Tuesday , May 17 2022

Culture and Society

Amazon Creating Reference Database

Our buds at Amazon are creating a searchable database of thousands of nonfiction books: Executives at Amazon.com are negotiating with several of the largest book publishers about an ambitious and expensive plan to assemble a searchable online archive with the texts of tens of thousands of books of nonfiction, according …

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Get ’em While You Can

ReplayTV caves to content industry: new model will drop two key features – it will no longer be able to skip entire commercials automatically, or send recorded programming over the Internet. Sonicblue Inc., the former owner of ReplayTV, was considered the company in the digital video recording industry that most …

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The Woz Returns As Big Brother

Apple’s Wozniak is doing it for the children and dogs: The co-founder of Apple Computer, Stephen Wozniak, recalls that it began with a series of lost dogs – a runaway husky, a roving Shar-Pei, a wayward bichon frisé. The problem led inexorably to a Wozniak solution: wireless location-monitoring technology that …

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Busting Out of the Cage

Copyright has to be radically changed to reflect the realities of the brave new digital world. You may not like it, but the only way to compensate creators, to give the average creator the incentive to continue to create, is some form of copyright tax, as I have mentioned many …

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Ablums

Jon Pareles looks at the status of albums in the download age: The pop album made its way through the 20th century by staying adaptable, transforming itself from analog grooves to digital bits. But can the notion of an album – a collection of songs sold as a single unit, …

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Everything Old Is New Again

This item is rather astonishing – note the year: Telephony, December 18, 1909 Distributing Music Over Telephone Lines Wilmington, Delaware, is enjoying a novel service through the telephone exchange. Phonograph music is supplied over the wires to those subscribers who sign up for the service. Attached to the wall near …

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Much, Much Worse

First it was reported six file sharers had been subpoenaed by the RIAA, then it was 150. Yesterday AP reported the number is closer to 900, with 75 coming each day: Subpoenas reviewed by The Associated Press show the industry compelling some of the largest Internet providers, such as Verizon …

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Downloading With Whitney – Not Houston

The Christian Science Monitor examines the habits and attitudes of a downloading teen: The RIAA has set itself a herculean task: If Whitney and her friends are any guide, the industry has failed utterly to convince this generation of teens of the merits of its case. What has emerged through …

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AOL-TW Getting Out of the Manufacturing Biz

Selling CD and DVD manufacturing business for $1.05 billion: Under pressure from Wall Street, AOL Time Warnerhas pledged to cut its debt to $20 billion by the end of 2004 and has been pursuing a number of deals, including the sale of its sports teams and a possible joint venture …

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