Saturday , July 11 2020

Culture and Society

A Step Ahead

ISPs in losing battle against P2P: Increasingly peer-to-peer (P2P) software, which allows surfers to share music and video files, is dodging the defences of internet service providers. It is becoming technically harder and harder to win the battle against file-sharing, said Sandvine, a firm that provides equipment to manage networks. …

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A Parallax View

Okay, so Billboard viewed the NARM opening this way; Andrew Orlowski saw things through slightly different colored glasses: Departing RIAA chief Hilary Rosen yesterday invoked the name of slain black civil rights leader Martin Luther King as she defended the music oligopolies’ right to prevent people sharing music. She also …

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Dave Allen – Still On the Scene

The great punk/funk pioneer bassist Dave Allen has not been idle since veering from the public eye, founding the terrific but overlooked World Domination label, and now pushing the cutting edge artist development-marketing monster, Overland Entertainment. Allen was a founder and the rhythmic heart of one of the most important …

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MSN Thinks Broadband Is Happening NOW

Microsoft’s Internet service is shifting marketing efforts toward broadband and away from dial-up: After launching a $300 million marketing campaign last year to promote its Internet service and take market share from AOL, a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc., MSN is shifting its focus to the fast-growing high-speed, or …

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Change of Tune?

She must be on her way out: listen to the new Hilary Rosen: RIAA chairman/CEO Hilary Rosen’s keynote address reflected the need to focus on buyers. “It’s time to come together. Now is our opportunity to put [consumers’] interests first,” she said. In what was likely her last speech at …

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Another Kind of P2P

The RIAA going peer-to-peer with 300 corporations, informing them by letter that their computer networks are being used for file sharing: The music industry’s leading trade group has sent letters to 300 U.S. companies complaining about alleged acts of piracy and copyright infringement in their corporate computer networks and warning …

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Reboot Your Phone

New phones introduced at the CTIA Wireless industry confab in New Orleans: These data-centric handhelds, more closely resembling PDAs than phones, reflect Microsoft’s continued push into the wireless market with both the Pocket PC and Smartphone operating systems. They use the CDMA version of Pocket PC software and operate on …

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The Long and Winding Road

PBS’ Frontline has cobbled together an interesting backgrounder on the developments over the last 12 years leading to the impending military action against Saddam, called “The Long Road to War.” From the intro: With the United States apparently within days — if not hours — of launching a war against …

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PVRs “Less of a Threat”?

Research conducted by Procter & Gamble indicates viewers retain fast-forwarded commercials at about the same rate as normal speed: The surprising research has led at least some P&G marketing executives to conclude that TiVo may not pose the threat to TV advertising that many predict, according to executives close to …

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On To Baghdad

So war it is. Despite all the protests, Security Council machinations, negotiations and pundit clucking, predictions from six months ago that the US and Britain would invade Iraq in March will have been borne out within about 48 hours. Given the intractable arrogance of Saddam, and the mission George W. …

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