Labels Now Want Share Of iPod Revenues

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Apple and the major record labels have been cruising towards a confrontation over iTunes Music Store pricing for months now, and one label head, namely Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman is responding angrily to Stevie J’s comments last week about “greedy? record labels.

There’s a perception that the labels want to raise the price of downloads across the board, but Bronfman says that flat-rate pricing is unfair and that, “Some songs should be $0.99 and some songs should be more. I don’t want to give anyone the impression that $0.99 is a thing of the past?

Buying only the songs you want seems way more fair to consumers, but it hasn’t exactly done much to keep the labels’ revenues up. Bronfman’s solution? Well, if Apple is “artificially? keeping the price of downloads low to promote sales of iPods, then as he sees it, the labels should get to “share in those [iPod] revenue streams.?

Source: engadget

Age of Empires III Goes Gold

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Ready your troops! Age of Empires III, the stunning real-time strategy (RTS) landmark from Microsoft and Ensemble Studios, is complete and poised to invade retail on October 18. Available in two versions - standard and Collector’s Edition - Age of Empires III will fire up gamers with groundbreaking new features like the persistent Home City and jaw-dropping graphics never before seen in an RTS. Gamers can now experience the game first-hand with a recently released playable demo that offers hours of exciting combat challenges, as well as the ability to upgrade the player’s Home City.

Source: VE3D.com

China Wants Only ‘Healthy’ News on Web

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China said Sunday it is imposing new regulations to control content on its news Web sites and will allow the posting of only “healthy and civilized” news.

The move is part of China’s ongoing efforts to police the country’s 100-million Internet population. Only the United States, with 135 million users, has more.

The new rules take effect immediately and will “standardize the management of news and information” in the country, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday.

Sites should only post news on current events and politics, according to the new regulations issued by the Ministry of Information Industry and China’s cabinet, the State Council. The subjects that would be acceptable under those categories was not clear.

Only “healthy and civilized news and information that is beneficial to the improvement of the quality of the nation, beneficial to its economic development and conducive to social progress” will be allowed, Xinhua said.

“The sites are prohibited from spreading news and information that goes against state security and public interest,” it added

Source: AP

Tip: Add Notepad To Your Send To Menu

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Usually text files will have the extension of .txt. Double click on the file will open notepad and you’ll be able to view the content of the file.

But a lot of times, especially if you are a developer, you need to view text files such as configuration files, xml, log, inf, nfo files or any other type of text file which is either not associated with an application that opens the file or you just want a quick look at that file and don’t want to open the file with a full blown IDE or the associated application that takes time to load.

For that you can simply add Notepad to your “send to? context menu so you can easily send any file from windows explorer to open in Notepad.

In order to do that follow these steps.

1. In Windows Explorer navigate to \Documents and Settings\%your user name%\SendTo
2. Right click on the right pane and select New->Shortcut
3. Now you’ll get a wizard to create a shortcut. Type Notepad.exe in the box labeled as “Type the location of the item? And click Next
4. Type Notepad in the box labeled as “Type a name for this shortcut? and click Finish

Now every time you’ll want to view or edit a text file with notepad that is not associated with it, Simply right click on the file name, and in the menu select Send To->Notepad

Palm’s Treo To Run Windows

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Palm Inc. is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to launch a Windows-based version of the Treo smart phone, marking the first time the handheld computer pioneer will sell a device based on its former rival’s software.

The new Treo 700 will be offered through Verizon Wireless, according to market analyst Rob Enderle and other industry sources.

The new device will run on Windows Mobile 5.0, the latest version of the operating system that has been challenging Palm OS for years.

Source: AP

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