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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Infinite Loop: First senatorial iPod from IPac: Rejected
The iPod donation, says Klindt, “is the first time we have received something technological” as a donation, adding that “it’s just not a donation that we want” and confirming that while Burns does not presently own an iPod, “if he wants an iPod, he’ll buy one.”

TechCrunch » Yahoo Launches DVR Service: Yahoo Go
The feature list is comprehensive: Use Yahoo Go to manage photos, search Yahoo videos, watch stored movies on your hard drive, listen to music and manage television shows via a full DVR (like Tivo or Microsoft Media Center). Yahoo Go is only available for Windows machines.

It’s going to be hard for Yahoo Go to compete with Microsoft’s Media Center for the simple reason that it won’t be built into millions of PCs like Media Center is.

Congress readies broad new digital copyright bill | CNET
The draft legislation, created by the Bush administration and backed by Rep. Lamar Smith, already enjoys the support of large copyright holders such as the Recording Industry Association of America.

ScienceDaily: Software Allows Neighbors To Improve Internet Access At No Extra Cost
"PERM exploits the diversity of broadband Internet access in residential areas to improve connectivity in a managed way," Luo said. "Our design requires no support outside the user's wireless router, and is immediately deployable."

By pooling all available Internet connections, neighbors can enhance their Internet connectivity at no additional cost. That is, if neighbors are willing to share.

BBC on | MetaFilter isn't just for humans. Matt Biddulph, a systems architect for the BBC, rigged a homemade plug-in for (Previously on MeFi) that, over the course of a year, transmitted over 50,000 songs played on BBC 6Music to a account named Sekrit.

Neil Young - Living With War
          "Click here to listen to the full album." Enough said.

Wired News: 'Web Empire' at Public Expense?
Delivering on a promise made months ago, Warner Home Video has announced the first hybrid disc to feature high-definition (HD) DVD content on one side and standard DVD content on the other.

Monkey Bites
It raises some interesting points, the most curious of which is Yahoo Go's almost complete lack of DRM.

Video Handsets Mostly Just Used as Phones - New York Times
More than a quarter of cellphones now in use can play such videos. But only 1 percent of wireless subscribers are using their phones to watch them, according to a recent survey by the NPD Group, a market research firm.
Maybe it's because content is way overpriced?

Judges Stress Intellectual Property in Microsoft Appeal - New York Times
Judge John Cooke, who will write the decision in the case, appeared to chastise commission lawyers for not taking the company's concerns about protecting its intellectual property seriously.

Listening Post
The Skype VOIP Skype service has hit the 100-million-subscriber mark, and although it officially denies it, apparently plans to launch a subscription/download store along with the ringtone store released earlier this week.

Classic rock acts sue Sony over digital sales royalties
The recent spike in online digital music sales has been great news for the Big Four record labels and the music stores doing the selling. In fact, downloads are so strong right now that EMI has recently been able to reverse a years-long revenue decline. Are the artists getting to share in all the downloading love? According to a lawsuit filed by The Allman Brothers and Cheap Trick, they've been tied to the whipping post by Sony, receiving only a small fraction of the money made off of downloads.

Will Hollywood sue the SlingBox out of existence?
"Content owners don't like it [Sling] because they think it violates their copyrights," HBO CTO Bob Zitter said during a panel here Tuesday. Zitter's comment came in response to a question from the audience.
The technophobia of the content industries never ceases to amaze.

Canadian musicians create consumer-friendly coalition
To our alarm, the labels advance these demands not merely on their own behalf, but in our names as necessary for the well-being of individual Canadian musicians in the digital age. Today the people who actually create Canadian music are speaking out for themselves.

Looking at the new dual-tuner TiVo
If you had asked me in mid-2003 whether or not TiVo would be trumpeting new units with dual analog tuners in 2006, I would've laughed. Now, however, the painfully slow development of standalone DVRs such as TiVo has turned that laughable notion into a cold, hard reality. Without a doubt, we need to only look to CableCARD to understand one major cause of such delays, so pointing the finger exclusively at TiVo isn't exactly fair. Nevertheless, delay or no delay, there's reason to doubt that this new dual-tuner product will spur TiVo uptake.

RIAA sues computer-less family, 234 others, for file sharing
"I don't understand this," said James Walls. "How can they sue us when we don't even have a computer?"

Music industry guilty of collusion?
When Napster was first launched, the music labels did not embrace Internet distribution of their music, but realized that they had to make at least a token effort in this direction. To that end, the labels joined forces and launched two music services, pressplay and MusicNet, neither of which impressed anyone. They did catch the eye of the Department of Justice, however, which looked into possible antitrust issues raised by the stores.
The irony.

Apple Pushes For iPod Content On Blu-Ray Discs :: iPod Hacks :: The Latest and Greatest News and Info for Your iPod
Apple has approached studios in an effort to have iPod-formatted video content included, alongside the main content, on forthcoming Blu-ray discs.

Slashdot | Digital Music Downloads Too Expensive?
Parallel imports are unavailable in the Australian digital market, however. Australian consumers cannot purchase downloads from iTunes or Wal-Mart in the US, which are often cheaper than downloads available here, without a US-issued credit card.

Slashdot | Senate Bill May Ban Streaming MP3s
Senate bill (S. 2644) sponsored by Senators Feinstein (D-CA) and Graham (R-SC) would effectively ban streaming MP3 for licensed music by requireing 'casters to use the most restrictive streaming format available (e.g., Windows Media or Real) rather than simply the most restrictive features of a chosen streaming format (e.g., Shoutcast or streaming MP3).

Slashdot | Azureus Inc. Moves Toward Commercialization
Future releases of the most popular BitTorrent client, Azureus, will come bundled with a 'platform' for media companies to promote their product to Azureus' multi-million users, reports Azureus Inc., who are the newly formed company behind the Azureus software, plan to generate a profit from the platform in the future, but in the short-term are hoping to help independent film companies find their audience.

Bloglines | My Feeds (166)
According to some estimates, Intellectual Ventures has amassed 3,000-5,000 patents, with the help of a $400 million investment from some of the biggest technology companies, including Nokia, Intel, Apple, Sony, and Microsoft. As the patent stockpile grows, so does the speculation--and the fear. IP lawyers and tech executives worry that Intellectual Ventures is less interested in changing the world with big ideas, and more focused on becoming an über patent troll, wreaking litigation havoc across industries with its patents.

Slashdot | Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Talks End
Last minute talks to unify the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats have failed.



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