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Scientists to present controversial paper

After being quelled by the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) organization and the Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA) earlier this year, a research paper on how to crack digital music encryption is due to be presented at the US...

No new news: Microsoft icons rule the desktop

When it comes to desktop warfare, the rules haven't changed. That was the message Microsoft sent Thursday when a spokesman for the company clarified confusion surrounding which icons can appear on the desktop of its forthcoming Windows XP software.

You had mail: Atabok's e-mail retractor

It's 9 pm, you're still at work, you're fed up and you won't take it anymore. You fire off an e-mail to your boss telling him just how you feel. Five minutes later, your senses return, you press a button and the offensive mail is retracted. Phew.

PLUG IN - Labels catch flak for online invasion

The tone at Jupiter Media Metrix's Plug In forum in New York this week was clear: The major record labels are mucking up online music. Gone are the days of free, file sharing promiscuity, as concerns about security and rights have raised their fee-im...

MusicNet adds Britney, Backstreet Boys

MusicNet, the digital music distribution company formed by AOL Time Warner Inc., Bertelsmann AG, EMI Group PLC and RealNetworks Inc., has signed a fourth record label to provide music to the service, RealNetworks Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rob Gla...

Jupiter: Napster rivals' rise is bad news for labels

Occupied and knocked offline by legal battles, Napster is rapidly losing users who are seeking their free song-swapping fix wherever they can find it, according to a report released Friday by Jupiter Media Metrix.

Napster inches toward subscription service

Two and a half weeks into Napster Inc.'s offline slumber, the embattled song-swapping service showed a small sign of life Wednesday when it announced that it was "getting close" to releasing the beta version of its new subscription service.

Group slams search engines for sneaking in ads

Claiming that Internet search engines are increasingly slipping ads into what are supposed to be objective query results, watchdog group Commercial Alert lodged a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Monday, asking the FTC to invest...

Dark horse FullAudio grabs another license

While high-profile players like MusicNet and Pressplay steal the spotlight in the online music battle, dark horse FullAudio Corp. announced its third significant license in a month Monday, this time with EMI Recorded Music Ltd.

Progress cited in MPEG-4 Visual Standard patent talks

The 19 companies that currently stake claims to essential MPEG-4 Visual Standard patents are edging closer to creating a joint patent license that will allow for one-stop legal licensing, the company facilitating the joint patent license said last we...

Nextel users can now listen to e-mail

Nextel Communications announced Monday that it has teamed with wireless application provider Etrieve to offer US mobile phone users the option of listening to their corporate e-mail, calendar and contact information from any Internet-enabled Nextel p...

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