EDM DJ Armin van Buuren is the most dangerous musician to search for online, ahead of Luke Bryan and Usher, according to Intel Security Most Dangerous Celebrities study, a ranking of which musicians and comedians tend to expose searchers to more viruses and malware. The research showed that clicking on results generated by searching for ‘Armin van Buuren’ combined with the terms ‘free MP4,’ ‘HD downloads’ or ‘torrent’ delivers an almost one in five chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing and viruses.
The iconic Eero Saarinen TWA terminal at New York’s JFK Airport is set to become a hotel. The TWA Flight Center Hotel will boast two six-story towers with 500-plus guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of event space, restaurants, a spa, plus a 10,000-square-foot observation deck, with the terminal serving as the new lobby area. The curving sixties white concourse with red lounge area will continue to look as it first did a half-a-century ago with a $20 million renovation by the Port Authority.
London’s Silicon Roundabout boasts a greater density of technology outfits than any other location in the UK, and is home 70 times the density of tech firms in Cambridge’s innovation hub, writes Root Wilson*. Looking for metrics to support that? Well, Silicon Roundabout hosts 3,228 tech firms per km2 (across the capital the number is 58 per km2), while nearest national rival the Manchester Mill tech postcode, has a mere 412 per km2, and the closest competitor in London is just the other side of the roundabout in the EC2A postcode at 1,580 per km2, according to Stirling Ackroyd.
Netflix is going head-to-head with Amazon Prime but there’s very little content duplication as the two video providers have very different approaches to acquisition, something which also defines their brand propositions, says Ampere Analysis. Netflix’s content is typically more recent as it opts for high-profile titles earlier in their release cycles — as of August 2015, 11% of Netflix movies were released in 2013, and 9.5% in 2014, while it has twice as many TV shows from 2015 as Amazon Prime. No surprise, then, that Netflix spent over $3.1 billion on content in 2014, compared to Amazon Prime on $1.3bn.
Brit designer Tom Dixon has joined forces with Wallpaper and Selfridges to open a pop-up department store at London’s Old Selfridges Hotel, writes Root Wilson. Actually, we are underselling the concept here as Multiplex is more of an ‘immersive, multi-sensory department store’. What does that mean? How about a bringing together of design, technology, fashion, film and interiors to ‘explore how the future of retail might look, sound, smell, taste and feel’.
Lionsgate has partnered with Berlin-based Dubsmash to launch a channel for The Hunger Games film franchise on the latter’s video app, writes Root Wilson*. The campaign will see 28 countries running soundboards on the platform, with 22 sounds available initially and a further four to come onstream in the lead up to the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in November.
Spotify is the most attention-grabbing ‘radio station’ in France compared to commercial stations, and reaches 15% of 18-to-34 year-old French consumers weekly. Also, with a weekly reach of 8.8%, Spotify is the largest digital music service in Germany, where Spotify listeners are an average 8.5 years younger than radio users, while Spotify UK is the second-most-active listening ‘radio station’ compared to commercial stations, according to The New Audio survey from Spotify.
Universal Music is launching a new record label, Pop Records, with French ad agency BETC. Universal’s Polydor unit will work with the agency’s BETC Pop branded content outfit to create new content for brands and is looking to sign up the first Pop Records artists before end-2015.