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Ross Is Boss

The splendidly erudite, urbane, polymath, and wicked cool Ross the Bloviator, our fellow Blogcritic who speaks equally well on public health law and nocturnal jazz, has his ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY TOMORROW. All hail Ross and visit his site to heap praise and traffic upon him. I have spoken.

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Rowling Reading to Be Webcast

The J.K. Rowling Albert Hall appearance will be webcast hither and yon. J.K. Rowling [will read] from the next Harry Potter adventure at the Royal Albert Hall on June 26, and [do] a live interview about the book that will be broadcast simultaneously on the Internet, organizers said Tuesday. At …

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“They, like, don’t know anything”

Though the subject matter is deadly serious, this just cracks me up: As undercover assignments go, posing as a teenage girl online to catch pedophiles has its share of challenges for the typical FBI agent. Should he ever capitalize words in instant messages? Is it okay to say you buy …

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Suing the Air

The RIAA is so petulant that Morpheus and Grokster weren’t held responsible for the piracy committed by their programs’ users that they are suing the Morpheus creator again – this time for a service that wasn’t even launched. Weep: The Recording Industry Assn. of America issued a brief statement in …

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Outrageous: Prior Restrainst on Internet Speech

A battle of images: The beauty queen and the cad both have Web sites. Katy Johnson, who was Miss Vermont in 1999 and again in 2001, uses her site to promote what she calls her “platform of character education.” “She is founder of Say Nay Today and the Sobriety Society,” …

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College Webcast Agreement

Though I have learned to wait for the other shoe to drop regarding these negotiations, this deal sounds very reasonable: College radio stations have reached an agreement with the recording industry to reduce the fees the stations must pay when they play music online. The agreement, reached Friday, supplants a …

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Apple Music in Blogcritics’ Future

As you probably know, we are affiliated with Amazon for purchase of CDs, books, DVDs, games, electronics, etc. that we review and/or discuss (buy lots, NOW), proceeds of which help fund Blogcritics (we don’t ask for handouts). It looks like we may be offering the Apple Music Store pretty soon …

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Ja, MTV Going Mobile in Sweden

“Hello MTV,” the name of new mobile phone service: Music video channel MTV is to venture into the world of mobile phone service provision in Sweden. Beginning this month, MTV Europe is to offer pre-paid mobile services in the Scandinavian country as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) over Telia …

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Frankel’s Subversive “Waste”

Nullsoft leader Justin Frankel, now owned by AOL, released a new program last week, “Waste,” that makes it easy for groups of about 50 people to set up secure and private file-sharing networks – it also includes an instant messaging feature. AOL was not amused: Mr. Frankel, 24, went to …

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AOL-Microsoft Settlement Fallout

Steve Lohr has interesting analysis in the NY Times: The future involves using the Internet to deliver commercial program content, mainly movies and music, to consumers who are equipped with a growing array of digital devices to receive it, from personal computers to digital televisions to smart cellphones. And the …

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