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Jay-Z launching record Label with Apple – Boy Genius Report
This one’s been floating around like a hot air balloon, but we’ve just about confirmed it. For those that don’t know, Jay-Z left Def Jam as President last month, and everyone`s been talking about where he’s heading. While this might be one of his many other venutures, we just heard that Jay-Z is launching a record label with Apple.
Microsoft charges customers for free services – Windows Secrets
Thousands of customers are paying almost $120 USD per year to Microsoft for an Internet subscription service that includes e-mail, security, and other features. But Microsoft gives away almost identical services absolutely free in Windows Live and the Windows operating system itself, while neglecting to inform those who pay through the nose.
China Limits Providers of Internet Video – Associated Press
China has decided to restrict the broadcasting of Internet videos â including those posted on video-sharing Web sites â to sites run by state-controlled companies and require providers to report questionable content to the government. It wasn’t immediately clear how the new rules would affect YouTube and other providers of Internet video that host Web sites available in China but are based in other countries. The new regulations, which take effect Jan. 31, were approved by both the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Ministry of Information Industry and were described on their Web sites Thursday.
The FBI has made a deal with Clear Channel to put “most wanted” bulletins and “hot pursuit” alerts on digital billboards around the country. Predictable: The SiliconView digital billboard on the 101 was just the beginning. The future of outdoor advertising is digital billboards which can display different ads depending on time of day or current traffic conditions, for example. So it makes sense that public security would be just the latest use for these annoying monstrosities. A trial of the technology in Philadelphia led to the capture of three criminals, so the project is being expanded to 150 billboards in 20 cities across the U.S. But the real question is when Google will start brokering the ad space.
The number of music downloads sold in the UK in the final week of 2007 was double the total of 12 months earlier. The popularity of MP3 players as Christmas gifts was partly responsible for driving demand, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said. In total there were 2.95 million downloads in seven days, the highest ever recorded for any weekly period.
‘Noel’ is music’s saving grace – Variety
Josh Groban is the rare person in the music industry singing a happy jolly tune this holiday season. While Groban’s “Noel” has crossed 3.5 million in sales to become the top-selling disc of the year, overall music sales during the Christmas shopping season were down an astounding 21% from last year. From the week of Thanksgiving up through the day before Christmas Eve, 83.9 million albums were sold, a decrease of 21.38 million from 2006′s 105.28 million.
Social Net Site Is Said to Be for Sale – New York Times
Plaxo, an early social networking site that helps people keep their address books updated, is up for auction, people briefed on the offering said Wednesday night. The company, which has not made a profit, is seeking as much as $100 million, these people said. Plaxo, which has been overtaken by rivals like Linked In and Facebook, has tried to reinvent itself as an aggregate of information from other social networking sites.
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