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+ - Jaman publishes "unsupported" AppleTV hack->

Submitted by mrspin
mrspin (1139955) writes "Back in July, Jaman, which sells high definition movie downloads, announced that it was on the verge of releasing the first commercial plug-in for the AppleTV. With the software installed, movies downloaded via Jaman's desktop software, running on a Mac or PC, would also show up in a new menu option on a user's AppleTV. If released, this would represent the first time a commercial company had successfully plugged their service into Apple's set-top-box, to create a level playing field with Apple's own content offerings. Last100 reports: "that day has finally arrived, albeit with a pretty heavy caveat. While Jaman's website points to where users can download the necessary software, along with instructions, the AppleTV plug-in isn't officially supported by the company. That's because Jaman's solution still requires users to "hack" the device, since Apple is yet to sanction the AppleTV to run third-party applications."
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Music

+ - Apple's aims to stop second-hand iPod trading-> 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "CNet is running a story that highlights how Apple's apparently generous offering of free iPod engraving, is actually an effort to curb any resale of used iPods. This stops any second-hand trading and forces buyers to seek brand-new models, full-price, directly from Apple. One commenter notes that this engraving also voids any option of replacement iPods through AppleCare."
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Movies

+ - Movie Piracy Claims Mostly Fiction

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Justin Primus
Justin Primus writes "Michael Geist's weekly column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) dismantles recent claims that Canada is the world's leading movie piracy haven. The article uses the industry's own data to demonstrate that the assertions about movie camcording and its economic impact are greatly exaggerated and that the MPAA's arguments about Canadian copyright law are misleading. I particularly liked how Geist dug up the fact that the MPAA itself says that there have only been 179 camcorded movies over the past three years out of the 1,400 that the Hollywood studios released."
United States

More States Challenging National Driver's Licenses 389

Posted by Hemos
from the get-together-right-now dept.
berberine writes "A revolt against a national driver's license, begun in Maine last month, is quickly spreading to other states. The Maine Legislature on Jan. 26 overwhelmingly passed a resolution objecting to the Real ID Act of 2005. The federal law sets a national standard for driver's licenses and requires states to link their record-keeping systems to national databases. Within a week of Maine's action, lawmakers in Georgia, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Vermont and Washington state also balked at Real ID. They are expected soon to pass laws or adopt resolutions declining to participate in the federal identification network. Maine's rejection was recently discussed on slashdot."

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