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Labels seek end to 99c music per song download

Remember how online music stores were going to route around the music industry? The pigopolists have barely got their feet under the table and already demanding more. The Wall Street Journal reports that the major five labels think that 99 cents per song is too cheap, and are discussing a price hike that would increase the tariff to $1.25 up to $2.99 per song.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2004

Nokia's Bluetooth CDMA phone draws iPod comparisons

Nokia used the CTIA show last month to unveil a phone that's drawn comparisons to the iPod. The analogy can't be stretched too far, but it's a good one: after throwing all kinds of outré designs at the market, Nokia has produced a model startling in its banality. But this might be just what the company needs right now.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2004

Skype: giving wireless PDAs a new voice

Peer-to-peer telephony upstart Skype Technologies has staked its claim on the title of most popular mobile application provider ever with the launch of a version of its massively popular software designed for handheld devices.
Datamonitor, 09 Apr 2004

Nokia: sales slump caused by inadequate product range

Nokia's reputation as the unchallenged master of the mobile phone industry took a blow this week when it said it had lost market share in Q1 to increasingly confident competitors. Nokia's statement is worrying for its investors, but suggests that the telecoms market as a whole is looking up.
Datamonitor, 09 Apr 2004

Grey stage set for UK PS2 price war

A significant unofficial drop in PlayStation 2 hardware and software prices has kicked off in the UK fuelled by the Caldwell Group-backed distributor 20:20, which is causing consternation within Sony after it recently began offering "grey" PS2 imports to retailers, along with the option of several software bundles.
gamesindustry.biz, 09 Apr 2004

Sun shelves UltraSPARC V in favor of the great unknown

Sun Microsystems' CEO Scott McNealy often says his company will not back down from spending on research and development, but that is exactly what Sun has done with the cancellation of the UltraSPARC V and Gemini processors, The Register can confirm first.
Ashlee Vance, 09 Apr 2004

No Windows XP SE as Longhorn jettisons features

Microsoft won't ship an interim version of Windows, retail or otherwise, before Longhorn according to email seen by Business Week. The memos from a week ago suggest that Microsoft is jettisoning features from Longhorn in order to meet the ship date of the first half of 2006.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2004

Chip start-up boosts Wi-Fi rate by '10-20 times'

As chipmakers fight to prove they can stretch the range and rate of Wi-Fi well beyond the standard, start-up Engim has enlisted research from the Tolly Group testing company to back up its claims.
Wireless Watch, 09 Apr 2004

Vodafone promises multi-network moves

Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile operator, officially launched its 3G service in the UK last week – although at this stage, this is accessible only with laptop data cards, not handsets. UK chief executive Bill Morrow told analysts that the future strategy for the all-important enterprise data market would rest on integrating different wireless technologies and allowing roaming from a single handset or laptop. The company plans a multimode PC card with Wi-Fi, 3G and, "eventually", WiMAX and possibly 802.20.
Wireless Watch, 09 Apr 2004

Apple DMCA sends iTunes DRM decryptor offshore

The PlayFair project, which removes fair-use restrictions from music purchased through Apple's online store, has become the latest victim of offshoring. Actually, that's not quite true: only the hosting provider has moved to India. Not surprisingly, Apple has used the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to ask SourceForge to remove the project. SourceForge declined to use the Safe Harbor provisions of the Act.
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Apr 2004

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