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Rumor Fact(ory): Verizon reportedly might invest in Pandora pending Sirius deal

We’ve been hearing speculation for many months that Pandora and Sirius XM are interested in building a closer relationship. Sirius XM has been rumored to want to acquire the online audio company, but the two parties have been at odds over price. New information from the New York Post’s Claire Atkinson indicated that if Sirius does back away, Pandora might have another interested suitor. Continue Reading

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Virgin, Verizon explore data-free streaming programs to mixed response

We have seen increased interest among mobile service providers in letting customers use select platforms without charging their data plans. Virgin Mobile and Verizon are both making inroads into the space, but there has been skepticism about how the carriers may go about securing those partnerships. Continue Reading

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Crippled net neutrality threatens to unbalance Internet radio competition

Net neutrality advocates were bitterly disappointed, if not totally surprised, by today’s ruling against the Federal Communications Commission by a Washington D.C. appeals court. The court’s decision might be paraphrased like this: “You classified the Internet wrong. What are you going to do now?” We’re wondering the same thing. Continue Reading