p2pnet news | music:- Hi all:
This’ll be it for today as far as news items go.
I added the p2pnet Music Downloads button a couple of days back and now I need to spend a little time getting it organised and getting the first couple of artist posts ready to rock.
As I say here, “I’m part of a three-person team with singer song-writer Maggie Council and entertainment lawyer Fred Wilhelms as the two other members. Our idea is to give musicians a place where they can hang out and post full length samples of their music so people around the world can get a taste.”
For now, and until tomorrow, below are a few headlines ……
The format was supposed to have been badly wounded by the introduction of CDs and killed off completely by the ipod-generation that bought music online. But in a rare case of cheerful news for the record labels, the latest phenomenon in a notoriously fickle industry is one nobody dared predict: a vinyl revival. (Thanks, Julie)
Hackers have been trying to unlock the iPhone to work with other carriers ever since the device launched late June. While that goal hasn`t been accomplished yet, a major milestone has been achieved today. Apparently, the hackers at the iPhone Dev Wiki have managed to partially unlock the iPhone by using a new piece of software called iASign. The Mac-only application will generate an unlock code based on the Device ID, IMEI (the universal serial number) and ICCID (Integrated Circuit Card ID) numbers. As a result, iPhone owners can pop in any Cingular or AT&T SIM (including Pre-paid) and make calls without picking up a 2 year contract with AT&T.
When a small Canadian toy maker, Spin Master Ltd., launched its new television campaign in the United States recently, the company didn’t exactly set out to turn the global ad world on its head. But the modest 30-second spot has unexpectedly thwarted a major problem facing advertisers today as technology makes it easier and faster to zip past commercial breaks with personal video recorders (PVRs). For reasons even the company is struggling to explain, its commercial appears to be fast-forward-proof. (Thanks, rhep)
She’s not yet down on her knees, but Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is pleading for silence from anyone who has obtained a copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” prior to its official July 21 release. (Thanks, Michael L)
Most of the country’s Internet users go online to chat or seek entertainment rather than look for jobs or conduct business. According to a report released by China Internet Network Information (CNNIC) yesterday, China’s Internet users totaled 162 million in the first six months of this year. The country reported 137 million users last year.
Oxford University staff are logging on to Facebook and using evidence they find on student profiles to discipline students. Photos on the social networking website of undergraduates celebrating the end of their exams have been emailed to students by the proctors, Oxford’s disciplinary body, as evidence of breaches of the University’s code of conduct.
Executives of Google Inc., already facing a federal review of the company’s proposed $3.1 billion buyout of DoubleClick Inc., are being called to testify before the House and Senate to address questions about the deal’s impact on online advertising and consumer privacy. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel is planning to hold a hearing in September focusing on the consolidation sweeping the fast-growing online-advertising market.
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