Daily Archives: May 2, 2012

Chris Nuttall

Spotify, the music streaming service, has followed rivals MOG and Rdio and finally released an iPad app, but it’s been worth the wait.

The app features fast switching between different tracks, almost full-screen album art and intuitive navigation for swiping through information about artists and opening panes on similar artists. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

One of the more innovative approaches in the plethora of efforts to persuade more people to pay for more content online is “social micropayment” firm Flattr.

Acting something like an online tip jar, Flattr reverses the usual payment process by giving people a way to pay for content after they’ve consumed it, rather than before they know what they are getting. Read more

Tim Bradshaw

Investment continues to pour into the soaring Russian internet market, which recently overtook Germany as Europe’s largest by users.

The latest mega-deal sees Avito.ru, a Russian online classified site along the lines of Craigslist, raising $75m from local private equity firm Baring Vostok and global venture capitalists Accel Partners, alongside existing investors Kinnevik and Northzone. Read more

Next to your birthday and relationship status, you can now post on Facebook if you plan to give away your kidneys when you die.

Today Facebook announced that it created the slot for organ donation status to users’ profile pages, in an expert PR move that brings positive attention to Facebook ahead of its IPO without violating the quiet period rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Read more