Tidal has too many kinks
No, not the village green-preserving Muswell Hill–based battling brothers – but rather continuing teething problems. Madonna, one of the artists who owns a stake in Tidal, has been defending it against mounting criticism....
July 28, 2015
IFPI’s New Music Friday gets more criticism from indies
Beggars Group boss Martin Mills got his criticism of the IFPI’s “global release day” ofFriday in early, but some of his peers in the independent sector have been piling in since its official announcement.
March 3, 2015
Patreon criticised over VATMOSS taxes issue in Europe
Europe’s new VATMOSS taxation rules mean VAT for “telecommunications, broadcasting and e-services services” (relish that last phrase!) will have to be charged in the country of each customer, not the country of the...
February 10, 2015
YouTube responds to Zoe Keating contract criticism
Not on the record, yet, but YouTube has clearly given a detailed briefing to Billboard on background, in an effort to regain the initiative in the public row surrounding independent musician Zoe Keating’s concerns about...
January 30, 2015
Former Googler: ‘So what the f*** is Google+ for anyway?’
Chris Messina used to work on Google+, which is why a blog post he wrote criticising the social network is getting a wide airing this week. In a nutshell: “What’s going on with Google+? Where is it headed? What the fuck...
December 15, 2014
Google hits back at News Corp criticism of its piracy attitudes
“Google has done more than almost any other company to help tackle online piracy.” That’s one of the key lines in Google’s point-by-point rebuttal of News Corporation’s recent letter to the European...
September 27, 2014
David Lowery slams Pandora founder for political donations
Musician David Lowery has strongly criticised Pandora founder Tim Westergren over his political donations, drawing on data from the Open Secrets website. Specifically, he’s angry that Westergren made a donation to “radical...
July 29, 2014
100 VCs team up to complain about FCC’s planned net neutrality rules
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is facing rising criticism about its plans for net neutrality – or rather, as those critics claim – its plans to undermine the concept of net neutrality by making it acceptable...
July 9, 2014
Facebook’s news feed emotional experiment leads to criticism
Has Facebook ever made you feel miserable? It may have been by design. Details have emerged about a piece of research carried out by the social network into “emotional contagion” – whether lots more negative or positive...
June 30, 2014
Rap Genius founder attacks criticism over rap translations
With nearly 10m monthly visitors and a $15m funding round last October, annotated lyrics site Rap Genius is on a roll, and recently added rock, poetry and news verticals. It has faced criticism too, with suggestions that...
July 24, 2013
Turntable.fm founder attacks Facebook sharing
Turntable.fm co-founder Billy Chasen has torn into what he terms Facebook's "cognitive dissonance with sharing" in a lengthy blog post.
May 31, 2012