Last week, the British Music Rights organization published a study about the musical habits and desires of younger listeners. The survey (available here in PDF form) included more than 1,000 recipients, age 14 and up, enrolled in universities or "feeder schools," and the results contain some positive nuggets for the ailing recorded music industry.
Most notably, given all the warnings about video games and other forms of entertainment taking music's place, music is still important to kids: 73% of those surveyed said they'd want to take their music collection with them to a desert island. … Read more
You'd think catching movie pirates would be as easy as preventing anyone with a camcorder from entering a movie theater. Or throwing a net over Johnny Depp's house.
Instead, Malaysian theater workers are employing a high-tech strategy. According to a Reuters report, the Motion Picture Association is training Malaysian theater workers to strap on night-vision goggles to catch pirates in the act of filming.
And it's working. In the past two months, 17 illegal movie-tapers have been caught by begoggled Malaysian ushers.
Could New York City be the next test bed for the night-vision goggle probe? According … Read more
Although China's government has been mired in human rights problems for years, the bureaucrats do know a thing about customer service.
Communist party members have to undergo the "360" review process for promotions, the peer-review system that helps determine promotions at companies like Intel. (The party picked it up from U.S. corporations, Jian Daning, director of the Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, told us a few years ago).
Want to open a company here? The system for tax breaks for exporters is well mapped-out, and there are several regions offering deals on land in industrial parks. … Read more