Spotify Plans To Take On Netflix And HBO With Streaming Video Service Spotify, the on-demand music service, is planning a major change.
According to two sources briefed on the company’s plans, Spotify intends to become an on-demand music and video service – one that would invest in original content and compete heads-on with Netflix.
Ultimately, Spotify’s metamorphosis would also put it into competition with content creators and providers such as HBO.
Syria dismisses Bashar al-Assad assassination claims Social media blamed for spreading rumour that president was shot by Iranian bodyguard
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RUMOURS that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had been assassinated by one of his own bodyguards have been dismissed as “ridiculous”, despite appearing in Arab, Israeli and Russian media.
The reports surfaced on Saturday when it was claimed that the Syrian leader had been gunned down by a member of his security team. The assassin was even named in some reports and on Twitter as Iranian Mehdi Jacoby.
Syrian opposition in disarray as its leader resigns BEIRUT — Syria’s opposition coalition was on the verge of collapse Sunday after its president resigned and rebel fighters rejected its choice to head an interim government, leaving a U.S.-backed effort to forge a united front against President Bashar al-Assad in tatters.
The resignation of Moaz al-Khatib, a moderate Sunni preacher who heads the Syrian Opposition Coalition, climaxed a bitter internal fight over a range of issues, from the appointment of an interim government to a proposal by Khatib to launch negotiations with the Syrian regime.
His departure plunged the opposition into disarray at a time when the United States and its Western allies are stepping up their support for moderates opposed to Assad’s regime. Khatib’s coalition was expected to play a key role in identifying the recipients and channeling the assistance.
US Senate votes in favor of proposed nationwide internet sales taxes Senators have voted 75-to-24 in favor of nationwide changes that would see sales tax levied on a wider range of internet purchases. The decision was purely symbolic — it’s a non-binding vote that indicates the Senate supports such legislation — but the overwhelmingly positive response could allow the act to bypass the US Senate Committee on Finance. Should the final bill, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, be approved and written into law, it will essentially eradicate the advantage that smaller internet retailers have over stores with a multi-state presence. As CNET reports, there’s been intense lobbying in favor of the bill by advocacy groups including the National Retail Federation and Retail Industry Leaders Association, which count retail giants like Walmart, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Target in their ranks.