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June 27, 2017:Confirmed: Pandora CEO, president and CMO are leaving the company

Speculation that Pandora CEO Tim Westergren was about to step down was correct – and the streaming service’s president Brian Herring and chief marketing officer Nick Bartle are also leaving the company.

Pandora announced the news this afternoon, following rumours over the weekend about an imminent changing of the guard at the top of the company.

“Tim Westergren has decided to step down from his position as CEO and the board of directors will begin a search for a new CEO immediately,” announced Pandora.

“CFO Naveen Chopra was named interim CEO. With these changes, Westergren will also no longer be a member of the Pandora Board of Directors.”

Westergren issued a statement as part of the announcement, which represents the second time he has stepped down from the company he founded.

“I came back to the CEO role last year to drive transformation across the business. We accomplished far more than we anticipated,” he said.

“We rebuilt Pandora’s relationships with the music industry; launched a fantastic Premium on-demand service, and brought a host of tech innovations to our advertising business. With these in place, plus a strengthened balance sheet, I believe Pandora is perfectly poised for its next chapter.”

The news follows satellite-radio firm Sirius XM’s recent agreement of a $480m investment in Pandora, while the streaming service also agreed to sell its Ticketfly ticketing business to Eventbrite for $200m.

Pandora’s board also had its say in today’s announcement, with board members Roger Faxon and Tim Leiweke issuing their own statements as part of the announcement.

“Over the past several weeks, the board has taken a number of steps to refocus and reinforce Pandora. As listeners continue to move from traditional terrestrial radio to more dynamic and flexible offerings, it is the board’s belief that this transition continues to present a massive opportunity, and that Pandora is in an ideal position to capture an increasing share of this audience,” said Faxon.

“With digital radio at the core of our business, and both Plus and Premium as new, integral parts of our arsenal, Pandora now has all of the tools necessary to capitalise on this opportunity. With our comprehensive suite of offerings and a refortified balance sheet, we will be able to more effectively recruit listeners, and we will be able to provide them with more of the content they want and the services they desire in order to better retain them.”

“Tim stepped in to be CEO at a critical time for the company and was quickly able to reset relations with the major labels, launch our on-demand service, reconstitute the management team and refortify our balance sheet by securing an investment from Sirius XM. We support Tim’s desire to identify a new CEO for Pandora’s next stage,” added Leiweke.

Today’s news was accompanied by the announcement that former MTV, Sling Media and MySpace exec Jason Hirschorn, whose latest venture is email-newsletters startup ReDEF Group, is joining Pandora’s board of directors.

“Jason is a uniquely talented individual who brings highly relevant consumer media experience to our board and will lend valuable counsel as we focus on driving long-term value for our shareholders,” said Leiweke.

As we have noted in recent days, the big question for the music industry is what happens next? Will Pandora’s next CEO continue Westergren’s strategy of pushing into on-demand music – with global expansion also on the cards? Or will they refocus back onto the US and the free, ad-supported radio-like tier of Pandora? Time – and the identify of the new boss – will tell.

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For Pandora users, the party's over: Company to limit free mobile listening

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Feeling the sting from rising royalty costs, Pandora has decided to limit the amount of time listeners can stream tracks before paying the piper.

If you're using the Pandora app on a phone or tablet, you'll hit the wall at the 40-hour mark, at which time you'll be asked to fork over 99 cents for the rest of the month.

Will this move pull the plug on the soundtrack to your life? For the vast majority of Pandora's 65.6 million users, Pandora doesn't believe so. In a company blog post the company claims that the average user listens for 20 hours per month on the go, and that overall this move will impact less than 4 percent customers. Still, that's over 2.5 million people.

The reason Pandora is putting up a paywall now is because the company is being forking over more money for the music it streams to mobile devices. Per-track royalty rates increased 25 percent over the last three years, and they're expected to jump another 16 percent over the next two years.

Pandora listeners who don't want to put up with ads or worry about hitting that cap could always upgrade to the premium Pandora One service, which costs $3.99 per month for $36 per year. What remains to be seen is if this limit will cause more music lovers to defect to alternatives like Spotify or the newly redesigned Slacker.

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The great shape-shifting god requires a sacrifice ! The sacrificial crowd needs to be put in place. This is a two man job : one moves these worthless minions around and the other dominates the scene from his high vantage point and makes sure the holy instructions are followed.  

Use space to switch from one to the other. While playing the man on the ground hold shift to run and left click to yell at the mindless sheep to guide them to their proper positions. Ctrl grabs them and throws them around and when you feel ready, the observer can summon the gods using the END key.

You can test at http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-35/?action=preview&uid=10263

Art by François Mauge and Vincent Schneider
Programming by Quentin Chevalier, Fabien Kalinowski and Vincent Schneider
Game Design by Timmy Gilbert, François Mauge and Vincent Schneider
Sound by Vincent Schneider

Source Available at : https://bitbucket.org/hadesfury/ludumdare35/src

Text 26 Jul Ludum Dare 34 - URBO

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Welcome to Urbo!


Make decisions and watch your town grow, district by district.

Instructions:

Click and drag to pan the view and scroll up and down to zoom in and out.
Click on the question marks that appear over your districts and answer the question in the pop up window. You only get two choices, per question. And each answer will influence the evolution of your district in a different way. Play and find out how high you can score !

You can test at http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-34/?action=preview&uid=10263

Art by Vincent Schneider and François Mauge
Programming by Quentin Chevalier and Fabien Kalinowski
Game Design by Timmy Gilbert
Sound by Tristan Dauly and Bruno Jarles

Source Available at : https://bitbucket.org/hadesfury/ludumdare34/src

Text 28 Oct Ludum Dare 32 - The Gun Keeper
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About the game :

You are Jorg. Your great cannon is the only thing protecting the great nation of Orgullia against deadly invaders from the outside.
Keep your cannon fully loaded by selecting the correct ammo types from the loader. Keep your nozzle clean at all times if you don’t wan’t to jam and be sure the pressure never runs too low !
You will have to move around from station to station if you never wan’t your gun to stop firing.
Do your job well and Orgulite culture will  be grateful for your service.

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Instructions :
Loading : The three buttons on the ground allow you to chose your ammo types. Input commands by jumping on the pads using SPACE (A for 360controller).

Cleaning : Jump on the button to stop firing and open the door. Go into the cannon to start cleaning automatically. The longer you stay inside the cleaner it will be.

Pressure : Activate the pressure valve once using Lctrl (A for 360 controller) to start building up pressure. Press Lctrl again to close the valve. Be mindful of the latency.

Tickers all around provide information about ennemy waves. Certain ammo types work better for certain ennemies.

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Watch this video commentary for detailed instructions : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSLkn2SPorQ
Scoreboards are available here : http://dev-ludumdare32.rhcloud.com/scores
And check out our trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZqleda4oW8

Programming by Quentin Chevalier and Pierre Mauge.

Art by Vincent Schneider and François Mauge.

Sound design by Bruno Jarles.

Highscore Server Programming by Fabien Kalinowski.

Source Available at : https://bitbucket.org/hadesfury/ludumdare32/src

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Text 28 Oct Ludum Dare 31 - War in VR World

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You goal is to destroy the enemy city as quickly as possible before they extend their defense system to exerminate you!

Win conditon
[ Easy ] You exterminate the red city
or
[ Hard ] You build 10 cities.

Upgrades unlock as you progress

You can test at http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-31/?action=preview&uid=10263

Text 27 Aug Ludum Dare 30 - Cable Theory

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For one or two players !

GOAL : Reach the hill

MEAN : Kill enemies by weakening them with opposite rhythm to increase your “cable” length and increase your reach

COMMAND :

Left world :
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wasd : movement
Left ctrl : action
Combat : 1,2,3 in rhythm

Right world :
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arrows : movement
Right ctrl : action
Combat : 6,7,8 in rhythm

You can test it here !

Made with Unity 4.6beta

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Text 16 Feb Ludum Dare 28 - Beaver’s Last Log

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In this point & click, you’ll need to help Beaver McGnawingbut to not die from cold !

And also explore the funny deaths he could encounter !

Controls:
Left Click to Move/Use
Right Click to LooK At
I key for Inventory

Enjoy!

Code by Quentin Chevalier and Fabien Kalinowski
Comics by Francois Mauge
The rest by Vincent Schneider

PS : The submitted version is kind of rough, tell us what you think of it … We’d really love to add more chapters and multiple deaths to the adventure of Beaver McGnawingbut.

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Text 16 Feb Our first game Balance is out !

As the 37th reincarnation of the ball god of Balance, you’ll have to herd your people to safety around their home… But alas, as they appear, those little fellows will unbalance the world, threatening your own equilibrium !

- Move the ball by tilting your device !

- Scare off your people to gather them around the house !

- Careful not to roll over them… or not !

- Sacrifice some to restore balance, avoid falling and save the rest !

- Win the levels by gathering the necessary amount of people !

- More content is coming !

Feedback and comments are welcome, thanks for the support !


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Text 16 Feb Ludum Dare 25 - Keep our Dungeons EVIL

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Those idiotic friendly knights are ruining our dungeon ! The demon inspector will be here any minute. Beware if your dungeon isn’t evil enough after he leaves!

Goal:

You need to build a dungeon that will be inspected by the demon inspector… But it seems happy and friendly knights have decided to make it prettier… with pink paint ! You must stop them at once to please the inspector !

See the ludum dare entry page

Controls:

- Arrow keys to pan

- Mouse Wheel to zoom

- Mouse to lay blocks around

- Right click to deselect

Play it in your web browser

Team :

Chevalier Quentin : Programmer

Kalinowski Fabien : Programmer

Mauge Francois : Graphist

Schneider Vincent : Graphist

Coudert Romain : Sound

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Text 16 Feb Ludum Dare 26 - MiniAnimalism!

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“The Flood is over and Noah’s Ark got stranded. Something’s wrong with the animals though.

They lie in pieces all over the place, and the assembly manual got lost. Maybe using it as toilet paper wasn’t such a good idea after all.

You’ll have to reconstruct proper animals before The Almighty notices. Resources are sparse, so the fewer pieces per animal the better. Time for some minianimalism!

Try to pass the test runs to make sure your creations can live on their own. The spare pieces will be a good fit for tasty barbecues.”

See the ludum dare entry page

Instructions:

- Select a level and enter Noah’s Workshop to build up your creature from different parts.

- You can drag and drop pieces of flesh, and then right click and drag to adjust the orientation.

- WARNING: removing the eyes blurs the screen! If this happens just put them back, they’re in the top left corner.

- Use the left and right arrows if legs are installed. Legs oriented left go left, legs oriented right go right.

- Jump by the power of methane with the up arrow.

- Stick to the walls with your mouth using the down arrow.

When all parts are mastered… you now have to minimalize the number of pieces to increase your score.

Play it in your web browser

Team :

Schneider Vincent : Graphist

Chevalier Quentin : Programmer

Couvidou Laurent : Programmer

Vaille Paul : Game Designer

Noel Leo : Game Designer

Jarles Bruno : Sound

Coudert Romain : Sound

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Text 16 Feb Ludum Dare 24 - Happy Vegan Birthday

New update, both versions now have a big fancy inventory icon, and should be bug-free !

Let us know if you find anything though !

This is a classic Point'n'Click !

The game starts just after the heroin birthday… it’s up to you to find out what’ll happen then !

Now with Android support!

PC Controls:

Left Click to Move/Use

Right Click to LooK At

I key for Inventory

Android Controls:

Single Tap to Move/Look At

Double Tap to Use (in Inventory too)

Android Menu button or Inventory on screen button for Inventory

Android Back button for Exit Menu

To install the Android version you must enable ‘Unknown sources’ in Applications Parameters.

Enjoy!

Play it in your web browser

Team :

Chevalier Quentin : Programmer

Schneider Vincent : Graphist

Sylvain Hel : Graphist

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