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Media

Submission + - Blu-ray Hits Key Milestone Faster than Standrd-Def

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot has already reported on the go-go sales for the 'Casino Royale' Blu-ray on Amazon, but now comes news that the same Blu-ray disc is the first high-def disc to ship 100,000 units within the United States. It took standard-def DVD eleven months to reach that retail milestone (in 1998 with 'Air Force One'), but with 'Royale,' the nine-month old Blu-ray format now has done it two months faster.
Networking

Submission + - Best Buy Acquires SpeakEasy

WeakGeek writes: Retail giant Best Buy said today it will acquire service provider Speakeasy, a competitive player in the data and voice arena, for $97 million. The move is intended to establish Best Buy as a one-stop shop for small businesses, ratcheting up the competition in what is already becoming a hotly contested market segment.
The Internet

Submission + - R.E.M. and Net Neutrality

cheezitmike writes: The Washington Post reports that several bands, including R.E.M., are joining up to raise public awareness in support of Net Neutrality:

The Future of Music Coalition — an advocacy group of musicians that fought radio consolidation — is assembling a lineup of name bands, such as R.E.M. and Death Cab for Cutie, to join the fight to keep the net neutral. The group will join net neutrality advocate Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) for a teleconference today to kick off the campaign, which is called "Rock the Net ." The campaign will include a petition and a series of concerts. The coalition fears that if companies are allowed to charge for faster access to the Internet, it will hurt the ability of musicians to get their music out to their fans, especially small, indie bands.

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