Tuesday , August 4 2020

Culture and Society

An Official “Caveat Emptor”?

A senator thinks consumers should be warned about copy-protected products: The measure, sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would grant the Federal Trade Commission the power to establish labeling methods for technology that limits the ability of consumers to freely copy, distribute or back up digital content. “While digital media …

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“Marrying the music industry to the mobile industry”

Hong Kong pop sensation driving mobile phone revenues: They dress like pre-teens but they are in their early twenties. Their songs are electronic candy pop about school and puppy love with mind-boggling lyrics such as “chemistry gives me love, biology gives me love, music gives me love . . .” …

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War Driving Internet Streaming

Forbes says Internet audio/video news streaming is coming into its own with the war in Iraq: Every new medium has its defining moment, and the current Iraqi conflict will be the event that validates the Internet’s streaming news media. ….The unfolding war in Iraq is expected to spur consumer adoption …

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Keeping An Eye on Clear Channel

How do I despise thee? Let me count the ways … It is very nice to see a good, firm nugget of vitriol packaged against one of Satan’s lesser minions, Clear Channel in the form of ClearChannelSucks: ClearChannelSucks.org is a free speech website dedicated to educating the public about entertainment …

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Lenny Rocks the Rectum

After a period of confusion where musicians mostly babbled about the war, now the actual SONGS are starting to flow fast and furious. Our James Russell has a nice roundup of anti-war songs here from the Beasties, Zach and DJ Shadow, John Mellonhead, the Billies: Bragg and Joe Armstrong. To …

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SonicBlue Litigated Into Bankruptcy

ReplayTV digital video recorder maker seeks protection: The company … has been spending as much as $1 million a month in litigation expenses to defend a lawsuit brought by more than two dozen entertainment companies. The entertainment companies allege that ReplayTV owners are violating copyright law when they skip commercials. …

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“Sojo’s” Covering the War Alone

New technology enables reporters to broadcast solo on the (cheap) fly: Armed with $15,000 in satellite phones and computers, Preston Mendenhall calls himself a “one-man band” who writes stories, snaps photographs and shoots video in combat zones. The international editor for MSNBC.com spent most of February traveling alone in Syria, …

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No Such Thing As “Free”

The Media Technology Research Group of Sweden has published a fascinating study on “Usability Factors in Digital Music Distribution Services and Their Relationships with Established and New Value Chains in the Music Industry.” The name is unwieldy, but the research is powerful: This report has evaluated the available digital music …

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Spam-Fighter Says Time Great for Internet Start-Up

New company to stuff spam: On Monday, Phil Goldman, whose career as a software designer has included stints at Apple, General Magic, WebTV and Microsoft, will introduce a service that he says will permanently end e-mail spam for consumers who are being driven to distraction by unsolicited pitches for diet …

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