We have been hearing some grumblings recently from the record labels about iTunes' strong hold on the online music industry. Apparently some of them are complaining about the uniform pricing across all songs and some are unhappy with the use of DRM (Digital Rights Management) on their songs. Well, today we are seeing some of those grumblings take center stage. The New York Times has the scoop that Universal Music Group has decided to not renew their annual contract with Apple to serve up their music on iTunes. Although the article does say that Universal may still offer music on … Read more
The Transformers movie produced by Stephen Spielberg opens Wednesday, July 4, and we're still not sure who's most excited.
Is this a movie for the children, or the children of the '80s who are going to let their nostalgia for Autobots and Decepticons lead them down the toy and car aisles?
The film industry seems to be targeting Generation Xers, who are now themselves becoming parents, with a slew of resurrections, and the toy … Read more
That's a photo of the TV trucks lined up along Fifth Avenue to catch the iPhone waiting line scene. Don't they have anything better to do? On that note, don't we have anything better to do? Guess not.
The whole world is watching as Steve Jobs' Apple launches perhaps its most-anticipated product ever, the iPhone, Friday.
But in technology circles at least, I've heard few, if any, references to the fact that Jobs' other company, Pixar--OK, Disney-Pixar--also has a major launch Friday.
And that, if you haven't been paying attention through the iPhone haze, is Ratatouille, Pixar's latest film and, if the early reviews are indicative, its latest hit.
Jobs is already noteworthy among tech titans for running two vital companies at the same time (at least when Pixar was independent), but I'm having … Read more
An anonymous edit to Wikipedia could provide a clue about the deaths of pro wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife and 7-year-old son. Or it could simply be random Wikipedia pranksterism by a University of Connecticut undergraduate.
The changes were made to the Wikipedia article on Benoit, an internationally recognized athlete who participated in World Wrestling Entertainment, hours before police discovered the bodies in the family's suburban Atlanta home.
Twitter, the social network for spewing random thoughts to friends via digital messages, is on the road to raising its first round of venture funding, company cofounder Biz Stone said this week.
It would seem that investments in Web 2.0 companies are still feverish, considering that Twitter is not yet profitable and about 8 months old, according to Stone. Even though the social network has garnered much attention recently--Presidential candidates John Edwards and Barack Obama are active Twitter heads--the number of people actually using the service isn't a whole lot.
According to research firm ComScore, the service attracted … Read more
The first discs, which will feature Blu-ray on one side and HD DVD on the other, will not appear until early 2008, according to Dan Miron, the studio's vice president of sales and planning, who made the comments at an entertainment business conference in Los Angeles.
The studio didn't provide further details, other than to say that it wants to avoid confusing … Read more
BOSTON--Whether or not you believe blogs are moneymakers, they are certainly hitmakers, according to blog researcher and author Paul Gillin.
The former vice president and group publisher of TechTarget spoke about the power of blogs to a packed audience at Red Herring East on Thursday.
He threw out some staggering statistics of success stories that even shocked those who normally follow online publishing trends.
Of the approximately 75 million blogs on the Internet, about 23 million of those are updated every 90 days.
Phillip Lenssen's Google Blogoscoped gets 8 million page views per month.
It's unclear whether the strike will have any impact at the journal, and it seems … Read more
The iPhone hype has either reached a high point or totally jumped the shark, depending on your personal opinion. Playboy.com just announced that it has launched its official iPhone effort, which it calls "iPlayboy."
We'll just say that it sure gives "touch screen" a whole new meaning.
Playboy's virtual goodie bag for the iPhone consists of 12 "sexy non-nude wallpapers" for the sleek Apple handset, a special photo album with another dozen photos of Playmates, an episode of Playboy's Sirius Satellite Radio show, and a video customized for the iPhone'… Read more