WHAT GOOGLE'S MOVE AGAINST SPOTIFY COULD MEAN FOR MUSIC
Google officially launched its streaming music service at this year’s I/O Conference on Wednesday. the service, called All Access, is an attempt to challenge Spotify, but there are plenty of musicians worried about who stands to lose in a future where people pay subscription fees for access to a music library instead of forking over small sums to download songs
WHAT NOT TO DO ON SOCIAL MEDIA: AMY'S BAKERY
by now you have likely read or heard about Amy’s Baking Company Bakery Boutique & Bistro’s 'epic' meltdown on Facebook. the incident has generated a lot of conversation about what not to do on social media as a brand. but underneath the typical commentary about bad brand behavior and reputation management are tips anyone can takeaway from how the company has handled social media the past few years
THE FORTUNATE 50
Sports Illustrated's list of the Fortunate 50 combines estimated salary, winnings and endorsements to determine the 50 highest paid professional athletes in the U.S. undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is currently at the top of the list. the 36-year-old welterweight also took the top spot last year, earning an estimated $85 million, from just two fights. LeBron James, 28, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, came in this year in the number two slot
THE SERIOUS SUPERFICIALITY OF THE GREAT GATSBY
Baz Luhrmann’s 'The Great Gatsby' is lurid, shallow, glamorous, trashy, tasteless, seductive, sentimental, aloof, and artificial. the author of this New Yorker article says it’s also an excellent adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s melodramatic American classic. while some critics have accused the film of being one-dimensional and superficial, this article says the flatness of the characters is actually a large part of why it is so insightful and resonant
5 HABITS OF THE MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE
what do a startup king, a social network innovator, a hip hop prince, perhaps the best actor on television, and two absolutely hilarious dudes have in common? they're all among Fast Company's Most Creative People - and we can learn quite a bit from the way they work. check out the entire article to hear all the advice these supercharged minds have to offer
TWO GENERATIONS (& TWO COVERS) OF 'ME'
the author of this New York Magazine opinion piece says that Joel Stein's recent Time cover story, 'The ME ME ME Generation' calls to mind Tom Wolfe, whose own 'The Me Decade' graced the cover of New York Magazine in 1976. Wolfe's storytelling about sex, religion, and self-obsession still reads as lively, while Stein already feels trite. according to the author, the setup is the same as its always been ('what's with these young people?') but Wolfe's version ultimately does a better job of tackling generational narcissism
TWITTER ESPN DEAL SHOWS THEY'RE GETTING SERIOUS
Twitter is increasingly pressing beyond the confines of the 140 character text messages that defined the social network at its inception. the Twitter timeline of today is far from the timeline of truncated status updates that launched the social network seven years ago. the latest sign of Twitter's expanding ambitions comes with a report that the social network plans to distribute ESPN highlights, signaling that the company is serious about integrating content that will keep users glued to their feeds
AMERICA'S NEW OLIGARCHS?
Americans love their tech gurus, but the feeling isn’t mutual. according to this Daily Beast article, there's a new ruling class that’s gaming the system and on the rise. today’s tech moguls don’t employ many Americans, they don’t pay very much in taxes or tend to share much of their wealth, and they live in a separate world that few of us could ever hope to enter