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Apple’s FairPlay in Euro legal wrangle

Leave it to my fellow Europeans to make a song & dance about fair rights for music ownership. “Norway’s Consumer Ombudsman has ruled that Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management technology violates the country’s laws by locking songs downloaded from the iTunes Store to the iPod. The ombudsman wrote a letter to Apple warning that its […]

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The Venice Project brings P2P to TV

Convergence can be an awkward thing. New ideas are often disruptive and inconvenient. So having a technology like The Venice Project that sort of falls between the two stools of being convergent and disruptive, then as an entrepreneur, you have to be light on your toes. For the likes of founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus […]

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Zune vs iPod: what next for the iPod, and what the hell can Microsoft’s Zune do about it? Part 3

With the recent generation of the iPod, Apple began offering games. What?! So didn’t Apple learn anything from the Pippin fiasco? Well, maybe they did learn something, and they’re puttin’ that learnin’ to use right now with the iPod. In the first installment, I looked at how the Microsoft Zune has had a bit of […]

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Zune vs iPod: what next for the iPod, and what the hell can Microsoft’s Zune do about it? Part 2

Sometimes, technology is very predicable. Other times, technology isn’t so predicable. With regards to the former, the iPod seems destined to go full-screen. Why? Because it’s what people want. And all of the best technology follows the money. In the first installment, I looked at how the Microsoft Zune has had a bit of a […]

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Zune vs iPod: what next for the iPod, and what the hell can Microsoft’s Zune do about it? Part 1

I look at the Microsoft Zune player and I see ‘me too’ written all over it. No, I’ve not used one. And guess what? I have no intention of using one, either. From the looks of things, I’m not alone on this point, either. What with one of the colour options being brown, the Zune […]