Tech news from around the web:
- Amazon.com is courting the world’s big music companies as it seeks licensing deals that would help improve the online music service it launched Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. The moves are also an attempt to calm the music groups’ concerns over the lack of notice of the online retailer’s plans, the WSJ says.
- Microsoft’s head of marketing, Mich Mathews, is to leave the company this summer after more than two decades at the software group, says AdAge. Ms Mathews started with Microsoft in 1989 and oversees a $1bn-plus annual marketing budget for Microsoft’s consumer brands such as Windows, Bing and Xbox.
- Zite – the iPad app that uses a combination of users’ browsing history, viewing patterns, and Google Reader and Twitter history to create an aggregated news magazine – has received a ‘cease and desisit’ letter from a raft of news organisations, PaidContent reports. The companies asking Zite to stop its aggregation – which include The Washington Post, AP, Getty Images, Time and Advance Publications, and many others – allege in their letter that the app is engaged in ‘reformatting and republishing substantial portions (and in many cases, the entirety)’ of articles.
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