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And suddenly the laughter stops. At least long enough for the world's third-largest music company, EMI, to raise their very large hands and suggest that maybe selling its entire digital music catalog in MP3 without copy protection is not so wacky of an idea, the Associated Press reports. Not necessarily in response to Steve Jobs' early-week call for labels to completely abandon their need for DRM to sell music online (Yeah. Sure.), EMI's asked retailers to offer proposals laying out how much they would pay for the right to sell their catalog - from Norah Jones to The Rolling Stones - as MP3s. According to EMI spokespeople, the preliminary results from a limited selling of DRM-free MP3s has been "very positive." Norway?
At first he slips. The creator of Xbox Live Arcade jumps ship to PopCap Games, the first authorized iPod game developer, and lets slip in an interview with Wired that Apple TV is the casual gaming platform of the future? Reealllyy? Ex-Microsoftian Greg Canessa is heading up PopCap Games' console and handheld division as VP of video game platforms, and dished that casual games "are going to continue to grow into non-core demographics. This is relevant as it pertains to devices that are not currently earmarked as gaming devices: mobile, set-top boxes, Apple TV, MP3 players, and other devices in the home that will reach the non-gamer - people who don't think they want to play."
And speaking of not playing. Scot Finnie, Computerworld's resident Windows expert, in the third installment of a series that saw Finnie spending three months with a Mac, has reached a verdict that will come as absolutely not a surprise at all for many: "If you give the Mac three months, as I did, you won't go back either. The hardest part is paying for it - everything after that gets easier and easier. Perhaps fittingly, it took me the full three-month trial period to pay off my expensive MacBook Pro. But the darn thing is worth every penny." Do tell. Wait, he just did, didn't he?
Where do iPhone chips come from? Well, if Broadcom Corp.'s Chairman Henry Samueli is to believed, it'll be from Irvine, California. Testifying in a patent infringment case brought by Qualcomm, Samueli didn't say which chip it was in the iPhone but acknowledged that a Broadcom chip was in there and was not the chip that Qualcomm is laying claim to, which is used for encoding and decoding H.264 video images transmitted to mobile phones. Glad to have that all cleared up. (The jury agreed, by the by.)