EMI Ponders Selling DRM-free Music

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2007, 09:12
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An article on the Wall Street Journal‘s web site mentions that the EMI music label is currently gathering information from iTunes Store competitors such as eMusic.com, MTV Networks, MusicNet and RealNetworks to determine the possible bottom line from selling DRM-free music.
EMI stands as one of the five major record labels currently selling music online. The firm’s consideration is a departure from the current industry standard which considers copy protection code to be critical in protecting online music sales from piracy. The consideration falls in line with Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ recent open letter suggesting that DRM techniques have proven ineffective and inherently hamper the growth of online music sales.
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2008 Scion tC to Include iPod Support

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2007, 08:31
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Per an article on MacNN, Scion has announced that its entire 2008 lineup will feature iPod connectivity.
The systems will incorporate a 160-watt Pioneer AM/FM/CD system complete with a control and readout that displays the track, artist and album into a one-line display. According to a spokesperson, “Connectivity is achieved by simply plugging the iPod into a port via a connector cable, providing outstanding sound quality through the car’s stereo system and constant power to the iPod. Music is controlled through the head unit and steering wheel audio controls. A standard mini-jack port also allows users to listen to their portable music collection through the tC’s Pioneer speakers.”
The upcoming Scion models will also feature rear head unit outputs that allow for external amplifiers to boost power to the front and rear speakers as well as the subwoofers.
The current pricing model for a base model 2007 Scion tC ranges from US$16,980 for one equipped with a manual transmission to US$17,780 for one equipped with an automatic transmission. Prices for the 2008 models have yet to be announced.

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FCC Confidentiality Letter for iPhone Proven Fake

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2007, 08:53
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Despite looking and sounding like an authentic duck, the letter sent to the FCC by Apple Inc. asking the government not to disclose any details about the company’s upcoming iPhone device until June 15th has been proven fake (additional details available over at Jason’s Apple Core blog.)
The request actually applies to Apple’s upcoming AirPort Extreme Base Station, which will be Apple’s first generation of wireless router to run on the 802.11n protocol.
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Fixes Mount as Mac OS X 10.4.9 Nears Completion

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Date: Friday, February 9th, 2007, 08:28
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An article over on AppleInsider describes how the soon-to-be-released Mac OS X 10.4.9 update will deliver nearly 100 specific bug fixes when it’s released to the public later this month.
The new builds, marked 8P125 for the PowerPC hardware architecture and 8P2125 for the Intel hardware architecture, currently weigh in at 71.9 megabytes and 165.7 megabyte downloads.
The new number of bug fixes according to Apple engineers now totals 95 with the corrections reportedly centering on OpenGL, Sync Services, ImageIO, iSync and memory leaks in the operating system’s graphics driver code. Apple has also asked its developers to focus testing around system components such as Audio, Bluetooth, Bonjour, Disk Images, FireWire, Fonts, Graphics, iCal, iChat Video Conferencing, iSync, Rosetta, USB and .Mac Connectivity.

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