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Social media companies’ workspaces

Office Snapshots offers inside looks at all sorts of Web 2.0 offices, including Joost, Digg, Craigslist, Mozilla, and Twitter.

Also, if you want to take a look around the offices of:
*Facebook (mostly just some murals)

Tech / Tunes links 8.2.07 – Wider awake than ever

*Get ready iLike. Pandora leaps onto Facebook.
*Otocky integrates music and videogames. Not in a kick-ass Guitar Hero way, but in a kid-friendly boop-boop way. (Warning: longish video.)
*Elton John on the internet:
-“The internet has stopped people from going out and being with each other, creating stuff.”
-“Instead they sit at home and make their own records, which is sometimes OK but it doesn’t bode well for long-term artistic vision.”
-“It’s just a means to an end.We’re talking about things that are going to change the world and change the way people listen to music and that’s not going to happen with people blogging on the internet.”
-“I mean, get out there — communicate.”
-“Hopefully the next movement in music will tear down the internet.” [via]

*Napster losses down, subscribers down, too.
* adds the ability to embed videos. (I almost posted a BEPs vid yesterday, but held off. For you.)
*Oooh. Crave gets ahold of the Venzero Slickr.
*Rock Band wins Best in Show at the Game Critics Awards.
*Concert-goers need not resort to the backlight anymore. Virgin Mobile is offering a “virtual mobile flame” in its Mobile Festival Survival Kit – turn your cell phone screen into a flickering torch, a bright spotlight or a flashing beacon.
*The Terra Firma-EMI thing is done.

The execrable local: Pandora lecture follow-up

(I normally – and even at this very moment – find blogging about the local execrable. Apologies. For my feelings. Not my blogging. But also for my blogging. In general. Not on this specific issue.)

A few days ago I mentioned that Tim Westergren was going to be yapping at some music geeks in Minneapolis this week. This dude attended the talk given by the Pandora founder at the Cedar Cultural Center. Notes and review included. (Kinda a Pandora 101, though I guess I didn’t know it was originally going to be a product for Best Buy.)

In related news, the recommendation people are coming to town in October! If nothing else, conference attendees have great fodder for forced jocularity with their bartenders – Could you recommend something?


The execrable local: Say hello to Pandora

My abhorrence of the local is well documented (well, a couple mentions over the past couple months). But here you go, Minneapolites:

There’s a Pandora meet-up tomorrow at 7pm at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Learn about the Music Genome Project. Tell your own personal story about that one time when you created an Akon radio station on Pandora and played it really loud after everyone else had left the office. The event will most likely be akin to a Music 2.0 interpretation of AA.

Unless free cocktails or other enticements are somehow pledged, though, I will be firmly ensconced in a bubble of window unit-cooled air in my attic, drinking Miller High Life in my boxer-briefs. GOODBYE.

Tech / Tunes links 7.12.07 – The Capitulating Corporate Drone Edition

*AdTunes on Wilco’s deal with VW.
*Check out The Number of Da Boots – Iron Maiden Bootleg Compilation. [via]
*Pandora quotes Mos Def and podcats on hip-hop rhyme schemes.
*The ListeNerd promises a full recovery when the corporateness temporarily wears off again – some time tomorrow.

eMusic mashes up its tunes with internet radio broadcasters

eMusic (my hated frenemy) is hooking up its music library with 10 internet radio services. The offerings will sync streams of internet radio stations with the eMusic catalog, and let fans download as they listen.

Who gets a piece of the eMusic pie? KEXP, Pandora, WOXY, and Bootliquor, among others. Here’s the Pandora/eMusic mashup.

eMusic is also donating money to KEXP, SomaFM and others. [via]

UPDATE: Rusty from SomaFM clarifies the relationship in the comments. (eMusic’s thing was apparently a demo, not a real deal relationship. YOU SUCK, Mashable. OK, you don’t totally suck, but still.)