Shawn Fanning in Newsweek ...

"When I try to explain to people what I'm building, they'll ask, 'What do you mean? There's no central rights database?' They just can't fathom the idea that there isn't a single registry or some way to determine who owns what content."

Music for the Masses

From an Associated Press profile of Savage Beast:

"It's about understanding someone's music taste," said Savage Beast founder Tim Westergren. "Why does somebody like a piece of music?"

Computer Associates to Acquire Niku

Computer Associates International (NYSE: CA) and Niku (Nasdaq: NIKU) today announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which CA will acquire Niku in an all-cash transaction valued at $21.00 per fully diluted common share, or approximately $350 million.

Surf's Up

Interesting piece about new software that creates custom playlists for consumers. Music discovery is a fast-growing space, and Savage Beast Technologies is riding the wave.