Taylor Swift shreds.

Sorry, Taylor: Spotify is going to be part of the Billboard charts

Billboard and partner Nielsen SoundScan will soon start counting streaming services like Spotify and Beats Music in its signature ranking, the Billboard 200, reports The New York Times’ Ben Sisario.

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Spotify CEO lashes back at Taylor Swift, says Spotify has paid music industry over $2B

Lashing back at artists who have recently come out against music streaming — namely, Taylor Swift — Spotify chief Daniel Ek released a statement insisting that Spotify has already “paid more than $2 billion to labels, publishers, and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists.”

Gary Busey vs Kiddo

Gary Busey thrashes hipster children in Amazon advertising deathmatch (data)

There are many reasons Amazon’s first attempt at building a smartphone, the Fire Phone, resulted in a flop. Critics and gadget reviewers mainly blamed the Fire Phone’s lack of unique features, while Amazon itself said the price was just too high. But there were other missteps as well, such as Amazon’s cringeworthy TV advertising campaign.

Anti-"Fast Lane" protestors camped outside FCC.

Why marketers need to fight for net neutrality

While marketing isn’t necessarily an area of the tech industry that has had much to say about net neutrality, today’s endorsement from President Barack Obama is a perfect place to start. Here’s why this particular group should be particularly worried about the damage that an Internet without net neutrality would cause to their overall business aims.