Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • Gavin O'Malley, December 4, 2012, 11:51 AM
  • It’s a big week for Soundcloud, the Berlin-based sound-sharing site. Along with a mobile-heavy relaunch, CEO Alex Ljung said Soundcloud’s tracks are now shared, listened to or uploaded by 180 million users every month. “Known as the ‘YouTube of audio,’ mobile will soon be the dominant platform for Soundcloud,” The Guardian writes of the service’s relaunch.
     

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  • In her end of year 2012 report, revered Web and technology analyst Mary Meeker estimates that the number of global smartphone users rose 42%, this year, to surpass 1.1 billion users. Yet, “Meeker points out that this is only the beginning since smartphones are just 24% of the total mobile population in China — as opposed to 48% in the U.S.,” The Next Web writes.       Read the whole story...
  • Felix Miller and Martin Stiksel -- who sold their music discovery and streaming site Last.fm to CBS for $280 million -- unveiled their latest project, this week. It’s named Lumi, and it’s “a site that wants to tackle the discovery conundrum yet again, but this time on the wider web,” TechCrunch reports. What is perhaps most unique about Lumi is that is doesn’t want access to users’ “social graph” to help them discover better content.
     

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  • Along with a better mobile strategy, global expansion will be critical to the long term success of Facebook. As a New York Times reports, however, new markets present a host of unique challenges. Case in point: “An Austrian student group said Tuesday it planned to challenge Facebook’s privacy policies in Irish court … alleging that [Facebook] had failed … to adapt its privacy policy to the restrictions of European data protection law.”
     

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