Bertelsmann puts the copyright into p2p
Media group Bertelsmann AG is set to launch a music download service which uses peer-to-peer (p2p) technology while honouring copyright law.
The service named GNAB, or 'bang' if you read it backwards, was announced on Friday and will use a combination of a centralised Internet download platform, for managing copyright issues, with a decentralised network for distribution.
This means that partners of the company, like its own BMG subsidiary, will be now be able to sell downloads direct to customers, including large files like movies and games, without overworking the centralised server, reports the Seattle Post Intelligencer. ...more
Fujitsu launches E-series lifebooks based on M chips
Fujitsu has launched new E-series 'desktop replacement' notebooks based on Intel's new mobile PIII processor-M CPUs and the Intel 830 chipset.
The Lifebooks clock speeds of 1.13, 1. ...more
Canada to jam mobile phones?
Canada is considering using technology to block the use of mobile phones in certain public areas.
It's been announced that the Canadian government is to kick off a 90-day discussion period to decide whether or not to allow technology that blocks mobile phones to be used in the region. Most countries banned such equipment, but Canada is seriously considering using mobile blockers where phone use is deemed inappropriate, such as restaurants, theatres and cinemas. ...more
UPDATED: Palm buys Handspring
Handheld maker Palm has acquired rival and software licensee Handspring in a stock for stock deal and approved the spin-off of its PalmSource software arm.
In a deal that gives Handspring shareholders nearly one third ownership in the newly merged company, Palm shareholders will end up with around a 67.2 per cent hold. ...more
Virgin Media looking to build sports channel - source
Newly-formed Virgin Media is on the hunt for partners to run a sports news channel on its cable service after it dropped Sky Sports News in a dispute with BSkyB, a source close to the matter said.
The source told Reuters on Thursday that it was an area of major interest and it would be looking for partners to provide the content. Rights to show Premier League soccer are currently held by BSkyB and Irish group Setanta. ...more