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Napster Co-Founders Launch New Social Video Service
2012-06-05 13:27:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com On Tuesday, Napster cofounders unveiled a new video chat platform to the public for the first time called Airtime. Airtime is a one-on-one video service that is purported to be the next big start up from Silicon Valley. The social-video site will be connecting millions of people based on interests and social connections, similar to how Google's video chat service works on its Google+ social network.  Airtime will be integrated deeply into Facebook,...

2011-11-02 12:00:00

Founding chairman and CEO of the original, most-popular peer-to-peer music file sharing system, Napster, has joined the advisory board of Savtira Corporation, a new B2B cloud commerce solutions company. Tampa, FL (PRWEB) November 02, 2011 Founding chairman and CEO of the original, most-popular peer-to-peer music file sharing system, Napster, has joined the advisory board of Savtira Corporation, a new B2B cloud commerce solutions company. Mr. John W. Fanning, also founder of NetMovies, a...

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2009-05-19 10:55:00

Online music marketplace, Napster.com announced a price reduction on Monday for its online music streaming service from $12.95 to $5 a month. Having been recently acquired by Best Buy for $122 million, the Los-Angeles based company has struggled to maintain subscription numbers that would rival those of Apple Inc's iTunes store. Under the new plan, Napster will lower the cost of its subscription service, which allows users to stream music online, in addition to offering five song...

2006-01-31 08:20:00

NEW YORK -- Shares of digital music service Napster Inc. surged more than 30 percent in premarket trading on a report that it was in discussions with Google Inc. for an alliance that could include a sale. Internet giant Google is in talks with Napster over an "extensive alliance" that could include an "outright acquisition," according to a Tuesday report in the New York Post, citing anonymous sources. The company in January told Reuters that it was not on the block. "The company is not...

2005-11-14 06:59:14

LOS ANGELES -- Snocap, a U.S. digital media company founded by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, on Sunday said it reached a deal with Warner Music Group Corp.authorizing distribution of Warner's music across Snocap-enabled retail services. The deal means Snocap has now allied itself with all four of the world's largest record companies. The company had already established relationships with Sony BMG, Vivendi Universal's Universal Music and EMI Group Plc. In September, the company also signed...

2005-09-22 23:10:39

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. digital media company, Snocap, run by Napster founder Shawn Fanning, said on Friday it signed deals with various independent labels. Snocap said it reached agreements with V2 Music, Matador Records and the Beggars Group under which the labels will upload and register their music catalogs with SNOCAP's database services, enabling the digital distribution of their content through commercial peer-to-peer services. SNOCAP has already established relationships...

2005-06-29 19:12:25

LONDON (Reuters) - Music giant Sony BMG has finalized itsdeal with the legal file-sharing network Mashboxx, two daysafter a U.S. court dealt a blow to Mashboxx's unauthorizedrivals such as Grokster. Mashboxx, headed by former Grokster president Wayne Rosso,is a peer-to-peer file-sharing network that requires users topay for copyrighted songs. The companies said on Wednesday that Sony BMG songs willcost $0.99 each, in line with the price charged by Apple'smarket-leading iTunes online music...

2005-06-29 06:53:10

LONDON (Reuters) -- Music giant Sony BMG has finalized its deal with the legal file-sharing network Mashboxx, two days after a U.S. court dealt a blow to Mashboxx's unauthorized rivals such as Grokster. Mashboxx, headed by former Grokster president Wayne Rosso, is a peer-to-peer file-sharing network that requires users to pay for copyrighted songs. The companies said on Wednesday that Sony BMG songs will cost $0.99 each, in line with the price charged by Apple's market-leading iTunes online...

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2005-06-18 09:12:19

NEW YORK -- With a Supreme Court ruling in the Grokster case believed to be imminent, proponents of commercial peer-to-peer networks are busily preparing new legitimate services. Key to many of the developing services is the readiness of Snocap, the fledgling copyright management and P2P filtering service from Napster founder Shawn Fanning. Among Snocap clients on the horizon is Mashboxx, a planned legitimate P2P offering from former Grokster frontman Wayne Rosso. That service plans to...

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2005-06-13 12:05:21

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The online music service Snocap said on Monday that it would allow independent artists and small record labels to register their songs to receive payment when they are traded over Internet "peer-to-peer" networks. Snocap, the latest venture of Napster founder Shawn Fanning, uses digital "fingerprint" technology to identify songs that are swapped online. Peer-to-peer networks can use Snocap to block unauthorized copies of songs and replace them with protected versions...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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