Rdio snubs ‘second rate’ Indies The Register
So much for the rebels socking it to The Man. The would-be “Spotify-killer” music service unveiled yesterday by former Kazaa founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis is happy to be owned by major labels. But Rdio won’t extend the same offer to the Indie sector, The Register has learned. As with Spotify, the majors (Universal, Sony, Warners and EMI) were offered equity in the music startup. But Rdio has refused independent representative Merlin the same courtesy of an equity stake – even though the label negotiates on behalf of a significant share of the market, effectively declaring that it considers indie music ‘second rate’. Individual indie labels can still negotiate licenses with Rdio, but Merlin was created as a “fifth major” to negotiate collectively on their behalf. [Also see Kazaa duo Zennstrom, Friis: back with Rdio]
How Conroy’s daughter wrecked his unsecured iPhone APC
[Australian] Senator Stephen Conroy got a personal taste of Internet censorship over the weekend after his three-year old daughter rendered his iPhone inoperable by altering the settings. Speaking at the launch of National Cyber Security Awareness Week in Melbourne on Sunday, communications minister Conroy admitted that his own iPhone had become unusable after his daughter had got her hands on it. “My three-and-a-half year old daughter got my iPhone last night and has disabled it, and I haven’t worked out how to get it to work yet — so any tips anyone has got about how to get your iPhone working after your three-and-a-half year old has been playing with the settings, please see me afterwards,” Conroy said. One of the key messages for the National Cyber Security Awareness Week is the importance of using strong passwords on any gadget has Web access. “There will be a focus on the growing number of devices that Australians use to access the Internet,” Conroy told the opening-day audience.
Ottawa to unveil wireless options Globe and Mail
Industry Minister Tony Clement said he will release a consultation paper in the next few days on easing foreign ownership restrictions in Canada’s telecommunications sector that seeks to balance the needs of new wireless entrants and established industry players. ‘We intend to move with prudence and undertake consultations,’ Mr. Clement told a crowd in a keynote address at the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto.
Hollywood battles piracy with free movie streams at home Guardian
The Full Stream Ahead campaign allows UK users to try digital film streaming for free … for one week only. Movie fans are being given the chance to watch their choice of blockbusters at home for nothing, as a host of Hollywood studios team up with UK-based technology firm Blinkbox to run a week-long free streaming service in an effort to lure internet users away from pirated material. As part of the “Full Stream Ahead” campaign, which is backed by the UK Film Council and BFI, and launches tomorrow, anyone accessing the Blinkbox website from fullstreamahead.co.uk will be offered £20 credit to spend on films from studios including Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.
Binge drinking rots teen brains New Scientist
Post-mortems of binge-drinking adolescent monkeys have produced the best evidence yet that heavy drinking at an early age can do lasting damage to the brain. The worst damage was to stem cells destined to become neurons in the hippocampus, the brain area responsible for memory and spatial awareness. Monkey and human brains develop in the same way, so the finding suggests that similar effects may occur in human teenagers.
Apple Purging ‘widget’ IPhone, IPad Apps Macworld
While Apple has lately appeared to have improved its App Store approval process, there are still some decidedly rough edges. Take the case of MyFrame, a digital photo frame app for the iPad: the program was removed from the App Store this week for somewhat murky reasons, according to the developer. Russell Ivanovic, a developer for MyFrame’s Groundhog Software, reported that the company received a phone call from an Apple employee about the program’s removal. The employee said that the app was being removed as part of a wholesale removal of “widget” apps from the store. MyFrame allows users to put overlays their photos with the time, weather, music controls, sticky notes, and more. Furthermore, not only had MyFrame been on the App Store for some time, but Apple had already approved multiple updates to the program without any flags being raised.
EU Ministers Seek Data Retention and Monitoring of Internet Searches ISP Review
Some 324 MEPs have signed a declaration (download PDF) that seeks to extend data retention rules (2006/24/EC) to internet search engines “in order to tackle online child pornography and sex offending rapidly and effectively”. The EU could then use the new powers to setup a European Early Warning System (EWS).
Is AT&T breaking the law by changing iPhone upgrade eligibility? Beta News
It’s the question to ask today, when Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone, and as AT&T subscribers continue to see their upgrade eligibility dates moved up. From one perspective, changes in upgrade eligibility would seem like good customer service — AT&T allowing iPhone owners to get the new model subsidized sooner. But, unless in a few hours Apple announces that iPhone will be available from other US carriers, the smartphone is exclusive to AT&T. The Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department often look critically at exclusive distribution arrangements, particularly if there is any hint of price fixing.
iPad Smuggling Cases Increase In Shenzhen MIC Gadget Guide
Cases on smuggling Apple iPad to China from Hong Kong have been increased. According to Guangzhou Daily news report, starting from April, Shenzhen Customs has track down 309 cases regarding travelers carrying iPad into China mainland, and a total of 394 iPads has been spotted. 59 cases are suspected to be illegal smuggling, among all cases, one China citizen has carried 7 iPads without declaration.
N Korea hails development of new ‘super drink’ BBC
North Korea has developed a “super drink” that, it says, can multiply brain cells and stop skin ageing. The secretive state’s official news agency, KCNA, says the drink contains 60 kinds of “microelements” extracted from more than 30 species of plants. It attracted “much interest from Chinese, German and other businessmen” at a trade fair in Pyongyang last month, the agency reports. It was developed by a joint venture fruit juice company.
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