27th > January > 2008 Archive


Bank turns London man into RFID-enabled guinea pig

The Halifax bank is enrolling unsuspecting customers in trials of a new generation of RFID-enabled bank cards, and trying to keep them in the program even if they have mis-givings about the wave and pay technology.
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Bush orders NSA to snoop on US agencies

Not content with spying on other countries, the NSA (National Security Agency) will now turn on the US's own government agencies thanks to a fresh directive from president George Bush.
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Qtrax puts legal face on P2P

Midem UpdatedSo when the going gets weird, the weird get ad-funded. Even in the short, strange history of digital music, they don't come weirder than Qtrax, a music service that launched here at Midem in Cannes today. It's a marriage of two desperate industries – the music business, and the ad-supported web startup. To steal a phrase from Sun's Scott McNealy, it's like watching two garbage trucks colliding.
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Music biz targets ISPs - official

Midem You don't need to be a Kremlinologist to detect the latest shift from the sound recordings industry. In its digital music report this week, the IFPI, the international trade group for recordings owners, provides scarcely a mention of the roaring "success" of its litigation against file-sharers. Instead the focus is squarely on getting the service providers to clean up their networks.