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Mellonhead Speaks

Now basically I like Mellonhead, and I respect him for the tenacity to stick it out in the face of some poor early-career marking decisions made by his labels, himself, or a combination of the two (the transition from “Cougar” back to “Mellencamp” was long and painful). He has turned …

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On the WMD Trail

This is quite clever and funny from our friends at the Specious Report, but Fred Kaplan explains that assumptions aren’t the same thing as lying: We may never know if Saddam Hussein really had weapons of mass destruction during the final months or years before his ouster, but it is …

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“I think that’s the largest one … “

I understand the seriousness of this for the satellite and cable companies, and the for-profit element removes most of my sympathy, but, um… A man who schemed to steal satellite television signals now has something much bigger than a cable bill to pay — a whopping $180 million restitution order …

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Talking Tough, Anonymously

File sharing traffic has changed little since the RIAA threat of last week, and users are talking tough but not revealing their last names to reporters. What we need is an overt deep pockets challenge to the suits. The NY Post: Catch us if you can! That seems to be …

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Keep it To Yourself

The moral of this story is if you get hold of a prerelease copy of a film, keep it to yourself. If you make that unfinished copy available, and people respond negatively to it, you will be hunted down like a dog: Kerry Gonzalez, a 24-year-old New Jersey insurance underwriter, …

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Freebies For Me But Not Thee

InstaGlenn is beneath the waves of blue for a week, but he left a link to this interesting article before he left: For the last few years, top executives from all the major record companies have been giving interviews in which they criticize consumers for doing exactly what the execs …

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New Gateway “Connected” DVD Player

Gateway hopes to return to profitability with the help of home electronics: The Poway, Calif., company has crafted the new device to look and act like a regular DVD player, but it will also be able to access and play multimedia files stored on a PC. Gateway plans to begin …

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In Pursuit of Paradise – The Beach Boys

I own about ten different Beach Boys collections, but I am always willing to look at a new one. Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys is an outstanding single-CD compilation with 30 songs covering the Boys’ entire career, the best single-CD set yet from the greatest …

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Potter RX

PW Daily has a fun little tidbit on the Potter5 phenomenon: And a PW book reviewer in the Washington, D.C. area noted that a friend of hers got a surprise when she took the book to a doctor’s appointment earlier this week. “My friend told me yesterday that she took …

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