Peter Kafka

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Spotify May Have 70,000 Paid Subscribers a Week After U.S. Launch

All that publicity — and all those free invitations — looks to have worked for Spotify: Billboard editor Bill Werde says his sources estimate that the music service has 70,000 paid subscribers just a week after launch. For context: The service says it has 1.6 million paid subscribers after two years of operation in Europe. If American users follow the European pattern, they will have overwhelmingly signed on for the service’s $10-a-month option.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik