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Beatles Rock Band download has raised $217,780 for charity

Microsoft has announced that the download of All You Need Is Love for The Beatles: Rock Band - which was exclusive to Xbox 360 - has so far raised $217,780 for medical charity Doctors Without Borders.
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UMG strikes mobile web deal with Netbiscuits

Universal Music Group has announced a deal with mobile firm Netbiscuits to create artist-branded mobile websites. The sites will be compatible with iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile handsets, and will offer social/UGC features...
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AOL commissioning 2,000 SXSW profiles at $50 a pop

AOL has announced a scheme through which it will pay 2,000 people $50 each to write interviews and profiles of 2,000 bands playing at the upcoming SXSW festival.
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TechCrunch takes aim at Spotify’s US plans

US tech blog TechCrunch is turning into an increasingly harsh critic of Spotify, with a new post taking aim at its "far-fetched" plans for the US.
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South Korean government not happy with Music Matters survey

Hong Kong-based Music Matters could be in hot water with the South Korean government, after publishing research during MidemNet claiming that 60% of Korean internet users have downloaded music illegally - the second highest...
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Three Strikes debated at US tech conference

If you think graduated response schemes are controversial in Europe, wait till the debate hots up in the US. This week, a panel session at the US State of the Net conference discussed the issue, with participants from the...
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BPI distances itself from ACS:Law letters to alleged file-sharers

We reported earlier this week on the controversy around UK law firm ACS:Law, which has been sending letters to suspected file-sharers demanding £500 settlement fees. The scheme is based on rightsholders - more from the games...
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A new study claims that for labels to maximise their profits, music

A new study claims that for labels to maximise their profits, music downloads should be sold for between $0.60 and $0.70, with the labels collecting $0.30-$0.40 of that. The study is based on a survey of 600 digital music...
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In a new study from Princeton University they found that just 1% were

In a new study from Princeton University they found that just 1% were non-copyright infringing. The study also shows that 46% of torrent content is now movies and TV shows, with 14% games and software, 14% adult content,...
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Music and media delivery firm MediaNet reported 200 million music

Music and media delivery firm MediaNet reported 200 million music downloads and 150 million streams across its network of customer sites – who include iLike, HMV, tesco, MOG and Fox News. Downloads were up 124% year-on-year.
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Mobile music service Shazam says its mobile apps aren’t generating

Mobile music service Shazam says its mobile apps aren’t generating 300,000 full-track music purchases a day after all – instead, the company is “approaching 260,000 downloads a day”. Not bad, considering...
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Nearly 47% of the so-called “Baby Boomers” (people born in the late

Nearly 47% of the so-called “Baby Boomers” (people born in the late 40s, 50s and early 60s) demographic actively maintained a social networking profile, compared to 32% in 2008. Of those, 73% had a Facebook profile,...