Conchobair writes: Free online streaming music takes another blow as Lala.com announced it closure effective May 31st, 2010. Lala's home page once claimed over 8 million licensed songs available. No new users are allowed to sign up, however current users may log in until the closure date. Users will receive a credit in the amount of their Lala web song purchases and remaining balances for use on Apple's iTunes Store.
No clear reason for the closure has been made, however it may be related to Lala's purchase by Apple on December 5, 2009 for more than $80M.
Conchobair writes: Students of University of Mississippi voted this week to begin the search for a new mascot replacing the un-PC Colonel Reb, who was removed in 2003. There is now a growing and notable campaign to elect Admiral Ackbar as replacement mascot.
Conchobair writes: Kevin Trudeau author and infomercial pitchman has been sentenced him to 30 days in jail and fined him $50,000 for contempt of court resulting from the judge of his case, Robert Gettleman, being sent e-mails from Trudeau supporters. Trudeau asked his supporters to email the federal judge overseeing a pending civil case brought against him by the Federal Trade Commission.
U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman said he was flooded with hundreds of "harassing, threatening and interfering" emails, locking up the judge's email system and shutting down his Blackberry for part of the day.
Kevin Trudeau has stated that he feels he and his supporters acted within their First Amendment rights. What do you think?
Conchobair writes: CNN reports that HP is looking into claims that their webcams can't see black people due to a recent recent viral video on YouTube that shows two co-workers taking turns in front of the camera. The camera is supposed to keep people's faces and bodies in proportion and centered on the screen as they move. The camera follows the white woman, but when the black man enters the frame the camera stops tracking. In a case of life imitating art this same issue was addressed in the "Racial Sensitivity" episode of the R&D comedy 'Better Off Ted'.
Conchobair writes: The BBC reports "Natalie Portman is set to slay the undead in a movie adaptation of best-seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it is reported. Portman will play feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet... The novel, by Seth Grahame-Smith, takes Jane Austen's classic and adds a new subplot in which the story takes place as the dead rise from the grave."
Conchobair writes: The Escapist highlights a Twitter post by Adrianne Curry, the first winner of reality TV series America's Next Top Model. According to The Escapist, in the post she "announced that after an intense workout at her kickboxing class she would be taking a shower, then spending her Sunday afternoon getting stoned and playing World of Warcraft naked. And then she took a picture to prove it." This adds to the list of hot girls that play WoW which reportedly includes Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible, Buffy), Mila Kunis (That 70's Show, Family Guy), and Sunny Leone (Pornstar). It may be 3.3 patch day the realms are down, but that certainly after that my server is up.
Conchobair writes: PcMag reports MySpace has "purchased imeem for an undisclosed sum" and that "The transition is already underway... visitors to imeem.com will be directed to MySpace music". This change has already taken place. Currently there is no way to access imeem music or playlists; however the MySpace redirect page reports they are "working to migrate your imeem playlist to MySpace Music". PcMag goes on to ask the question: "Last week it was announced that Apple had purchased Lala , and now MySpace snaps up imeem. Are Pandora and Rhapsody next?"
Conchobair writes: Reuters reports "teenagers who are addicted to the Internet are more likely to engage in self-harm behavior... The moderately-to-severely addicted students were almost five times more likely than non-addicted students to have self-injured six or more times in the past 6 months." This may be due in part to the ever increasing number of Emo users on Myspace and Facebook.
Conchobair writes: From the article: Comcast Corp struck a deal to buy a majority stake in NBC Universal from General Electric Co, creating a media superpower that would control not just how television shows and movies are made, but how they are delivered to the home... Comcast wants NBC Universal so it can deliver programing to audiences however they may want it — through TV sets, personal computers or mobile devices. Not only is Comcast the largest U.S. cable distributor, it also is the leading Internet service provider to homes. But critics of the deal, including some Comcast investors, suggest there is too little overlap between the businesses to draw out meaningful savings, and that competition regulators are bound to burden it with restrictions.