There is a ton going on today! Today’s brief covers the Indian music version of Spotify, how Pinterest will make money, the new Apple OS, the Kindle Fire steals some of the tablet market share, the top 10 new restaurants in America, and more. Read on!
1. Details of Apple’s new OS for the Mac are out. Termed Mountain Lion, the new OS gets rid of iChat for iMessage (although, for those of you who still use AIM, that option will still be there). Another new, super cool addition is notifications a la iPhone/iPad. The new OS will also have much deeper integration with Twitter, so you can basically tweet from anywhere. Mountain Lion won’t be publicly available until the summer, but I’m definitely be among the first to download. [Mashable]
1A. If you’re already running Lion on your Mac, you can download the beta version of Messages today. [Apple]
2. Big Spotify fan? Like Indian music? This is not only a description of my husband, but of Saavn, a Spotify-like service for Bollywood/South Asian music. With one of the largest collections of Indian music (with global distribution content deals), Saavn allows you to listen to music on-demand, share, and has a Pandora-like radio functionality. And like Spotify, there is a free ad-based version, and a premium no-ads with some additional perks, like offline access. Definitely checking this out today! [TechCrunch]
3. Post photos on Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter? Pixable aims to be the one-stop shop to view, comment, and organize all of your photos. In theory I like the concept, but after playing with the service, it seems to only connect Facebook and Twitter online, and only Facebook via the iPad app. So, I’m not sold yet, but if they add Instagram and Flickr integration, then it might be worth using. [TechCrunch]
4. Emulating Pinterest’s model, Chill relaunches as a video curation service. You can create “boards” for video categories, people can follow/comment on them, etc. Its basically everything you do on Pinterest for photos, except with video. I wonder if in one year’s time, Chill will have as much buzz about it as Pinterest does now. [Mashable]
5. Do you find staircases beautiful? You might, after viewing some of these modern staircase designs. [Design Milk]
6. How will Pinterest make money? With all the buzz about Pinterest these days, that’s the second question on everyone’s minds. With all the traffic and engagement they are driving, brands are making money as site visits are converting into sales. However, how will Pinterest be able to monetize these relationships? [Atlantic Wire]
7. People really do like the Kindle Fire (or, it was a really popular Christmas/Hanukkah gift). Amazon took a 14% share of the tablet market in Q4 2011 with its latest Fire tablet, dropping Apple’s share to 57%. However, with the iPad 3 rumors afloat, expect Apple’s share to bounce back. [TechCrunch]
8. Just in time for March Madness. Fans will no longer be able to watch the basketball games online for free. Any games broadcasted by CBS will still be available for free on CBS’s site, but any Turner broadcasted games will require a nominal fee, unless your cable provider has an existing content deal in place with Turner. [All Things D]
10. GQ has released its top 10 new restaurants in America; there are 3 on the West Coast, so I can add those to my to-do foodie list! [GQ]
That’s all from me today. Submissions and comments below please!