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Spotify has signed its second big licensing deal

Spotify has agreed another major licensing agreement to ease its way to IPO — this time with indie label representatives Merlin.

Merlin represents a bunch of smaller labels like Beggars Group, whose artists include Radiohead, and Domino Records, which looks after Arctic Monkeys.

Crucially, the deal means indie artists can release new albums to Spotify's paying users first, if they want to. Free users would have access up to a fortnight later. Spotify came to a similar arrangement for its first licensing agreement with Universal, announced earlier this month.

According to Spotify's press release, artists will also have "improved marketing and advertising opportunities, and enhanced access to data."


The CEO of a billion-dollar brand shares his best strategy to help anyone find a great business idea

There's nothing magical about starting a company. In all likelihood, you will not have a Eureka! moment in which you discover the next world-changing business idea.

That's not to say you won't discover the next world-changing business idea — you'll just have to be proactive about it.

Neil Blumenthal, a cofounder and co-CEO of billion-dollar glasses brand Warby Parker, recommends a specific strategy for finding a business idea. In an interview with Business Insider at the Success Makers Summit in April, hosted by American Express OPEN, Blumenthal explained how it works:


Stephen Colbert torches Bill O'Reilly legacy: 'a self-righteous landfill of angry garbage'

Having satirized the conservative point of view for years on the "Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert had the ability to both celebrate and mourn the firing of Bill O'Reilly by the Fox News Channel.

"He's been a guest on this show and I take no pleasure in his downfall. I'm not going to sit here and publicly gloat," Colbert said on Wednesday's "Late Show," before instructing the crew to take the camera off him, so he could privately gloat.

O'Reilly's exit comes after an explosive report by


The designs of the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt are completely different (GM, TSLA)

The Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt are both long-range, all-electric cars for the people (each is priced around $35,000-$37,000 before tax credits), but they embody very different design philosophies. 

The Model 3 is the handiwork of Tesla's chief designer, Franz von Holzhausen. When it was unveiled back in March of 2016 (it should officially launch later this year), it set a slightly new direction for the carmaker. The front fascia, for example, lacked any conventional automotive cues, such as a grille — an unnecessary element, of course, because Teslas don't need to inhale air to burn gasoline.


Why Google has to build its own adblocker
Posted April 20, 2017 0:57 AM
Why Google has to build its own adblocker

Google is reportedly working in its own adblocker for Chrome, cutting out services like Adblock Plus.

On the surface, this doesn't make sense.

Google makes most of its money from online advertising, so why block them?

It doesn't have any choice.

Embarrassingly, Google paid Adblock Plus, one of the most popular adblockers out there, a loosely rumoured $25 million (£19.5 million) to allow its own ads through.

And while its Chrome browser is massively popular, there's stiff competition from Asian browsers which have in-built adblockers. If Google wants Chrome to stay on top in Asia, it has to keep up.


Oscar Isaac remembers shooting a 'Last Jedi' scene with Carrie Fisher 25 times before she died

With the news that Carrie Fisher will not be appearing in “Star Wars: Episode IX,” it looks like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” will be the final time we see the late actress play the iconic Princess (now General) Leia.

But according to Oscar Isaac, we are going to get a fiery General Leia in the upcoming "Star Wars" movie.

Isaac talked to Business Insider while promoting his new movie “The Promise” (opening Friday) and he recalled one of his favorite scenes with Fisher in “The Last Jedi,” the follow-up to "The Force Awakens" that comes out December 15.


There's $29.4 billion in cryptocurrencies — here's which ones people are using the most

Bitcoin became the first decentralized cryptocurrency back in 2009, and ever since interest in digital currencies has exploded. According to CoinMarketCap.com, there are 796 cryptocurrencies currently trading around the world, with a combined market cap of $29,374,919,176. Of those, only 10 have a market cap of $100 million or more. Check them out:

 


Mark Zuckerberg needs glasses but doesn't wear them - that's why it will be difficult to persuade people that AR smart glasses are the future (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg does not wear glasses. 

In the mid-2000s he had bad eyesight, and he needed glasses to see, as this old video from CBS News shows. But since then he has rarely appeared in public wearing spectacles. Presumably, he wears contact lenses. Maybe he had laser surgery. Or perhaps he just chooses to go without.

And yet he thinks that we all "want" to wear smart glasses and augmented reality (AR) contact lenses.

At Facebook's F8 conference for developers, he told the crowd, "We all know where we want this to get eventually ... We all want glasses or eventually contact lenses that look and feel normal but let us overlay all kinds of information and digital objects on top of the real world."

"We all want glasses"?

Really? We do? 


17 fintech businesses that could one day be worth over $1 billion

LONDON — GP Bullhound, a boutique investment bank focused on tech, on Thursday published an in-depth report looking at the global fintech industry.

The report found 39 fintech companies around the world already valued at $1 billion or over, and found that global venture capital investment into the sector has risen almost fivefold in the past three years to reach $13.6 billion in 2016.

As well as identifying existing "unicorns" — private companies worth over $1 billion — GP Bullhound also picked out companies to watch. These are business, founded since 2000, that it believes could one day be worth over $1 billion. These calls are based on bankers’ analysis of growth, business models, and market opportunity.


The EU competition commissioner says she will look at Google Chrome's rumoured ad block feature 'closely' (GOOG)

The EU's antitrust boss, Margarethe Vestager, has said she will follow Google's rumoured new adblocking feature "closely".

She tweeted the comment in response to queries from journalists. 

"We will follow this new feature and it's effects closely," she responded.The European commission's press office wouldn't offer further comment. 

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Google was planning to introduce its own adblocker to Chrome, its popular browser.

The feature could be switched on by default and would filter out certain types of ad that provide a poor user experience.

Google is the biggest player in digital advertising, with around 41% of the market,