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How Kobalt is simplifying the killer complexities of the music industry

Backed by over $200 million in VC funding, Kobalt is changing the way the music industry does business and putting more money into musicians’ pockets in the process.

In Part I of this series, I walked through the company’s founding story and its overall structure. There are two core theses that Kobalt bet on: 1) that the shift to digital music could transform the way royalties are tracked and paid, and 2) that music streaming will empower a growing middle class of DIY musicians who find success across countless niches.

This article focuses on the complex way royalties flow through the industry and how Kobalt is restructuring that process (while Part III will focus on music’s middle class). The music industry runs on copyright administration and royalty collections. If the system breaks — if people lose track of where songs are being played and who is owed how much in royalties — everything halts.

Kobalt is as much a compliance tech company as it is a music company: it has built a quasi “operating system� to more accurately and quickly handle this using software and a centralized approach to collections, upending a broken, inefficient system so everything can run more smoothly and predictably on top of it. The big question is whether it can maintain its initial lead in doing this, however.

The business of a song

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Source: TechCrunch

Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgard join Stephen King's The Stand – CNET

Goldberg will play Mother Abagail, while Skarsgard will be villain Randall Flagg in the new CBS All Access horror series.
Source: CNET

Hace falta regulación urgente para evitar que destrocemos la órbita

El tráfico espacial es cada vez más intenso, y los episodios con riesgo de colisión son cada vez más frecuentes, lo que podría inutilizar la órbita a causa de la basura espacial. Para evitar este previsible futuro, los expertos piden un organismo internacional que controle la situación
Source: MIT

(Por fin) Facebook toma medidas para combatir la plaga de 'deepfakes'

La red social creará sus propias ultrafalsificaciones y las usará para desarrollar sistemas capaces de detectarlas automáticamente. Cada vez más empresas, políticos y expertos alertan del enorme problema que supondrán cuando se masifiquen, ya que incluso podrían usarse para el acoso escolar
Source: MIT

Este fotocatalizador produce hidrógeno con LED y reduce las emisiones

El dispositivo combina el catalizador tradicional con nanopartículas plasmónicas capaces de absorber luz y usarla para producir las reacciones que transforman el gas natural en este elemento. El proceso podría disminuir hasta la mitad el volumen de dióxido de carbono típico del proceso
Source: MIT

Mark Hurd, the co-CEO of Oracle, is taking a leave of absence, citing health reasons

Mark Hurd, one two CEOs leading the database software giant Oracle, is taking a leave of absence owing to health reasons, he told employees in a letter today. Oracle has not specified what Hurd’s health issue is or how long he is expected to be away.

Hurd joined Oracle nine years ago, after spending five years with Hewlett-Packard where he was CEO, president, and, ultimately, board chairman, all roles from which he was pressured to resign in 2010 after submitting inaccurate expense reports designed to conceal what H-P described at the time as his “close personal relationship” with a female contractor who helped with H-P’s marketing.

The news shocked many outsiders given Hurd’s performance, which saw the shares of H-P double on his watch, though the board suggested that it had little choice after the contractor’s lawyer, celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, contacted the company, charging sexual harassment. (“This was a necessary decision,â€� said then-director Marc Andreessen at the time.)

Hurd left with $12,224,693 in severance. The very next month, Larry Ellison, a friend of Hurd, named him the co-president of Oracle, the company Ellison had himself founded in the summer of 1977. Said then-CEO Ellison in a statement relating to the move, “Mark did a brilliant job at H-P, and I expect he’ll do even better at Oracle. There is no executive in the I.T. world with more relevant experience than Mark.â€�

Indeed, when Ellison stepped down as the CEO of Oracle in 2014 to become the company’s chief technology officer instead, he promoted to Hurd to the role of CEO, a role he has since shared with Oracle’s former CFO, Safra Catz.

With Hurd’s departure for now, Catz will become the sole CEO of Oracle. Ellison, who remains the company’s CTO, is also expected to take on some of Hurd’s responsibilities, says CNBC.

Hurd, who attended Baylor University in Waco, Tex., on a tennis scholarship and reportedly dabbled on the professional tennis circuit immediately after graduating, began his career at NCR Corp., where he was promoted to chief operating officer 22 years into his tenure with the company, and to the role of CEO the following year, in 2003.

Two years later, H-P brought him aboard.

In at statement today, Ellison tried to reassure Oracle investors, writing that “Oracle has an extremely capable CEO in Safra Catz and an extraordinarily deep team of executives, many with long tenure at Oracle.” Added Catz, “Mark was extremely engaged with the business through the end of our just completed Q1, but now Mark needs to focus on his health.”

Oracle released its quarterly financial results as it announced Hurd’s departure, revealing that it missed Wall Street estimates slightly. The stock, which fell 2.7 percent in after-hours trading, has recovered as of this writing.

This story is developing. In the meantime, Hurd’s full note to employees follows:

To all my friends and colleagues at Oracle,

Though we all worked hard together to close the first quarter, I’ve decided that I need to spend time focused on my health.  At my request, the Board of Directors has granted me a medical leave of absence. As you all know, Larry, Safra and I have worked together as a strong team, and I have great confidence that they and the entire executive management team will do a terrific job executing the exciting plans we will showcase at the upcoming OpenWorld.

I love Oracle and wish you all success during my absence.

Mark


Source: TechCrunch

Apple TV+ will cost $5.99 in Canada, £4.99 in the UK and INR 99 in India

At its big press event yesterday, Apple announced that its TV+ streaming service would cost $4.99 per month and a launch date on November 1. But it’s supposed to be available in more than 100 countries, so what does that pricing look like outside the United States?

The Streamable has rounded up TV+ pricing in different countries — and you can verify the number yourself by checking out the countryspecific versions of Apple’s announcement.

The service will cost $5.99 CAD ($4.54 US) in Canada, £4.99 ($6.15) in the United Kingdom, 4.99€ ($5.50) in the rest of Europe, A$7.99 ($5.48) in Australia, 600 JPY ($5.57) in Japan and INR 99 ($1.38) in India. That’s significantly cheaper than Netflix or Disney+ across-the-board — though in India, it’s still more expensive than Disney-owned Hotstar.

And if that’s not affordable enough for you, you’ll also get a year of free access when you purchase select Apple hardware.

The launch titles should include “The Morning Show” (a drama set in the world of morning TV and starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carrell) and “See” (a post-apocalyptic series starring Jason Momoa).


Source: TechCrunch

How to preorder the new 2019 10.2-inch iPad – CNET

Apple’s seventh-generation update to its base model tablet is a modest upgrade with a slightly larger Retina display and a connector for a keyboard case.
Source: CNET

Apple Watch Series 5 hands-on: Always-on display, new ceramic and titanium models – CNET

Apple just announced the latest generation of its Watch fitness wearable.
Source: CNET

iPhone 11: Apple's 5 flashiest new camera features to get excited about – CNET

Night mode is just one of many new iPhone 11, 11 Pro and Pro Max tools to dig into.
Source: CNET

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