Now that’s a special relationship

According to the New York Times: President François Hollande of France on Monday awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, to three Americans and a Briton for their role in stopping a gunman on a high-speed train traveling to Paris from Amsterdam on Friday. The three Americans — Airman First Class Spencer Stone, 23; Alek Skarlatos, 22, a specialist in the Oregon National […]

Spotify Apologizes for Using Your Music To Spy on Your Fans

Digital Music News reports again today on the latest Spotify debacle, this time data mining from pretty much everything users do on the service including mining their contacts. In our new privacy policy, we indicated that we may ask your permission to access new types of information, including photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and […]

DMN: Spotify’s New Tracking Terms Shows The Interlocking Influence of Google’s Seat on Spotify Board

Digital Music News has excellent reporting on Spotify’s new terms of use controlling everyone’s use of the service.  The headline says it all: Spotify Is Now Tracking Your ‘Online Activity’ Even When You’re Not Using Spotify. You’re now being tracked even when you’re not on Spotify, often through Spotify ‘business partners’. Now remember that we […]

Joshua, We Hardly Knew Ye: One of Google’s Friends at the FTC Departs–What Does it Mean for Spotify?

Re/Code reports that FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright is exiting the agency on August 24th: Joshua Wright, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission who has been viewed by some as troublingly pro-Google, is leaving the agency. The FTC announced the news on Monday. When Wright was appointed in 2012, he faced criticism for his positions on Google, particularly this […]