The buzz around Facebook’s f8 conference continues to mount this week, including the announcement of who’ll be speaking on the key panel sessions at tomorrow’s event. A panel on ‘The Future of Digital Music’ will see Spotify’s Daniel Ek, Clear Channel’s Bob Pittman and Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter discuss the impact of social features on digital music. Meanwhile, Turntable.fm CEO Billy Chasen will appear on a panel about ‘Mobile + Social’ alongside Zynga, Playfish and Foodspotting. There are further panels on social gaming and VC investment. Meanwhile, there are more rumours about how Facebook’s music integration with streaming services will work: All Things Digital claims that plans for people to play music from partner services within Facebook itself have been junked, in favour of sending people from links in their news feed to the services’ sites or applications. It raises the dreaded prospect of ‘rights issues’ as one possible reason. And one final rumour: Reuters claims Facebook is hiring a new exec to ‘cultivate relationships and strike deals’ with the film and music industries beyond this week’s partnerships with external services. Former Myspace and MTV exec Jason Hirschhorn is thought to be in the frame. Source: TechCrunch
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