Burning the Macworld Oil

With Macworld Expo in San Francisco approaching, the rumor mill is working overtime along with developers feverishly constructing demos and beta versions of new applications.

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Shut Up and Play Your iPhone, Volume 1

The iPhone has already changed the way people think these devices should work, and how developers should provide third-party applications. Showing real, unadulterated, unfiltered Web sites and running Web apps — that’s the full Internet experience Apple will promote with this product to differentiate it from the smartphone set.

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OnHollywood: The Weird Turn Pro

At the OnHollywood conference, Arianna Huffington and Carson Daly were the most visible representatives of the professional media that has taken the plunge into blogging and video channeling; but the true stars are the geeks and weirdos that have turned professional.

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The Mothers of Invention at Apple

Rumors about Apple are swirling a week after Steve Jobs’ open letter to the music industry (for an excellent summary of reactions, see Engadget’s “DRM: the state of disrepair” by Thomas Ricker). But several developments warrant particular attention: 1. Apple … Continue reading

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Splendid Time is Guaranteed For All

Beatles music was a turning point in the history of pop music, and its power will once again prove to be a turning point in the history of online music. Baby boomers are excited by the Beatles coming out online, and that’s why record labels should also be excited — baby boomers are the folks more likely to buy music, compared to the younger generations that are used to downloading free music.

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Apple and Apple Give Peace a Chance

Apple, Inc. (formerly Apple Computer) and Apple Records (the label for the Beatles) have finally laid to rest all legal problems involving use of the name. This marks an end to the long-running copyright feud between the two companies and replaces an earlier agreement that limited Apple Inc.’s abilities to distribute music.

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