Sony has officially objected to porn movie studios bringing out their movies for the PSP portable computer/gaming console. It then turned around and smilingly started counting its money.
John Dvorak notices an Indian attempt to use the WTO to prevent US government measures to stop outsourcing:
This is hilarious. I wonder how far they think they’d get with this BS. This would create an amazing backlash if the US media bothered covering it. [from Dvorak Uncensored]
ClickZ reports that a new study by Euro RSCG/Columbia University shows that more than 51 percent of journalists use blogs regularly, and 28 percent rely on them to help in their day-to-day reporting duties. [via Micro Persuasion]
Blogs are an excellent way of finding stories, sources, and much more info besides. I have about 500 feeds that I regularly watch (thanks to NewsGator Online, FeedDemon, and the NewsGator plug in) and get a huge amount of information from them.
Thank god for that.
The International Whaling Commission has voted not to lift the 19-year moratorium on whale hunts, much to conservationists’ delight [via New Scientist - Latest Headlines]
What happens if instead of sharing your iTunes libraries, you want to keep multiple libraries synchronized? This should sound familiar to anyone with a laptop computer on the go and a desktop sitting at home. Throughout the course of the day, you tweak some playlists and would like to have those changes automatically reflected in your library at home. David Miller shows you how to sync up your music. [via MacDevCenter.com]
DittyBot is a funny name for a rather nifty (if somewhat useless) workflow that shows how far Automator can be pushed, if properly coerced. DittyBot allows you to “send a text message [containing a song title] from your mobile phone to your POP email account. DittyBot copies the song name into iTunes, loads Skype and calls your mobile phone. When you pick up, you should hear your song start playing in all its compressed glory.”
Now that’s just silly.
I’ve long been arguing that the best marketing pitch for subscription music services is the ability to avoid buying duff albums. For a while, I subscribed to Napster for just this – but, when I found an album I liked, I bought it from iTunes Music Store. So I was pleased to see David Card of Jupiter Research make the same point:
Just saw a banner ad for Napster. “Never Buy a CD with Only One Good Track Again.” Bingo. That is exactly what the near-term pitch for subscription music services should be. For now, these services are a better way to discover what you want to buy on a CD (or download), rather than a wholesale replacement for physical products. Even sophisticated fans and file sharers value a physical product more than a digital one.[via David Card]
About bloody time.
[papers] Guardian Resizes Ahead of Schedule — the trend for smaller formats in newspapers continues … ‘The “Berliner” format is already used by a number of European newspapers, including Le Monde, and is slightly larger than a tabloid but smaller than a broadsheet. The move to a smaller format is part of a wider newspaper industry trend and follows the change by the Independent and Times to tabloid.’ [via Feeling Listless]