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Your TV is Ringing

TV streaming for cell phone coming in Korea: Local press in Korea has confirmed that Korea Telecom will beam 9 TV channels to 3G phone users this month. The channels are believed to include a music channel and a news channel. The phone inset is the Samsung V3000 which is …

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Google Buys Blogger

Google has agreed to acquire Pyra Labs, developer of Blogger software and Blogspot, home to a million bloggers: Word of the deal spread after Pyra Labs Chief Executive Evan Williams confirmed on his personal Weblog that his team of six developers would join Google. In typical blog fashion, the news …

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Sampling

This short web film, S-11 Redux, an entrant in the Sundance Online Film Festival, is worth looking at on several levels. From a copyright theory standpoint, it shows the importance of making products of mass culture available for all to “sample” toward the creation of new art. On a content …

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Life Is Unfair

Our own Kevin Marks has a complex and fascinating look – with charts, graphs and other pretty pictures – at Power laws and blogs. Being really bad at higher math and averse to long strings of numbers connected by symbols, this is what I gather from the data: the best-known …

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National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace

US government released the report Friday. The president says this about that: My Fellow Americans: The way business is transacted, government operates, and national defense is conducted have changed. These activities now rely on an interdependent network of information technology infrastructures called cyberspace. The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace provides …

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Verizon Asks Judge to Stay Ruling

Verizon asks federal judge to “keep the cat in the bag”: Verizon Communications struggled Thursday to convince a skeptical judge that it should not be forced to reveal the name of a customer alleged to have downloaded more than 600 songs over the Internet. U.S. District Judge John Bates ordered …

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Cut It In Half Twice More and We’ll Talk

Listen.com cuts its price per song download to 49 cents: Listen.com of San Francisco may have the songs, the technology and the distributors for a successful online music service, but it’s still missing a key ingredient: the customers. While millions of consumers are downloading songs for free from unauthorized services, …

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Brochure of Doom

First it was the colleges and universities, now the RIAA and MPAA are going after corporations in their anti-file sharing campaign: Movie studios and record labels are taking their case against illegal Internet downloads directly to corporations, where much of the offending action allegedly occurs. The Recording Industry Association of …

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Alibi

Why file sharing isn’t the recording industry’s biggest problem: It’s the busy season for number-crunchers at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). By the end of February, the industry trade association will release new statistics on what it says is a dizzying two-year decline in CD sales. The latest …

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MusicBrainz – Music Discovery Database

MusicBrainz is here to help you with your music selection: MusicBrainz, an open-source music meta-data service, has announced the formal launch of its music recognition service designed to provide an open standard for recognizing and identifying digital music files, while providing an alternative to costly proprietary offerings. Supporting this effort, …

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