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Top 5 Data-Driven Mobile Services for a Competitive Edge

The mobile data market has been approaching saturation in major industrialized nations. Mobile data consumption has increased steadily over the past several years, but consumers have found new ways to avoid paying extra for services they don't need or use -- and intense competition among mobile carr...

Amazon Music Unlimited Rolls Gently Down the Stream

Amazon on Wednesday rolled out its Music Unlimited cut-rate subscription streaming service, available on its Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap devices for as little as $4 a month for a single device. Setting a low-entry price point "is a logical move, given that the company has invested heavily into the...

Music Industry Rebounds on Streaming Subscription Surge

The music industry is showing its best surge in revenue in nearly two decades, led by a major shift toward streaming subscription services by Apple, Spotify and others firms, according to a new mid-year report the RIAA released this week. The report shows an 8.1 percent gain in retail revenue to $3....

Pirate Bay Scores Rare Legal Victory

A District Court in Stockholm, Sweden, last week ruled against an international group of content providers who sought to force a local ISP to block The Pirate Bay, a file-sharing site, said lawyers for the plaintiffs. The content providers -- including Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nord...

EFF Lambasts ESA for Hindering Video Game Preservation Efforts

The Electronic Frontier Foundation last week called out the Entertainment Software Association for opposing its video game preservation efforts. The EFF and law student Kendra Albert earlier this year petitioned the U.S. Copyright Office for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ant...

6-Strike Copyright Warning System: Can You Hear Us Now?

A new chapter is beginning in the antipiracy wars: A so-called six-strike warning scheme will be put into action by the end of this year, said Jill Lesser of the Center for Copyright Information. The CCI was born as a result of widespread revulsion over the ham-handed tactics deployed in the 2000s b...

Court Upholds Colossal Song-Sharing Penalty

It is the end of an era. One of the last cases in which the Recording Industry Association of America sued an individual for illegal song sharing has reached the end of its road in a federal court in Massachusetts. There, the jury upheld a $675,000 damages award against Joel Tenenbaum following the ...

Anonymous Lashes Out in Wake of Megaupload Shutdown

The hacker group Anonymous has reportedly launched a series of attacks that shut down major websites in retaliation against the U.S. Department of Justice's actions against the site Megaupload. The attacks have been ongoing since Thursday, and various Web users who clicked on certain links may have ...

ISPs Agree to Mete Out Punishment for Illegal File-Sharing

Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, AT&T and Time Warner Cable have promised to be more proactive in alerting possible copyright violators using their networks in a voluntary agreement with the music and film industries. The antipiracy model they've adopted has been pushed for some time by the Record...

LimeWire Settlement a Sour Deal for Artists

The founder of LimeWire LLC, the distributor of the LimeWire file-sharing software program that was found to infringe copyrights on a massive scale, has reached an agreement with the music industry's trade group, the Recording Industry Association of America, to settle its lawsuit for $105 million.

Intel Builds Sandy Bridge With a DRM Tollbooth

Intel has reportedly revealed details about its new family of laptop and desktop processors, code-named "Sandy Bridge." The processors, which will be demoed at the CES 2011 show in Las Vegas later this week, offer better energy performance, improved 3D and graphics performance, and can overclock whe...

RIAA Wins Another Pyrrhic Victory in File-Sharing Case

In her third trial, Minnesota resident Jammie Thomas-Rasset -- whose fame has extended well beyond the proverbial 15 minutes -- was once again slapped with a fine for sharing 24 songs. On Wednesday, the jury awarded $1.5 million in damages to Capitol Records. That's $62,500 for each of the 24 songs ...

Court Order Could Squeeze LimeWire Dry

A vestige of the music wars at the turn of the century was shut down Wednesday by a federal district court judge in Manhattan. File-sharing service LimeWire was ordered by Judge Kimba M. Wood to stop distributing its peer-to-peer software because its overwhelming use was to encourage its users to ma...

Obama Administration Launches Offensive Against IP Pirates

The White House on Tuesday released its plan to fight intellectual property theft, including more than 30 recommendations designed to encourage all branches of government to take a more aggressive stand against piracy. The Joint Strategic Plan, which was required by the 2008 PRO-IP Act, creates a ju...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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