What Else? Yauch, Mobile Backstage, Sirius, CD Baby, Alliance, Pandora, Apple...
hilarious/sad: It now turns out that recently-passed Beastie Adam Yauch was actually served with a copyright infringement lawsuit - on the day of his death. The claims date back to License to Ill and Paul's Boutique, perhaps albums that harken to a much simpler licensing era.
Mobile Backstage has just secured 1 million euros ($1.3 million) in bridge financing, with a healthy chunk coming from the country of Finland (Backstage is based in Helsinki). The expansion will include the opening of a San Francisco office.
Control issues continue at Sirius XM Radio. Just this morning, John Malone's Liberty Media announced intentions to up its ownership level to 45.2 percent with a $650 million stock purchase.
CD Baby has just inked a physical distribution deal with Alliance Entertainment, one that opens CD distribution into mainline stores across the US.
Pandora remains in hyper-growth, monetization and profitability issues aside. All in, Pandora now counts more than 150 million users, according to CEO Joe Kennedy. Pandora is the second-most downloaded app in the history of Apple's App Store.
And, Apple's dominance of all things tablet continues. According to the latest stats, Apple has just moved towards a 68 percent share of the global tablet market, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).