May 15 2013
Wednesday News: Google to launch Spotify competitor; Canadian writer’s union struggles with self published authors
When Google rolls out the new services tomorrow at I/O, it will mean that it gets the jump on Apple, which is also trying to launch a new streaming-music service. According to reports, Google’s subscription services would resemble Spotify, and offer on-demand songs that would be streamed to their PCs and mobile devices. In contrast, Apple is working on an online radio service that is said to be more akin to Pandora, the top webcaster. The Verge
One line item was “editor” to which many comments said “pshaw.” Take, for instance, ABeth who wrote:
You know what? There are exceptions. Some people have great beta-readers who do that job. Some people can actually self-edit. Some people get both excellent beta-readers and can self-edit pretty darn well. So no, it’s not necessarily going to show. (And even when it does? Dalglish was probably making punctuation errors all the way to the bank. Hocking used her money to buy editing, if I recall the lore correctly.)
So yeah, the TWUC’s quandary is who to allow in and how to measure the quality of that author. My guess is that organizations will have to base it on a non subjective metric. Money. MobyLives
As a fairly private person I can tell you that I find this tremendously disturbing. In many states you aren’t allowed to record someone, either in person or on the telephone without permission. Laws will have to be revised to address these issues.
“But as with many digital innovations, there are inevitable concerns. In the consumer market, the heir apparent to Google Glass is contact lenses discreetly capable of filming and recording everything you see on-demand. Hands-free wearable cameras, like the Autographer from Oxford-based OMG, are also under development. Privacy regulators are hiding beneath their beds.”City AM