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- Indie label Dangerbird is cutting staff from 13 to 8. Founder Jeff Castelaz told the LA Times that the cuts are needed in order to be "competitive in today’s ever-changing music industry."
- Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter (Billboard.biz)
- Activision says that "Guitar Hero on hiatus, we're not ending it"
- How Britney Spears used a Groupon like game to take her new release to #1. (Mashable)
- Colin Barlow, the head of Geffen Universal in the UK, will leave later this year and may head to Sony.
- P2P lawyer says there have been more settlements since former-lobbyist judge's ruling. (ars)
- Sprint has debuted a Sprint Music Plus, a new Rhapsody powered mobile music service.
- Study says that to students, music piracy and shoplifting are worlds apart.
- New Rethink Music Conf. discount code (EBIRD) lowers registration fee to $595 vs. current ($795) or walk-up ($995). Hope to meet there!
- MobBase has added customized Android apps.
- An Appalachian Radio Voice Threatened From Afar BY Federal Cuts (NY Times)