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Big Stage Entertainment gets $2.7m for 3D avatars

3D avatars have been The Future for years now, but we still have high hopes. As do VC firms Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures and TechCoast Angels, who've stumped up for a $2.7 million Series B funding round for Big Stage...
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RockDex scores artists on web popularity

Here's a cool thing: RockDex aims to tell artists whether their web buzz is growing or declining.
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DonkDJ lets you put a donk on any song you want

Anyway, there's now a website that lets you put a donk on any song you like.DonkDJ (or Put A Donk On It - it's unclear whether the URL and the name are the same or different) uses The Echo Nest's APIs in much the same way...
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Streamzy up for sale on eBay

Remember Streamzy? It was one of the swathe of music search engines that launched last year using SeeqPod's API, and had some decent buzz around it. However, the buzz quickly dissipated, and Streamzy is up for sale on eBay...
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Lala working on iPhone application

Music streaming service Lala is developing its own iPhone app, according to a first-look piece on TechCrunch (video embedded above).
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StartupWatch: Mixtape.me

Yes, people are still launching mixtape-themed playlisting websites, despite the fact that the most famous example - Muxtape - was forced to axe its original site due to pressure from the RIAA.
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Hitlab launches AI hit-prediction site with Akon

Hitlab has been around for a while now, but its official launch was yesterday in Montreal. The site lets unsigned acts upload their songs, and then uses proprietary artificial intelligence software called Dynamic Hit Scoring...
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NewBandDaily to recommend a new band, yes, daily

Forget all those new-fangled digital marketing tools, analytics, mash-ups and so on. Plain old email newsletters can still be effective (or bulletins!). At least, that's what startup NewBandDaily hopes.
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Sparkle 3D: the first virtual world for iPhone

Japanese company Genkii has revealed that it's developing a 3D virtual world for iPhone called Sparkle 3D.
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Firefox mobile browser not so good for streaming media

Mozilla has released the first beta version of Fennec, its mobile browser (essentially it's the mobile version of Firefox).
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Echodio is the latest iTunes cloudstreaming service

There are plenty of services letting people stream their iTunes libraries to wherever they are, so what's special about Echodio? Well, it's a bit limited at the moment - the iTunes plug-in only works on Macs, and you can...
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Interview: Awdio talks growth, new features and iPhone

Music website Awdio has been creating a buzz in dance circles for a while now. It streams music - DJ sets and live shows - from clubs and venues around the world. We fired a few questions at CEO Julien Ulrich to find out...