Commentaries

Google’s golden one-trick pony

October 16, 2009

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt declared “the worst of the recession is over” while unveiling third quarter results. Certainly Google’s recession doesn’t look like anyone else’s.

Cashing in on the data you create

September 17, 2009

– Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. – 

Why Paddy powers past the field

August 27, 2009

Here’s why Paddy Power makes the other bookies look flat-footed. Microsoft’s politically-incorrect move to turn a black model’s face white for an ad featuring three smiley happy people that ran in Poland has produced the predictable grovelling apology from the company.

Has Europe’s hottest site got what it takes?

August 5, 2009
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LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Spotify is enjoying a fairy-tale success as Europe’s hottest Internet start-up this year, thanks to music industry support and rapid adoption by avid listeners. The trouble is that the young company appears to have no special technology or business model that will help it compete in an online market where many consumers expect music to be free.   The company, founded by two Swedes, combines some of the best features of other music discovery sites with the aim of taking on no less a rival than Apple Inc and its iTunes media store. It has certainly caught on — despite being on the market for only 10 months, the advertising-supported service has attracted 2 million users in the UK, Sweden and other European countries.

Unlike iTunes, which sells songs or videos by the download, Spotify is one of the many services that offer consumers streaming access over the Web to a more or less unlimited library of songs. In Britain, Spotify has rocketed to become the 10th most visited music site, up from 27th a few weeks ago, according to Web measurement firm Hitwise.