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Submission + - The Depressing Truth About YouTube Stardom (technologyreview.com)

Al writes: "The arXiv physics blog reports that researchers from HP Palo Alto studied videos uploaded to YouTube and found that popularity has little to do with quality or persistence. Researchers Fang Wu and Bernardo Huberman studied the hit rates of 10 million videos uploaded by 600,000 users up to 30 April 2008 and they classified a success as a video that was among the top 1 per cent of those viewed. "The more frequently an individual uploads content the less likely it is that it will reach a success threshold," they conclude, adding that this may be because "when a producer submits several videos over time, their novelty and hence their appeal to a wide audience tends to decrease". Interesting, the researchers speculate that unsuccessful users carry on uploading because (like gammblers) "they overestimate the odds of success"."
Music

Submission + - Canada may tax legal music downloads 3

FuriousBalancing writes: MacNN reports:

Canadians may soon pay a small tax on every legal music store download, says a new measure (PDF) sanctioned by the Copyright Board of Canada. Requested by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), the tax would apply at least 2.1 cents to every individual song download and 1.5 cents per track for complete albums. Subscription download and streaming services would themselves be charged between 5.7 and 6.8 percent of a user's monthly fees. Minimum fees would also apply for every larger download or subscription. The new tax would be retroactive to January 1st, 1996.
Power

Submission + - An engine that runs on air

BirdDoggy writes: TG Daily has an article about a pneumatic engine developed by the French company, Moteur Developpment International (MDI). With three carbon fiber air cylinders mounted under the vehicle, the prototype is capable of speeds up to 68mph and can travel about 124 miles between recharges. The recharges can be done in 4 hours with just $2 worth of electricity.
Censorship

Submission + - DoD block soldiers' access to YouTube, MySpace

Anonymous Coward writes: "US soldiers will be unable to access many popular Internet sites including Youtube and Myspace from today, after the Depart of Defence blocked access to these sites claiming they were taking up too much bandwidth.

If I remember correctly, it is DoD's (D)Arpanet initiative that developed into what we call the Internet today. How ironic is it that few years down the line, DoD is censoring it's own creation?"
Google

Submission + - Lookout! Google watches your gaming activity

Tookis writes: In a recent patent filing sure to shock some, Google has proposed a real time profiling of players of online games such as World of Warcraft. Soon players of such games may see in game ads directly designed to appeal to their persona. Last month Google filed a patent in both Europe and the US which outlined plans to psychologically profile people simply by their style of play in popular online games. http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/12152/1092/
Microsoft

Why Microsoft Won't List Claimed Patent Violations 626

BlueOni0n writes "Earlier today, Microsoft announced it will begin actively seeking reparations for claimed patent infringement by Linux and the open source community in general. One opinion on why Microsoft won't reveal these 235 alleged IP infringements to the public is that they're afraid of having the claims debunked or challenged — so instead they're waiting until the OS community comes to the bargaining table. But a more optimistic thought is that Microsoft may be afraid to list these supposed violations because it knows the patents can be worked around by the open source community, leaving Microsoft high and dry without any leverage at all."

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