Silicon Beach Report April 4: Spotify, Universal Music Agreement Offers Album First Dibs to Subscribers

Spotify and Universal Music agreement offers album first dibs to subscribers, FreedomPop launches plan for small businesses, and Pluto TV taps former E! exec Robert Magdlen as chief programming officer.

Spotify, Universal Music Agreement Offers Album First Dibs to Subscribers

Music streaming service Spotify and Universal Music Group announced a multiyear global license agreement Tuesday that will allow Universal artists the option to release new albums to premium subscribers for two weeks before public distribution.

Silicon Beach Report April 3: SpaceX Plans ‘Silly Payload’ on First Falcon Heavy Launch in Late Summer

SpaceX plans ‘silly payload’ on first Falcon Heavy launch in late summer, Snapchat adds Instagram layout as April Fools’ joke, and Wpromote acquires Prime Visibility.

SpaceX Plans ‘Silly Payload’ on First Falcon Heavy Launch in Late Summer

When SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy lifts off for the first time this summer it will rank as the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two - but its payload will less than serious.

Silicon Beach Report March 31: Snapchat Launches Stories Search

Snapchat launches stories search, Paramount launches ‘Ghost in the Shell’ VR experience, and SpaceX considering upper stage recovery of Falcon Heavy rocket.

Urban Farms Gain Ground as Way to Generate Produce, Improve Properties for Tenants

Growing Interest

Restaurateurs, art galleries, and developers are among the growing number of Angelenos seeing urban farms bear fruit.

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Silicon Beach Report March 30: Fandango Relocates Staff to L.A. Office

Fandango relocates staff to L.A. office, SpaceX nails world’s first launch, landing of reused rocket, Snap pitches self-serve geofilters to small businesses, and more.

SpaceX Nails World’s First Launch, Landing of Reused Rocket

SpaceX landed a used Falcon 9 first-stage rocket on a water barge in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday — the world’s first flight and landing of a previously launched orbital-class rocket.

Soxhub Gets Investment from Donnelley Financial in New Partnership

Soxhub Inc. said this week it had received a minority investment from Donnelley Financial Solutions Inc. as part of a partnership between the two companies.

State Leaders Unveil Transportation Package with Hikes in Diesel, Gas Taxes

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Wednesday unveiled a $5 billion-a- year plan for road and highway projects, to be funded chiefly by steep hikes in taxes for diesel fuel and gasoline, and a new tax on vehicle registrations.

Silicon Beach Report March 29: Santa Monica’s DogVacay Purchased by Rival

Santa Monica’s DogVacay Purchased by Rival, Science Inc. begins raising $60 million fund, and test firing readies SpaceX rocket for relaunch Thursday.

Santa Monica’s DogVacay Purchased by Rival

Santa Monica pet-sitting app-maker DogVacay was purchased Tuesday by for an undisclosed sum, according to the companies.

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Silicon Beach Report March 28: Rubicon Sued by Publishing Customer The Guardian

Rubicon sued by publishing customer The Guardian, Tinder plans to launch website version, and Facebook clones Snapchat stories and then puts feature atop newsfeed, and more.

L.A. Adds Solar Jobs, But Slips to No. 2 for Metro Areas

L.A.’s solar power industry grew by 11 percent in 2016 over 2015, but dropped to second place for most solar-related jobs in the nation’s metropolitan areas, according to a report issued Tuesday by the Solar Foundation, a Washington D.C. nonprofit dedicated to promoting the solar power industry.

Silicon Beach Report March 27: Faraday Future Cancels Plans to Build Assembly Factory in California

Faraday Future cancels plans to build assembly factory in California, Snap Inc. stock jumps after underwriters give company ‘buy’ rating, and Nasdaq threatens to drop Global Eagle over delayed SEC filing.