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Removing copyright restrictions can decrease piracy: study

Contrary to the conventional wisdom of the recording industry, removing digital rights management (DRM) restrictions can actually decrease piracy, according to new research from Rice University and Duke University. The study was published in the November-December issue of Marketing Science. DRM restrictions prevent music owners from making digital copies of…

Ubisoft plays to guitar fantasies with ‘Rocksmith’

Laurent Detoc beamed as he pictured the the flood of guitarists that Ubisoft will unleash on the world after its innovative Rocksmith videogame hits the market this month. For the first time, people will be able to plug real guitars into videogame consoles, pretend to be rock stars and actually…

Hong Kong student’s Apple tribute is Internet hit

A Hong Kong design student said on Friday he was overwhelmed and felt “unreal” after his sombre logo in tribute to Apple founder Steve Jobs caused a worldwide Internet sensation. The design, featuring Jobs’s silhouette incorporated into the bite of a white Apple logo on a black background, has gone…

Cook has big shoes to fill at Jobs-less Apple

SAN FRANCISCO — The death of Apple visionary Steve Jobs has left huge shoes to fill, with successor Tim Cook inheriting a company with fabulous products but also facing unrelenting assault from agile competitors. Analysts said that for the short term, new chief executive Cook has inherited a strong, highly…

Jobs death likely to smash Internet records

The death of Apple founder Steve Jobs provoked an online outpouring of grief likely to smash records, an Australian firm said Thursday as mourners took to the Internet to pay tribute to the tech guru. Social media sites sagged under the weight of Jobs-related posts, with five of the top…

Microsoft considers bidding for Yahoo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp is considering a bid for Yahoo Inc, resurfacing as a potential buyer after a bitter and unsuccessful fight to take over the Internet company in 2008, sources close to the situation said on Wednesday. Microsoft joins a host of other companies looking at Yahoo,…

Bill Gates: Steve Jobs’ impact will last for generations

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has had an impact on the world which will last for generations, Microsoft boss Bill Gates said, adding that it had been “an insanely great honor” to know him. “Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors…

Legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dies at 56

Legendary computer entrepreneur and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs died at the age of 56 on Wednesday, after a dramatic fight with cancer. His death came only a day after Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4S. “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” Apple said…

India creates world’s cheapest computer tablet

The company Datawind has developed a book-sized computer that costs only $45, making it the world’s cheapest computer tablet. It was created in India, where the government plans to make more than 100,0000 of the computers available to university students across the country. The new tablet is called the “Aakash.”…

Apple stumble seen opening door for rivals

TAIPEI/HELSINKI (Reuters) – Rival smartphone makers could exploit a rare letdown by Apple in the launch of its new iPhone 4S model, which failed to wow fans, and grab a bigger share of the most lucrative part of the phone market. However, analysts also noted that Apple’s decision to keep…

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