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+ - How much is Spotify paying independent artists?->

Submitted by Damon Tog
Damon Tog (245418) writes "David Harrell, of 'The Layaways,' reveals the following:

"For August and September of 2009, we received per-stream payouts of .02 cents, .03 cents, .06 cents, and — my favorite — an amount so small that it apparently rounds to .000000 cents!"

"At the .022 cent rate... it would require 3,500 Spotify plays to generate the same payout as that from a 99-cent iTunes download.""

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Piracy

+ - Secret 'Text' of ACTA to be Released->

Submitted by nathanielinbrazil
nathanielinbrazil (1774720) writes "After a meeting in New Zealand last week, 10 participant countries and the European Union have announced that they will release for the first time confidential 'bracketed text' of their deliberations in crafting the language for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. The ACTA may impact the transportation, distribution or delivery of digital property."
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Comment: Re:Well, you need to use the internet the right wa (Score 1) 86

by steeleye_brad (#27454469) Attached to: AT&T Changes TOS, Limits Streaming, Tethering

Internet access is becoming a tremendous issue for (American) cellular providers (I can't speak for the rest of the world's markets). The technology is there to allow them to effectively be wireless ISPs with extremely wide coverage, but the infrastructure most likely isn't up to snuff for that, and there's potentially more money to be made by nickel-and-diming for everything through a closed and restrictive service rather than act as a dumb pipe to the internet. There's some pretty strong demand though for just that, though, a widespread wireless dumb pipe to the internet.

I suspect that there's gonna be some pretty interesting changes to the industry over the next few years. Will we perhaps transition away from cellular phone service providers to something else?

Windows

+ - Windows 7 RC download page points to May release

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Someone over at Redmond flipped the wrong switch it would seem. Ars Technica today spotted that the Windows 7 download page on TechNet had switched to say Release Candidate instead of Beta. It's now back to Beta, but not after Ars got all the details off the page: "The public RC will apparently be coming in May 2009, and not in April as previously rumored. The RC testing program will be available at least through June 2009, and the actual build will expire June 1, 2010. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions will be available in English, German, Japanese, French, and Spanish." A screenshot and all the text on the RC download page, which was set to be published "May 2009" is saved over at Ars."

Comment: Re:What happened to BeOS? (Score 4, Informative) 300

by steeleye_brad (#26829573) Attached to: Palm Pulls the Plug On Palm OS

Palm did acquire Be Inc in 2001. After this, it get's really fucking goofy and confusing, so I'll just quote Wikipeida (article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm,_Inc.)

In January 2002, Palm set up a wholly owned subsidiary to develop and license Palm OS[4], which was named PalmSource in February[5]. PalmSource was then spun off from Palm as an independent company. In August 2003, the hardware division of the company merged with Handspring, was renamed to palmOne, Inc. and traded under the ticker symbol PLMO. The Palm trademark was held by a jointly owned holding company.

In April 2005, palmOne purchased PalmSource's share in the 'Palm' trademark for US$30 million.[6] In July 2005, palmOne launched its new name and brand reverting back to Palm, Inc. and trading under the ticker symbol PALM once again.

In late 2005 ACCESS, which specializes in mobile and embedded web browser technologies, acquired PalmSource for US$324 million.

Who knows where Be's intellectual property ended up. Nothing ever came of the Be acquisition, and most likely nothing ever will. Palm's WebOS is entirely new, developed in-house, and has nothing to do with PalmSource/ACCESS.

Comment: Re:Science Fiction? (Score 1) 218

by steeleye_brad (#26682161) Attached to: Difficult Times For SF Magazines

Analog(Astounding) has also deteriorated. Significantly. Very significantly. So much so that a subscription is practically a waste of money.

Ugh, agreeing with this. I ended my subscribtion to Analog around a year and a half ago, when I realized that the story quality had really gone down the shitter. I found myself starting to read a story, but then quitting 1-2 pages in because they were just so terrible. When I would get an issue and go through every story like this, I gave up. Stories with neat concepts completely ruined by confusing writing and indecipherable plots, lame tales where it was screamingly obvious the main character was an author's self-insert, and vomit-inducing non-stories that served only to let the author express their political views (normally this is ok, except when the author's soap-boxing completely drowns out and overwhelms the story).

Graphics

+ - Parallels Adds 3D Support to Windows on Mac->

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gbulmash
gbulmash writes "Parallels sent out a pre-order notice for the 3.0 version of their virtualization software for running Windows on Intel Macs. In the e-mail, they note that the 3.0 version will support 3D graphics, and in the v3.0 upgrade info sheet, they state the new version offers "3D graphics support to play the hottest games and run the most popular applications." If it lives up to the marketing... woo hoo!"
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