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A venture led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has applied to bid in an upcoming U.S. auction of coveted wireless airwaves, according to auction documents released late on Tuesday. Allen was listed with an entity called Vulcan Spectrum LLC among the applicants who filed to bid in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auction of 700-megahertz spectrum, which is scheduled to begin on January 24. Allen heads an investment company called Vulcan Capital and is also a majority shareholder in U.S. cable operator Charter Communications.
Turn In A Software Pirate, Collect $500 – InformationWeek
A tech industry group is offering consumers up to $500 for reporting software counterfeiters who sell their goods on online auction sites like eBay. Under the plan offered by the Software & Information Industry Association, anyone who unwittingly buys fake software from an online fraudster can receive up to $500 if they report the scam. The SIIA said it hopes tipsters will use the reward money to buy legitimate, replacement software, but under the program rules they’re free to use it any way they want.
David Byrne’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists – and Megastars – Wired
Full disclosure: I used to own a record label. That label, Luaka Bop, still exists, though I’m no longer involved in running it. My last record came out through Nonesuch, a subsidiary of the Warner Music Group empire. I have also released music through indie labels like Thrill Jockey, and I have pressed up CDs and sold them on tour. I tour every few years, and I don’t see it as simply a loss leader for CD sales. So I have seen this business from both sides. I’ve made money, and I’ve been ripped off. I’ve had creative freedom, and I’ve been pressured to make hits. I have dealt with diva behavior from crazy musicians, and I have seen genius records by wonderful artists get completely ignored. I love music. I always will. It saved my life, and I bet I’m not the only one who can say that.
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Facebook accuses MP of impersonating MP – The Register
A Liberal Democrat MP suffered the online humiliation of having his Facebook account suspended after the social networking site decided he “wasn’t real”. Steve Webb, 42, member of parliament for Northavon, Gloucestershire, tried to log on on Monday but was told “his account had been disabled following complaints he didn’t really exist …..”
Google-DoubleClick merger opponents threaten legal action – Mercury News
A coalition opposing Google’s $3.1 billion merger with DoubleClick renewed charges of conflicts and threatened possible legal action over a decision by a regulatory chairman not to recuse herself from reviewing the merger. In a conference call with reporters today, representatives of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy, said they are considering filing a lawsuit in response to a decision last week by Deborah Platt Majoras, chair of the Federal Trade Commission. Majoras denied a request from the groups that she recuse herself from the merger review after the groups learned that her husband, John M. Majoras, is a partner who specializes in antitrust at the Jones Day law firm representing DoubleClick.
Video Professor Drops Subpoena, Goes After Wikipedia Users – ConsumerAffairs.Com
Video Professor, Inc. has dropped its subpoena asking Infomercialscams.com for the names of 100 John Does who anonymously posted their gripes about the computer lessons but still has an active lawsuit against ‘defamatory anonymous poster s’ and is now trying to unmask the identities of Wikipedia posters. Video Professor (VPI), which hawks its computer lessons on light-night TV, dropped a similar subpoena against RipoffReport.com but is still has an active ‘vague’ lawsuit against anonymous Internet posters, said Paul Alan Levy, an attorney with nonprofit consumer rights organization Public Citizen, Public Citizen provided legal assistance to Infomercialscams.com in its fight to keep its posters anonymous.
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