Archive for April 30, 2012

Microsoft And Barnes & Noble Join Forces In The E-Books Market

Posted in Commentary with tags , on April 30, 2012 by itnerd

The big news of the day was that Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have jointly created a new company that will hope to be a player in the e-book market:

The as-yet unnamed new company will be 82.4% owned by Barnes and Noble, with Microsoft getting a 17.6% stake.

It will house the bookseller’s digital and college education book businesses.

Another piece of info of note, this will be integrated into Windows 8:

“Microsoft’s investment in Newco [the temporary name for the new digital and college unit], and our exciting collaboration to bring world-class digital reading technologies and content to the Windows platform and its hundreds of millions of users, will allow us to significantly expand the business,” said William Lynch, chief executive of Barnes & Noble.

Now this is a big deal for Barns & Noble and the market agreed as their stock shot up today. Microsoft stock didn’t move. So I wonder who is the big winner is in this deal?


British Court Says ISPs Must Block The Pirate Bay

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on April 30, 2012 by itnerd

If you’re in the U.K. and you love to get your fix of movies illegally from the Pirate Bay? You better get your fix now. A court just ruled that ISPs have to block the infamous torrent site:

The High Court said on Monday that Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media would have to block access to The Pirate Bay (TPB), following an earlier ruling in February over the role of the site in copyright infringement.

The blocks will come into place over the course of “the next few weeks” following the decision by Mr Justice Arnold on Monday. The case was brought about by a number of music labels acting on behalf of the music industry body, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

“The High Court has confirmed that The Pirate Bay infringes copyright on a massive scale. Its operators line their pockets by commercially exploiting music and other creative works without paying a penny to the people who created them. This is wrong — musicians, sound engineers and video editors deserve to be paid for their work just like everyone else,” Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI, said in a statement.

The question is, will it work? Already there are ways to get around this that are floating around the Internet. So I’m guessing that any sort of ban will have a lifespan of hours. But I guess it makes movie studios and record producers feel better. Perhaps a better way to deal with this is to make purchasing movies and music so attractive that there would be no need to pirate them?

Nah, too easy. They’d never do that.