Facebook has announced a major developers conference for September 22nd in San Francisco; and while details are scarce most observers expect the launch of a Facebook music dashboard. Spotify, Pandora, Last.fm, Rdio and MOG are all rumored to be included in the new dashboard which will be accessed from the users home page.
Facebook pushing into Music is such a more natural thing than Apple pushing into Social (read, Ping). As evidenced by the meteoric rise of iLike, Facebook is the social music juggernaut.
I worked at Ask.com during iLike's major growth phase and our sister company, Ticketmaster, had a 25% stake in iLike. When iLike pushed into Facebook and unleashed the power of the graph, there was such a dramatic spike in user registrations and activity that it left all IAC companies scrambling to donate* hardware. Ask was a likely source of sustenance for the iLike beast - we had thousands of servers and were in a near constant ordering cycle with Dell at the time. But I digress.
From the sound of Hypebot's description of Facebook's approach to music - an aggregator of the best online music services - it's likely in for a wild ride. A ride that will likely make iLike's early rise to social music fame a mere blip in social music discovery history.
* I'm sure Eve, the general counsel at Ask, would remind me that we were simply selling iLike newly arrived 2Us at cost so they didn't have to wait on Dell's absurd lead time.
A 21 year-old in Bangor, England has been sentenced to 4 months in jail for inciting a riot. No, he was not standing on the street protesting. He was not at a rally. He was sitting comfortably in front of his computer when he decided to create a Facebook Event for August 9th. An event with a description including, "Given the chance I'd love to smash up a police car, wouldn't you?"
As reported by the BBC, the man was turned into to the police by a former co-worker who saw the invitation to the event and got worried. Despite the fact that the event was only live on Facebook for 20 minutes before it was taken down, and despite the man's plea that he "didn't think it would be taken seriously," the judge made it clear how he felt, saying, "you sent a large number of people an invitation to start a riot."
What a complex world this has become. In days past, it was easy to tell the difference between a dangerous social group/movement, an individual with malicious plans, and, pardon the expression, a douchebag. But given the good and bad places that social media has recently taken us (from derailing corrupt governments to violence- and crime-driven flash mobs) it's understandable that courts are in a tough predicament. There is likely no precident to cite but in the context of the recent riots in London it seems that creating a Facebook Event to "start Bangor riots" is akin to yelling fire in a crowded theater. Someone has to protect society, even if we don't want to protect ourselves from our own foolishness.