Apple is pulling the plug on iTunes after 18 Years

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs gestures as he announces Apple ‘iTunes’ Music Store in the UK, France and Germany 15 June, 2004 at a press release party in London. The iTunes Music Store will allow music fans in the three countries the same large online2011 AFP

Apple is finally putting to rest the program that started a “music revolution.” iTunes, which helped usher in the mp3 era of music, will shutter after nearly two decades. Bloomberg reports the tech giant will announce the iTunes shutdown at a developer conference that begins Monday.

This development has been rumored for years, as subscription-based streaming services — including the company’s own Apple Music — have overtaken music downloads. According to the RIAA’s 2018 year-end report, streaming amounted to 75% of the U.S. music industry’s revenue.

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Emotion reshaping journalism and what that means for the future of news

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Charlie Beckett: As journalism and society changes emotion is becoming a much more important dynamic in how news is produced and consumed. This is redefining the classic idea of journalistic objectivity, indeed, it is reshaping the idea of news itself.

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Social media changes the way the news covers conflicts around the world

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Web Summit conference in Dublin.

Social media has changed the way news organizations cover conflicts around the world, but traditional journalistic values are still vital. These were the conclusions from a panel at the Web Summit conference in Dublin. The conference featured representatives from Time, Vice News and News Corporation-owned social curation service Storyful.

 

 

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Data mining reveals how news coverage varies around the world

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How well does nature reflect the pattern of real events around the world? It’s natural to assume that people living in a certain part of the world are more likely to read, see and hear about news from their own region. But what of the international news they get—how does that compare to the international news that people in other parts of the world receive?

 

 

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Journalism’s competition doesn’t even look like journalism

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Journalism is being replaced

Newspapers and other media entities have had to continually expand their view of who their competition is ever since the web was invented. In the old days the competition was other newspapers, and then TV, and then after the web it became other news websites, or maybe Yahoo or Google.

 

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Artificial intelligence is the key to unlocking big data

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AI will bring together big data and other sources of information to create large and informative data pictures.

There are endless debates on big data and how best to utilize it, but the debates rarely come to a satisfactory conclusion. However, it is technology that will unlock the benefits, and narrow artificial intelligence in particular that will bring together big data and other sources of information to create large and informative data pictures.

 

 

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The Laws of Exponential Capabilities

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Futurist Thomas Frey: When people like Google CEO, Larry Page, Virgin’s Richard Branson, and X-Prize Foundation CEO, Peter Diamandis, talk about us entering into a period of abundance, there has been a natural tendency to assume we’ll be entering into a life of leisure. People won’t have to work as hard and we will all have more time for travel, vacations, and play.

 

 

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The Guardian launches its robot newspaper in the U.S.

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The U.K. paper, the Guardian, is taking a very modern strategy and applying it to an old-school format. Starting this week the paper is going to experiment with a robot-generated print edition. The paper is to be called #Open001 and will be distributed for free every month at U.S. media and ad agency offices including Mindshare, Horizon Media and Digitas. Distribution will start with 5,000 copies.

 

 

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Average U.S. adult spends 11 hours a day with electronic media

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Watching TV and listening to the radio are the top two digital activities in the average American adult’s day.

Fifty-eight percent of American adults own smartphones. Pair that with the fact that digital culture permeates almost every aspect of our lives, and we can already assume the average person spends a lot of time with gadgets.

 

 

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Internet display ad spending up 32% in 2013, but still just 4.5% of market share

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Nielsen put out its latest figures on the state of the advertising market across old and new media platforms this morning. One big takeaway is that Internet advertising continues to be the fastest-growing medium, but it remains a small player. Global display advertising across the web, mobile internet and apps collectively grew by 32.4% in 2013 — by far the biggest leap of any media — but that still worked out to a 4.5% share of the overall spend in ads. In contrast, television grew only 4.3% but remains the behemoth when it comes to ad spend, taking nearly 58% of the market.

 

 

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