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Emi boss wants more rights from artists – Financial Mail
Emi’s new owner, financier Guy Hands, wants artists signing to his label to agree to multiple rights contracts, allowing the music giant to profit from all aspects of their careers, from CDs to T-shirt sales. Traditionally, music companies sign artists to recorded music contracts and they may also sign music publishing deals that entitle them to payment whenever the music is used. However, Hands is understood to be planning to boost the number of multiple rights deals – sometimes called 360 degree deals. These mean the company will also take a share of tour and merchandising revenues.
Firefox detention story was a hoax – The Inquirer
A school, where it was claimed that a boy was given a detention for using Firefox, has issued a statement denying the story. A school detention notice, which recounts the story of a kid who was in hot water for using Firefox instead of Internet Exploder, was posted on the World Wide Wibble. High School Principal John Scudder said the uploaded letter was an altered version of a detention letter sent to a student.
XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc said on Monday it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Universal Music Group and hopes to reach deals with the other music companies. The dispute centers around XM’s portable “Inno” device, which can store and record music from satellite radio. Major music labels including Vivendi’s Universal, Warner Music Group Corp, EMI Group Plc and Sony BMG sued XM in May 2006, saying the Inno infringes copyrights and transforms a passive radio experience into the equivalent of a digital download service such as Apple Inc’s iTunes.
If you have a cell phone (and we’re pretty sure you do), have you thought about giving up your land line (a.k.a. a traditional phone that plugs into the wall)? Maybe you’ve already ditched your old talker. If you haven’t, consider how much you spend on your cell phone plan versus your land line. If you’re like us, you’ve either totally given up on a wired line to your home, or the bills from your cell provider make those wired bills look somewhat paltry. As it turns out, we’re not alone — according to recent government data, U.S. household spending on cell phone plans will exceed spending on land lines for the first time in 2007.
EU lawmakers want regulators to examine privacy in Google-DoubleClick deal – Associated Press
In an unusual move, European lawmakers will press fiercely independent antitrust regulators next month to look at data privacy issues surrounding Google Inc.’s takeover of online ad tracker DoubleClick. The $3.1 billion deal has already spurred rivals and consumer advocates to complain about the control they say it would give Google, the world’s largest search engine, over Internet advertising and personal information.
Seven of the world’s leading chip makers are collaborating on chips which contain transistors with features just 32 billionths of a metre wide. IBM, Toshiba, AMD, Samsung, Chartered, Infineon and Freescale have formed the alliance to cut development costs.
A new survey by NPD has found that the 73% of Americans have never heard of Google Docs and other online office applications, but perhaps worst still only 0.5% of respondents have abandoned desktop office applications for an online alternative. 94% of Americans have never tried a web based productivity suite. To be fair though, the survey was of ’600 PC users’ so it (possibly) didn’t count Mac users for example, nor really ask enough people to even be a statistically valid survey of computer users.
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