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Amazon gives free digital album to anyone who buys the CD

Good news for anyone who owns CDs — Amazon is now selling music on a two-for-one basis that gives every customer a digital and a physical version of an album. The company just raised the stakes in its fight with Google and Apple over “music lockers.”

5 Reasons a Small, Cloud-Based iPhone Makes Sense

Is Apple building a smaller iPhone model that relies more on mobile broadband than flash storage? These five reasons indicate that it might be a good idea as Apple has no low-priced handset that can compete with Android smartphones priced at $149 or less.

Alchemist Series Panel Discussion — How to Fundraise

Please join us for The Alchemist Series Panel Discussions on Wednesday, Jan 26 on How to Fundraise with Patrick Chiang, Howard Hartenbaum and Naval Ravikant. The panel is moderated by Ravi Belani, and is preceded by Founders Hookup and office hours with corporate attorney Todd Rumberger.

Blur: Changing the Way You Interact With Computers

Blur is a conference exploring the changing models of human-computer interaction –- everything from AR to Kinect hacks to neuro-ergonomics. At Blur, attendees will get to interact with the most cutting edge pieces of human computer interaction technology. Join us!

Deadline Nears on Nokia-AT&T Developer Contest

Attention developers: Nokia and AT&T are looking for the right stuff when it comes to mobile apps and games for North American Nokia N8 and future product users. Time is short, but there are 10 million reasons to compete in their Calling All Innovators contest.

New Android Music App Hints at 2011 Streaming Wars

A leaked app update to Google’s Android Music software looks to bring a far better user experience, but there’s a second app associated with it. JumperTest appears to be a beta for an upcoming music streaming service from Google; something Apple currently doesn’t offer.

Apple’s iPhone Is Made Better With Google

Even when vying for industry dominance, sometimes a company’s competitors are also its best friends. This is definitely true of Apple and Google when it comes to the cloud. Here’s a look at just a few of the ways Apple’s platform is dependent on Google services.

Tubeify Hacks YouTube For Music in the Cloud

There are many services enabling users to listen to music in the cloud, but Pandora and others have to contend with the delightful entities that are music labels. The site Tubeify is sparing itself that headache by not hosting content, instead indexing what’s already available online.

Build a Mobile Startup With Founder Labs in Menlo Park

Calling all hackers and designers interested in building a mobile startup! Despite what the name of our organization may infer, we are NOT a group of all women. Founder Labs is for both men and women, validating business ideas and building founding teams of startups.

iTalent by HR & Tech SF: Startups in the Talent Market

Looking for new solutions to attract and develop talent? Want to know how you will look for work soon? From recruiting to performance management, these startups are changing how we manage human capital. HR & Tech SF presents iTalent—the place to discover hot startups in the talent market.

The Gamification Summit, Bringing Play to Business

The Gamification Summit brings together top leaders, practical case studies and a hands-on workshop to help you gamify your business. GigaOM readers can save on early bird registration before Nov. 30. The event will sell out.

Women 2.0 Startup Weekend: Nov. 19-21 in Mountain View

Bring an idea, or just yourself! Come join a team and start a project (or company) over the weekend. We’ll be hacking and building for 54 hours! Startup Weekend is a place to test ideas, contribute to ideas, and meet potential founders. Join us Nov. 19!

Xconomy Forum: Michael Moritz Unplugged

Sequoia Capital’s Michael Moritz is arguably the world’s leading venture capitalist, having led Sequoia’s investments in Google, PayPal, Yahoo!, and many others. In a rare appearance, Moritz will speak with Xconomy San Francisco editor Wade Roush about lessons he’s learned in a quarter century of investing.

Aro Mobile Uses the Cloud to Build Smarter Smartphone

Aro Mobile, Paul Allen $20 million mobile project, gets its first public showcase today at the Web 2.0 Summit. Kiha Software, the company behind the technology, will show off how Aro helps make smartphones more intelligent and useful by tying the basic applications dynamically to the cloud.

Semantic Web Summit East, Nov. 16-17, Boston

Semantic Web Summit East, November 16-17 in Boston, explores the business opportunities created by semantic technology. Speakers include Stephen Wolfram (Wolfram Research), Dennis Wisnosky (Department of Defense), Jay Myers (Best Buy), Martin Hepp (Hepp Research GmbH), Mike Dunn (Hearst Interactive Media), Rachel Lovinger (Razorfish), and more.

Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara — Get a Free Expo Pass Today

Don’t miss collaboration’s defining event, Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara, to see the latest technologies and learn from thought leaders in a comprehensive conference and expo, Nov. 8-11, 2010. Register today with code CNUJES26 for a Free Expo Pass, or save $100 on Conference passes.

MongoDB Conference Comes to Silicon Valley

MongoSV, a full-day conference dedicated to the high-performance document-oriented database MongoDB, will be held at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley conference center on Dec. 3. The event will feature talks by the engineering team developing the database, as well as sessions showcasing large-scale MongoDB deployments.

WatchMouse – Real Browser Monitoring

How fast does your site really load in various countries? Using real browsers to measure website speed. Your own content may be optimized locally, but are all of your other components optimal too? And, how does this work out for international visitors you wish to reach?

PITCH Night on Nov. 4 in San Francisco for Startuppers

Speakers include Diane Greene (VMware), Carol Realini (Obopay), and Lynn Jurich (SunRun) — Learn how these startup executives grew their idea into an industry-changing business. Early-stage startups pitch live onstage for top prize. Networking reception with Women 2.0 entrepreneurs and investors at the reception to follow.

GreenBeat 2010: Exploring the New “Super Grid”

On Nov. 3-4, world leaders in green initiatives will converge at Stanford University for GreenBeat 2010 — the year’s standout conference on the smart grid. GigaOm readers click here and use promo code “VB-Om” and save 25%!

Learn Mobile Publishing

Considering a mobile program? Mobile marketing is capable of developing strong customer relationships leading to a sustainable competitive advantage for any business.…

How the Cloud Can Enable Shared Phones For Millions

For residents in emerging countries where income can be under a dollar per day, a handset purchase can be a luxury. Dual-SIM phones are one solution to extend mobile devices in emerging areas, but Movirtu has a cloud solution that could give phone access to millions.

Learn Mobile Publishing

Considering a mobile program? Mobile marketing is capable of developing strong customer relationships leading to a sustainable competitive advantage for any business.…

2 Weeks Until Digital Media Conference West in SF!

The 2nd Annual Digital Media Conference West event kicks off with a packed day of in-depth discussions and networking focused on the top business issues impacting digital media companies, including online video, social media, mobile entertainment, and the relationship between Hollywood and Silicon Valley.

DiscoveryBeat 2010 Only Days Away! 25% Discount Included

On Monday, Oct, 18 in San Francisco, leaders of the mobile app ecosystem will converge at DiscoveryBeat 2010. They’re bringing with them the latest secrets for creating killer apps, getting them discovered, and making money. GigaOM readers use promo code “VB-OM” to save 25 percent!

This Is One Conversation About Money You Don’t Want to Miss

Join 2,000 developers, innovators and entrepreneurs at the only developer conference dedicated to payments –- PayPal X Innovate 2010 –- Oct. 26-27 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Don’t miss groundbreaking news from PayPal and innovative partners changing the way the world pays and gets paid.

Blue Tech: Is Water’s Dry Spell Over?

Entrepreneurs armed with newer ideas and more effective technology will disrupt the status quo in the water space, delivering more, cleaner, and lower-cost water using less energy. Please join VLAB and Imagine H2O for a fresh look at water, the next big focus in cleantech.

Ingenuity 2010: Connecting Extraordinary Entrepreneurs + Investors

Ingenuity 2010, brings together more than 400 VC firms and 50 presenting entrepreneurs for two days of innovation, strategy and knowledge-sharing, and includes a series of six-minute presentations by pre-screened entrepreneurs, keynote addresses from industry leaders, roundtable discussions with recent Davos Award winners, and networking receptions.

Join Tom Rothman & Rob Friedman at Film Marketing Summit Oct. 5-6

The Film Marketing Summit is a senior-level marketing conference to share candid insights between top entertainment industry executives and world-renowned marketing leaders. The goal is to drive fresh insights and viewpoints that have direct and immediate application to movie marketing—and potentially tip a few sacred cows.

The Future of Social Media Marketing Begins Here

Three full days, 26 sessions, one-stop immersion in Social Media Marketing taught by leading experts … If you’re serious about growing communities around your brand and business online, Social Media Business Summit is the one event you can’t afford to miss.

Virtual Goods Summit, Oct. 12-13, 2010 in San Francisco

Join Facebook, Microsoft, and Zynga at Virtual Goods Summit, Oct. 12-13 in San Francisco. With estimates suggesting this market will grow from $1 billion in 2009 to $1.6 billion in 2010, this is a must-attend event for those in the games, social media, and entertainment spaces.

Ingenuity 2010: Connecting Extraordinary Entrepreneurs + Investors

Ingenuity 2010 brings together more than 400 VC firms and 50 presenting entrepreneurs for two days of innovation, strategy and knowledge-sharing, and includes a series of six-minute presentations by entrepreneurs, keynote addresses from industry leaders, roundtable discussions with recent Davos Award winners, and networking cocktail receptions.

Encoding: Cloud & Mobile Make a Perfect Match for Video

Cloud and mobile computing represent two of the biggest technology trends today, with each pushing processing closer to the edge. Today, Encoding.com announced tools to make propagation of video content across mobile devices a simple click-and-go process for publishers, further solidifying the matchmaking of cloud and mobile.

Opportunity Green 2010

Join today’s brightest leaders, change-agents and innovators at Opportunity Green 2010, the world’s leading cross-industry, sustainable business conference. Ranked as the #1 Green Conference by Google, Opportunity Green brings together the best and brightest minds focused on people, profit and planet.

Silicon Valley-China Wireless Conference 2010

The world of the wireless ecosystem now connects not only everyone, but also everything. These connected “smart objects” generate opportunities for enterprises and entrepreneurs in areas including Internet of Things, Mobile Healthcare and Mobile Apps.

Opportunity Green 2010

Join today’s brightest leaders, change-agents and innovators at Opportunity Green 2010, the world’s leading cross-industry, sustainable business conference. Ranked as the #1 Green Conference by Google, Opportunity Green brings together the best and brightest minds focused on people, profit and planet.

Four Recommendations for a Successful Mobile App Market

Consumers have an insatiable demand for bandwidth-hungry applications, and there are a multitude of challenges in trying to appease them. Researching behaviors through its application enablement program, Alcatel-Lucent has developed a series of four recommendations for network providers on how best to meet consumer demands.

Smartphone Games Summit

The Smartphone Games Summit, produced by Charles Hudson and mediabistro.com, is a single-day conference for the emerging smartphone games space. Leading developers, investors, and executives from around the globe will come together Sept. 24, 2010 at Hotel Nikko to share their collective wisdom.

A Cloud By Any Other Name Would Still be IT

Cloud computing as a term is misplaced, problematic and unhelpful. While I think the term cloud still has legs, I believe its days are numbered. When we’re all doing cloud, and there’s simply nothing else, the term will fade into our collective memories.

Sponsor post: Discount for Mobile Future Forward on Sept. 8

Mobile Future Forward is a unique gathering of some of the most influential minds in the mobile industry. Experts and visionaries from around the globe will gather in Seattle on Sept. 8. GigaOM readers can claim their discount using the code GIGAOM by August 6.

MobileBeat 2010 Is Next Week!

MobileBeat 2010, VentureBeat’s third annual conference on the future of mobile, starts on Monday. Recently added to the program is John Donovan of AT&T, who completes a powerful keynote lineup that includes Phil McKinney of HP, Omar Khan of Samsung, and Omar Hamoui of AdMob.

NATPE’s LATV FEST ’10 — Register Now to Get $100 in Savings

NATPE’s LATV Fest is back, and it’s better than ever! LATV Fest 2010 is dedicated to bringing together creative TV and digital content producers with development executives, agents, advertising and brand executives, software solutions and technology and equipment providers.

MobileBeat 2010: GigaOM Readers Get 15% Off

MobileBeat 2010, VentureBeat’s third annual conference on the future of mobile, will explore “The Year of The Superphone and Who Will Profit” and will be held on July 12-13 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. And GigaOM readers get 15% off tickets.

Social Developer Summit: GigaOM Readers Get 15% Off

The Social Developer Summit, produced by mediabistro.com and Nick O’Neill, founder of All Facebook and Social Times, will be a series of technical conversations about programming the social layer of applications. It will be held June 29 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

The Software Side of Energy Efficiency

Many consider energy efficiency the easiest path to immediate gains in reducing carbon emissions and counteracting escalating energy costs. Join MIT/Stanford Venture Lab for “MONITOR, ANALYZE, CONTROL — The Software Side of Energy Efficiency” where we will discuss the growing role software plays in this sector.

Augmented Reality Event — GigaOM Readers Get $50 Off

How fast is the business of augmented reality emerging? Augmented Reality Event June 2-3 in Santa Clara, Calif., will be the place to find out. It’s a must-attend event if you want to learn more about, or be part of, the business of AR.

TiEcon 2010: It’s in Your DNA

There is an entrepreneur in each of us. On May 14th and 15th, join more than 3,000 dynamic entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry executives and thought leaders for two full days of practical business idea sharing, networking and power-connecting at TiEcon 2010.

Help Earth Feel the Love

When you think about our little blue planet, do you feel a little sad and frustrated? We know the feeling. But there are some amazing things happening in the strangest of places. And Mama Earth needs to know we haven’t given up on her yet.

Social Business Edge: Operating Manual for 21st Century Business

Social Business Edge is designed to address issues that the real-time, social web raises, and to bring together a community of visionaries, practitioners and tool makers to collectively explore what form the social business — and our aspirations to design it — will take.

Watch the Streamy Awards Streamed LIVE — Sunday, April 11th

This Sunday, April 11th, watch the best and brightest stars of web television, top Hollywood talent, decision-makers, and influencers shaping online entertainment come together to celebrate web TV and find out who will take home the 2010 Streamy Awards — live!

Cloud Connect – Register for a Free Expo Pass or Save 30%

Don’t miss cloud computing’s defining event, Cloud Connect, which brings together executives, IT professionals and developers to drive cloud growth and innovation. See the latest technologies and learn from thought leaders in Cloud Connect’s comprehensive conference and expo, March 15-18, 2010 in Silicon Valley.

NoSQL Live in Action

NoSQL Live, which will will focus on NoSQL databases in production environments and be sponsored by MongoDB backer 10gen, will take place March 11th in Boston. Although the event is already sold out, a live webcast will be provided.

What the Public Believes: New Trends in Corporate Reputation Management

Join The Churchill Club on March 1 for “What the Public Believes: New Trends in Corporate Reputation Management” to hear about most current trends and strategies for managing corporate reputation and sharpening stakeholder engagement. Register with a GigaOM discount code to get $20 off.

Technology Solutions to the Spectrum Crisis

The Wireless Communications Alliance’s Cognitive Radio SIG presents “Technology Solutions to the Spectrum Crisis,” a moderated panel of experts with experience in the technical, economic, and political elements of cognitive radio. The featured panelist will be Michael J. Marcus Sc.D., Director, Marcus Spectrum Solutions

What Is the Future of Funding?

On Feb. 18th, 200 leading limited partners, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs will convene to discuss the future of venture capital at an event hosted by The Funded — examining new ideas and new models for investment, and answering the key questions facing the VC industry.

The Founder Showcase Is Only 3 Days Away

Meet top investors, socialize with other entrepreneurs, hear great talks, and see inspiring pitches from cutting-edge startups at the Founder Showcase by…

How Smart Is the Smart Grid?

Join TiE Silicon Valley tonight for an evening that will feature C-level executives from emerging leaders like Silver Spring, Smart Synch, eMeter,…

App Discovery Event Dec. 8 in SF

Join VentureBeat on Dec. 8 at the Automattic Lounge in San Francisco for DiscoveryBeat 2009, a half-day event focused on the “secret…

Add-on-Con: The Future of the Browser

Add-on-Con is a single-day conference focused on the future of the browser and its emergence as a platform. Developer sessions will cover…

TiE Entrepreneur Week

TiE Entrepreneur Week will be held over a four-day period from Monday, Nov. 16 to Thursday, Nov. 19. Entrepreneur Week will consist…

SVASE Main Event

The Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs will be hosting the Main Event on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, from 6 p.m. to…

Grab a Piece of the $86B TV Market

Are there new opportunities in television for entrepreneurs, producers and technologists? We think so, and we hope you can join us in…

The Emerging Communications Conference & Awards

The Emerging Communications Conference & Awards (eComm Fall, Oct. 28-30) is the world’s leading-edge event, spanning telecom, mobile and Internet-based communications. It’s…

Startup Essentials

Join Women 2.0 for Startup Essentials on Oct. 13-15! Held in San Francisco, all three evening sessions will include networking and a…

Mobile 2.0 Silicon Valley

MOBILE 2.0 Silicon Valley 2009 is a two-day event on Oct. 15 (Business Day) and Oct. 16 (Developer Day), focusing on mobile…

Digital Media Conference West

DMC West is a packed day of in-depth discussions and networking focused on the top business issues impacting digital media companies, including…

Hadoop (World), There It Is

More than 30 companies are gathering on Friday, Oct. 2, in NYC to discuss Hadoop, the secret sauce that makes it simple…

TiE SV Presents White House CTO Aneesh Chopra

As America’s first chief technology officer, with the responsibility for setting a technology agenda, Aneesh Chopra will share with us his vision…

Mobile Breakfast Series

Mobile Breakfast Series is a quarterly event organized by Chetan Sharma Consulting that brings together thought leaders and visionaries from the global…

Startup Weekend San Francisco Women 2.0

Women 2.0 joins forces with Startup Weekend, August 28-30, 2009 in San Francisco, for all developers, non-developers, dreamers, designers, and doers…everyone who…

VentureBeat Presents MobileBeat 2009

Join the most influential investors, mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, press and analysts at MobileBeat 2009 for one day of in-depth discussion, debate…

Get $100 Offer Registration for LATV Fest!

National Association of Television Program Executives’ LATV Fest brings together creative TV and digital content producers, including development execs, agents, advertising executives,…

Get $100 Off Registration for LATV Fest!

LATV Fest brings together creative TV and digital content producers, including development execs, agents, advertising executives and technology solution providers, July 8-9,…

Exploring the Mobile Apps Opportunity

2009 is indeed shaping up to be the year of mobile app stores as device manufacturers, carriers, software companies are all rushing…

OPEN Forum 2009: Winning Tomorrow

OPEN Forum 2009, the sixth annual business conference of OPEN Silicon Valley, a leading entrepreneurs’ organization, will be held in Mountain View,…

San Francisco Benefit Performance: May 25

Come out to a benefit performance in San Francisco on Memorial Day and help raise money for Christopher Rodriguez, an 11-year-old boy…

Mobile 2.0 Europe: June 18-19, 2009

Mobile 2.0 Europe is a two-day event on June 18 and 19 in Barcelona exploring the emerging mobile ecosystem and disruptive mobile…

Can Today's Hardware Handle the Cloud?

Storing data in a server is a tried and tested process. In the cloud, however, storage is still a work in progress. And the cloud model puts increased pressure on networking and server equipment — and on vendors to make their components reliable.

Limelight Kicks Ass in IPO

Limelight Networks, the content delivery network focused on digital media and provider to many of the companies we write about, began trading…

Convergence 2.0

Christian Lindholm, director of multimedia applications over at Nokia has some interesting thoughts on the whole concept of convergence and the role…