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Spotify’s New Privacy Policy: Music’s Not the Product, You Are

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In June 2013, Flavorwire ran a piece about Spotify, written in the wake of Thom Yorke’s condemnation of the service for not paying enough money to up-and-coming artists. At the time, we noted that the service was losing money, and that its business model appeared unsustainable, and wondered how it was planning to survive long-term. Two years later, Spotify is still losing money, and its business model appears to remain unsustainable, but perhaps the answer to the question of ensuring its long-term profitability is becoming clear — or, at least, the company’s strategy for doing so is becoming clear. Whether said strategy will work seems questionable, at best.
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Yes, “The Best-Ever Bitcoin Cannabis Drone Entrepreneurs in San Francisco” Is a Mountain Goats Parody — and It’s Glorious

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If tech founders are the new rock stars — though let’s really, really hope they aren’t — then perhaps stoner kids who dream of starting a company that delivers weed via drones are the new teen-outcast metal bands. That is, at least, the conceit of an utterly wonderful parody of The Mountain Goats classic “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton.”
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Why Even ‘The New York Times’ Can’t Agree On Its Amazon Exposé

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Unless you’ve been hiding very adroitly, you’ve probably come across last week’s New York Times cover story, written by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld, which revealed the results of an in-depth investigation into the workplace practices at Amazon and drew some pretty disturbing conclusions. You may, however, have missed the follow-up from the paper’s Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, which questioned the original report. Taken together, the two pieces provide a neat summation of the debate around Amazon’s culture, and the implications that debate has for our society as a whole.
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Last Night, Hookup Culture Panic Met Tech Utopianism and Everybody Lost

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A few days ago, Vanity Fair published veteran correspondent Nancy Jo Sales’ report on Tinder, a dispatch from the seedy underbelly of twentysomething New York life that can best be summed up as “kids these days!” The piece was initially met with mild amusement; after all, hookup culture panic peaked more than two years ago with reports like the New York Times’ “Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too”, and the subsequent revelation that hookup culture might not even exist. Sales’ report wasn’t an irritating new form of millennial panic, but the swansong of an old one. 
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An IRL Tour Through PC Music With GFOTY, Danny L Harle and Spinee

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To know PC Music is to have an opinion about PC Music. For the last couple of years, the London-based SoundCloud collective has slowly introduced the world to its warped view of electronic-based pop: it is here that Top 40’s fabricated quality shows its seams on purpose, at times unraveling into chintzy nonsense. Is it commentary, or is it no better than the inauthentic EDM it appears to mock? That’s for listeners to decide, seemingly with increasing frequency over the last six months as PC Music debuted live at SXSW and released their first comp outside of SoundCloud.
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Reddit Disasters Pile Up: Are The Trolls Running the Site?

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Another high-ranking female employee at Reddit — namely, Head of Community Jessica Moreno — is leaving the company, and although she doesn’t mention gender issues or harassment directly in her statement, the look is not good for the site. As Re/Code’s Noah Kulwin notes, “[Moreno]’s exit is the latest by a female higher-up at the social news site at a time when the company’s efforts to rein in the most toxic elements of its community have been in the spotlight.”
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