If we've learned anything this week, it's that net neutrality is the real enemy. Ted Cruz let us know that it's Obamacare for the Internet. Rick Perry sent out a press release saying "President Obama's call to saddle 21st century technology with outdated, unnecessary regulations from the era of the ... More >>
After at least six years of radio silence, Garth Brooks brashly stormed back onto the country music scene with with last week's announcement that he would be going on a world tour before releasing a new album in 2015. On the heels of that announcement, Brooks also released his first new music since ... More >>
Last week, on Wednesday, May 29, Steve Knopper of Rolling Stone.com detailed Daft Punk's domination of the Billboard album chart with the release of their eagerly-awaited Random Access Memories. The article moves into territory deeper than simple retail numbers, though. Knopper even dug into the num ... More >>
Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>
This would have surprised me no matter who had turned it up, but there was a special irony in learning that illegal music downloads "aren't hurting the music industry" from a beleaguered print magazine's free-news arm: Illegal downloads aren't hurting the music industry, new study claims | ti.me/10 ... More >>
On November 9 at a downtown Dallas law office, some 153,000 Internet domain names hit the auction block. The winning bidder was an entity known as Trans, Ltd., which put down $5.2 million and scooped up the names over the objections of their previous owner, Ondova, LLC. That auction never should ha ... More >>
On August 31, Todd Gautreau, the brains behind excellent area dream-pop act Crushed Stars, took to the band's Facebook page to sound off on a topic that's turned into a national debate among artists, record labels, music consumers and various streaming services, specifically and most notably Spotify ... More >>
Update at 2:41 p.m.: I just heard back from Garcia. It was his personal account that was targeted, and it's still down. "They changed the email to the account and changed the password, and they unfriended everybody," he told me. Why someone would do that, he wasn't sure, but he suspects they made ... More >>
Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. John Iskander was "at dinner with a priest" when he came up with the name Parade of Flesh, his one-man live music "boutique." But it would be rather antiseptic to label what he does as si ... More >>
That restaurants are using social media to get their message out is nothing new. As soon as any business owner realizes that networks like Facebook and Twitter provide an outlet and advertising at a low cost -- only the man hours it takes to set up a feed and gather and interact with followers and f ... More >>
If you're planning on doing anything illegal in the next three days (not that you would), may we suggest keeping well away from the Aloft Hotel on Young Street? That place is crawling with cops. This morning marked the start of the SMILE Conference -- Social Media Internet Law Enforcement -- whic ... More >>
CBS DFW.com's most valuable food blogger award, with which we quibbled a while back, has been announced with little fanfare. A small announcement has been added to the voting page, which reads: Congratulations Dallas MVB'S CBS DFW'ss inaugural Most Valuable Blogger winners have been announce ... More >>
Early last month, the CBS-11 announced a friendly competition to crown the area's Most Valuable Bloggers. Categories include local affairs, sports, lifestyle, entertainment and dining, among others. Contestants are entered into the event through a nomination process in which anyone can partic ... More >>
Sachin TengThat's a Gorilla versus a Bear -- get it?As you can see from the cover story this week, blog culture has undoubtedly changed the face of the North Texas music community. The sheer amount of blogs here in the metroplex is evidence that some feel their favorite artists are not being repr ... More >>
Americans are understandably wary of sites that offer free music. For the past decade, we've seen site after site go in and out of favor, sometimes quickly. We got excited about Napster back in 2001, but after all the foolishness that ensued in the wake of its demise, we're quick to give the side ... More >>
Two months ago, Zynga, makers of FarmVille and Mafia Wars, snapped up Dallas-based Bonfire Studios -- one of many such acquisitions in recent months. This morning it held a telephone press conference to announce it's bought yet another locally based game-maker: Paul and David Bettner's Newtoy, ot ... More >>
.... tonight's your lucky night. Mavs man Matt Miller sends word that just in time for tonight's face-off against the San Antonio Spurs, Your Dallas Mavericks are launching what the team calls a "first-of-its-kind live game companion designed to enhance the television viewing experience for fans. ... More >>
After just announcing the release of his new digital-only EP release a couple week's back, The Rocker Summer's You Gotta Believe, was released today, seemingly by a glitch that posted the four-track release to iTunes a day early. But, no matter--it hasn't seemed to deter the one-time Alternative ... More >>
Plenty of government agencies are dipping their toes into the Twitter waters these days, but when we found the Denton Police Department's Twitter page this afternoon, we knew we'd found something truly special.With automated posts for everyone booked at the jail since Sunday night, the feed comes co ... More >>
Could your cellphone's ability to stream music render the iPod obsolete? Quite possibly.
Rupert Murdoch's toy is trying to go legit; mayhem may ensue, and success may not
It’s been about three weeks since Dallas’ Cyberathlete Professional League went under, but the circumstances are no less murky. Started in 1997, the league sought to establish computer and online gaming as professional sports by hosting international competitions. Skilled and amateur gamers fill ... More >>
So you're saying wearing one of these will not get you into the Mavericks' locker room, then? Damn it. I’ll have much more on Bloggergate in this week’s paper version of Unfair Park. (Wait till you get a load of how the thing really started.) But this morn’ I get an email from Greg Holland, be ... More >>
Speaking of the University of Texas at Dallas, its Center for Brain Health gets a shout-out this morning in the subscription-only Chronicle of Higher Education: The center's using virtual worlds -- more or less a retrofitted Second Life platform -- to treat patients suffering from different kinds of ... More >>
Southern Methodist University In coming days watch for this Trend Piece in Your Daily Newspaper: More people are using their Interwebs for online gaming than they are for eyeballing videos or social networking sites. That's according to Dallas-based new-media market research company Parks Associat ... More >>
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The U.S. military is cracking down on soldiers who write or post to blogs, Wired reported yesterday. In the piece, a milblogger named Matthew Burden says this action represents “the final nail in the coffin for combat blogging…No more military bloggers writing about their experiences in the comb ... More >>
The virtual Girl on Top takes a virtual gander at the virtual UTD art show inside SecondLife. That's virtually awesome. I'm either really, really on top of things, or really, really behind. I never can tell. I'm just a reporter, though. It's not like concerning myself with such things is actually my ... More >>
These days, people are becoming increasingly paranoid about what unseemly things may appear about them on the ol' Interweb, especially in light of the fact that potential employers are Googling everyone on the planet. But everybody's got a MySpace page. And anybody who's graduated from college in th ... More >>
Military bloggers take aim at mainstream media
With the giant music festivals of summer upon us, music bloggers across the land have been typing the skin right off their fingertips, hoping to document all the things (the bands, the bizarre weather, the hippies) that make events like Sasquatch, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza so memorable. Obviously, a ... More >>
Podcasting: What it is, how to get it and what it means to the world of radio
In which the author joins MySpace. Finally.
Is the online music store the Apple of digital music's eye? It should be.
Computer game designers in Bedford re-create the greatest generation online
With Napster six feet under, the RIAA now wants to hang the Internet DJ
The record industry counters piracy in the courts and on CDs. But has it gone too far?
The record industry crippled Napster with litigation. But has it made things worse for itself?
Maximum Records lines up to lead the fight to keep Napster alive. Oh yeah, and to promote its bands too.