Pandora Launches Curated Playlists pandora-goes-curated-streaming-playlists-demand Email Facebook Pandora Goes Curated With Streaming Playlists On-Demand Still backed by the sophisticated Music Genome Project, Pandora adds new dimensions of data with “wickedly expert curators”Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 30, 2017 – 4:17 pm Today’s announcement that Pandora Premium launched 250 curated playlists turned heads, in part because their streaming service developed without listeners being able to request specific tunes the way people can on Spotify. When Apple Music launched in 2015 it placed a big emphasis on its hip human curators while Pandora seemed to have staked out the machine-driven side of music recommendations.Pandora’s algorithmic back end depends on the Music Genome Project — a way to turn one track’s musical properties into a set of several hundred descriptive pieces of data. Based on the analytics of each user’s personal preferences, Pandora generates radio-like streaming stations to fit each individual listener. This is still true and has resulted in modern peculiarities like when one spouse prefers their hip new music from Spotify while the other spouse favors country music from Pandora. Although Pandora has led the way, all the major streaming services now hope their personalization-math will make visitors want to return and encourage subscribers to pay.The copyright-license fees for on-demand selections are higher than for pre-programmed streams, and this is likely why Pandora’s featured playlists are only available on its $9.99-monthly Premium tier. It is also related to Spotify’s challenges with its business model, because these higher costs make it harder to be profitable. Pandora is leveraging the new work put in by its “wickedly expert curators” to add new stations for its Free and $4.99-monthly Plus tiers. In terms of math, this is going to get interesting because Pandora’s personalization analytics will be getting new data from users’ interactions with its human curators’ work.In terms of language, Pandora’s featured playlists really speak Millennial, and that’s fun. So we have new playlists with names like “Heartbreak Reggae,” “The TRL Era,” and “Flexxx.” The wit passes down to free stations with edgy labels like “Keep It Lit,” “Hipster Brunch,” and “Beast Mode.” It can seem fragmented, trying to have something for everybody, but streaming services must grab attention to survive — then learning each individual’s preferences narrows down what gets recommended most prominently. So score one for humans. Even math-master Pandora has come around to giving human curators leading roles in answering today’s epic question, “What should I stream next?”Pandora Challenges College Students For Social ImpactRead more Twitter News
Mincing no words on the black money issue, finance minister Arun Jaitley articulated the non-compromising position being held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.The following measures were tabled on the floor of the Parliament:Discussions with the Swiss authorities continue and the Narendra Modi government is committed to go after concealment of income and foreign asset ownership in violation of stated principles.A new comprehensive law is to be tabled with proposals that extend to rigorous imprisonment of various durations for income concealment and holding of funds in offshore accounts illegally.The law will also introduce non-compoundable imprisonment and non-settlement clauses, in its bid to persuade people to pay the rightful amount of tax.Even in the case of non-filling of returns over foreign ownership of property and funds, a rigorous imprisonment of 7 years would become the punishment mechanism.The Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) will be amended.Benami ownership risks confistication, especially in real estate.The Finance Bill will also be amended to cover land ownership transactions.
Fire service men recover body of a person killed in Chattogram landslide. Photo: Sourav DasAt least three people including a woman and her daughter were killed and another woman missing in two separate incidents of landslide and wall collapse in Chattogram early Sunday following incessant rainfall for several days due to the influence of cyclonic storm Titli.The deceased are Nurjahan Begum, 43, wife of a certain Nur Mohammad from Firoz Shah Colony in Akbar Shaha thana of the port city and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter Fajr-un-Nesa and Nurun Nabi, 45, from Rahman Nagar area of Panchlaish thana.Fire service men conduct rescue work to recover the bodies. Photo: Sourav DasNurjahan Begum and her daughter Fajr-un-Nesa were killed and a woman, Zohra Bibi, remained missing after a section of a hill collapsed in Jhil area of Firoz Shah Colony around 2:30am, said Chattogram fire service and civil defence deputy assistant director Jasim Uddin.UNB reported that a rescue operation was underway in the area.Relative of a deceased killed in Chattogram landslide seen crying. Photo: Sourav DasIn an incident of wall collapse, Nurun Nabi was killed in Rahman Nagar area of Panchlaish around 1:30am, said Enamul Haque, in-charge of Bayezid fire station and civil defence station.On information, two fire fighting units rushed in and rescued three people including a child as critically injured.The injured were rushed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where physicians declared Nurun Nabi dead around 2:40am, he added.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u Dr. Ben Carson is vying to be confirmed to be Donald Trump’s secretary of HUD, a massive federal agency his detractors believe he is woefully unqualified to lead. We’ll discuss the substance of Carson’s Senate hearing with Rev. Alvin Hathaway, who has worked with HUD secretaries from the Carter administration to the Obama administration, and Charles Robinson of MPT’s, State Circle.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.