Bloomberg is reporting that the NSA not only knew about the Heartbleed bug, but that they exploited it for at least two years. This is my reminder to you that you should be using unique passwords with all your online accounts (I recommend a password manager like 1Password).
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s...
Jason Tate on 04/11/14 - 02:58 PM
Dropbox announced some cool new things today: First, they dropped Carousel, a place to store all your photos and videos. And then my favorite email app, Mailbox, is getting a Mac app (which I am particularly excited about) and coming to Android.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:41 AM
The planned YouTube music service is reportedly facing delays due to "design problems."
YouTube, which offers millions of tracks already on an ad-supported basis, is the No. 1 music streaming service in the world. The company is still working through which premium features would persuade its audience to pay a monthly fee, according to Billboard. Those curious what the finished product will look like will have to wait a while longer.
Jason Tate on 04/07/14 - 12:39 PM
Last.fm announced today that is canceling their subscription radio streaming service.
Piggybacking on Spotify and other services like it could get Last.fm tracks in front of more users and make a bigger impact that the radio streaming service did overall. The company says that this change won't affect the Spotify partnership, and users will still be able to listen to stations on the company's new player.
Jason Tate on 03/26/14 - 05:20 PM
Google Play Music now allows you to upload your music through their web interface.
Google Play Music has long been a solid option for uploading and accessing your music collection wherever you are, but using the Music Manager app to actually get your songs into the cloud wasn't always the smoothest or most intuitive process. However, a new feature tucked away in the experimental "labs" section of Play Music should make this process a lot easier — users can now upload whatever music they want straight through the browser using simple drag-and-drop. If the songs are matched with Google's vast music library, they'll be added automatically; otherwise they're simply uploaded.
Jason Tate on 03/26/14 - 05:16 PM
Facebook has purchased Oculus Rift for $2 billion.
The acquisition of Oculus seemingly comes out of nowhere: the company just demoed its most recent version of the Oculus Rift development kit at GDC 2014 to much fanfare. Oculus has been steadily moving towards a consumer product, and Facebook's resources can only help to push that mission along. "Facebook understands the potential for VR," the Oculus team wrote in its own blog post announcing the deal. "Mark and his team share our vision for virtual reality’s potential to transform the way we learn, share, play, and communicate. Facebook is a company that believes that anything is possible with the right group of people, and we couldn’t...
Jason Tate on 03/25/14 - 04:13 PM
Long rumored, now a reality: Google has launched their $9.99 a month on-demand music service.
Google just launched an on-demand subscription music service and Spotify competitor called “Google Play Music All Access”. It’s web and mobile interfaces feature millions of songs you can play instantly, personal recommendations, charts and playlists, and the ability to turn any song into an instant radio station. It launches today on the web and mobile in the US for $9.99 a month, comes with a free trial month, and early adopters get it for $7.99.
Jason Tate on 05/15/13 - 10:09 AM
Just read this article over at The Verge that explains how, "Spotify plans to ask labels for the rights to extend its free tier to mobile devices and make substantial cuts to the royalty fees it pays artists." And, while I am glad these services exist compared to piracy, I can't help but agree with the conclusion from The Brief:
No matter the outcome, artists are on the losing end: Spotify wins, and if their talks result in a favorable outcome, paves the way for Pandora et al to follow suit; the labels, who get shares in Spotify in return for their licensing agreements, win; users, who get access to a giant catalog of music whether they pay or not, win; and artists get to watch rich...
Jason Tate on 02/20/13 - 02:23 PM
Apple has announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store. Kind of related: yesterday I was trying to find stats about iTunes charts when I was writing up this commentary, and found this cool site that lets you search for songs that have been on the charts and get all kinds of information about them.
Jason Tate on 02/07/13 - 09:54 AM
Sony will cease production on their cassette player/recorders in January 2013. How am I going to listen to my new New Found Glory tape?
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/10/12 - 10:21 AM
The new (and major update) iTunes 11 has been released today.
Jason Tate on 11/29/12 - 10:29 AM
Spotify has introduced a platform for developers, and websites, to make apps for their music player. Looks like we'll have to figure out a way to put some AP.net news and recommendations in your Spotify player before too long.
Jason Tate on 11/30/11 - 11:25 AM
Spotify will be holding a press conference on November 30th discussing what's next for the company. We'll do our best to bring you coverage of the new announcements.

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Jason Tate on 11/21/11 - 12:07 PM
Rdio and MOG will be joining the ranks of Spotify by expanding their "free music offerings" in the near future. The rumor is that this is going to coincide with Facebook launching more music integration into their product at their upcoming developer conference, F8. After arguably one of the best years in music, it's my opinion that it's a great time to be a music fan.
Jason Tate on 09/15/11 - 11:11 AM
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