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How about a distinctive white MP3 player tax then?

Turns out corporate interests don't always win out at the expense of consumers in Japan. Japan's Cultural Agency committee has scrapped plans for a so-called "iPod tax" -- a levy on portable digital music players. After debating the Read More →

This would have been a heck of a lot more helpful on Wednesday, you know

Research in Motion finally got a break in its bitter patent dispute with NTP. On Thursday, the day after a U.S. district court judge turned down a request by RIM to enforce a preliminary $450 million settlement reached earlier this Read More →

ICANN reaches brink of .xxx debate, holds back

The effort to create a red-light district on the Web faces an uncertain future today after ICANN postponed discussion of a proposal to create a .xxx domain (see "Debate over .xxx domain slowly builds toward climax" and "Read More →

Interesting approach, Bill; why don't you try it on your phone network first?

Should the Internet be a pay-for-performance marketplace? Bell South apparently thinks so. Speaking at a press event yesterday, the company's CTO, William Smith, said ISPs like his should be able to prioritize data traffic, charging companies for the Read More →


"We don't just want to preach to the choir; we want to reach the unchurched. The bottom line is that we want to be everywhere on cable."

-- Televangelist Paul Crouch says a la carte cable is the devil's cable Read More →

It's an online music locker with a separate compartment for your subpoenas

Michael Robertson, the founder of, a digital music storage and streaming service sued into oblivion by the recording industry back in 2000, has launched a new service that may land him in similar straits. On Wednesday, Read More →

Anybody else here still taking phone calls from Fiorina? No? Good.

Hewlett-Packard has deleted another member of former CEO Carly Fiorina's circle from its ranks. On Wednesday afternoon the company said Nora Denzel, the head of its software business has resigned, the latest in a series of executive changes at Read More →

Citigroup analyst delivers Macworld keynote

When Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils his traditional "one more thing" at Macworld Expo in January, it's likely to be an Intel-based PowerBook. At least that's the consensus over at Citigroup, which believes Apple will release the machines Read More →
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