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BBC to launch iTunes-style paid content strategy

John Plunkett, guardian.co.uk Corporation’s director of content Roly Keating says audience research confirms iTunes-style purchase scheme would be welcomed. Viewers are “very comfortable” with the BBC’s plans to launch an iTunes-style download service which would open up thousands of hours of never-before repeated content, according to a senior corporation executive.…

Author hilariously illustrates why copyright math is bogus

Giving a recent TED Talk, author Rob Reid, creator of the online music subscription service Rhapsody, illustrated for the audience exactly why so-called “copyright math” is almost completely bogus. “Copyright math” is a term used for the extrapolations published by groups like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), or…

Groupon guilty of ‘widespread’ breaches of consumer protection laws

Mark Sweney, guardian.co.uk OFT says it has concerns over reference pricing, advertising, refunds, unfair terms, and interactions with merchants. An Office of Fair Trading investigation has found Groupon guilty of “widespread” breaches of consumer protection laws, relating to issues including the pricing, advertising and unfair terms attached to its daily…

PayPal lets shops take payments on smartphones

Online financial transactions titan PayPal has started to allow merchants across the world to take payments using smartphones in a direct challenge to startup Square. The PayPal Here system uses a triangle-shaped “dongle” card reader that plugs into mobile devices to let people make purchases. PayPal Here software also lets…

Apple fans snap up new iPad, but response muted

Apple die-hards in Asia became the first to snap up the new iPad on Friday, but compared with the scramble at the firm’s past launches the response was muted for a device that is short of new technology. Those who queued in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore heaped praise…

Manning to learn WikiLeaks court martial trial date

American soldier, Bradley Manning, could Thursday learn the date of his court martial on charges that he leaked secret military information to the website Wikileaks. Wearing a dark green uniform and flanked by two guards, the 24-year-old former intelligence analyst appeared in a court in Fort Meade, Maryland. “The judge…

American ISPs to launch massive copyright spying scheme on July 1

If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they’re coming for you. Specifically, they’re coming for you on Sunday, July 1. That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage…

Assad aide persuaded Twitter to remove fake accounts, emails reveal

By Robert Booth – Twitter removed all but one account using Syrian president’s name and half of those using first lady’s after complaint Twitter closed down a string of accounts purporting to be authored by the Syrian president and the first lady, emails reveal. A senior aide to Asma al-Assad,…

Canada to allow foreign ownership for small telecoms

OTTAWA — Canada will lift foreign ownership restrictions on small local telecommunications firms, Industry Minister Christian Paradis announced Wednesday. The current limit of direct foreign investment in broadcasting and telecommunications carriers is 46.7 percent. Paradis told a press conference the restriction would be lifted for telecom companies that hold less…

Homeless people turned into Wi-Fi hotspots at SXSW

A global advertising firm used homeless people as roving Wi-Fi hotspots, sparking controversy among technology trendsetters at an interactive festival in the United States. Debate over whether the stunt by Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) was helping or misusing the homeless spread from the streets of Austin onto the Internet by…

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