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Mac news for Mac people
*** King Of Music Players
Teril Yue Jones, Los Angeles Times
As Apple's iPod capitalizes on a shift in the way people enjoy entertainment, many believe its popularity will endure.
*** Apple To Press Play On iTuens In Canada
Richard Blackwell, Globe And Mail
Apple said this week the company intends to meet [it's self-imposed] deadline. "It's still November; we'll launch in November."
*** Boiiiiing: Adam Curry And Postcasting Hit Mainstream Media -- So Do Not Forget: Windows Mobile Devices Are Pefect For Podcasting Too!
*** Band-Aid: Some Suggestions for Apple's Damage-Control
So, here's the London Times <http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,3604,1359598,00.html>' article about how Apple refused -- simply refused -- to sell the tune "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for charity, because the song is supposed to be sold at £1.49, while Apple balks at anything that doesn't sell at the standard 79p price point per song.
No matter whether you agree that Apple has a case or not, whether the Times article is fair and balanced, or not, the damage has already been done. (As far as I know, the Times is a rather reputable, or at least, mainstream, paper over there.)
So, what can Apple do?
Apple can agree to sell the song on iTunes Music Store at the 1.49 price. Apple may also not sell on the iTunes store, but instead choose to sell it on the online Apple Store instead.
But those are still cop-out options. Rather, may I humbly suggest, that Apple should negotiate with Universal Music to sell the tune at 79p on the iTunes Music Store. And Apple should match the remaining 70p per song as a charity donation.
This may or may not totally repair the damage already caused, but at least it's going to be a worthwhile gesture.
The Tomorrow Weblog
Emerging Technologies. Innovative Applications. New Economy
*** Waving Hello, From A Distance
Michel Marriott, New York Times
There are no definite numbers on how many people use Web-based videoconferencing. But there is anecdotal evidence that face-to-face electronic communication is gaining a foothold beyond the executive suite, and that the typical home users are no longer the stereotypical geeks straining to see each other over crude Webcams connected by sluggish modems.
The other things in life
*** The Great Indecency Hoax
Frank Rich, New York Times
To see how the hucksters of the right work their "moral values" scam, there could be no more illustrative example than the Nicollette Sheridan episode.
[Tech & Science]
*** Hi, I'm Your Car. Don't Let Me Distract You.
Jeremy Peters, New York Times
Automakers, their suppliers and cellphone manufacturers are pitching hands-free technology as a safe way to rein in the expanding clutter of gadgetry that can leave drivers grabbing for everything but the steering wheel. But how safe are these devices, really? According to early evidence, probably not as much as you think.
Life in the city
*** Jetstar Asia To Start Flying To Seven Destinations From Singapore
The airline will initially have flights to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Pattaya, Jakarta, and Surabaya. No price and schedule details are available yet, reports Channel News Asia.
*** Nicoll Highway To Reopen
Chrisotpher Tan, Straits Times
The 48-year-old Nicoll Highway, closed since April 20 after an MRT tunnelling disaster that killed four and sparked a cave-in, is on schedule to be reopened next month.
*** Anti-Casino Groups Keep Up The Fight
Joyce Teo, Straits Times
Religious and other conservative groups have been lobbying the government, both openly and behind the scenes, against building a casino here in Singapore.
*** A Farewell To Singapore
"I don't beleive that The Straits Times, as it is run now, brings honor or prestige to Singapore. As a journalistic vehicle, it's actually quite a disgrace."
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