Today in Tech: Meet, the Pandora of art

October 10, 2012, 9:30 AM UTC

Also: Pandora CEO argues some artists are making millions; Box hits 14 million-plus users. 

Two years in the making, aims to help art-lovers discover new works online. is mapping the world of art on the Web [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

For the Art Genome Project, Matthew Israel, 34, who holds a Ph.D. in art and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, leads a team of a dozen art historians who decide what those codes are and how they should be applied. Some labels ( calls them “genes” and recognizes about 800 of them, with more added daily) denote fairly objective qualities, like the historical period and region the work comes from and whether it is figurative or abstract, or belongs in an established category like Cubism, Flemish portraiture or photography.

Tim Westergren: Some artists make over $2 million with Pandora [GIGAOM]

Westergren reminded his audience that his company is forking over 55% percent of its entire revenue stream to Soundexchange, the collection agency that is in charge of compulsory licenses for performing musicians. Traditional radio doesn’t have to pay Soundexchange at all, and instead just pays money to composers. “We want the same standard being extended to web radio that currently is being applied to our competition,” said Westergren.

Jack Dorsey is at Twitter officially on Tuesday afternoons; all his direct reports moved back to Costolo in January [TECHCRUNCH]

He’ll be spending less time on Twitter now, it seems: He is turning back to the schedule he held back before he returned in the interim operational role — that is, he is coming in to Twitter now on Tuesday afternoons. He may go in more, but the firm day is Tuesday — PM, to be exact.

Box has over 14 million users with 92% of Fortune 500 companies using it [THE NEXT WEB]

A lot has changed since the company’s inaugural user conference in 2011. Back then, the company had 7 million registered users spanning over 100,000 businesses and it experienced tremendous growth within the enterprise sector, having slowly moved away from being a pure consumer service.

Today, Box’s conference is three times larger and sold out. Levie joked that while President Barack Obama was in town this week, even he couldn’t get a ticket to the show.

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