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Submission + - Video Players for Web Publishers?

Jay writes: "My company is looking to publish videos on our website. We need a complete solutions provider: video player design, hosting/streaming of videos, support for ad rolls, etc. So far the only complete package provider I can find is Brightcove; are there alternatives?"

Submission + - Johnny Cash Pardoned for Picking Flowers (pitchforkmedia.com)

Chunt writes: Life in Mississippi 42 years ago was a little different than in these modern times. For example, in Starkville, home of Mississippi State University, the Man in Black was arrested for picking flowers and breaking curfew after her performed a show at the university on May 11, 1965. The city and county have now posthumously pardoned Mr. Cash for his petty crimes. Check out the Pitchfork article for their analysis, and, for those interested, there is also audio of Mr. Cash's account of that night, along with a snippet of the song he wrote about it, as well as a website for the forthcoming Flower Pickin' Festival in his honor.

Submission + - NBC Exec Says Movie Piracy Hurts Corn Farmers

An anonymous reader writes: An executive at NBC is apparently claiming that movie piracy is hurting corn farmers. His quote: "In the absence of movie piracy, video retailers would sell and rent more titles. Movie theatres would sell more tickets and popcorn. Corn growers would earn greater profits and buy more farm equipment." Apparently you don't need to understand basic logic to get a high-level job at NBC.

Canadian Movie Piracy Claims Mostly Fiction? 151

Justin Primus writes "Michael Geist's weekly column 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 bootlegging 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 movies recorded with a camcorder over the past three years out of the 1,400 that the Hollywood studios released."

Submission + - Turner to pay Boston $2 Million over ATHF Scare

DrEnter writes: After defeating the city of Boston and Homeland Security in a brief conflict last week involving small signs made from christmas tree lights, Turner Broadcasting has agreed to pay each of them $1 million. This is a far cry from the $500+ million Boston was claiming the Aqua Teen Hunger Force "war" had cost them. Maybe they realized that if this actually went to court, they would probably only end up with a bill for the court costs?
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Journal Journal: Vista is Threat to Internet Freedom, Warns BBC. 1

BBC columnist Bill Thompson warns readers:

[Vista DRM changes] the way our computers work and the way they relate to the network, and those changes could be used to take away our freedoms.

... governments and corporations around the world are making a concerted effort to dismantle the open internet and replace it with a regulated and regulable one that will allow them to impose an "architecture of control".


Submission + - Understanding Google's "Googlebomb" Update

nywanna writes: "It has been known for a long time that with a little coordination, it is possible to 'bomb' Google's search results (the most famous example of this was "Miserable Failure" which would return a page for George W. Bush). Recently, however, Google rolled out their solution to diffuse Google bombs. Bill Platt looks at the Googlebomb rollout in Dispelling Fears About The GoogleBomb Algorithm Update."

Submission + - Flying car by 2010

An anonymous reader writes: Rafi Yoeli hopes to see a marketable version of his X-Hawk flying car by 2010. But when will the Pitbull hoverboard be available?

Submission + - German Court Bans Police Use of Spyware

narramissic writes: In a landmark decision, Germany's High Court has struck a blow to the plans of German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to give the Federal Criminal Police Office greater power to monitor terrorists and other criminals online, arguing that 'searching computers is similar to searching homes, a practice in Germany that requires police to follow certain procedures, such as obtaining a search warrant and informing suspected offenders of a search.'

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