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RAIN 5/3: Watch videos, interviews and more from RAIN Summit West

Posted on: 05/03/2010

VIDEO COVERAGE OF LAS VEGAS SUMMIT NOW AVAILABLE FROM RTT NEWS

RTT News has posted videos, interviews, photos and more from RAIN Summit West, which took place last month in Las Vegas. Their coverage includes video of the keynote presentations from NPR’s VP/GM for Digital Media Kinsey Wilson (pictured right) and RAIN publisher Kurt Hanson, as well as panels on mobile devices, advertising, automobiles and the iPad. Additionally, you can watch the research presentations from Bridge Ratings and Vision Critical.

RTT News also interviewed a number of the big names at RAIN Summit West, including Pandora VP Doug Sterne, Triton Media VP Jim Kerr, CEO of Livio Jake Sigal, Bagel Radio music director Ted Leibowitz and more. You can watch all this and more at RTT News’ special RAIN Summit West page here.

RTT News covers breaking business news and is also a source of commentary and analysis. You can find their home page here. RTT News was also at RAIN Summit North in Toronto (here). RAIN Summit West took place in Las Vegas on April 12.

FACEBOOK’S PANDORA INTEGRATION SETS OFF PRIVACY ALARM BELLS FOR COLUMNIST

In April, Facebook unveiled new tools that made integration with 3rd party sites (like Pandora, see our coverage here) easier and more powerful. The pairing of Facebook and Pandora has been praised by the likes of Wired’s Eliot Van Buskirk and Edison Research’s Tom Webster (here), but for Mercury News columnist Troy Wolverton it foreshadows dangerous privacy concerns to come.

Wolverton was alarmed to find that all 635 of his Facebook friends — some “little more than acquaintances or simply people I’ve met online” — could see exactly what he was listening to on Pandora. “Alarm bells went off in my head over the privacy threats that Facebook’s changes pose,” he writes. “This Facebook link on Pandora is probably just a first step. If Facebook can persuade Pandora to share my music list with my ‘friends,’ what’s to stop Facebook from signing similar deals that might alert those same ‘friends,’ which include my editors and readers, when I’m searching for a job on Monster.com, what articles I’m reading on the Web or when I contact a financial institution about a car loan?

Wolverton goes on to show how you can protect your privacy on Facebook in his Mercury News column here. What do you think? Are Facebook’s new tools going too far? Share your thoughts by commenting on today’s issue!

OVER 1 MILLION iPADS SOLD, BEATS FIRST iPHONE

Apple announced today that is has sold over one million iPads in the month since the device launched. That’s more than twice as fast as the first iPhone model sold, the AP notes (here). That’s a potential 1 million Internet radio listeners, as was discussed in a special iPad-centric panel at RAIN Summit West. RTT News has video coverage of that panel and more from the Summit (see our top story).

GQ EDITOR LOVES LAST.FM RADIO

CBS-owned Last.fm, on the warpath to profitability this year (RAIN coverage here and here), has picked up a notable supporter: GQ editor Dylan Jones. He writes of his love for Last.fm radio in a recent column published in The Independent. “[Last.fm] makes Apple’s Genius function appear rather old-fashioned, if not completely redundant,” he writes (here). “Last.fm is one of the best internet radio sites.”

THREE PURE NET RADIOS COMING TO U.S. IN JULY

Pure will launch three of their tabletop Internet radios in the U.S. in July, the company announced today. That includes (as shown in the picture, from left to right) Evoke Flow, Oasis Flow and Siesta Flow. The Oasis Flow is meant for outdoor use, with a rugged waterproof design and a built-in rechargeable battery. It will retail for $249. The Evoke Flow is also portable and will be available for $229. The most affordable model is the Siesta Flow ($139), which resembles traditional alarm clock radios and even includes an ambient sound function. Find out more from Pure’s press release here.



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