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RAIN 1/11: Hyundai the latest car-maker to add in-car Internet radio features

Posted on: 01/11/2011

HYUNDAI’S 3-DOOR VELOSTER SUPPORTS PANDORA

The new 2012 Veloster from Hyundai is making headlines for a conspicuous third-door on the passenger side, but this little oddity-on-wheels also comes with dashboard-support for Pandora. That makes Hyundai the latest in a long-line of car-makers to sport an in-car Internet radio system.

Like Ford, Toyota, Mini, Mercedes, BMW and other car manufacturers, Hyundai’s in-car Internet radio system relies on a smartphone to connect the web. From there, the driver can control Pandora playback using dashboard controls. The car also includes Bluetooth and USB, so you can listen to any Net radio app quite easily. CNet has more coverage here.

VERIZON GETTING THE iPHONE AT LONG LAST

Exclusive with AT&T no longer, Apple’s iPhone is coming to Verizon Wireless. The companies announced the partnership in a press conference today. The Verizon iPhone 4 will arrive on February 10. Engadget has more coverage here.

This is great news for webcasters. The iPhone and the Apple App Store have fueled mobile Internet radio’s runaway growth. Releasing the iPhone to new networks should attract plenty of new customers (perhaps up to 9 or 12 million). And those folks will then have access to the plethora of Internet radio apps available for their shiny new phone.

TARGETSPOT RAISES $8 MILLION IN NEW INVESTMENT

Digital audio advertising network TargetSpot has closed $8 million in equity financing. Union Square Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, CBS Radio and Milestone Venture Partners all contributed funds to the financing.

TargetSpot says it will use the new investment to “fuel growth investments in TargetSpot’s advertising technology, expand its network, and to rapidly grow its national sales force.” You can read more on the story from TargetSpot’s press release here.

PANDORA INCLUDED IN NEW SAMSUNGREFRIGERATOR?

Soon even your toaster will be able to serve up some Led Zeppelin along with your morning toast. But that’s the future. Here’s the present: a new refrigerator from Samsung shown off at CES 2011 includes a Pandora app, thanks to a built-in Wi-Fi antenna. The fridge can also tweet and check Epicurious. Yep. Check out Samsung’s video walk-through on YouTube here.



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