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.
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.
MidemUpdatedSo 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.
MidemYou 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.