Joining Amazon and Napster, Rhapsody is launching an online music store that will sell tracks in MP3 format, without the digital rights management software that limits people's ability to copy and transfer music.
There's no question the record industry is in a serious crisis. Since 2000, around the time the original Napster launched, revenues have plunged 33%, to $10 billion from $15 billion....
Chalk up another privacy fiasco for Facebook. The latest public relations disaster for the company that brought the world Beacon stems from Top Friends, an application created by Slide.Turns out that Top Friends had a glitch that allowed any users who downloaded the application to see information like the birthdays and gender of any other Top Friends users. Some of the users affected include Larry Page's wife, according to CNet, which first reported the story.
Charter Communications said it has temporarily scrapped a plan to share information about Web sites its customers visit with behavioral targeting company NebuAd, but Charter isn't the only ISP to sign a deal with NebuAd. Other, smaller ISPs are still working with the company. And they're almost certainly asking for lawsuits.
Is bandwidth similar to oil? Yes, in one important respect, says Tim Wu, a professor at Columbia Law. "Production is controlled by a tiny cartel that sets prices high and keeps them there," Wu said today at a press conference about broadband access at the Personal Democracy Forum.
An employee of the Internet Broadcasting Services was fired for posting news of Tim Russert's death to Wikipedia before NBC had officially announced it, today's New York Times reports. NBC held off on the announcement for two hours, to reach Russert's family before the news spread. But news in the Internet era just doesn't keep that long.
The Associated Press issued a statement late last night that it considered a copyright dispute with liberal blog Drudge Retort "closed," but the organization's problems with new media are anything but over.
Consumer advocates are right to worry that NebuAd's ISP-based targeting platform could potentially spell disaster for privacy.
AT&T and Verizon are publicly calling on the FCC to take action against fellow Internet service company Comcast, according to news reports.
Philadelphia's deal for Wi-Fi from Earthlink collapsed a while ago, but the city will keep its free wireless broadband service.