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Argentine folk singer killed in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Argentine singer Facundo Cabral, one of the stars of Latin American folk music, was shot dead in Guatemala City early on Saturday when gunmen riddled his car with bullets, authorities said. Cabral, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a protest singer, was on his…

Teen brain response ‘linked to pop songs’ success’

WASHINGTON — When listening to certain pop songs, teenagers’ brains may offer clues about what will or won’t be a megahit, US researchers have said. By studying the gray matter of adolescents using a functional magnetic resonance imaging machine, or MRI scan, researchers found that activity in a region called…

New York plans to drive street musicians out of Central Park

NEW YORK — Few instruments can be gentler than the harp, but authorities in New York’s Central Park have branded street musicians like harpist Meta Epstein a public disturbance and want them driven out. A new campaign to enforce eight “quiet zones,” including in some of the city’s most hallowed…

Apple takes leap into new iCloud services

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has interrupted his medical leave to unveil a free service called iCloud that stores music, photos and other content on the Web and shares it across multiple devices. “We’re going to move the digital hub to the cloud,” the 56-year-old Jobs…

Republican pizza CEO ‘raising Cain’ with odd campaign music video

How many words rhyme with “Cain”? If “pain” was one of the first to spring to mind, then perhaps you’ve already seen the new presidential campaign video by former pizza CEO Hermain Cain. Homespun in the purest sense of the word, footage shows the Republican longshot candidate pitching himself as…

French police close down popular piracy website Liberty Land

RENNES, France — Police have closed down one of France’s most popular websites for downloading pirated content and arrested three men who ran it, an officer said Saturday. Liberty Land, set up in September 2009, was one of the most frequented sites in France, claiming 800,000 users accessing and sharing…

More Sony websites hacked, 8,500 Greek accounts hit

TOKYO — Sony on Tuesday said its websites in three countries had been hacked with 8,500 Greek user accounts compromised, in a blow to efforts to restore confidence after a huge data breach affecting millions. Websites in Thailand and Indonesia had also been affected, it said. The Japanese entertainment and…

Bob Dylan songs ‘not censored’ by China

BEIJING — In a rare and strongly worded message to his fans, Bob Dylan has denied claims his songs were censored by government authorities when he made his much-publicised China debut last month. The music legend, who played in Beijing and Shanghai on April 6 and 8, missed out some…

Google to launch online music service: report

NEW YORK — Internet giant Google could launch an online music service as early as Tuesday to rival Amazon’s “cloud” service, which allows users to store digital music online, the Wall Street Journal reported. Citing unnamed sources, the neswspaper said on Monday that Google, like Amazon, has yet to secure…

Amazon cuts MP3 prices in attempt to close in on iTunes

Web retail giant Amazon.com has lowered its individual-song MP3 prices drastically, in an attempt to cut in on Apple iTunes’ 70 percent market share. Amazon has lowered the price on select top-selling tracks to just 69 cents. Apple charges almost twice as much for in-demand hits, which cost $1.29 each.…

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