cloud music services this year. This week we saw Apple unveil iMatch and Google trumpet the official release of Google Music. It's flattering to see others imitate our pioneering MP3tunes service.
Tue, Oct 25 2011 15:56:07EMI who has spent millions battling against the personal cloud music locker had their most recent strategy backfire.
Wed, Oct 12 2011 09:27:22Musicians routinely sign away their souls to record labels for the one-in-a-million shot of being the next mega-star and now tech companies are falling for the same ploy.
Wed, Oct 05 2011 22:32:10DAR.fm received a cease and desist letter claiming that allowing people to record from Univision stations is a copyright infringement. In addition they claim that because DAR.fm allows users to download recordings to iPhones, Android devices, iPads, Black
Tue, Sep 20 2011 22:32:44My smart phone has already made my car radio obsolete because I rarely listen to broadcast radio. I'm not alone. More than half of adults 18-24 have used a portable MP3 player or phone for audio in their car.
Mon, Aug 22 2011 23:21:33Denise is the first robot DJ to take over a licensed AM/FM station. Denise is a computer program purchased for $200 who will be the DJ for a 3 hour time slot.
Mon, Aug 22 2011 15:38:35Today a ruling was published in EMI v MP3tunes and it is definitely a victory for cloud music and MP3tunes' business model after a multi-year litigation battle.
Wed, Aug 17 2011 09:51:00When I started MP3.com I took what was then a radical approach - I let every artist signup without making subjective analysis about whether their music was good enough, but this openness created a secondary problem and the solution to that problem was one
Fri, Jul 22 2011 10:19:28This is an email I got from a woman about College. I'm using only their initials instead of names to protect their privacy. Check out my response.
Wed, Jun 29 2011 10:47:54The Jury found against Linspire's former CEO Kevin Carmony and former CFO Chad Olson on multiple counts of Fraud, Conspiracy, and Fiduciary Duty. They concluded that both had conspired to take thousands of dollars from Linspire Inc while leaving the compa
Wed, May 18 2011 10:10:51Radios have historically been speakers where broadcasters control what blares out. A new day is upon us where listeners are wrestling control away from broadcasters and can now control what comes out of their radios.
Thu, May 12 2011 16:00:09At 7:30pm my home phone rang. It was one of those irritating robot calling machines that plays a recorded message. This one was from my kid's government school and the Superintendent was telling me to tell California politicians to not make cuts in K-12 s
Thu, May 05 2011 12:33:55Viacom suffered a resounding defeat in their lawsuit against YouTube, but that was just the first round and Viacom promptly appealed. Now a higher court will examine the issues.
Thu, May 05 2011 09:48:37Amazon defied the record labels by launching an unlicensed personal cloud music service. Music companies immediately expressed their dissatisfaction and Amazon public stated they would discuss licenses with labels.
Thu, Apr 21 2011 10:48:30Recently Amazon launched a personal cloud music service. The press noted the importance of the net giant's actions. A few mentioned the similarities with the MP3tunes service.
Tue, Mar 29 2011 10:04:29In a bold move that will influence Apple and Google and impact billions in future cloud licensing to record labels, Amazon has unveiled a cloud music service almost daring the record labels to protest.
Thu, Mar 24 2011 16:34:38Apple is making a preposterous claim to the trademark office that they invented the app store concept and name and they're asking a Judge to stop Amazon from even using the words "app store".
Mon, Mar 21 2011 14:14:10SXSW (South by Southwest) started as a music festival in hip Austin Texas but has expanded to include film and technology. This year they asked me to be a Judge for their startup competition where 30 companies competed.
Wed, Feb 23 2011 10:59:10If you enjoy listening to the radio I have a new online service I want to tell you about; DAR.fm. It's an online service which records radio to play back on demand. Much like the DVR (digital video recorder) captures TV broadcasts to play back when reques
Fri, Feb 18 2011 08:47:52Recently Pandora filed their S-1, a document which a company files with the SEC as a prelude to selling stock to the public. This filing provides details about the company so that potential investors can make an informed decision about whether to buy shar
Fri, Feb 04 2011 09:10:21The oral argument in EMI v MP3tunes took place as scheduled in a NYC courtroom. I sat in the second row and was the target of several finger pointing accusations by EMI's attorney. Since EMI has a weak legal argument they need to make it personal and that
Mon, Jan 24 2011 09:47:55January 28th in courtroom 11D in New York City at 11:30am the final showdown over music lockers will take place for EMI v MP3tunes.
Thu, Jan 20 2011 08:57:48Detoxification is all the rage but it's simply modern day snake oil salesman and I'm going to show you one of the biggest names in the detox business working his flim-flam on Martha Stewart.
Mon, Dec 06 2010 09:47:41For the first time in a copyright legal battle videos were submitted and Youtube video responses were generated and are open for the world to view to determine for themselves if a music search engine and personal cloud music should be outlawed.
Tue, Nov 16 2010 09:04:58I decided to partner with John Parres to build NakedGovernment.org, which should launch sometime in the near future. We're hard at work constructing a service that will make public document requests from around the country truly public - all in a manner w
Tue, Nov 09 2010 10:35:09About a year ago I sold Gizmo5 to Google and I want to tell you about that experience.
Thu, Oct 28 2010 10:20:43I watched tape and it was a montage of amazing tricks by my father's dog Zeke. He caught footballs, dribbled a basketball, dunked a basketball, played golf and much more. It was like nothing I've seen...
Mon, Oct 18 2010 14:50:11I was recently asked to participate in a panel discussion with the head of the San Diego teacher's Union and SD school board president after a screening of a new documentary about US government run schools called Waiting for Superman.
Thu, Sep 30 2010 17:01:38Parents should have data about the effectiveness of schools and teachers and be able to select what's best for them and their children. The Los Angeles Times recently looked at several years of test scores for Los Angeles children and by comparing where s
Tue, Sep 21 2010 20:40:17MP3tunes has asked the court for permission to file for Summary Judgment in our three year battle with EMI record labels over the legality personal cloud music lockers and Sideload.com music search engine.
Thu, Aug 19 2010 15:08:44Several of the technology giants companies have basic storage services but when it comes to music they are useful only for the sharing which they all allow and not as an interactive music locker.
Thu, Aug 12 2010 16:26:33I wanted to display an iPhone and was disappointed to find out that it's not possible. Well, it's possible (because Steve does it) however, Apple has made the decision that others should not be able to do it.
Tue, Aug 03 2010 16:31:38Buried in the release notes of an updated iPhone app is significant new functionality which lets Apple devices stream music from its online storage in a useful manner for the first time. This is in defiance of record labels demands that any streaming serv
Mon, Jul 19 2010 22:25:11For the first time, anyone can get their iTunes music to their TV without running a home server. It's easier than you think and you can get the added bonus of the best selling video player at the lowest price ever.
Mon, Jul 12 2010 00:04:50MP3tunes is engaging in some family counseling for Google and Apple so that consumers can mix and match products from Apple and Google and have them work seamlessly together. The initiative is called Buy Anywhere, Listen Everywhere.
Thu, Jul 01 2010 09:07:30Recently billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett made a public plea for the wealthy to use their resources to improve society during their lifetime by donating to philanthropic causes. I applaud their goals but not the method.
Fri, Jun 25 2010 09:28:44Youtube prevailed in their billion dollar battle with Viacom who had accused them of copyright infringement. While Google (Youtube's parent), is surely pleased so are others who have similar services or are contemplating them.
Thu, Jun 17 2010 09:50:25Some months back I made a public plea on my blog for readers help in our legal battle called You Lie EMI and the results were astounding.
Tue, Jun 08 2010 12:55:01I envy Pandora, the wildly popular web radio service. 50 million people have tried their service so its undeniably consumer enticing. While MP3tunes is a different business, one of personal music lockers, I think there's much to learn from their service a
Wed, May 26 2010 16:47:39If you want to listen to your music by a pool, in your garage, or some other venue a 1980s era boombox is still the best choice. But I think that's about to change with the release of the world's first internet boombox. Actually, the boombox is not entire
Thu, May 20 2010 16:59:15For several years Floyd Landis was a hard working domestique helping Lance Armstrong to several victories in the Tour de France until he got his own chance to lead a team
Wed, May 12 2010 13:40:17Many people believe we are not spending enough money on education. Others believe that cuts to education have harmed our schools. What's rarely talked about is the actual numbers.
Wed, May 05 2010 14:47:39Two years ago I wrote about the $20 million record label backed experiment to explore whether consumers would rent songs for 10 cents each. A year later I warned those consumers that Lala (the dime store which rented those songs) would eventually go away
Wed, Apr 28 2010 15:12:10Imagine a world where there's a billion taco vending machines. Everywhere you went there would be a machine that with a click of a button you could instantly buy a hot juicy taco. Even if you aren't a Mexican food fan you'd give into a the occasional hung
Tue, Apr 20 2010 16:25:24Beginning this week, MP3tunes will be offering a substantial 10GBs of music storage for free - enough to hold about 2,000 MP3 files. The goal is to store every internet user's music collection in the cloud and make it available everywhere they want to lis
Tue, Mar 30 2010 22:13:55Radio is stale and needs a digital overhaul. It hasn't advanced much beyond the AM dial. The audio fidelity has gotten better and recent internet services like Pandora will find songs similar to a source song, but beyond that it's nearly unchanged since t
Thu, Mar 04 2010 14:37:54Google's Android will quickly overtake Apple's iPhone market share. It may seem like an outlandish prediction, but we've seen this movie before and we know how it ends.
Tue, Feb 16 2010 13:47:26Do consumers have the right to record broadcasted video? The US Supreme Court seemed to cement this right into law more than 30 years when they legalized the VCR. However each time a piece of the technology is modernized media companies use it as an oppor
Thu, Jan 21 2010 09:40:47
This is a reprint of an article on TechCrunch
Wed, Jan 06 2010 13:11:17I want to make it easy for anyone to contact me and previously, I freely distributed my email address, but was more reserved with my mobile number because it's a bit more intrusive to have random strangers calling it.
Mon, Dec 14 2009 13:47:59Apple has purchased digital music company lala - the originator of the 10-cent web song. Lala customers would rent these audio chunks for the low price of ten pennies and play them at the lala site. Since users can't download the songs, it's really a rent
Thu, Nov 12 2009 14:14:10Google acquires Gizmo5
Fri, Sep 25 2009 11:56:31After a puzzling 3.5 month wait, Apple has finally approved Airband, an app for iPod touch and iPhone users to play music directly from their MP3tunes locker. Google fans will find a beta version of the first MP3tunes app in the Android marketplace. With
Mon, Sep 14 2009 13:32:22To prove their case EMI is claiming that all tracks online are infringements and therefore anyone that links to them or allows storage for them is a knowing infringer. Anyone with a working knowledge of online music knows EMI and the other music companies
Tue, Aug 25 2009 21:55:36There are many things that I am excited about in the technology business. Here are just a few. Feel free to email me YOUR list!
Tue, Aug 04 2009 18:18:21With Gizmo Voice, anyone can now have a free phone line on their computer, wifi phone, or in their home. This free phone service includes a US telephone number with an area code of your choosing, unlimited incoming calls, sophisticated voice mail (transcr
Mon, Jul 27 2009 10:13:33A popular cartoon channel has unwittingly become the catalyst for a new wave of disruptive businesses. Recently the Supreme Court declined to consider overturning Cartoon Networks v CSC which informally is known as the "Cablevision" case. It was a legal b
Wed, Jul 08 2009 16:33:47The online radio business is doomed because the required per song payment to the record labels is too high to ever have a profitable business. Recently a new set of rates were announced which press reports said "averted the royalty crisis". It's true the
Wed, Jul 01 2009 18:22:49The digital music business has seen some crazy ideas over the last decade. I've searched the archives and come up with a list for you to vote on at the bottom. Here's the list in no particular order for your consideration.
Mon, Jun 15 2009 14:01:15An update from Michael on the MP3tunes battle to defend the legality of personal music lockers and music in the cloud.
Tue, Jun 02 2009 00:05:23President Obama's attorney filed papers with the Supreme Court supporting an earlier court decision that found Cablevision's remote storage DVR to be legal. The solicitor general also showed technology savvy, mentioning "cloud services" and even commentin
Fri, May 29 2009 14:43:17Here are 6 ways to save money on your communication needs
Tue, May 19 2009 21:27:50American Idol is once again the #1 TV show in the US and the competition is down to the final two. Glambert fans created Operation And Justice For All while the Kris Allen Nation has Operation Ding Dong to garner more votes for their contestant. These dig
Tue, May 05 2009 14:51:01Lala is using Server DRM to lock their users into a system where they control how music is used. It surprised me that some readers didn't see Lala's service as a form of DRM so I thought I'd ask Lala to describe their system.
Mon, Apr 20 2009 17:21:21An insidious new plot to wrestle control of your personal music library is underway. Like a roach motel where insects check in but they can never check out, a new music service is using the same strategy with your personal song library. Big music loves th
Mon, Mar 30 2009 17:09:46Subprime loans have caused pain and foreclosures in the housing markets and the same phenomenon is hitting digital music companies like imeem, Pandora, Last.fm and Playlist.com.
Mon, Mar 23 2009 19:41:26Gizmo5 launched its SIP for Skype service called OpenSky which lets any SIP device call Skype and receive their Skype calls. Ebay this week trumpeted an upcoming initiative of its own to be called Skype for SIP. These announcements are a huge boost for SI
Mon, Mar 09 2009 10:12:23There are millions of videos on YouTube and many come and go. (Warner Music recently removed all of their music videos and Universal Music has threatened to do so.) What's needed is Tivo-type software which lets you control when and where you view it. A p
Tue, Feb 24 2009 10:13:03The record labels' legal rampage against technology is growing in ferocity with an unprecedented broad attack that threatens how the Internet fundamentally operates. Nearly a year ago Warner Music sued Seeqpod in California claiming their search engine (w
Mon, Feb 09 2009 17:19:23A few years ago I gave a talk at a tech conference and asked Skype to "tear down the walls" and allow other phone users to communicate with Skype. Yet Skype remained a castle, with its surrounding moat making it hard for others to reach it. Casting metaph
Wed, Jan 28 2009 14:02:13As the founder and former CEO of MP3.com I like to think I played a small role in helping MP3 become the global standard and vanquishing DRM (at least with music). I noticed there are many meta search engines for free MP3 files, but none for commercial MP