Online streaming giant SoundCloud has been in financial trouble for some time now, and it seems the company’s founders are considering drastic steps to maintain their product. According to a news item in Bloomberg, the owners of the German-based company are mulling over the option of selling their company for a steep $1 billion sum.Though Bloomberg’s sources wished to remain private during any potential negotiations, SoundCloud is indeed “exploring strategic options” for the business. While they may ultimately opt not to sell, it appears as though serious measures will need to be taken in order to make SoundCloud profitable. The streaming site found a niche as a place for anyone to share and discover music, such as their recently-introduced premium service with fewer ads and increased access. There are also premium accounts for artists, based on storage space and additional features.If SoundCloud is priced at $1 Billion, we can only hope that any corporate entity looking to take over the site doesn’t change it for the worse.
It sure seems like the summer is just flying — in a few weeks, September will be here and it will be autumn for us weather and climate folks. Oct. 12 this year will be the 50th anniversary of the Columbus Day windstorm of 1962. Boy, I remember that just like yesterday with a firm implant in my memory.Rainfall reports from last month from your friends and neighbors weren’t much to write home about with most reports between a quarter-inch and a half-inch of rain. The heaviest were Nancy Ellifrit of Mount Vista, with 0.98 of an inch, and Bob Starr of Cougar, with 1.02 inches. The least was Ellen Smart of Ridgefield with just a tenth of an inch.I have had several inquiries about the lack of mosquitoes this summer. I didn’t really pay attention, but I haven’t had any bites sitting outside in my backyard so far. Anyone else notice this?By the way, while we had paltry rain in July, many areas of our state had deluges. Seattle had 1.70 inches; Olympia, 0.90 of an inch; Quillayute, 1.93 inches; Bellingham, 1.70 inches; and Vancouver, 0.24 of an inch. Omak in Eastern Washington got 3.21 inches, mainly in a few thunderstorms, and had severe flooding July 20.There is still an El Niño watch out for this winter, though some climate models indicate neutral conditions. There’s not much chance of a third year in a row of La Niña.