Pandora is great--until it foists upon you some lame, unknown artist totally out of left field. MoonPlayer, a sleek, easy-to-use free-streaming service, aims to fix that frustration by playing only artists you select. It'll recommend new artists, but they must be approved before it'll play 'em.
9flats, a peer-to-peer housing service, has reeled in a "major investment round" from Valley firm Redpoint Ventures. The sharing economy is heating up in Europe--now all those American backpackers may actually have to meet some native residents.
Local New York news station WNBC will become a 24-hour news channel, along the lines of its competitor, New York One. John Wallace, NBC's President of Local Television, said that local TV “has a perception issue right now as to whether it is a sustainable business long term,” and clearly this change is an experiment to see which direction might be the path to survival.
Google sold $3 billion in bonds (just a fraction of its $37 billion in cash holdings), which could be because of the high demand for bonds, or because their acquisition monster is hungry again for new brilliant minds.
Sources: Lifehacker, TechCrunch, Wall Street Journal
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