Turntable.fm struggles to stay alive

“We aren’t trying to kill it, you are watching us fight for it,” writes Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen on the company’s blog, explaining why it had to turn off user uploads and shut down its leanback-focused Piki site. Turntable spends “tens of thousands of dollars a month in royalties, service fees, hosting, etc,” says Chasen, and disabling uploads will save the company $20,000 a month alone. Chasen also promises to bring new artist-driven services to Turntable, but it sounds like the writing may be on the wall for the former media darling.

Chill’s take on social video: Everyone is an expert

Social video startup Chill has seen huge traffic gains since it launched curated collections of videos last week. Chill co-founder Brian Norgard explains why collections are so important and what Chill learned from completely changing its core product twice in recent months.

Last.fm serenades users with new discovery tool

Last.fm is returning to its roots as a music data and discovery service, launching a new product that lets users tap into a database of independent artists and musicians with a click.

Lessons from Billy Chasen’s epic pivot to Turntable.fm

Billy Chasen, the co-founder of Turntable.fm, talked on Thursday night about his pivot away from his barcode-scanning startup Stickybits. It was a tough decision to pull the plug on a mediocre success, but it’s worked out for him. Here are some lessons from his big restart.

Chill brings live chat to Hulu’s catchup TV

Chill users can now watch the latest TV shows on the social video platform, thanks to an integration of Hulu’s content. However, get ready to set your alarms if you want to chill on Chill.com while watching House: Hulu’s shows will run synchronized and scheduled.

Vevo partners with Chill for group chat

Vevo gets into the real-time collaborative media consumption game with a new feature called Vevo Rooms that allows music fans to program playlists and chat with one another while they’re watching music videos together, Turntable.fm-style. Vevo Rooms is launched in collaboration with Chill.

How connectivity is revolutionizing everything

Blazing fast networks, cheap silicon, always-on devices and a torrent of data will fundamentally change everything — how we consume media, how we work, and even who we are. We examined 10 areas that show how connectivity is profoundly changing the present and future of technology.