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Liquid Audio to merge with offline distributor Alliance

Liquid Audio Inc. said Thursday that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with home entertainment distributor Alliance Entertainment Corp., in a move aimed at creating a major media delivery company with both online and offline clout.

Morpheus updates P-to-P software

Saying that it is taking longer than anticipated to roll out its newfangled Morpheus 2.0 peer-to-peer (P-to-P) file swapping software, StreamCast Networks Inc. released an interim update to the current Morpheus Preview Edition Monday.

Study: Kazaa users unwittingly share private files

Users of the Kazaa peer-to-peer (P-to-P) file sharing network are unwittingly trading private files due to the confusing and somewhat misleading nature of the software's user interface, a new report indicates.

Aural envy -- Via unveils new audio chip

Via Technologies Inc. unveiled the Envy24HT audio chip at the Computex trade show in Taipei yesterday, offering top notch quality, truly immersive surround sound and extensive expansion capability.

Apple releases previews of QuickTime 6, Broadcaster

After an almost four month delay over licensing terms of the MPEG-4 technology, Apple Computer Inc. announced the first public release of its QuickTime 6 multimedia player and QuickTime Broadcaster software Tuesday.

NEC develops software for faster audio compression

NEC Corp. has developed software that can quickly compress audio data at a flexible rate, the company said Friday. This new development will allow mobile-phone users to exchange high-quality audio data, it said.

Verbatim ships 40X CD-R media

Verbatim, the company behind a variety of digital storage products, is now shipping DataLifePlus 40x-certified CD-R discs that the company says can burn a full 700MB of data or 80 minutes of music in about two minutes.

Markers may threaten CD copyright protections

An anticopying technology used by Sony Music Entertainment on music CDs sold in Europe is apparently being defeated by music lovers using simple straight lines drawn on protected CDs with felt-tipped markers.

Dutch music rights body takes Kazaa to Supreme Court

Dutch music rights body Buma/Stemra is taking its case against Kazaa BV to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, fighting the March 28 Amsterdam Appeals Court ruling that the software maker can't be held liable for the copyright-infringing actions of...

Altnet opens Kazaa's doors to paid content

If a new peer-to-peer (P-to-P) upstart has its way, users of the popular Kazaa file-sharing network will soon see secure, copyright-protected content popping up at the top of their query results, giving content owners and providers an unprecedented f...

Vitria marries Web services, BPM

If a new peer-to-peer (P-to-P) upstart has its way, users of the popular Kazaa file-sharing network will soon see secure, copyright-protected content popping up at the top of their query results, giving content owners and providers an unprecedented f...

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