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Newswatch 7.16.07: Net radio saved but the price is DRM

Net radio compromise means DRM is coming soon

[Ars Technica] A source at a major MP3-based Internet radio station who did not want to be named told Ars Technica that this is not the first time that SoundExchange has expressed interest in seeing streaming media locked down with DRM, but this is the first time it has been laid down on the table as absolutely necessary to any compromise that would deviate from the royalty agreement already approved by the Copyright Board.

Tech stocks gradually shake off the past

[USA Today] With zero fanfare, Internet stocks are emerging as some of the market leaders this year. Even while the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 notched new highs last week, both are left behind by even stronger performances of Internet stocks that investors have loved to hate since the dot-com implosion of 2000.

London gets free Wi-Fi

[ZDNet UK] The free network, which is being marketed at "Online-4-free.com," gives users free access if they agree to view an advertisement of 15 to 30 seconds in length every 15 minutes. If users don't want to view the ads, they are charged one of a range of fees, including $6 (2.95 pounds) per hour or $20 (9.95 pounds) a month.

HP, China Telecom push broadband

[PC World] A China Telecommunications Group Corp. (China Telecom) subsidiary in Jiangsu province and Hewlett-Packard Co. are offering customers a desktop computer with broadband Internet access for 198 renminbi, or US$26, per month.

MSN, MySpace China to cooperate

[China Herald] MSN China takes outsourcing strategy to build its Chinese portal, it cooperates with dozens of partners to provide various content and services to its users. Content and service providers have to pay for several millions Yuan a year to be a partner.

Sony's Crackle (nee Grouper) to offer videos by aspiring filmmakers

[NYT] “We have been moving away from YouTvand toward higher-quality content,” said Josh Feltzer, the founder of Grouper who is now co-president of Crackle, “by rewarding the aspiring producer versus the person who wants to share a video of a wedding or of someone jumping off a roof.”

Intel offers Extreme mobile CPU

[News.com] Today Intel announced the Core 2 Extreme X7800, its first laptop CPU under the Extreme Edition brand. The 2.6GHz dual-core processor features 4MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz front-side bus, making it the highest-end chip in Intel's mobile lineup.

Ghost of Zuckerberg's past may haunt Facebook IPO

[TechCrunch] Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accuse Zuckerberg of stealing the source code, design, and business plan for Facebook in 2003 when he worked in the Harvard dorms as a programmer for their own tertiary education focused social-networking site HarvardConnect.com, now known as ConnectU.