An examination of the various motivations for takeovers. Acquisitions play a significant role in today’s concept about competitiveness in technology. There is the pre-emptive attack against a (possible) competitive threat, such as Amazon’s acquisition of Zappos. Alternatively, there is the ‘acquihire,’ in which a startup is acquired in order to hire the engineers. Of course, there can be actual interest in the technology being created, as demonstrated by Apple’s 2008 acquisition of PA Semi for $278 million, which enabled Apple to begin producing its own chips. Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here