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Last.fm denies data handover to RIAA

Last.fm has hit out at an uncorroborated report that alleged the music streaming website passed user data over to the Recording Industry Ass. of America (RIAA). The CBS-owned outfit responded angrily to a report posted late Friday by TechCrunch that cited an unsourced rumour, which claimed Last.fm handed over a “giant dump of …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Feb 2009
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YouTube offers full-length shows

YouTube is now offering full-length television shows (legally) as part of an agreement with the US broadcast giant CBS. The internet video site will first host somewhat dated content for US viewers such as select episodes of Beverly Hills 90210, the original series of Star Trek, MacGyver, as well as some fare from this current …
Austin Modine, 13 Oct 2008
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US court sides with Janet Jackson's breast

America's puritanical streak goes only so far. Today, a US appeals court vaporized the $550,000 fine the FCC famously slapped on CBS for showing the country a majority of Janet Jackson's right breast. At halftime of the 2004 Super Bowl, as he warbled "I'm gonna have you naked by the end of this song," pop prince Justin …
Cade Metz, 21 Jul 2008
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CBS saves CNet from activist investors

CBS is buying CNet Networks - the web publisher behind ZDNet, gamespot.com, tv.com, mp3.com, news.com and techrepublic. These sites will now be combined with CBS's websites. CBS is paying $1.8bn for CNet - a 44 per cent premium on its share price. The combined properties will have 54 million unique users per month in the US …
John Oates, 15 May 2008
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HP buys EDS: What are they thinking?

Analysis Mark Hurd must know what happens to HP bosses who strike a legacy-defining deal. He’s the man who took over from Carly Fiorina, shortly after her takeover of Compaq turned out to be not quite such a big idea after all. The Compaq integration was managed to death – and yet you’d be hard pressed to point at much of what remains …
Joe Fay, 13 May 2008
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CBS to Pirate Bay: 'You're ok by us'

Last.fm, the music recommendation site owned by US media conglomerate CBS, has today given Pirate Bay the thumbs up to use its servers to add radio streams to BitTorrent searches. The Swedish anti-copyright site has added a Last.fm widget to results pages as part of a new drop-down of extra information on artists (blog post …
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TV giants lock horns with Microsoft and Google over white space wireless play

The heads of America's four largest television networks have joined forces to oppose a plan that would stream high-speed internet access over unused TV airwaves. And in doing so, they're taking aim at one of the great oddities of the modern tech industry: a partnership between Google and Microsoft. A coalition of big-name …
Cade Metz, 13 Oct 2007
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Google tells TV execs where they've gone wrong

iTV Con With his opening keynote at iTV Con, a trade conference dedicated to, yes, internet television, Google’s head of boob tube technology Vincent Dureau told industry players and reporters that traditional television is pretty close to dead. Of course, he’s confident that the latest internet technologies can drive a new breed of TV …
Cade Metz, 17 Jul 2007
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CBS and YouTube decide against marriage

A proposed deal which would have seen clips of CBS shows posted on YouTube has collapsed, Reuters reports. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google and CBS had been agreeing a "multi-year" contract but finally "could not agree on issues such as how long the deal would run". Accordingly, YouTubers will now not be able to ( …
Lester Haines, 21 Feb 2007

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