Digest #6

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  • Jon Luini explains the evolution and ethics of the internet music industry "With artists in the driver's seat when it came to distributing their music, IUMA 's model was a far cry from the rampant piracy commonplace on the next generation of online music downloading sites. Its purpose, rather, was to give unsigned artists a place to share their music and connect with fans, which Luini says is the biggest challenge for any band that is not pop."
  • More on Laing and Stanojevic's sale of MerchantOS to LightSpeed "It's kind of like the completion of some sort of dream," said Laing, 34, of the entrepreneurial journey that has brought him home again. Laing and Stanojevic spent nearly a decade building MerchantOS, which was acquired by LightSpeed, a Montreal, Canada-based, venture capital-funded company."
  • UCSC ranked among best colleges for computer science majors  "UC Santa Cruz is highly ranked among the nation's top computer science programs for "lifetime return on investment," according to a new analysis by Affordable Colleges Online. Graduates from these schools earn more on average than computer science graduates from other schools, enjoying the largest earning gaps in comparison with non-degree holders, according to AC Online."
  • Lloyd Tabb: great software is an act of empathy "Listen to your users, try to understand and synthesize what they are really trying to accomplish. Be inventive, ignore convention, if its in the way, be simple and above all, love your audience."  
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