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Rewire and experiment: why complex IT is better

IT departments have historically feared complexity because it implied creating systems they couldn’t afford. Now, in the age of cloud compute, it’s not just possible to make complex IT — it’s essential in order to ensure products and services are delivered ahead of competitors.

The Morning Lowdown 04-14-11

»  Arianna Huffington has some things to say about that class action lawsuit over unpaid blogging. (HuffPo; read paidContent’s cov…

Will the Music Industry Ever Learn From Its Mistakes?

It was home to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, but EMI is on the block again after a takeover by Citigroup. It’s the final proof that the sprawling record label is dangerously outmoded — but there’s little suggestion the industry can really learn from its mistakes.

The Morning Lowdown 01-21-11

»  With even digital music sales flagging these days, it’s hardly surprising that Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG), one of the four…

The Morning Lowdown 09.10.10

»  Credit MTV’s ad-sales partnership with Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG) at the end of June, but the Viacom (NYSE: VIA) property b…

Vid-Biz: Hulu CEO, WMG and MTV, Netflix on Android

Today on the Net: Hulu CEO Jason Kilar says the company’s new subscription service is not meant to replace cable services, Warner Music Group taps MTV to sell video ads across its sites and third-party sites and Netflix has a job listing for an Android developer.


Big Data Marketplaces Put a Price on Finding Patterns

A decade ago, scientists would collect data over a period of years, upload that data to a supercomputer, then wait for the opportunity to run it during a scheduled time. The process took months — or even years. Now, thanks to cheap processing power and the availability of compute clouds such as Amazon’s EC2 or Microsoft’s Azure, researchers can upload their data and start processing it immediately, as long as they can pay for the CPU time.

Even the government is using the cloud to process data. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association is using Amazon’s Web Services for its Ocean Observatories Initiative, a study surveying ocean temperatures to detect and predict climate change. And as James Watters, senior manager of cloud solutions development with VMware, notes, the coming trend will be moving your data to the cloud, rather than keeping it stored on hard drives or DVDs that are then uploaded to a supercomputer someplace, which makes the cloud a necessary tools for supporting future economies built around information.

Analyzing huge data sets with access to seemingly unlimited compute power isn’t just a benefit for climate researchers or those seeking to decode the latest H1N1 virus. The huge amount of digital information generated by financial monitoring companies, our interactions with people and products on the web, and government data (to name a few examples) is something that analysts, app developers and average citizens can all benefit from. The challenge is making that data intelligible and accessible, and that’s what Infochimps, Microsoft, and an emerging class of data marketplaces are aiming to do.

Confidence in Free Streaming Models Is Fading — Fast

Warner Music Group president Edgar Bronfman articulated yesterday what we’ve known for awhile: Major record labels have lost confidence in the free streaming model for music consumption. But while WMG may not be ready to pull content from Spotify, it can stall its stateside growth.