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Justin Bieber Confronts Baby Accuser on Twitter

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Although it’s been nearly six months since Justin Bieber was falsely accused of impregnating a fan backstage at a concert, the pop superstar hasn’t quite forgotten the incident.

Bieber took to Twitter on Saturday to call out 20-year-old Mariah Yeater for claiming in October 2011 that he was the father of her child.

The tweet was sent during what Bieber calls “#RandomTwitterHour,” where he sends messages to his more than 20 million Twitter followers about anything he wants.

He tweeted a message that mentioned her by name and included a YouTube clip of Borat — a film and TV character played by actor Sacha Baron Cohen — repeating, “You will never get this. You will never get this. La la la la la.”MORE

Yama Buddha – Saathi (Songs+Lyrics)

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yu mero balyakal dekhiko milne sathi
hamro mitrata aru sambandha bhanda mathi
hami sahar ghumna janthiyou rati rati bhagi bhagi, ghar ma aama buwa lai dhati marna ra maarna tayar ek arka ko lagi
sadhai sangai basthiyou school pardda hami
dubai na jane yedi euta birami
je pani badne hamro ramro thiyo bani
us le ekdin churot salkai sodhyo “oye khane”
maile pani tane, sankoch nai na mani
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How Musicians Are Engaging Fans With Location Tech

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Location: It’s not just for Foursquare fiends anymore. As bands become more and more adventurous when it comes to integrating tech into their artform, we’re seeing mobile- and location-based technology making an entree into the music world, enhancing the experience for both bands and fans alike.

“I think it’s an interesting way to tap into the trend of broadcasting your location,” says Shannon Connolly, VP of digital music strategy at MTV. “There’s two buckets that it can go into: What’s the story behind the songwriting or the recording process — what story can the artist tell around where this went down and how do you do that using new technology? And then the other way is: How can I delight the audience while they’re listening to it?”

Over the past year or so, we’ve been seeing more and more drops in both of those buckets — innovations from the likes of OK Go, Arcade Fire and Panic at the Disco.

“Personally, I’ve always tied certain music with certain locations,” says music video director Chris Milk. “I don’t know why. I’m sure somewhere there’s some deep biological cognitive connection. Old Cure albums sound better walking through Paris in the rain. Radiohead Kid A and Amnesiac work really well walking around London.”

Many projects that we have seen strived to mirror the experience that Milk describes — a kind of digital synesthesia. Check out five examples below:

“Minus” Lets You Share Photos, Music & Files From Anywhere

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The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here.

Name: Minus

Quick Pitch: Minus is a simple and easy way to share files universally across all devices.

Genius Idea: Bulk file sharing — up to 100 files in a single gallery — with one tiny URL.


The activity of sharing content via web or mobile — whether it’s photos, music, videos, files or documents — is only going to increase with time. Such is the belief of Minus, a New York-based file sharing startup that hopes to serve the growing sharing needs of web and mobile users with its universally accessible tool.

You can use Minus to upload files of any type, simply by dragging and dropping them from your desktop to the browser. The service then makes it simple to share your files as galleries with a short URL, embed them elsewhere on the web or post them to social sites.

Minus also has nascent community elements to it; you can find and follow other users, and collaboratively edit galleries with other users. Co-founders John Xie and Carl Hu say they’re looking to add even more community-centric features.

More importantly, Minus, say Xie and Hu, is meant to be universal. And universal it is. The startup has desktop applications for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu, mobile applications for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 7, browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox, a Chrome web application and even an API for developer integrations.

“We started Minus because we wanted to tackle the issue of file sharing and photo sharing, and to make it simple and easy for people to do so,” Xie says. “A lot of services out there get super complicated … we wanted to execute and improve on those features. The power of the application is making it simple and minimal for users.”

Early users appear to be drawn to the service for spontaneous sharing, the co-founders report. The startup, soft-launched in October 2010, has attracted 500,000 active users and sees more than 50 million pageviews per day.

Minus is, for now, completely free of charge and lacks restrictions — the only caveat is a 200MB file size limitation. The startup just closed a $1 million seed round of funding from IDG Capital Partners, which will allow it to remain free until it finds an appropriate business model.

Ultimately, Xie and Hu hope to create a file-sharing service that stands the test of time and limitation. “Our goal … is to help people share with any device they have available to them,” says Xie. “And to keep it simple and fun.”

 

 

 

 


Series Supported by Microsoft BizSpark 


 

Microsoft BizSpark 

The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark, a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.


Spreaker: Create Your Own Internet Radio Station + Free Giveaway

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In traffic jams and numerous other situations, the radio helps us pass our time. Offering us a variety of shows with creative radio jockeys, radio channels hold our attention and do not let us get bored. While listening to these radio shows, the interesting content they offer, the sound effects that keep things spicy, and the wonderful music that is being played, many of us have wanted to create our own radio shows.

Unfortunately it is not easy to get an actual independent radio show up and running. The equipment is not exactly inexpensive or easily obtained. Plus there is licensing and numerous other issues. A far more convenient alternative are internet podcasts. These are essentially the same thing as a radio show, but taking place through the internet instead of radio waves. But for the person who wants his own internet radio show, most podcast services do not meet the expectations, leaving a big gap. This gap is effectively filled by a web service called Spreaker.

Introduction

Spreaker is a wonderful web service that lets you create your own radio shows. You can easily create radio programs and record episodes for it. The episodes can be pre-recorded or broadcast live. What set Spreaker apart from its competition is that it lets you add a variety of sounds to your broadcast simultaneously – just like radio jockeys can add music and sound effects within their shows. The site offers both free and premium accounts for its users.

Usage

The first step in using Spreaker is creating an account on the site. You can register for a new account through your email address or use your Facebook account to connect with the site. The latter option will help in case you want to share your shows with friends on Facebook, although this connection can be made with existing accounts as well.

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After you have created an account, you can start recording your radio show’s episodes. You need to name every episode and select the category its topic belongs to.

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You can also specify which show this episode belongs to, in case you are running multiple radio shows.

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With these options set, your radio broadcasting interface is loaded and displayed. This interface lets you choose whether to record your broadcast or let it go live. It also includes three audio panels that you can customize to broadcast voice from your microphone and songs and effects from the Spreaker’s rich media library.

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Volume for each audio source can be adjusted to suit your preferences. Selection of songs and effects for the tracks is done in the same interface, in a very simply way.

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Listeners can tune into your radio station by browsing the Spreaker website and finding your station. They can categorically browse the shows they are interested in or simply search for your show by its name.

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Your radio channel has a unique URL so you can use that to help friends easily reach your shows. The number of show followers, total number of plays, and sharing buttons are all displayed on your show’s webpage. Also provided is an embeddable code that lets you incorporate your radio station into your own blog or website.

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Visitors to your station’s webpage can find all your options and play the music they want.

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The site also provides an iOS application to help broadcasters and listeners use Spreaker on the go.

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Conclusion

Spreaker offers a unique service. It helps the user record podcasts very similar to actual radio shows. And this feature is provided in a user-friendly and intuitive interface. For people who wish to have their own radio show, Spreaker would be an excellent web tool to try out.

Free Giveaway

While the free package on Spreaker will suit many users, the premium packages do have their advantages. These include increased storage space in your radio library, longer live recording sessions, and elimination of commercials. The premium plans start from $19.90 monthly. Thanks to Spreaker.com, we are glad to have 20 free Platinum accounts to give away. Here’s what you need to do to win:

Step 1: Enter your details

 

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This giveaway begins now and ends Saturday, 23th July 2011 at 2359hrs Pacific Time. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

Share and enjoy!

Check out Spreaker.com.

Discovered a New Band? Find Out Which Songs To Check Out First With GoRankem

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Name: GoRankem

Quick Pitch: GoRankem is a crowdsourced ratings site that helps users discover new music, complete with suggestions for which songs to listen to first.

Genius Idea: A cheat sheet for music discovery.


When checking out a new band, the first album that you listen to can have a huge effect on your opinions from there on out. You might stumble upon a musician’s best song first, allowing you to forgive any artistic oversights said musician may later fall prey to. Or, you know, you might be the victim of that Western movie-themed solo album that the bassist decided to bust out in the off-season.

GoRankem aims to help music lovers wade through the morass of tunes out there, so as to get right to the good stuff (according to fans, at least) at the get-go.

“The inspiration dates back to my high school days when I was trying to embrace a band like Widespread Panic — loved what I was hearing, but their monster catalog was just too damn overwhelming,” says founder Adam Wexler. “All I wanted was a cheat sheet so I could figure out which songs to check out in the ideal order.”

To cure this ill, Wexler launched GoRankem at Digital Music Forum East in New York City. Wexler has basically bootstrapped the project, raising a chunk of cash via Kickstarter. He has yet to try to monetize the site.

Still, we can see Wexler capitalizing on some kind of affiliate program, garnering money for albums and songs sold through the site, because GoRankem is actually pretty useful. Create an account, and start clicking around. Search for a specific artist (via its 500,000-artist catalogue courtesy of MusicBrainz) and you’ll be presented with a list of their songs (which you can order by song, album or year) that you can drag and drop in order of quality. You can rank between five and 20 songs per artist.

After rating, you give yourself a “fanstanding” — or a ranking of how big a fan you are — between one and 10. The average fanstanding of raters of a band is supposed to indicate the accuracy of the rating (although we don’t know why a “one” would bother ordering songs). You can then share your rankings via Facebook and Twitter.

Of course, there’s all kinds of game-playing aspects involved: People can “rec” your profile if they think you have good taste, and you get badges for sharing, etc. However, all those aspects seem kind of arbitrary. The simple, cool root here is that one can get crowdsourced recommendations based on specific songs. Yes, you may not agree with the verdict, but if you’re, say, a new Pulp fan and you’re looking at a giant discography, it’s good to get some guidance on where to start.

How do you find new music? Would you take the word of the crowdsourced masses?

Image courtesy of Flickr, Julia Folsom