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Joan E. Solsman
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How did YouTube's biggest stars splurge when they "made it"? They hired a camera guy, "so we didn't have to have the tripod do all the work," Ian says. And they moved out of their parents' houses."We were pretty stoked about that," says Anthony.
A YouTube comedy twosome famed among teens, Smosh has an audience to beat top-rated TV shows -- even if "real TV" is the one place they're not interested in going.
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Ipsy ain't itsy: YouTube mogul Michelle Phan's makeup service hits 1M paid members. That puts her startup at a rate of $120 million in annual sales.
The Internet makeup guru's service, which mails pouches of beauty samples to $10-a-month subscribers, will ship a milestone 1 million of the "glam bags" next month.
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YouTube finally announced its paid-subscription music service, and here's the only thing you need to know: Only about 1% of YouTube's monthly visitors need to sign up for Music Key for it to take the lead from Spotify. (But there's no guarantees they will.)
Google's gigantic video site rolls out its long-teased contender in the paid streaming-music business, and it may be holding the best hand yet to turn music subscriptions into the popular norm.
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Aereo is laying off most of its employees, leaving just a small executive team remaining as the streaming-TV startup clings to its dwindling resources while court decisions against it mount.
With the Supreme Court against it, a small executive team will be the only ones remaining at the embattled TV-streaming start-up after a court ban on its service scared off potential investors.
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Amazon Prime members get unlimited photo storage, which will make all my future iOS upgrades so much easier. I'm sure that's exactly what Amazon wants to hear
CEO Jeff Bezos, hoping to lock consumers into its store through services, adds a new cloud service perk for all Prime service subscribers. Up until now, the free storage deal had only been available to owners of Amazon's Fire devices.
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Amazon is so good at cutting prices it sometimes undercuts itself. You can still grab the company's new Chromecast copycat for $19, but starting tomorrow the deals get weird.
Amazon has a bevy of discounts wrapped up in its launch of the Fire TV Stick, the e-tailer's answer to Google Chromecast -- but some of the deals aren't all that they appear.
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It's Dr. Phan now! Q&A with the YouTube makeup guru, a sidebar to my CNET Magazine story about YouTubers converging in the mainstream. Check it out at newsstands (remember those?)
Backed by 7.6 million followers on YouTube, the beauty guru's empire is so diverse even people least likely to watch her Barbie makeup transformation know her name. The online star still has a few secrets.
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Insiders agree: Streaming music is the future, it's inescapable, and for artists, that's a good thing. (No, really!) If you're not Taylor Swift, perhaps you already know.
Music's bedrock business will be selling access to streams, not ownership of tunes. So what does that mean for the artists you love? It should be music to their ears.
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Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says Taylor Swift is right about everything except for anything to do with streaming. A fave quote: "People's listening habits have changed - and they're not going to change back."
Spotify founder Daniel Ek says the world's top subscription streaming-music service added 2.5 million paying members in fewer than six months and has returned a total of $2 billion to the music industry.
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SoundCloud, known for its free-wheeling user uploads of music that often irked the traditional music industry, just got a major label to take it by the hand.
The "YouTube for audio" signs its first deal with one of the three major record labels, which will give it access to songs for a subscription-streaming service to launch in 2015.
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Streaming video isn't everything to everyone, but it's quickly becoming normal for almost everybody, especially if you're young. A survey found 83% of respondents say they stream TV and movies at home, up from 74% last year, and for "millennials" -- people aged between 18 and 34 -- it jumps to 90%.
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Streaming-TV site Hulu keeps popular programs like "Daily Show" and adds cult favorites like "Ren & Stimpy" through a renewed licensing deal with Viacom.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Journalism
  • Hilliard Davidson High School
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  • CNET
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  • Dow Jones & Company
    General Assignment Reporter, 2005 - 2013
    General assignment reporting for the last year, breaking news before that
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