Identity: The Connective Tissue of the Internet of Things

Connected devices are becoming inextricably tied to identity.

Take a Trip Down Music-Startup Memory Lane. Don’t Trip on All the Craters.

RIP, just about every digital music startup that existed in 2007.

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Howard Stern’s Google TV Butt Bongo Fiesta?

Howard Stern saved Sirius XM Radio from near oblivion. Can he do the same for Google TV, the search giant’s disappointing smart-TV platform? That’s its hope. Google has inked a deal with Sirius XM that will make all of the satellite radio provider’s programming available on Google TV, King of All Media included. The agreement, which was first reported by Reuters, is expected to be announced at Google’s I/O developers conference today.

Sirius: Don’t Fret About the Subscriber Shortfall

That forecast for 1.6 million net adds still holds.

Spotify’s U.S. Score So Far: 1.4 Million Users, 175,000 Paying Customers

The streaming music service has been open in the U.S. for less than a month, but already has lots people taking a test-run. Some of them are even paying up.

Sirius XM Is Finally Free … to Raise Prices

Sirius XM Radio hasn’t raised its base subscription fee since it first launched nearly a decade ago. But with the expiration of an FCC-imposed price freeze, an increase is in the works.

Sirius XM Mulling 24-Hour Litigation Channel

More legal woes for Sirius XM. A federal judge has approved a class-action lawsuit alleging the satellite radio network violated antitrust laws following its 2008 merger with XM Satellite Holdings.

Sirius Stiffs Stern; Stern Sues Sirius

Last December Howard Stern quelled concerns that he might leave SiriusXM Radio by signing a new five-year contract. Now, just three months later, he’s suing the new company, claiming it bilked him out of the performance-based stock awards promised to him by the old one.

Auto Sales Increase Bodes Well for Sirius

Looks like Sirius XM’s run of good luck will continue well into the new year. New-vehicle retail sales data from J.D. Power and Associates suggests an increase in consumer demand for new cars. And for Sirius that means continued subsciber growth–perhaps even significant subscriber growth.

Howard Stern Says Howard Stern Is Sticking With Sirius [UPDATED]

The radio icon gives Mel Karmazin another five years–and some very important mobile rights. Time to give those Sirius iPhone and Android apps another look.

Sirius Digging Out of Its Hole

Sirius Kicking Butt in 2010

"All-Access" Hockey for Olympic Games

Stern Ditching Sirius for Terrestrial?

Not Bad, Sirius. Not Bad.

Sirius Breaks Even