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Queer Eye For the Cable Guy

Viacom is planning to launch a new gay channel: Mr Redstone said he was in discussions with cable operators over a gay and lesbian service. At the launch for the new Latin VH1 channel in Mexico City, he said the gay network would be “a good channel for them, and …

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Is An “Organization of Independents” an Oxymoron?

American indies are gathering together: Independent record labels in the U.S. are drawing up plans for a new trade association to handle copyright negotiations and distribution deals for the music industry. The association is expected to link several hundred record labels, with details due to be hammered out at meetings …

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Google: 70% of the Global Search Market

BBC Online talks with Google’s technology boss Craig Silverstein: The master and commander of the world of search is facing a barrage of contenders seeking to take over the throne. Mr Silverstein is aware that Google could lose the top spot at any moment, but remains convinced that its way …

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Legendary Radio Man Alistair Cooke Dies

Cooke just recently retired from his “Letters From America” show on the BBC after 58 years – hasty he was not: Veteran BBC broadcaster and writer Alistair Cooke has died at his home in New York. ….Leading the tributes, Prime Minister Tony Blair described him as “a remarkable man” and …

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Who Tribute for HEAR

Well, a boatload of people have (quite rightly) questioned how I could leave the Who out of my Top Ten Bands list. My reasoning is this: I already had the Beatles and the Stones from the British Invasion, I also had Led Zepp and Pink Floyd who were Brits from …

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“Underreported and encouraging”

Most opponents of the war in Iraq dismiss the “reform the Middle East” argument for it as after-the-fact dissembling. Personally, I don’t care what “The Real Reason” was, I care about the results, which are unambiguously good, especially when one takes the entire region into account. Jackson Diehl: The most …

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Lollapalooza 2004

Is it me or is Lollapalooza getting a really late start this year? It’s almost April and they don’t even have a website or a full lineup to announce yet. This is the first press release I have received on it: Lollapalooza 2004 Runs With the Gypsies for First ever …

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Spyware Primer

Educate yourself and get it the hell out of your computer. The Washington Post has a good primer on the increasing peril: Broadly speaking, it describes hundreds of different programs that are often surreptitiously installed on people’s computers. The most benign forms, known as adware, display advertisements based on the …

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