Spotify Is Not the Cloud-Based Music Service of the Future Thom Yorke Is Looking For

It’s like this mind trick going on, people are like ‘with technology, it’s all going to become one in the cloud and all creativity is going to become one thing and no one is going to get paid and it’s this big super intelligent thing.’ Bullshit.

— Musician Thom Yorke, in an interview with Mexican website Sopitas, (via the Guardian), attacking Spotify once again. For good measure, Yorke called the music streaming service “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.”

Twitter Close to Picking High-Profile Head of News to Make Even Nicer With Media Types

All the news wonk that’s fit to hire.
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News Byte

Congrats, Will and Kate! Now Give Us Back the Internet.

Feel like Royal Baby media coverage is 10 times worse than your friends’ incessant baby-picture-posting on Facebook, or has simply usurped more pressing issues, such as, perhaps, the economy? The Guardian has heard you: The British newspaper’s website has added a button to the upper-right-hand corner of its homepage to help you filter out the coverage of the wee royal. (It’s a boy, btw.) Feeling “Royalist”? Kate Middleton’s cherubic face will fill your homepage. More “Republican”? It’s back to soccer, golf and Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Smashing!

When RatNet Became Self-Aware

We cannot even predict what kinds of emergent properties would appear when animals begin interacting as part of a “brain-net.” In theory, you could imagine that a combination of brains could provide solutions that individual brains cannot achieve by themselves.

Miguel Nicolelis, who led a team that connected rats with a “brain-to-brain interface” that let the animals collaborate on simple tasks

Eye to Eye

Tools for Taming the Media

Clay Shirky and John Battelle share their strategies for media consumption.
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Facebook’s “Social Readers” Still Fading

The Washington Post and Guardian apps see another steep drop in usage. Great news.
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Spotify Moves Beyond Facebook With a “Play Button” for the Rest of the Web

Last fall, Spotify grafted itself onto Facebook and rounded up several million new users. Now it’s trying to do the same thing with every other site.
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A Bargain for Tumblr

The joke now is what’s the first tech company that we acquire. I hear AOL’s going pretty cheap.

David Karp, founder of Tumblr, to the Guardian’s Josh Halliday

Spotify Tries a Facebook. Smart.

Nope, it’s not Music Everywhere. If you listen to music on Spotify, you’ll now be able to use a lot of new features, built by outside developers. Very Zuckerbergian.
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NewsCred Raises $4 Million for Its Web-Based Newswire

Expensive content on the cheap: A start-up that licenses stuff from the likes of Reuters, Bloomberg and Forbes.
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For Sale: Inside.com, Barely Used

iPhone Users: We’ll Pay for Content

Blogger and Author Paul Carr Speaks!

Now THIS Is Insufferably Smug!