bradgoodman writes: "BEND, Oregon (AP) — Last weekend, Kent Couch settled down in his lawn chair with some snacks — and a parachute. Attached to his lawn chair were 105 large helium balloons.
Balloons suspend Kent Couch in a lawn chair as he floats in the skies near Bend, Oregon, on Saturday.
With instruments to measure his altitude and speed, a global positioning system device in his pocket, and about four plastic bags holding five gallons of water each to act as ballast — he could turn a spigot, release water and rise — Couch headed into the Oregon sky."
tryfan writes: "Seems that CBS's buyout of Last.Fm has resulted in someting rather spectacular: yesterday a deal was announced that will make the Sony BMG's music catalogue legally available to Last.Fm listeners:
"Last.fm strikes Sony music deal
Last.fm connects users who share the same music tastes
Fans of the Foo fighters, Kings of Leon or Natasha Bedingfield will soon be able to listen to their music through the social music site Last.fm.
The service, bought in May for $280m (£140m) by CBS Corporation, has signed a deal with the Sony BMG record label.
The partnership will give the web 2.0 service's 20 million users access to the entire Sony catalogue of music.""
Pete (big-pete) writes: "The BBC has announced that the latest album by Prince is to be distributed free with a British tabloid (the Mail on Sunday). This has been announced weeks before the album is officially release on the 24th July.
Some people in the industry are a little upset by this, but the newspaper's managing director came out with this insightful gem concerning music retailers: 'They are living in the old days and haven't developed their businesses sufficiently. We can enhance their business. They are being incredibly insular and need to move their business on'."
An anonymous reader writes: The death of the wife of a professional wrestler was listed on wikipedia before the police knew about it. A man in Connecticut has had his computer confiscated by the police. He claims that he knew nothing of the murder and that his vandalism of the web site was just a bizarre coincidence.