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Pandora Announces Business Subscriptions to Avoid Litigation and Supply Great Music

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Pandora announced today at SXSW their new “Pandora for Business” service. Many users don’t know that the music they listen to personally on the Pandora app is not licensed for re-broadcast. In other words, you can’t play it publicly at your business. Many businesses do just that, however. A Roscoes House of Chicken and Waffles in Southern California is an example of a small business who was recently fined over $200,000 for playing 8 songs in a non-licensed manner. Ouch. Pandora has partnered with long-time business music delivery company DMX to offer a simple piece of hardware, plus a fully licensed and legal monthly subscription at $24.95.
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10 Apps You Should Install Right Now On Your New BlackBerry

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If you’ve just purchased your very first BlackBerry, you’re probably wondering what the best, most essential apps are. With thousands and thousands of apps in BlackBerry’s App World, having a list of the essentials just makes everything a little easier. Whether you’re looking for social networking apps, utility apps, or something in between, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the 10 apps I use all the time and love.
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RIM Introduces BlackBerry Radio App to US Beta Zone Users

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Later today, US BlackBerry Beta Zones users will be invited to try out RIM’s latest app called BlackBerry Radio. The upcoming radio discovery app brings a variety of music services such as Slacker, Pandora, Clear Channel and Corus all into a single app. Other features include:
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What Adobe AIR Apps Would You Like to See on the BlackBerry PlayBook?

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The BlackBerry PlayBook is a highly anticipated tablet that’s going to open BlackBerry development to an entirely new segment of developers. Anyone who can make an app for Adobe AIR will be able to port their app over to the PlayBook and take advantage of a new platform for their app to thrive. So what apps would you like to see on the PlayBook? Here are a few apps that are made with Adobe AIR, that we would like to see on the PlayBook.
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Thoughts on the iPhone OS 4 Launch: Data Crunch and False Multitasking

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Yesterday, Apple announced their OS 4 for the iPhone. We wrote about the upcoming news a couple days ago, and both BlackBerry and iPhone users alike were all over the comments with their two cents. Regardless of what you may think of the iPhone vs BlackBerry debate, it’s clear that smartphone users are very passionate about their devices. So now that we’re out of the rumor mill, I thought I would put together some thoughts on the iPhone’s OS 4 announcements, and put them in a broader context of how they compare to BlackBerry.

It’s important to note that everything that was announced yesterday won’t be available until the summer, and it will only work with the iPhone 3GS and 3rd generation iPod Touch.
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Sidebar Delivers Recommended Content to Your BlackBerry

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Sidebar is an interesting app that pushes recommended content to your BlackBerry as well as it has some content-related features. The app reminds me of Genius or Pandora, in that it is supposed to learn about what you enjoy reading, and push more of that content for you to read. According to the Sidebar team, “the more you use Sidebar, the better we get at picking stuff you like.” Content comes in the form of applications, music downloads, podcasts, RSS feeds, video, wallpaper, ringtones and more. Sidebar also includes a QR code scanner, which can be used to compare prices for goods, just like with Edocrab.

This application is going to have to strike a good balance between sponsored content and content the user will actually want. I can see the monetization of this app killing the user experience, if a large percentage of the content is an ad for ringtones or Amazon products. Nonetheless, I’ll give it a shot.

Sidebar is available for the Storm, Storm 2, Tour, Curve 8900 and Bold 9700, with other devices soon to follow.

Download Sidebar for your Desktop.

Download Sidebar for your BlackBerry OTA or head over to their site for other download methods.

UPDATE: Sidebar let us know that the most foolproof way to download the app is via the BlackBerry browser through their direct download link: http://downloads.sidebar.com/download. This link will automatically direct supported devices to a download page. Unsupported devices will get a page with a message stating Sidebar is not yet ready for their device, along with an opt-in to be notified when it is.