Gaga Off YouTube, Spotify Arrives In U.S. Today, Apple PC Share Grows, Android For Amazon, New iPhone Date Rumors

Lady Gaga’s official YouTube channel shut through copyright problems, Spotify hits U.S. shores… This and other important news updated throughout the day by your news-savvy Fast Company editors.


JetBlue Leapfrogs The 405. Necessity is the mother of invention, and if anyone needs their cars, it’s Angelenos. With Carmageddon looming, JetBlue responded with some low-low-priced marketing genius: $4 flights between Burbank and Long Beach. Flights sold out in a matter of hours. Though some saw an eco-friendly opportunity in one huge, gas-guzzling city going car-free for a weekend, the carbon footprint just got considerably larger. –Erin Schulte


–Updated 2:08 p.m. EST

Lady Gaga Booted…Off YouTube. Because of “severe violations” of copyright, according to the YouTube banner on her official channel, Lady Gaga’s YouTube page has been shut down. Rumor has it that a posted video of Gaga’s performance on Japanese TV show Smap x Smap is to blame, presumably because Gaga’s team hadn’t cleared it with the content owners themselves. Who owns music? It’s a tricky question. –KE

–Updated 11:45 a.m. EST

Apple PC Share Grows. Apple‘s share of the U.S. PC market has soared to a 10.7% all-time high, up from 8.5% at the end of 2010–taking the third place as a PC retailer behind HP and Dell. In one important sense, Apple’s bucking the trend, since the U.S. PC market as a whole has actually declined year-on-year by about 5%…and increasing sales of the iPad (and perhaps a sense of change in the mobile computing paradigm) is being blamed for this. –KE


Amazon’s Android Tablet, New Kindles En Route. This is about as concrete as a rumor can get: The Wall Street Journal is saying Amazon has a 9-inch Android-powered tablet PC on the way, and it may arrive “by October.” Crucially it may lack things like a camera, meaning it’s pitched at supporting Amazon-sourced content like e-books and movies–rather then being an iPad competitor. Two revised Kindles are also due, one a “cheap” one, presumably aimed at Barnes and Noble’s Nook innovation. –KE

Spotify Spotted Today In U.S. After years of anticipation, streaming music service Spotify is hitting the U.S. today, starting at 8 a.m. Eastern. Priority membership is being doled out to those who pre-registered, so we’re not sure exactly when a broader public opening will happen. It will have a similar three-tier subscription service to Europe’s, though: With a free ad-supported layer, then a $5 and $10 per month fee. Now that that’s out of the way…what about those Spotify-Facebook rumors? –KE


New iPhone In October? Or August? The Apple tech press is alive with rumors that the iPhone 5 is now due in October, possibly the 4th. It’s based on recent changes to unlimited tariffs and new data throttling on Virgin timed for this date–with an guess we’ll see a pre-pay iPhone hit the U.S., and also planned changes to AT&T’s insurance policies at the same time. Meanwhile different rumors, based on job opportunities for the U.K. Apple stores, could indicate a mid-August timescale. So unless it’s a staggered launch, we don’t know! We do know millions of folk are anticipating it hotly, though. –KE

–Updated 5:00 a.m. EST

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