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A Stumble Toward Software Nirvana

Indian software sector slows down: Gone are the days when Bangalore’s army of software engineers scrambled to meet demand from U.S.-based clients and could confidently charge a premium for their services. The game has shifted to volumes, discounts and more spending to boost sales as software services risk becoming just …

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Apple Crows

Press release from Apple: Apple today announced that its revolutionary iTunes® Music Store sold over one million songs during its first week. Over half of the songs were purchased as albums, dispelling concerns that selling music on a per-track basis will destroy album sales. In addition, over half of the …

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RealNetworks Offers Mobile Media

Music, sports, news and entertainment audio and video to mobile phones and handheld computers from Real starting today: Seattle, Washington-based RealNetworks, which makes software used to send and receive audio-visual content over the Web, said that devices such as Nokia’s 3650 camera-phone and Palm Inc.’s Tungsten T and Zire 71 …

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“Virtual Theme Park” from Disney

“Toontown” multiplayer online video game launches in June: The game which has been in trial for months and lets young players collaborate on line in a battle fought with gags rather than bullets is the first unit of what designers plan as a virtual theme park. “We have a very …

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What They Really Said

You think you heard what the president and Rummy said in recent speeches. The Specious Report, which brought you the phenomenally successful What She Really Said Dixie Chicks parody, sets the record straight on Bush from the USS Abraham Lincoln, and on Rumsfeld re the looting of the Iraqi Museum.

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Not Everyone Is Happy With Apple Music

A number of reviewers really like the new Apple Music Service. I wouldn’t know myself, not being an Apple-head, but the huzzahs are not universal: The dismal little online music shop that Steve Jobs opened on Monday has already received its share of lukewarm reviews. One reader, describing the paucity …

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Labels Studying Methods to Cut Off Nose, Spite Face

Seeking to utterly alienate millions of customers, and enter into a real tech war with enraged geeks, the RIAA is sponsoring research into methods to debilitate file sharer’s computers: The record companies are exploring options on new countermeasures, which some experts say have varying degrees of legality, to deter online …

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RIAA Caves in Collegiate Four Case

Having sought billions from four college students who created “mini-Napsters,” the RIAA has settled with each for between $12-17.5K: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sued four students separately last month for running services that searched computers connected to their college networks for MP3 song files. The students also …

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Apple Music: NY Times Likes It Too

I still feel pretty left out because I am not an Apple-head, but the rave reviews keep coming in about the new Apple music service. A point I missed in the initial release is that while tracks are $.99 each, most albums in the catalogue are available for $10. The …

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